Live Work Work Work Die

Live Work Work Work Die

A Journey Into The Savage Heart Of Silicon Valley

Book - 2017
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At the height of the startup boom, journalist Corey Pein set out for Silicon Valley with little more than a smartphone and his wits. His goal: to learn how such an overhyped industry could possibly sustain itself as long as it has. Determined to cut through the clichés of big tech--the relentless optimism, the incessant repetition of vacuous buzzwords--Pein decided that he would need to take an approach as unorthodox as the companies he would soon be covering. To truly understand the delirious reality of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he knew, he would have to inhabit that perspective--he would have to become an entrepreneur. Thus he begins his journey--skulking through gimmicky tech conferences, pitching his over-the-top business ideas to investors, and interviewing a cast of outrageous characters: cyborgs and con artists, Teamsters and transhumanists, jittery hackers and naive upstart programmers whose entire lives are managed by their employers--who work endlessly and obediently, never thinking to question their place in the system.In showing us this frantic world, Pein challenges the positive self-image that the tech tycoons have crafted--as benevolent creators of wealth and opportunity--to reveal their self-justifying views and their insidious visions for the future. Vivid and incisive, Live Work Work Work Die is a troubling portrait of a self-obsessed industry bent on imposing its disturbing visions on the rest of us.
Publisher: New York :, Metropolitan Books,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781627794855
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm

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annod
May 17, 2018

Greed never makes for a happy life.

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StarGladiator
May 16, 2018

Great and perfectly descriptive blurb on the back cover of the book by Thomas Frank [Listen, Liberals and What's the Matter With Kansas?].
This book is really aimed at aspiring 13 - - 20 year-olds, as a warning of the amorality of what constitutes the present tech industry.
I was a bit put off by the author's glibness, but he does make some good points along the way. Would especially recommend the first 5 pages of the book, and also pp. 131 - 136, and of greatest importance were pp. 155 -- 157.
The author sometimes confuses robber barons with nerds, otherwise he's on the right track.
[At the end of this book the author includes some very interesting comments on the demonetization which took place recently in India - - fascinating!]

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