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The Upstarts

How Uber, Airbnb and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
Narrated by: Mr Dean Temple
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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New York Times best-selling author of The Everything Store Brad Stone takes us deep inside the new Silicon Valley.

Ten years ago the idea of getting into a stranger's car or walking into a stranger's home would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it's as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb are household names: redefining neighbourhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business and changing the way we travel.

In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, a new generation of entrepreneurs is sparking yet another cultural upheaval through technology. They are among the Upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Young, hungry and brilliant, they are rewriting the traditional rules of business, changing our day-to-day lives and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.

The Upstarts is the definitive account of a dawning age of tenacity, creativity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone's highly anticipated and riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we find out how it all started and how the world is wildly different than it was 10 years ago.

©2017 Brad Stone (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

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Interesting read (listen)

Quite interesting to see insights of these start-ups ... could be little bit more in detail thought

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A must for entrepreneurs who want to create something big

It's a fantastic book that lets you see the massive tech giants as what they really are, as a couple of like minded people who got together and had a vision of the world that wasn't created yet. It lets you see the process of building an empire and the hoops each start up had to jump through just to make it into 2017. Definitely recommend this book.

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Fascinating

Easy to listen to and well written. A clear insight into the world of the rapidly growing tech companies. A fascinating journey for anyone entering the startup world.

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So good!

Great stories and insights on Uber & Airbnb, learnt a lot about business and tactics listening to this book.

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Great book, a bit heavy on regulations

Great book. A little too heavy on regulations for my liking, but there are golden nuggets of insight here.

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  • Otavio Costa
  • 09-09-2018

Very interesting. Maybe a bit early!

it's a new world. it's a new economic and social environment. It is a story that will still evolve a lot. But the book tells the beginning of those startups and of the sharing economy itself. That's important enough!

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  • Tariq selah
  • 18-06-2018

Good bio of Uber & Airbnb

story is well written, more focus on the actions of Uber & Airbnb founders not on their personas, nice and smooth book in general.

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  • Sivaranjani S
  • 09-06-2018

Gets your heart racing!

If you are a follower of the tech world, you are in for a treat!

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  • Tracey
  • 30-03-2018

Encouraging if you decided to start a business

loved it because it gives you a behind the scene look at how these businesses were set up and got through their various growth stages

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  • Chewy
  • 07-04-2017

Not for me

So this book was interesting in a way that it goes into depth of their journey of uber etc but probably not what I was expecting so rushed it and it felt long. I didn't know what I was expecting but I didn't connect; it's not a bad book but just not for me. It's good if you wanna imagine the reality of an upstart & its trials & tribulations. Respect to the author but I am prob not your correct audience.

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  • MattB944
  • 12-02-2017

Definite must read for all entrepreneurs

Definite must read for all entrepreneurs with big dreams. Great insight into big mistakes not to make or how you should or shouldn't run a business.

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  • Rob Moore
  • 02-03-2018

My favourite audiobook of 2017 (out of 100s)

Would you listen to The Upstarts again? Why?

Yes. Really great reveal of disruptive business and the wrestle between success and challenge. Well researched, balanced & motivating

Who was your favorite character and why?

All 4 of the main protagonist companies

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The title: "The Upstarts" perfectly relevant

Any additional comments?

A great mix of motivation to grow and disrupt in your own space, fun, educational, unique & balanced. A great piece of work.

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  • Graham
  • 17-11-2017

Started strong

Started strong - and it as clearly very very well researched - but i have to admit it did get a little tedious in the second half. Still a good book if you are interested in the formation of huge companies.

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  • Colly23
  • 06-06-2017

Real insight into the world of the Upstart

If you are fascinated by the recent uprising of the sharing economy heavyweights - Uber & Airbnb - then this book will really appeal.

The 2 stories run alongside each other, which helps illustrate the speed of growth and briefly references the competition they faced throughout this period.

Personally, I was more interested by the insight into the characters of Travis Kalanick and Brian Chesky - what drove them to success and how they challenged city law-makers & resistance from competition... who knows what will happen next!?

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  • Nick Elliott
  • 18-12-2019

great history of Uber and Airbnb

I loved this because of the depth it goes into right from the inception of the two companies. Blow by blow, highs and lows, interspersed with great stories. Not an adulatory approach at all, more of an even account that leaves you to form your own opinions. might be too detailed for some, but easy to skip over those parts. Def worth a read of the subject matter is of interest.

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  • Mike L
  • 24-02-2019

Indulges the also-rans too much

Insightful journey into two young companies, but spends too much time on non competing ventures - especially in New York.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-2019

Somerimes long-winded.

Thought it would be more insightful into the business practices and not just at times a statement of facts or events.

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  • Mia
  • 16-08-2018

Easy read

Really intresting read, enjoyed it as a easy listening book especially if your interested in business

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  • Gareth
  • 15-04-2018

Detailed and revealing

This is a great read that tells the story of both companies in detail. Riveting and full of valuable insights for entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to understand the truth about how the new wave of tech companies got started. Includes the obstacles both companies faced and how they dealt with them.