What Would Google Do?: Reverse-Engineering the Fastest Growing Company in the History of the World (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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A bold and vital book that asks and answers the most urgent question of today: What Would Google Do?

In a book that's one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google—the fastest-growing company in history—to discover forty clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by. At the same time, he illuminates the new worldview of the internet generation: how it challenges and destroys, but also opens up vast new opportunities. His findings are counterintuitive, imaginative, practical, and above all visionary, giving readers a glimpse of how everyone and everything—from corporations to governments, nations to individuals—must evolve in the Google era.

Along the way, he looks under the hood of a car designed by its drivers, ponders a worldwide university where the students design their curriculum, envisions an airline fueled by a social network, imagines the open-source restaurant, and examines a series of industries and institutions that will soon benefit from this book's central question.

The result is an astonishing, mind-opening book that, in the end, is not about Google. It's about you.

  

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User Review  - Jen Lawrence - Goodreads

Jeff Jarvis's has written a terrific book in his What Would Google Do? What started out as a blog battle with Dell Computer led blogger/journalist Jarvis (Buzz Machine) to contemplate how business has ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alumine Andrew - Goodreads

This is not so much a good book to read but a lifestyle change! My husband raved about his book and insisted I read it, so I did. And I've learned to be Googlier and googlier! In this book Jarvis ... Read full review

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Contents

New Relationship
11
New Architecture
24
New Publicness
40
New Economy
54
New Business Reality
70
New Ethic
91
New Imperatives
109
Media
123
Advertising
145
Utilities
162
Were more than consumers
177
Markets minus middlemen
195
Public Institutions
210
Beyond Google?
226
Continuing the conversation
243
Copyright

Killing the book to save
136

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About the author (2009)

Jeff Jarvis is the proprietor of one of the web’s most popular and respected blogs about media, Buzzmachine.com. He heads the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York. He was named one of a hundred worldwide media leaders by the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2007–11 and was the creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine. He is the author of the forthcoming book Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live.

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