I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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"An exciting story [that] shines light on the inner workings of the fledgling Google and on the personalities of its founders."--The Daily Beast

In its infancy, Google embraced extremes--endless days fueled by unlimited free food, nonstop data-based debates, and blood-letting hockey games. The company's fresh-from-grad-school leaders sought more than old notions of success; they wanted to make all the information in the world available to everyone--instantly. Google, like the Big Bang, was a singularity--an explosive release of raw intelligence and unequaled creative energy--and while others have described what Google accomplished, no one has explained how it felt to be a part of it. Until now.

As employee number 59, Douglas Edwards was a key part of Google's earliest days. Experience the unnerving mix of camaraderie and competition as Larry Page and Sergey Brin create a famously nonhierarchical structure, fight against conventional wisdom, and race to implement myriad new features while coolly burying broken ideas. I'm Feeling Lucky captures the self-created culture of the world's most transformative corporation and offers unique access to the emotions experienced by those who virtually overnight built one of the world's best-known brands.

"Edwards does an excellent job of telling his story with a fun, outsider-insider voice. The writing is sharp."--Boston Globe

"An affectionate, compulsively readable recounting of the early years of Google."--Publishers Weekly


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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

An interesting insider's look at Google. The author does not have much of a technology background (he is older than the majority of the staff, and in marketing), so he does have a true 'outsider's ... Read full review

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User Review  - adrianh - LibraryThing

Fun, quick read. Entertaining stories from the early days of Google, though not much insight at all into the tech side. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

DOUG EDWARDS was the director of consumer marketing and brand management at Google from 1999 to 2005 and was responsible for setting the tone and direction of the company’s communications with its users. Prior to joining Google, Edwards was the online brand group manager for the San Jose Mercury News, where he conceived and led development of the technology news site siliconvalley.com.

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