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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Review: I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

User Review  - Jami - Goodreads

Wow, this was a LONG one. I listened to it on audio and it was over 16 hours; it's a good thing that the narrator was good or I would have given up on it long ago. I liked the story overall, but there ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

I'm not quite sure how to rate this as I have mixed feelings about it. However in the end I'm glad I read it and I enjoyed it so I'll go for 4 stars even though it probably doesn't quite deserve it. I ... Read full review

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Contents

Google Grows and Finds Its Voice
153
Where We Stand
243
Can This Really Be the End?
375
Timeline of Google Events
391
Glossary
394
Acknowledgments
399
Index
402
Back Flap
417
Back Cover
418
Spine
419
Copyright

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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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