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Losse takes us on a ride that begins with a Johns Hopkins graduate joining Facebook's customer-support team, through to her promotion to the Internationalization team, and shooting all the way up to being Zuckerberg's official ghostwriter. The story goes back and forth between reading like a description of her work culture and reading like a lengthy diary entry, as she goes from stories of AIM chats (using AIM at work was a requirement) and long hours into the night (as the engineers were often required when writing algorithms) to parties in Las Vegas and annual trips to the Coachella music festival.
Although the book is extremely well written, it is not particularly memorable and at times Losse's thoughts, although thought-provoking, become repetitive as she constantly questions whether Facebook is really bringing people together or turning the world into one big virtual reality. If you've seen the movie "The Social Network", then very little of the information presented here - about Facebook's work culture as well as Zuckerberg himself - will come as a surprise. That is the main criticism I have for the book - you don't learn much that you didn't already know or could guess at. The culture is very much like a frat house, with the guys often playing games like chess and beer-pong and sometimes sending erotic messages (usually in fun, but not always) to the female workers.Read more ›
Along with its impressive achievements, the Facebook described by Ms. Loose can also be seen as an exemplar of many of the things that are wrong with The Valley.
In 1956 William Whyte wrote a book titled The Organization Man. In Businessweek, David Leonard writes that The Organization Man was "A critique of society as much as business culture, the book diagnosed groupthink--a term Whyte coined--in the suburbs as well as the boardroom, and became one of the century's most influential pieces of commentary." Although Facebook claims that their ethos is "move fast and break things", what they have created in many ways mirrors the corporations of their Grandfather's generation.
Corporations in the 1950s expected conformity and so it is with Facebook and many other Silicon Valley Companies. I once spoke to a start-up that was building a "App" for the Apple iPhone which, they claimed, was going to change the world (an iPhone App, really?) The actual nature of this change is rarely stated but everyone is supposed to buy into the idea that they are doing transformative work.Read more ›
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This book leaves you with the feeling to never work in Silicon Valley. It shows how inequality plays in Silicon Valley which I like but sometimes throughout the book some events... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Antoinette
A really fun and fascinating read about one woman's perspective of working at Facebook in its early days. Read morePublished 6 months ago by V. Fenwick
Channeling Joan Dideon, the author pens a coolly observant chronicle of her adventures at Facebook in 2005 to 2010. She is an excellent writer---I couldn't put it down.Published 7 months ago by Suzanne Glenn
Interesting look into one of the most game changing startups in the past decade. A rare look into the fraternity culture around this company, and how that looked to an early female... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Matt
Book is really boring. It tells nothing interesting or new that hasn't been heard before. Seriously, there is not one exciting part in this whole book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Josiah
If you wanna know how Facebook was in its early days, this is the book you should read.Published on July 21, 2014 by Lucas N. Santos
If this book weren't classified as a "memoir" (according to Wikipedia), I would have given this book only 1 star. Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by II
A female in California inherits high-stake responsibilities and plumbs the depths of a network, feeling her way along a journey of curiosity and discovery with major... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Jack Waters
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