Liar's Poker meets The Social Network in an irreverent exposé of life inside the tech bubble, from industry provocateur Antonio García Martínez, a former Twitter advisor, Facebook product manager, and start-up founder/CEO.
The reality is, Silicon Valley capitalism is very simple:
Investors are people with more money than time.
Employees are people with more time than money.
Entrepreneurs are the seductive go-between.
Marketing is like sex: only losers pay for it.
Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a data center powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this "chaos monkey" to test online services' robustness - their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society's chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder).
One of Silicon Valley's most audacious chaos monkeys is Antonio García Martínez. After stints on Wall Street and as CEO of his own start-up, García Martínez joined Facebook's nascent advertising team, turning its users' data into profit for COO Sheryl Sandberg and chairman and CEO Mark "Zuck" Zuckerberg. Forced out in the wake of an internal product war over the future of the company's monetization strategy, García Martínez eventually landed at rival Twitter. He also fathered two children with a woman he barely knew, committed lewd acts and brewed illegal beer on the Facebook campus (accidentally flooding Zuckerberg's desk), lived on a sailboat, raced sport cars on the 101, and enthusiastically pursued the life of an overpaid Silicon Valley wastrel.
Now this gleeful contrarian unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future. Weighing in on everything from start-ups and credit derivatives to Big Brother, data tracking, social media monetization, and digital "privacy", García Martínez shares his scathing observations and outrageous antics, taking us on a humorous, subversive tour of the fascinatingly insular tech industry.
Chaos Monkeys lays bare the hijinks, trade secrets, and power plays of the visionaries, grunts, sociopaths, opportunists, accidental tourists, and money cowboys who are revolutionizing our world. The question is, will we survive?
Bonus content: an exclusive interview featuring Antonio García Martínez in conversation with journalist and author Steven Levy.
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Get this man a condom!
This was poorly written (and apparently, edited). The author's constant analogies were awful--sometimes I wasn't sure whether he was telling his story or giving us an analogy.
The author is annoying and narcissistic --by the end of the book I really disliked him.
When he lost his job.
The reviews I read mostly talked about how there was important info from the author's experiences in creating/selling a tech company--and there was that. Unfamiliar with that business, I was interested in learning about it from an insider. The only reason I listened to the whole book (as annoying as it was) I did want to find out what happened.
I did not need to hear about his tryst in the closet with a co-worker during an office party. His sexual escapades, which included having 2 children with a woman with whom he did not really have a relationship, showed how stupid he really is.
- Kate M.
Wanna Save 14hrs of Your Life??? Read This.
This is NOT a book about business or startups. This is simply a satire comedy book passing off as something else. This "writer" if you can call him that, talks mostly about his personal life which NO ONE cares for.He actually has a chapter entitled "Like Marriage, But Without The F-----ing" yes that is what he has as a chapter. In said chapter, he speaks about how the poop smells like in the bathroom shared by his co-partner. But wait........there is more. He goes on speaking about his potential DUI, his marathon sex, his boat, his dates, Need I continue?
Putting aside all the unnecessary cussing, half racist remarks, fat jokes, condescending tone, the "writer" overused footnotes to show how "smart" he is.
There is VERY little, if any, substance to be had out of 14 hrs of nonsensical ramblings. Chaos Monkey is a perfect name for the book. Because, the book sounded as a monkey wrote it.
This book could only appease a Gary V follower.
- John J.