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Down and Out in Web 2.0 and London,
This review is from: Bringing Nothing To The Party: True Confessions Of A New Media Whore (Kindle Edition)
There's a whole genre of semi autobiographical books about tech startups, and this one covers Paul Carr's experiences in the London Internet industry circa mid 00's and his travails therein.
Paul pulls few punches on his own shortcomings, and does a more than adequate job of setting the scene of a particular time and place. Providing good color around the people and feel of what it must have been like to watch people starting various well hyped and funded ventures and then proceeding with his own efforts are some of the high points here. (Having co-founded a couple of companies in Silicon Valley, the tone here rang true, and I came away feeling somewhat empathetic at the pressure the author was under, seemingly all the time.)
If there were one nit, it was that everything finished a bit cleanly. While it was clear what happened, I was left with the feeling that the end of the affair didn't receive the same attention as the beginning, and that Paul's ex-cofounder may have received a gentler treatment than the other folks who crossed his path.
A good dose of humor made this an enjoyable read. Also, if you happen to know anyone in the book, or follow Paul's writings in TechCrunch or on the web, this will, perhaps, explain some things.