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The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
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The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

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Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger’s car, or walking into a stranger’s home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it’s as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb are household names: redefining neighbourhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business and changing the way we travel.

In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, a new generation of entrepreneurs is sparking yet another cultural upheaval through technology. They are among the Upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Young, hungry and brilliant, they are rewriting the traditional rules of business, changing our day-to-day lives and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.

The Upstarts is the definitive account of a dawning age of tenacity, creativity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone’s highly anticipated and riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we find out how it all started, and how the world is wildly different than it was ten years ago.

Title:The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
ISBN:0593076354
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:384 pages
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    The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World Reviews

  • Ethan Chan
    Feb 10, 2017

    An account by Brad Stone on the sharing economy giants Uber and Airbnb. It does paint a more balanced picture of the actions of Uber in contrast to the over sensationalized negative media coverage on ...

  • Rob Woodbridge
    Feb 09, 2017

    I love this type of book typically but the way Stone wove this story was amazing. One of, if not the, best "how did these companies emerge seemingly over night to become household names and change the...

  • Chris Lawson
    Jan 26, 2017

    Journeys Marked By Nonstop Controversy.In THE UPSTARTS, author Brad Stone explores how Uber and Airbnb (and a few other "also-rans") drastically increased their business (and market value). This book ...

  • Andrew
    Feb 14, 2017

    *3.5 stars*I was a little worried about parallel narrative tracks about two different companies, but it works. Two fast-paced startup stories told from their founders' perspectives. I think the Uber s...

  • Athan Tolis
    Feb 16, 2017

    I read this at warp speed. Like, I read it in the tube, I read it in a taxi (bad idea,) I read it while code was compiling. I had to know what happens next.Did it address any of the big issues about t...

  • Kevin Schulthies
    Feb 16, 2017

    Great walkthrough from environmental scenarios, to the thinking of the teams of people (and many times just one person's insights to a problem) that turned a simple issue or idea into mega billion dol...

  • Todd
    Feb 12, 2017

    The Upstarts tells the origin stories of Uber and Airbnb. Outside of the obvious players like Google, Amazon and Facebook, I can't think of two companies that have changed large sectors of the economy...

  • Liz
    Feb 17, 2017

    I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.I passed this book on to my husband since this is his favorite reading genre. It combines true stories with the intersection of the daring of the bras...

  • Laura Valentine
    Feb 11, 2017

    At times the author seems a little too in awe of the companies he covers, rather than an outsider looking clinically at them (especially when covering the legal issues)....

  • Praveen Kumar Garlapati
    Feb 18, 2017

    A good chronology of the two big sharing economy companies of our era Uber and Airbnb.Was well written and a good read....