- File Size: 750 KB
- Print Length: 48 pages
- Publication Date: April 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JNZRKAQ
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No Exit: Struggling to Survive a Modern Gold Rush (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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There isn't a strong story-line or point to this read. This is short for a book, but long for a magazine article. It very much reads like a Wired article (which it was based on). It's an easy read to pass time.
- Horowitz’s The Hard Thing about hard Things,
- Morozov’s To Save Everything, Click Here (which is so negative, I have not written a post yet!)
- HBO’s Silicon Valley – nice & funny but slightly depressing.
In a way there’s always been creations which were not absolutely optimistic, but there was always some positive point. I think of
- Bronson’s The First $20 Million Is Always The Hardest,
- Edwards’ I’M Feeling Lucky – Falling On My Feet in Silicon Valley,
- the very good Harboe Schmidt’s The Ultimate Cure or
- even very short and funny The Anorexic Startup by Mike Frankel.
Now I just read No Exit, Struggling to Survive a Modern Gold Rush by Gideon Lewis-Kraus. The passion, the excitement have disappeared. The entrepreneurs are honest enough to show they are exhausted. And the gold rush again will have more casualties than winners. I initially thought it was a fiction, but the author is a journalist for Wired. That’s why my initial reaction was it’s not a good work, I could not see the style, the rythm. After I understood it was not fiction, I was less negative, thought it’s not the best document I’ve read. But here are some interesting quotes/lessons:
“The Valley has successfully elaborated the fantasy that entrepreneurship – and, more broadly, creativity – can be systemized; this is the basic promises of accelerators (Ycombinator et al.) that success in the startup game can be not only taught but rationalized, made predictable.Read more ›
If you every thought you might want to do a Tech startup, read this book first.
I enjoyed the book but wished that it might be a little longer.
It helps that it's a really well written book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read: enough involvement in the story to make it a page turner and, at the same time, enough context that you learn on the overall projectPublished 6 months ago by Benoit Marchal
You should read this book if you are thinking about a startupPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Sash
I've lived through this at least once, possibly twice. The author almost launches into cynicism and bitterness but manages to stay on the more romantic streak through out. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Vasily
Ok, entertained for a bit, but seemed to be over before it actually endedPublished 16 months ago by Mike Bell
Believable founders, typical potential investors and the crazy lifestyle choices all add up to a allegory for modern capitalism--outsourced tech R&D on the cheap with other... Read morePublished 17 months ago by David Anderson
A side of Silicon Valley you don't often get to see. The author is definitely a little too pessimistic. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Exciting and grim depiction of the dynamics and trials of startup culture, the sweat and worry and sudden failure that is behind the scenes of this seemingly glamorous and fearless... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael
This is a great read. It is an antidote to the exceptional "unicorn" narratives of startups that pervade the literature. Read morePublished 20 months ago by JB1
Merely OK. Writing was acceptable. Captures some of the sensibility of 2010s Silicon Valley. Quality overwhelmed by the author's tedious leftism.Published 20 months ago by Henry Dampier
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