I'm Feeling Lucky

The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
CD - unabridged
Audio (14 discs)
Product Number: BN1529
Released: Apr 03, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781455883561
Narrator/s: Douglas Edwards
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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One of Google's early employees takes us on a trip inside the hyperenergized company that broke the rules and rocked the world. Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. In its infancy, Google embraced extremes-endless days fueled by unlimited free food, nonstop data-based debates, and bloodletting hockey games. The company's fresh-from-grad-school leaders sought more than old notions of success; they wanted to make all the information in the world available to everyone-instantly. Google, like the Big Bang, was a singularity-an explosive release of raw intelligence and unequaled creative energy-and while others have described what Google accomplished, no one has explained how it felt to be a part of it. Until now. Douglas Edwards, employee number 59, offers the first inside view of what it was like to be a Googler. Experience the unnerving mix of camaraderie and competition as Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the company's idiosyncratic young partners, create a famously nonhierarchical structure, fight against conventional wisdom, and race to implement a myriad of new features while coolly burying broken ideas and wounded products. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the self-invented culture of the world's most transformative corporation and offers unique access to the emotions, particularly the tensions, experienced by those who built overnight one of the world's best-known brands.

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Author(s): Douglas Edwards
Product Number EB00031300
Released: Jul 12, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780547549033

Professional reviews

"With a warm, approachable tone and perfect pacing, Edwards narrates his detailed account of his experiences as an early employee of Google, Inc. The work highlights the company's evolution from a two-person experimental enterprise to an international conglomerate. Edwards seems a natural as he provides a highly listenable audio performance. This former director of consumer marketing and brand management for the Internet search engine giant provides a unique perspective on working day to day with Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Even more impressive, despite the haphazard organization of the book's time line, the listener walks away with a better understanding of how true organizational creativity and brilliant technical engineering can impact the human condition and world culture. Edwards feels lucky, and so will the listener. W.A.G. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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