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The Upstarts

How Uber, Airbnb and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
Written by: Brad Stone
Narrated by: Mr Dean Temple
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Commerce
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author of The Everything Store Brad Stone takes us deep inside the new Silicon Valley.

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 10 years ago.

©2017 Brad Stone (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

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Amazing book

Best book I have read. Great to know how Airbnb and Uber started and the impact they have had and the sheer tenacity and perseverance of the founders. Love it.

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An undercooked book

The book starts good but fizzes away aa it progresses. A book you can skip.

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This book is just so awesome!!

The narration, the story and all the aspects of this book are worth recommending to everyone, be it an entrepreneur or a history buff. Surely a must read for an entrepreneur. The story, research about all the facts, people and authorities involved and the way of narrating those is fantastic.

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  • Otavio Costa
  • 09-09-18

Very interesting. Maybe a bit early!

it's a new world. it's a new economic and social environment. It is a story that will still evolve a lot. But the book tells the beginning of those startups and of the sharing economy itself. That's important enough!

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  • Tariq selah
  • 18-06-18

Good bio of Uber & Airbnb

story is well written, more focus on the actions of Uber & Airbnb founders not on their personas, nice and smooth book in general.

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  • Sivaranjani S
  • 09-06-18

Gets your heart racing!

If you are a follower of the tech world, you are in for a treat!

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  • Tracey
  • 30-03-18

Encouraging if you decided to start a business

loved it because it gives you a behind the scene look at how these businesses were set up and got through their various growth stages

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  • Ondrej Geryk
  • 06-01-20

Interesting read (listen)

Quite interesting to see insights of these start-ups ... could be little bit more in detail thought

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  • rafay
  • 14-10-17

A must for entrepreneurs who want to create something big

It's a fantastic book that lets you see the massive tech giants as what they really are, as a couple of like minded people who got together and had a vision of the world that wasn't created yet. It lets you see the process of building an empire and the hoops each start up had to jump through just to make it into 2017. Definitely recommend this book.

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  • Hayley
  • 05-10-17

Fascinating

Easy to listen to and well written. A clear insight into the world of the rapidly growing tech companies. A fascinating journey for anyone entering the startup world.

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  • William
  • 11-09-17

So good!

Great stories and insights on Uber & Airbnb, learnt a lot about business and tactics listening to this book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-17

Great book, a bit heavy on regulations

Great book. A little too heavy on regulations for my liking, but there are golden nuggets of insight here.