Friday, November 19, 2010

30/52: The Accidental Billionaires

30/52: The Accidental Billionaires, 2.5/5 Stars
Oh, I remember the days of whispering in the public coffee shops of Silicon Valley; the days of discussing millions of dollars over lunch among other people that were discussing millions of dollars at other tables. Though this book about the foundation of Facebook happened while I was in the Valley working for Yahoo! and 4INFO, I wasn't aware of it happening, and I was late to the Facebook experience because I'd already graduated from school and didn't have a .edu email address. I enjoyed the read, largely because I know the some of the investor names and companies, and it was a quick read... fascinating how start-ups, once built in garages as hobbies by full-time professionals, are now the side projects of students and many others. I love technology. However, it's a story that I've heard a thousand times with other companies... it is what it is. Guard your grill.


Book #29 = Breakable You by Brian Morton, 3.5/5 Stars
Book #28 = Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belski, 3/5 Stars
Book #27 = The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho, 1.5/5 Stars
Book #26 = The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, 3/5 Stars
Book #25 = Where the River Ends by Charles Martin, 4/5 Stars
Book #24 = Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin, 1.5/5 Stars
Book #23 = The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst, 3/5 Stars

Book #22 = When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin, 4/5 Stars
Book #21 = The Holy Man by Susan Trott, 4/5 Stars
Book #20 = Shopgirl by Steve Martin, 2/5 Stars
Book #19 = Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, 1/5 Stars
Book #18 = On the Beach by Nevil Shute, 2.5/5 Stars
Book #17 = Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White, 3/5 Stars
Book #16 = The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright, 4/5 Stars
Book #15 = The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander, 3.5/5 Stars
Book #14 = Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss,
Book #13 = Captivate! by Adam Nisenson, 2/5 Stars
Book #12 = Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, 3/5 Stars
Book #11 = Maggie by Charles Martin, 4/5 Stars
Book #10 = The Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin, 3/5 Stars
Book #09 = Duma Key by Stephen King, 2.5.5 Stars

Book #08 = Every Woman Has a Story by
Daryl Ott Underhill, 2/5 Stars
Book #07 = Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin, 3/5 Stars
Book #06 = Maybe (Maybe Not) by Robert Fulghum, 4/5 Stars
Book #05 = The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt, 1/5 Stars
Book #04 = The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis, 2/5 Stars
Book #03 = Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L'Amour, 3/5 Stars
Book #02 = The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson, 3/5 Stars

Book #01 = Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, 3/5 Stars

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