Summary of Chaos Monkeys
CHAOS MONKEYS: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez. Copyright © 2016 by Antonio Garcia Martinez. Published by arrangement with Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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By his own account, Antonio García Martinez suffers profound flaws. His sins include chronic disloyalty to his employers and indifference to his children. He’s greedy and “ruthless.” This all makes him an ideal tour guide to the pitfalls of Silicon Valley. By embracing his own amorality, the former tech entrepreneur frees himself to write a snarky, brutally honest look at life in the tech capital. He labels San Francisco “a cultural desert” and describes a Facebook exec as exuding “an air of arrogance that stank like bad aftershave.” The publisher’s libel attorney likely spent many hours vetting this manuscript, but it’s a romp to read and an enlightening guide to business in the Valley. The author worked as a Wall Street quant and cadged a $10 million offer for a doomed start-up. getAbstract recommends his uncensored tale to investors, entrepreneurs and interested onlookers seeking an unvarnished view of Silicon Valley.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the founders of Ad-Grok launched their Silicon Valley start-up;
- How the CEO sold the company to Twitter and sold himself to Facebook; and
- What developments take place behind the façades at Twitter, Facebook and Google.
About the Author
Antonio García Martinez has been an adviser to Twitter, a product manager for Facebook, the CEO-founder of AdGrok and a strategist at Goldman Sachs. He lives on a sailboat in San Francisco Bay.
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8 months agoInteresting overview of the startup life. I'm pretty sure if I ever met Antonio I wouldn't much like him given how he seems to view things...but I would give him a chance if he has become more humble.
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