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How I Lost 170 Million Dollars: My Time as #30 at Facebook Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00OSVKAMU
- Publication date : October 22, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2383 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 125 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,631 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Besides that, this book is a neat inside look at Facebook during its' early years. It's a flashback to the past when you see older tech such as Blackberry and Yahoo mentioned now that they are all but irrelevant, plus seeing how some of the Facebook features developed from nothing.
The relationships mentioned were interesting, such as one person who joined a party late, wagered in poker and asked for their money back because they had to leave, but there wasn't anything too deep.
Overall, it's a fine autobiography with some interesting facts, but there's not much to go back on for another read.
Here were some of my favorite stories and anecdotes from this book:
---What Facebook looked like when it was only a handful of people
Noah talks about how when he walked in on the first day there were loose wires hanging from the ceiling, pizza boxes everywhere, and a sea of IKEA desks. He does a great job of placing the reader in his shoes and gives a fascinating look in to what life was like for the early employees.
---What Mark Zuckerberg was like to work with
Can you imagine what it must've bene like to work with a 24yr old guy that while skyrocketing to superstardom also walked around the office with sword? Well you don't have to because Noah tells you all about in the book.
---How he dealt with getting fired and loosing out on, you guessed it, 170 million dollars
Something that isn't mentioned in the title is that after getting fired from Facebook he went on to work for Mint and lost out on another fortune. Probably the biggest lesson to be learned from this book is how to deal with circumstances that would make anyone cringe to even think about. Noah is very honest and open about his struggles and what worked for him.
This book is a quick read and you will learn a ton about business, life, and about finding out where you belong. Highly recommended!
But to me, Noah was already famous for App Sumo. I was very excited to see him speak purely for that reason. Reading this book made him all the more fascinating and I will continue to check out his offerings wherever he posts them.
Towards the end chapters were short and I wanted to know more. The author should update this book letting us know what he’s up to now because the links at the end will not suffice 😊, Also toss in a few extra juicy stories and business lessons.
Top reviews from other countries
This is a fascinating insider account into Kagan's all-too-brief time at the company in its start-up days and is replete with insights into the student-vibe corporate culture of the web sensation that Facebook became.
It also confirms much of what many of us know or heard of Zuckerberg, the ostensible kid genius... Not everything about him is commendable; to me, Zuckerberg appears ruthless in his dealings with other human beings which, of all his manifold attributes, is a horrible ingredient in his success.
Kagan, for his part, is refreshingly self-deprecating (which is so un-American for an American). And very commendably, he refuses to mope or harbour spite over his dismissal from Facebook. If anything, the experience appears to have focussed his energies on becoming what he now is: one of the top two or three experts within a small pantheon of world-class online marketers.
In fact, it was through reading his blog that I discovered his web marketing genius - and generosity towards his readers; the book and his time with Zuckerberg were later discoveries.
In any case, I can only commend this book as a 5 star experience. I know giving it 4 might have added some balance to all the glowing reviews over on the US Amazon, but I can only be honest about this. 5 stars it is!
Essentially it's a long build up to the point where the author gets fired. Even that bits not terribly exciting. And then the book just face plants into the pavement. Nothing really happens after that. No real insights. Nothing really. I'm feeling a bit deflated.
Shame really as the title promised so much.
It's 2 stars because I admire the authors courage for picking himself up and carrying on, but so far as books go it lacks substance. Sorry!