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Chaos Monkeys: Inside the Silicon Valley Money Machine


An adrenaline-fuelled exposé of life inside the tech bubble, Chaos Monkeys lays bare the secrets, power plays and lifestyle excesses of the visionaries, grunts, sociopaths, opportunists and money cowboys who are revolutionising our world. Written by startup CEO and industry provocateur Antonio García Martínez, this is Liar’s Poker meets The Social Network.

Computer engineers use ‘chaos monkey’ software to wreak havoc and test system robustness. Similarly, tech entrepreneurs like Antonio García Martínez are society’s chaos monkeys – their innovations disrupt every aspect of our lives, from transportation (Uber) and holidays (Airbnb) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder) – all in search of the perfect business miracle.

Describing himself as ‘high-strung, fast-talking, and wired on a combination of caffeine, fear, and greed at all times’, García Martínez left Wall Street to make his fortune in Silicon Valley, becoming CEO of his own startup, before bailing and being poached by Facebook’s nascent advertising team. Here he turned users’ data into profit for COO Sheryl Sandberg and chairman and CEO Mark ‘Zuck’ Zuckerberg. Forced out of Facebook in the wake of a bitter internal product war, García Martínez took his unique brand of entrepreneurial hyperactivity to rivals Twitter. Along the way, he got into a lot of trouble with a lot of people, brewed illegal beer on the Facebook campus (accidentally flooding Zuckerberg's desk), lived on a yacht, raced sport cars on the highway, and enthusiastically pursued the lifestyle of an overpaid Silicon Valley mercenary.

In Chaos Monkeys he tells you HOW – and HOW NOT – to make a fortune through startups and digital marketing. Highly entertaining and always offering genuine insight, García Martínez unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing. From startups and credit derivatives to Big Brother and data tracking, social media monetisation and digital ‘privacy’, he shares both his scathing observations and outrageous antics, taking us on a subversive and very funny tour of the fascinatingly insular and unbelievably wealthy tech industry.

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  1. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Revalatory epistole from Silicon Valley, 29 April 2018
    Gethin Darklord (London UK)

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    I really enjoyed this book which falls into two sections: before the author’s employment with Facebook and afterwards until he is fired. Mr Martinez comes across as a very self centred but brilliant techy geek and whilst unappealing as a friend his frank discussions of his thoughts give an unusual degree of insight into his character; and of those like him. He actually manages to explain how Facebook makes its money which is something I have never understood before. His assertion they wouldn’t share your data is charmingly Niaive in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal (2019) – the book was written some years before. Ultimately it takes bravery to write frankly about one’s own failures and this makes it distinct from the hagiographies and self congratulatory books which characterise most business books. An interesting aside is his obvious erudition with well chosen classical quotations at the head of each chapter. Recommended highly.
  2. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Frustrating and irritating, 26 May 2019

    R. A. Mansfield (Brighton)

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    This review is from: Chaos Monkeys: Inside the Silicon Valley Money Machine (Kindle Edition)
    There were parts of this book I enjoyed. The insight into tech start-ups, a brief window into Facebook and the life in San Francisco were all interesting.

    Sadly, these sections were marred by having to ‘listen’ to Martinez’s overblown prose and sense of self-worth.

    The self-deprecation doesn’t sound genuine and – let’s face it – he comes across as a complete tool. Not worth the money

  3. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Two very interesting books in 1, 28 Jun. 2018

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    This review is from: Chaos Monkeys: Inside the Silicon Valley Money Machine (Kindle Edition)
    Despite being a bit long (500 pages), and a writing style that starts as fun but becomes a bit tiring, the two stories narrated (build a startup and “acqui-sell it” with quite some drama, and then join one of the most exciting companies in the last ten years, to realize it became a politics-riddled corporation like many others -but different-)

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