Chaos Monkeys

Chaos Monkeys

Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

eBook - 2018
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The instant New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback and featuring a new afterword from the author--the insider's guide to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, the inner workings of the tech world, and who really runs Silicon Valley "Incisive.... The most fun business book I have read this year.... Clearly there will be people who hate this book--which is probably one of the things that makes it such a great read."--Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York TimesImagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a datacenter powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this "chaos monkey" to test online services' robustness--their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society's chaos monkeys. One of Silicon Valley's most audacious chaos monkeys is Antonio Garcia Martinez.After stints on Wall Street and as CEO of his own startup, Garcia Martinez joined Facebook's nascent advertising team. Forced out in the wake of an internal product war over the future of the company's monetization strategy, Garcia Martinez eventually landed at rival Twitter. In Chaos Monkeys, this gleeful contrarian unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future.
Publisher: New York : Harper Paperbacks, 2018.
ISBN: 9780062884480
0062884484
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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hlpearth
Dec 20, 2017

A great read and irreverent, entertaining view into the tech world that more and more impacts (or controls) our lives. I hope this author keeps writing - he is a keen observer and does an admirable job connecting dots and explaining for us lay users the underlying technology behind the familiar user interfaces (and his interleaving of relevant world history adds a fun dimension).

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StarGladiator
Sep 24, 2016

Found this book to be fraught with glib disingenuousness throughout, wasn't impressed by the Martinez's feeble attempt to contradict Taleb - - in fact he ends up proving his point, most inadvertently, of course!
On p. 492, author states that // In 2013, Goldman finally partnered with InterContinental Exchange {ICE}, a pioneering electronic exchange . . . \\
Curious, since Goldman Sachs is one of the owners of ICE [Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BP, Total and Deutsche Bank] and have been quite active on ICE in a variety of trade categories, expecially in 2008 in pumping or speculating upwards the price of oil/energy, et cetera!
A wanting book, but some, completely devoid of business knowledge, might be interested . . . .
And speaking of intellectual poseurs, Mr. Martinez . . . .

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Barbaravee
Sep 08, 2016

interesting and sometimes amusing expose of start-ups and gigantic internet companies, particularly Twitter and Facebook. A personal and technical account of how Silicon Valley operates. Often eye opening as to the enormous amounts of money gained through internet advertising and the thousands of code writing young graduates who vie for a breakthrough "edge".

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