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Inside the Giant Machine: Confessions of a Former Amazon.com Technologist Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1931 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Center of Artificial Imagination, Inc.; iBook v2.95 edition (January 6, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RJ42JA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kalpanik S. was born in India, or thereabouts, a long time ago. OK, so it wasn't really all that long ago, but it's not very recent either.

He came to the USA on a fellowship from the University of California in late eighties to do graduate level studies in Computer Science. After completing his studies, Kalpanik chose to stay back and serve the Software and Internet industries at West Coast's High Tech corridor - Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Southern California

He has been writing a journal about his "journey" through the US from the time he landed at the San Francisco Airport more than twenty years ago. Finally, some years ago, he finally gathered enough courage to get it published. Boy, are we glad he did!

Kalpanik (pronounced as KAAL-pah-nik) means "imaginary" in Hindi. Yes, it's a pen name. Author uses a pen name to allow him to separate his literary identity from his professional identity.

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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Linda Linguvic HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 2, 2011
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This short e-book taught me things I didn't know about Amazon.com, my favorite website The author was born in India and has lived the American dream as a computer technologist, first in Silicon Valley and later for Amazon.com. He and his family moved to Seattle after a long and grueling interview process. He was paid well but the job required as much as 80 hours of work a week. He describes Seattle well, its' warm and bright summers and its' cold and rainy winters. He also describes the impact that living there had on his wife and children. Especially interesting to me was the Amazon.com working culture, which was indeed hard on the employees as Amazon created the mammoth business that it is today.

The book is fast-paced and easy to read, the author a likable guy. Amazon is a hard place to work for and many of his opinions are certainly not complementary although I could easily see the business genius of Jeff Bezos. Eventually, Mr. Kalpanik left the company but his recollections depict a time and a place and an industry that is indeed unique and will certainly be applauded as a business model for many years to come.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Anne Bardo on April 22, 2011
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Humorous and entertaining, the author has a unique view as he describes his journey to the reader. He shares the path he weaves from the Silicon Valley, to Amazon in Seattle, and beyond in a distinctive way of storytelling. I found this easy to read book witty, and his funny stories about Amazon more than a little entertaining. His mood and tone easily transfers from the pages, and I have to admit I caught myself smiling. Wonderful Book! I would highly recommend it to other readers looking for a lighthearted book with personality, amusing observations on Amazon, and smiles along the way.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nick Vanmatre on November 20, 2011
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This inexpensive book was written by a former Amazon employee who worked in the Silicon Valley prior to Amazon. The writing is easy reading, very entertaining, and certainly sounds authentic. What was surprising to me was that the author began with a pretty positive description of Amazon that suddenly turned very sour and negative. Something must have happened to destroy the author's situation with the company. I really valued learning about how Amazon was created. Not surprising that the CEO expected extremely hard work. Would you say that the author became a "disgruntled" ex-employee? Thank you for the book AND photos!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on January 19, 2012
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Inside the Giant Machine: Confessions of a Former Amazon.com Technologist by Kalpanik Talreja is a quick and entertaining read about being recruited and working for Amazon.
This book reviewer gives this book 3.3 stars (rounded down to 3 stars).

The story is about the author being recruited and then working for Amazon. He does a good job describing his experience working with the software technology that truly drives Amazon. Don't expect a detail description and history of the entire Amazon workplace. This is just the story of the author's time at Amazon (which is relatively brief).

Especially for the person with a tech background, this is a quick read and worth the $0.99 cover price.

Anthony Wessel - Owner of DigitalBookToday.com and reviewer at KindleBookReview.com.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Jones on October 30, 2012
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I was really looking forward to reading this based on its intriguing name - "inside the giant machine" and "confessions". I was expecting another angle on the Amazon story, when in fact the book was nothing more than a poorly-constructed narrative of the author's life around the brief time he worked at Amazon.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chujiang Xiao on November 7, 2011
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This is a non-technical book about a very technical company. Reader can really get a sense on how Amazon operates without having to deal with all the technical jargons. The author unveils what drives the success of Amazon by using personal experience and humor.

Being an ex-amazonian, I can relate to many of the stories told by the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2013
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"Inside the Giant Machine" is somewhat depressing yet entertaining. Yes you do get an insider's view of what it is like to work for amazon but the story is devoid of the excitement the amazon experience produces. You are left feeling that this author had a bad experience and wanted to unburden himself by telling his story.

There are some interesting tidbits like how Jeff Bezos thought up the name for amazon. I found the information on the interview process to be consistent with other reports I've read. Amazon really does only hire the best and smartest minds around. Before reading this book I did not however realize how competitive the workplace at amazon was but reviewing also seems to be a fairly competitive sport so maybe I should not be so surprised.

I liked reading the information about the fulfilllment centers. Who knew they were as large as 13 football fields? This is amazing. Now as far as the writing goes you won't be able to tell this is written by a non-native speaker.

It is also funny in places and the author has a certain Indian charm. He however is not shy about describing Jeff Bezos as a perfectionist. But would we expect less from the leader of the greatest company on earth? I suppose this book is not a totally happy story but it does have nice descriptions of Seattle.

In the end I'm glad the author moved on to a new job. To work at amazon requires a dedication that only those who want to change the world can muster. But I'm glad the author is now happy at a new job wherever he is.

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