Stealing MySpace

  • by Julia Angwin
  • Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia
  • 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Barely funded, technologically inept, conceptually derivative, and driven by rivalries, the company that was to morph into the biggest Internet site in the world had an unlikely beginning. This is the fascinating and surprising story that includes all the elements of a great business narrative: obsessive characters from co-founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe to Rupert Murdock, relentless and unlikely innovation, and dizzying back room deal-making; all centered around an epic battle for control.Angwin had unparalleled access to all the necessary sources to reveal never-before-told accounts about Rupert Murdoch and Viacom Chief Executive Tom Freston.

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What the Critics Say

"A well-written, entertaining and drama-filled chronicle....This engrossing look at how MySpace became a media powerhouse will find a solid audience of business history, technology and entrepreneurship readers." (Publishers Weekly)

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Blast from the past

"MySpace remains the dominant social network, with 72 million monthly visitors in the United States". That was 2008. I was transported right back there, and remembered uni life, my wallpaper and that Tom dude who was my "friend". Still it's more a travel through the underbelly of the internet, power play, chance, daring, greed and hubris. A good story. Yes, there are lots of tangents, as other reviewers have pointed out. But it can't have been bad, I only took two days to listen to it. Pity the book cover here looks like an old MySpace banner ad, don't judge the book on that.
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- Daniel

Great Info -

Great info - Little Hard to Follow - the read gets easier and easier, well research.

little fragmented jumping from one person to another, quick to little transitions.

I'm techie and in the space, so i found it very entertaining and informative. I can see how others may find it hard to follow as the author jump from one person to person to another, ie my space founder, then the founders of the company that my space founders work at, ie rupert murdoch back story
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- Ace 1979

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-17-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.