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Overconnected: The Promise and Threat of the Internet by [William H. Davidow]
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“The technology genie is out of the bottle. And as a result, you’re not going to put it back . . . [Overconnected] is a great read that is part historical, part anecdotal . . . the book addresses a universal audience. Its key message is really to anyone who uses technology.” —Paul Otinelli, CEO of Intel Corporation

 

Overconnected has the wonderful effect of explaining seemingly unrelated problems in a way that instantly makes sense once it is pointed out, and that also suggests feasible corrections. One of the pioneers of the modern technology shows how the unanticipated effects of the Internet are distorting economics, politics, international relations, and individual lives. The book is clear, original, and worth being widely read.” —James Fallows, Author and National Correspondent for The Atlantic

 
“Bill Davidow artfully employs historical analogies—many of them startlingly novel—to ask some penetrating questions about the Internet revolution and its implication for commerce, finance, politics, and culture. Written with punch and passion, Overconnected invokes examples from the South Sea Bubble and the economic explosion of Iceland to the rise of Chicago and the near-demise of New Orleans to demonstrate the in-built vulnerability of inter-connected systems. Davidow argues compellingly that connectivity without coordination is a formula for chronic instability—and that hyper-connection without coordination is a formula for mega-catastrophe, as recent events have shown. This is a bold and brave book. Its message deserves to go viral.” —David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, and Professor of History emeritus at Stanford University
 
“This book is an engagingly written primer on the impacts of the world’s most powerful interconnection technology. Every policy maker, politician, and businessperson should read it to gain a deeper understanding into how the Internet will transform government, our social institutions, the economy, and our lives.” —Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley

 

About the Author

Bill Davidow has been a high-technology industry executive and a venture capital investor for more than thirty years, having worked at managerial positions at Intel Corp., Hewlett Packard and General Electric. He is now an active advisor to Mohr Davidow Ventures, a venture capital firm. An electrical engineer by training, he has earned degrees at Dartmouth College, the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University and is the author of Marketing High Technology and a co-author of Total Customer Service and The Virtual Corporation.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004FEG36W
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Delphinium Books (January 4, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 4, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1065 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Bill Davidow has been a high-technology industry executive and venture capital investor for more than thirty years, having worked at managerial positions at Intel Corp., Hewlett Packard, and General Electric. He is now an active advisor to Mohr Davidow Ventures, a venture capital firm. An electrical engineer by training, he has earned degrees at Dartmouth College, the California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University and is the author of Marketing High Technology and a coauthor of Total Customer Service and The Virtual Corporation. His most recent book, Overconnected: The Promise and Threat of the Internet, was released January 4, 2011.

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