Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works. While they were still students at Stanford, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin revolutionized Internet search. They followed this brilliant innovation with another, as two of Google´s earliest employees found a way to do what no one else had: make billions of dollars from Internet advertising. With this cash cow (until Google´s IPO, nobody other than Google management had any idea how lucrative the company´s ad business was), Google was able to expand dramatically and take on other transformative projects: more efficient data centers, open-source cell phones, free Internet video (YouTube), cloud computing, digitizing books, and much more. The key to Google´s success in all these businesses, Levy reveals, is its engineering mind-set and adoption of such Internet values as speed, openness, experimentation, and risk taking. After it´s unapologetically elitist approach to hiring, Google pampers its engineers with free food and dry cleaning, on-site doctors and masseuses, and gives them all the resources they need to succeed. Even today, with a workforce of more than 23,000, Larry Page signs off on every hire. But has Google lost its innovative edge? It stumbled badly in China. And now, with its newest initiative, social networking, Google is chasing a successful competitor for the first time. Some employees are leaving the company for smaller, nimbler start-ups. Can the company that famously decided not to be ´´evil´´ still compete? No other book has turned Google inside out as Levy does with In the Plex. 1. Language: English. Narrator: L. J. Ganser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003074/bk_adbl_003074_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystander´s account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving listeners a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. Edwards, Google´s first director of marketing and brand management, describes it as it happened. We see the first, pioneering steps of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the company´s young, idiosyncratic partners; the evolution of the company´s famously nonhierarchical structure (where every employee finds a problem to tackle or a feature to create and works independently); the development of brand identity; the races to develop and implement each new feature; and the many ideas that never came to pass. Above all, Edwards - a former journalist who knows how to write - captures the Google Experience, the rollercoaster ride of being part of a company creating itself in a whole new universe. I´m Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world´s most transformative corporation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas Edwards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003217/bk_adbl_003217_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth - and how it can help any organization thrive. In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up whom he´d just given $12.5 million, the biggest investment of his career. Larry Page and Sergey Brin had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy, and sky-high ambitions, but no real business plan. For Google to change the world (or even to survive), Page and Brin had to learn how to make tough choices on priorities while keeping their team on track. They´d have to know when to pull the plug on losing propositions, to fail fast. And they needed timely, relevant data to track their progress - to measure what mattered. Doerr taught them about a proven approach to operating excellence: Objectives and Key Results. He had first discovered OKRs in the 1970s as an engineer at Intel, where the legendary Andy Grove (´´the greatest manager of his or any era´´) drove the best-run company Doerr had ever seen. Later, as a venture capitalist, Doerr shared Grove´s brainchild with more than 50 companies. Wherever the process was faithfully practiced, it worked. In this goal-setting system, objectives define what we seek to achieve; key results are how those top-priority goals will be attained with specific, measurable actions within a set time frame. Everyone´s goals, from entry level to CEO, are transparent to the entire organization. The benefits are profound. OKRs surface an organization´s most important work. They focus effort and foster coordination. They keep employees on track. They link objectives across silos to unify and strengthen the entire company. Along the way, OKRs enhance workplace satisfaction and boost retention. In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Doerr, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003954/bk_peng_003954_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here is the story behind one of the most remarkable Internet successes of our time. Based on scrupulous research and extraordinary access to Google, the book takes you inside the creation and growth of a company whose name is a favorite brand and a standard verb recognized around the world. Its stock is worth more than General Motors´ and Ford´s combined, its staff eats for free in a dining room run by the Grateful Dead´s former chef, and its employees traverse the firm´s colorful Silicon Valley campus on scooters and inline skates. The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world´s most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere. In 1998, Moscow-born Sergey Brin and Midwest-born Larry Page dropped out of graduate school at Stanford University to, in their own words, ´´change the world´´ through a search engine that would organize every bit of information on the Web for free. While the company has done exactly that in more than one hundred languages, Google´s quest continues as it seeks to add millions of library books, television broadcasts, and more to its searchable database. Listeners will learn about the amazing business acumen and computer wizardry that started the company on its astonishing course; the secret network of computers delivering lightning-fast search results; and the unorthodox approach that has enabled it to challenge Microsoft´s dominance and shake up Wall Street. Even as it rides high, Google wrestles with difficult choices that will enable it to continue expanding while sustaining the guiding vision of its founders´ mantra: DO NO EVIL. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Grupper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000722/bk_rand_000722_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here is the story behind one of the most remarkable Internet successes of our time. Based on scrupulous research and extraordinary access to Google, the book takes you inside the creation and growth of a company whose name is a favorite brand and a standard verb recognized around the world. Its stock is worth more than General Motors´ and Ford´s combined, its staff eats for free in a dining room run by the Grateful Dead´s former chef, and its employees traverse the firm´s colorful Silicon Valley campus on scooters and inline skates. The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world´s most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere. In 1998, Moscow-born Sergey Brin and Midwest-born Larry Page dropped out of graduate school at Stanford University to, in their own words, ´´change the world´´ through a search engine that would organize every bit of information on the Web for free. While the company has done exactly that in more than one hundred languages, Google´s quest continues as it seeks to add millions of library books, television broadcasts, and more to its searchable database. Listeners will learn about the amazing business acumen and computer wizardry that started the company on its astonishing course; the secret network of computers delivering lightning-fast search results; and the unorthodox approach that has enabled it to challenge Microsoft´s dominance and shake up Wall Street. Even as it rides high, Google wrestles with difficult choices that will enable it to continue expanding while sustaining the guiding vision of its founders´ mantra: DO NO EVIL. