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The Corner Office [Kindle Edition]

Anand Rao
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It’s always good to know who is running the show!

Kevin, The CEO of a fast growing Technology company waited in The Corner Office, admiring the magnificent views and contemplating what lay ahead. His Chief Technology Officer had alerted him to a seemingly unsolvable problem that plagued their most profitable software application and was on his way over to discuss the situation. If not resolved soon enough, this issue could dampen company’s bright future and affect the livelihood of thousands of its employees. As always, Kevin assembled his best people and left no stone un-turned to figure out a solution. This time around though, something was different. Despite their efforts, things went from bad to worse. What were they up against? Could they pull through? Was Kevin the man for the job this time around and who was really in charge?

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  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500136204
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LDF9Z1Q
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
We all know those ads that appear on websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and most places that you visit on the web. You do a search for something, visit a site, play a game and soon your seeing ads for them. The Corner Office is about a company that provides companies with the ability to target those ads to you, the consumer.

Problem is they have all their eggs in one basket. If it's not successful they're bankrupt! So when hackers gain access to some of the core software and infrastructure and are allowed to do as they pleased it sends the management of PIT Technologies into crisis mode. If they don't want become a not-for-profit company they have to figure out a way to correct it! Even if they can, will they be able to restore their reputation?

The story-line which takes unexpected twists is a new and refreshing change of pace which I thoroughly enjoyed. The content of The Corner Office is well written and fluid. I look forward to finding out what happens next.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer beach read July 7, 2014
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Terrific read. As someone who works closely with business and technology, I could fully identify with the characters and situations. Great work detailing it out without getting too mired in tech - and love the twists.

Easy breezy read - perfect for the shore
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I got this book from the writer for a review. Unfortunately it's not my cup of tea.

This book is about a company that relies heavily on a computer program to lure in their customers and clients for financial investments and keep them happy. All of a sudden the system breaks and a lot of stress and fast phased actions take place. The story is fluid and fast phased.

However, this book is not for me, I wouldn't say it's a bad book by no means, but I'm an Artist and the subject simply didn't interest me. I have no interest in the financial world or investments or people in that world in general. The geek in the story helps ;) They were mostly described by their looks and ability to move around in the office. I felt they didn't have a strong character traits. Personality traits were occasionally described by other characters, in a one word. I think my opinion is very personal because I'm an Artist that likes nature and animals, I don't have much money and really don't care if people are loosing or winning.

If you like the financial world you might love this book. It might be thrilling for you. Thank god we are not all the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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When the executives at PIT Technologies are made aware of inconsistencies with their core moneymaking platform, they go into crisis mode to find out what is wrong to correct it. They discover that the app has indeed been hacked. Working around the clock, they nip it in the bud, but little do they know, they now have bigger problems.

I enjoyed reading this as if I were in the middle of the brainstorming and executive meetings, although they lost me a couple of times technology-wise. The efficiency of their team was impressive to me. I felt sorry for Kevin, the CEO, but thought he did a great service to his company.

When it was all over, I still felt like there was more to uncover, and the ending confirmed it. I’m looking forward to the continuation of this story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, fast-paced tech thriller! August 9, 2014
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Well-written, fast-paced read - the author is very successful in capturing the pace and politics of executives dealing with an uncertain threat, delivering insight into how these situations play out in a tech company, and indirectly offering some leadership lessons on navigating your/any team through a crisis. Great beach read - well worth the time investment!

The book is at its best when exploring the pros/cons of technology on how communities interact, how individuals behave, and how wealth is distributed - and even more interestingly the choice all the players (companies, customers, developers, hackers) have on how to use this tool. Would love to see more exploration of these themes from this author (potentially using many of the same characters!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Corporate suspense novel by new author Anand Rao August 2, 2014
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The Corner Office, debut novel from promising writer Anand Rao, was a very different read for me. I am into murder and mayhem primarily, but I was immediately drawn to this book because of its cool cover and intriguing title. I am also very open to expanding my reading horizons. I therefore entered a giveaway for a free copy and was lucky enough to win. I want to thank Mr. Rao for picking me.

This story centers around a corporate crisis in a technology company. I found this rather fascinating as my job was not in a corporate setting, and I was up to seeing how things work in that world. The book is conversation-driven for the most part, so one needs to pay attention. There was no skimming or multitasking for me while reading this book as I am neither a business person nor a techie, and I wanted to understand the nuances of the crisis and the maneuvering of the team to investigate and solve the problem. For the most part I enjoyed the set up, which took the first 50% of the book, though this section dragged a bit at times. I really enjoyed the interplay of the company team members and found this to be a real strong point of the book.

The energy of the story ramped up significantly after the team thought it had conquered the problem when in fact their "corrective process" had actually triggered a significant worsening of the situation. The chill factor went up when It was determined that a company insider, identity unknown, was involved in the crime. The last 20% of the novel moved quickly. With about 5% left, it was starting to look like a particular member of the team was the criminal; at that point I was congratulating Mr. Rao in my head for a terrific twist that I never saw coming! And then the book ended.

Mr. Rao, how could you do that to me??!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, Dull Execution for this Suspense Novel
"The Corner Office" is a suspense novel set in the business world, where technology keeps you relevant but the competition is cut-throat. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Lucas
4.0 out of 5 stars High Tech is highly fragile!
This felt like it was ripped from the headlines: computer hacking, multimillion dollar CEO's, hurried press releases to keep stockholders happy, it all feels very real. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amy Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read for Techies
I work at a social media company in Seattle as a developer so I found this book quite entertaining to read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ttownscott
1.0 out of 5 stars So what?
Although the dialog and situation sounded familiar, the book did not seem to go anywhere. Perhaps this is part of a multivolume set. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars it was really fun to experience the inner workings from the inside as...
This is an entertaining short story from a promising new author. Not being in the tech or corporate world, it was really fun to experience the inner workings from the inside as the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maria Gunther
4.0 out of 5 stars Technology and corporate sabotage
The Corner Office is a solid first novella by a talented new author. My ranking of four stars is relative to the fact this is an above average first work and definitely worth the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Moyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Corporate thriller for a webcentric world? I didn't think I'd be this...
While I love suspense novels I never thought that corporate suspense is something that could get me interested. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great short novel, author keeps you turning pages
The Corner Office by Anand Rao was quite an interesting read. It is written like a drama tv series. Kevin, our main character has quite a time managing this PIT the technology... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brittjt01
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and quick read!
A fun and quick read set in the modern technology industry, with a little suspense and a surprise twist. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrinalini Narendra
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
This was a quick and entertaining read. The characters are all well developed and believable. The plot is that of a perfect thriller: well crafted with surprising twists and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Seppo Rinne
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An Indian author based in Seattle who enjoys the life of adventure and travel, and a burgeoning corporate career. His personal and professional endeavors have connected him to people across the world providing a unique perspective on their aspirations and interactions. Interested in communicating ideas and narrating stories, he published his first book 'The Corner Office' in July 2014. The book examines the interaction of executives in a fast growing technology company confronted with a never seen before crisis. Author draws upon his corporate experience working with top executives but adds flavor and philosophy to the story. He aspires to continue writing stories that examine human behavior and potential.

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