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I'm Feeling Lucky

The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
Narrated by: Douglas Edwards
Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Douglas Edwards (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This lively, thoughtful business memoir is more entertaining than it really has any right to be, and should be required reading for startup aficionados." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Douglas Edwards is indeed lucky, sort of an accidental millionaire, a reluctant bystander in a sea of computer geniuses who changed the world. This is a rare look at what happened inside the building of the most important company of our time." (Seth Godin)
"Douglas Edwards recounts Google's stumble and rise with verve and humor and a generosity of spirit. He kept me turning the pages of this engrossing tale." (Ken Auletta, author of Googled: The End of the World as We Know It)
“With a warm, approachable tone and perfect pacing, Edwards narrates his detailed account of his experiences as an early employee of Google, Inc….Edwards seems a natural as he provides a highly listenable audio performance….the listener walks away with a better understanding of how true organizational creativity and brilliant technical engineering can impact the human condition and world culture.” ( AudioFile)

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insight into google

what a great insight into the world of google. definitely worth listenting to. I couldn't stop listening

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Great story of the success of Google.

Really good view into the early days of Google and the relentless desire for success and "the right thing"

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  • Andrew
  • 16-08-2011

Interesting and insightful

For anyone interested in Google or working at an internet based business this book is a must read/listen. Douglas gives a detailed account of his 6 or so years at Google as the business went from a small start up to the massive internet giant it is today. Douglas also reads it excellently and as it is his story you get a better feeling of his feelings about the different things that happened during his time there. Highly recommended.

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  • Ram Prasad Krishnamurthy
  • 26-09-2018

Just a confession and nothing more..

It sounded to me like a 'cry over the shoulders' autobiography story of a person who did not belong to the place he was in.

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  • Olivier
  • 14-09-2014

A Good Second Book On Google

Three years ago, I read "In the Plex" an excellent book on the development of Google, and which I would recommend as a first book on Google.

But, once you've read a generalist book such as "In the Plex", and if you want to know more about Google, then I would really recommend reading "I'm Feeling Lucky". "I'm Feeling Lucky" is a personal retelling of one person's life at Google from 1999 to 2005 and as such it makes Google come alive as a "real person". One gets to see that all was not pristine' it had turf wars, office politics, and the 2 founders may certainly have been geniuses in many areas, but not definitely in people or organisational management, and one understands why the board forced them to get a CEO.

I would not recommend this as a first book on Google, but wholeheartedly as a follow-up book.

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  • Pedro
  • 24-07-2012

I was there

By the end of the book I felt I had been there, and gone through this torturous yet adventurous journey with Douglas. Amazing narration with a surprisingly honesty and personal side to it.

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  • I Love Energy
  • 10-09-2019

Fantastic

I really enjoyed this book start to finish. Fantastic narration by the author and well written. Truly inspiring insight into a start up on its journey to superstar in 5 years. I love it and highly recommend it

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  • LC
  • 18-02-2019

Great insight into how Google was made

This account from the early days of Google to its IPO gives a great account of how Google developed as a company and some of the key behaviours and values that helped it get there.

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  • Sean
  • 16-01-2019

Hard to keep up with the timeline

Good book, it was a little difficult to keep up with the timeline because Google was moving so fast so 4 hours into the book and there has been a lot of things happening and its only been 4 days apart from that it was a good book

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  • Paul
  • 03-10-2018

A fascinating insight in to the world of Google...

I really enjoyed this insight in to Google, what it was and what it has now become in the 13 years or so since this book was written.

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  • Uko
  • 25-04-2018

Loved it!

why hasn't this been more popular. it is an awseome insiders account of how Google works. Different but delivered with as much authenticity as Eric Schmidt's version.

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  • shutterclick
  • 31-08-2017

An entertaining and interesting listen.

Well read and enjoyable to listen to. Interesting to hear how some of the technologies we take for granted evolved...and how some of them accidentally paid dividends.