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Hoye. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000588/bk_bkot_000588_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead (2015) by Laszlo Bock describes the unorthodox methods Google uses to hire and retain the most talented employees. Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, knew they wanted to create the world’s best search engine.... Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Webb. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/146829/bk_acx0_146829_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The must-listen book for anyone concerned about the present and the future. From two leading thinkers, the widely anticipated book that describes a new, hugely connected world of the future, full of challenges and benefits which are ours to meet and harness. The New Digital Age is the product of an unparalleled collaboration: full of the brilliant insights of one of Silicon Valley´s great innovators - what Bill Gates was to Microsoft and Steve Jobs was to Apple, Schmidt (along with Larry Page and Sergey Brin) was to Google - and the Director of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, formerly an advisor to both Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Never before has the future been so vividly and transparently imagined. From technologies that will change lives (information systems that greatly increase productivity, safety, and our quality of life, thought-controlled motion technology that can revolutionise medical procedures, and near-perfect translation technology that allows us to have more diversified interactions) to our most important future considerations (curating our online identity and fighting those who would do harm with it) to the widespread political change that will transform the globe (through transformations in conflict, increasingly active and global citizenries, a new wave of cyber-terrorism, and states operating simultaneously in the physical and virtual realms) to the ever-present threats to our privacy and security, Schmidt and Cohen outline in great detail and scope all the promise and peril awaiting us in the coming decades. A breakthrough book - pragmatic, inspirational and totally fascinating. Whether a government, a business, or an individual, we must understand technology if we want to understand the future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger Wayne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000552/bk_hodd_000552_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An unforgettable story of four women who, through grit and ingenuity, became stars in the cutthroat, high-stakes, male-dominated world of venture capital in Silicon Valley, and helped build some of the foremost companies of our time. In Alpha Girls, award-winning journalist Julian Guthrie takes listeners behind the closed doors of venture capital, an industry that transforms economies and shapes how we live. We follow the lives and careers of four women who were largely written out of history - until now. Magdalena Yesil, who arrived in America from Turkey with $43 to her name, would go on to receive her electrical engineering degree from Stanford, found some of the first companies to commercialize internet access, and help Marc Benioff build Salesforce. Mary Jane Elmore went from the corn fields of Indiana to Stanford and on to the storied venture capital firm IVP - where she was one of the first women in the US to make partner - only to be pulled back from the glass ceiling by expectations at home. Theresia Gouw, an overachieving first-generation Asian American from a working-class town, dominated the foosball tables at Brown (she would later reluctantly let Sergey Brin win to help Accel Partners court Google), before she helped land and build companies including Facebook, Trulia, Imperva, and ForeScout. Sonja Hoel, a Southerner who became the first woman investing partner at white-glove Menlo Ventures, invested in McAfee, Hotmail, Acme Packet, and F5 Networks. As her star was still rising at Menlo, a personal crisis would turn her into an activist overnight, inspiring her to found an all-women´s investment group and a national nonprofit for girls. These women, juggling work and family, shaped the tech landscape we know today while overcoming unequal pay, actual punches, betrayals, and the sexist attitudes prevalent in Silicon Valley and in male-dominated industries everywhere. Despite the setbacks, they would rise again to 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kim Mai Guest, Julian Guthrie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006914/bk_rand_006914_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Following in the rich tradition of Napoleon Hill´s Think and Grow Rich, Dr. Ken Odiwé, himself a rags to riches New American Millionaire, continues to explore the secrets that self-made millionaires share. As you will soon discover, many self-made millionaires started out with much less than you have. In fact, the interesting people you will meet here came to America with nothing more than a few meagre belongings, a few bucks in their pockets, and a burning desire to succeed. They are affectionately called the ´´New American Millionaires” by Dr. Ken. Some of them you will be familiar with already although you may not be aware of their early struggles. People like Jerry Yang of Yahoo fame, Elon Musk who revolutionized online purchasing with Paypal, Andrew Grove, co-founder of computer chip giant Intel, and Sergey Brin, cofounder of the world´s premiere search engine giant, Google. Others you will learn from include people such as Vinod Khosla, Ric Fulop, Henry Wong, Masoud Kermani, Gershon Mader, Saeed Amidi, Naren Gupta, and many others. In The New American Millionaires you will explore the mysteries of becoming a millionaire as you follow the path laid out for you by these New American Millionaires, the inner qualities and mindset of such wunderkinds, the ´´11 Success Traits” they have in common, the sound logic behind the ´´New American Millionaire-Model” and the paint-by-the-numbers tips to creating your own financial ´´Tipping Point”. Dr. Ken´s ‘shoot from the hip´ no nonsense style gives you the nuts and bolts tactics and strategies you need to get started on the road to becoming a successful millionaire entrepreneur in the 21st century. What this offers you is a key to unlock a bright new future for yourself. Dr. Ken has 3 value-packed gifts waiting for you at www.milliondollarsuccessinstitute.com 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Pierce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005409/bk_acx0_005409_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.