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Always Day One

How the Tech Titans Stay on Top
Written by: Alex Kantrowitz
Narrated by: Alex Kantrowitz
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins

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At Amazon, 'Day One' is code for inventing like a start-up with little regard for legacy. Day Two is, in Jeff Bezos' own words, is 'stasis, followed by irrelevance, followed by excruciating, painful decline, followed by death'.

Most companies today are set up for Day Two. They build advantages and defend them fiercely rather than invent the future. But Amazon and fellow tech titans Facebook, Google and Microsoft are operating in Day One: they prioritise reinvention over tradition and collaboration over ownership.

Through 130 interviews with insiders, from Mark Zuckerberg to hourly workers, Always Day One reveals the tech giants' blueprint for sustainable success. Kantrowitz uncovers the engine propelling the tech giants' continued dominance at a stage when most big companies begin to decline. And he shows the way forward for everyone who wants to compete with, and beat, the titans.

©2020 Alex Kantrowitz (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Tofan Andrei
  • 27-04-20

Nothing new

If you read the tech news you don't need this book. Also full of generalizations.

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  • Franck
  • 18-04-20

Fascinating subject but very shallow

The subject is fascinating but the book is disappointingly shallow. Very little new material is available and the analysis is so fundamentally flawed that one of the conclusions of the author on how to fix homelessness supposedly created by the high tech firms in San Francisco is to increase taxes even more...

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  • PvB
  • 17-04-20

Interesting analysis of the great four tech giants

Alex Kantrowitz has written a very interesting analysis of the great four tech companies' organizational culture and rather objectively. Definitely worth reading!