The Upstarts

  • by Brad Stone
  • Narrated by Dean Temple
  • 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A look deep inside the new Silicon Valley from the New York Times best-selling author of The Everything Store.
Ten years ago the idea of getting into a stranger's car or walking into a stranger's home would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it's as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb have ushered in a new era: redefining neighborhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business, and changing the way we travel. In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, another generation of entrepreneurs is using technology to upend convention and disrupt entire industries. These are the upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Led by such visionaries as Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb, they are rewriting the rules of business and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.
The Upstarts is the definitive story of two new titans of business and a dawning age of tenacity, conflict, and wealth. In Brad Stone's riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we discover how it all happened and what it took to change the world.

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What the Critics Say

"Brad Stone's The Upstarts reads like a detective story: A page turning who-did-it on the creation of billion dollar fortunes and the ruthless murder of traditional businesses. No single book will tell you more about what life feels like inside companies like Airbnb and Uber as they grow from mere ideas into merciless machines for innovation, riches and unease. The sweat. The stress. The power highs of new instant fortunes. It's all here. You won't be able to put The Upstarts down. And when you finally do, you'll look at your own company and career in a totally fresh way." (Joshua Cooper Ramo, author of The Seventh Sense)
"In The Upstarts, Brad Stone has vividly captured the cultural and economic upheaval brought about by the latest generation of Internet superpowers. His book is a magnificent expose of how companies like Uber and Airbnb came to be, the people that profited and lost out along the way and the ramifications that this technology will have on the world for decades to come. Stone remains the preeminent chronicler of the Internet Age and a master story teller." (Ashlee Vance, author of Elon Musk)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Well narrated and written

I enjoyed this book. Didn't have the can't put it down feeling, but was well written and interesting.
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- arkleins

Another great and important book by Brad Stone

Would you consider the audio edition of The Upstarts to be better than the print version?

Yes, narrator s excellent


Who was your favorite character and why?

The founders of AirBnB and Uber


Any additional comments?

Brad Stone is one of America's top writer- recommend his book on Amazon as well as following his writings on Business Week. Anyone interested in starting a business or understanding the dynamics of what is driving disruption on today's global economy should read this book.

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- Nelson Reyneri

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio