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Inside the Giant machine - An Amazon Story, Second Edition (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Kalpanik S. , Neha Talreja , Colin Zheng
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Présentation de l'éditeur

Behind Amazon’s quirky smile logo lurks a cold and calculating giant machine. Author Kalpanik S. reveals his own smile as he tells the somewhat quirky story of his complex, and often hilarious, relationship with Amazon. From the sophisticated wit in his portrayal of the courtship period in “How To Get Hired By Amazon In Ten Days”, to the dark humor of the disillusionment period in “The Cold, Calculating Machine”, Kalpanik’s story is more than just an insider’s view of the giant machine known as It’s a modern, universal story of the uneasy relationship between an individual and today’s gargantuan corporations. In the end, it is also a story of redemption for creative and freethinking individuals that define America.

Trade Review by Carine Engelbrecht, Readers’ Favorite

You can love them or loathe them, but since Amazon sold their first book over nineteen years ago, the company has transformed the lives of book lovers & online shoppers worldwide. The company started out as an e-commerce bookstore, but grew to the retail giant of today through the efforts of some of the world's finest technoratis. One such person is author, who chronicles his personal experiences with the company in this book.. While Kalpanik was doing other equally interesting things with his life when it all started, he did experience Amazon's crucial shift from retailer to major selling platform from a close vantage point and provides insight into how some of the features we take for granted today, such as the search algorithm and the look-inside-the-book application were created. Through the author's eyes, readers experience the relocation to Seattle and also the ultimate 'kiss-off' when he finally decides to leave the company.

Inside the Giant Machine by S. Kalpanik will make an absorbing read to anyone interested in exploring internet history or learning more about the dynamics that drive the powerful thrust of e-commerce. You will visit Amazon's largest warehouse in Fernley, Nevada, and discover why even executives must still shoulder warehouse duty from time to time. Speaking of those fully automated warehouses, you will also learn how they are optimized for shipping efficiency. Other topics covered include the company's extensive hiring protocol, almost draconian work ethic and how the notorious "cruelty curve" is applied. You will also catch priceless glimpses of the company's sometimes goofy CEO and founder Jeff Bezos
at his best - and worst. The book was released through Amazon's self publshing arm, which - considering the content - seems both ironic and deeply significant.

Confessions of a foreign-born Author

Let me introduce my book by saying what it's not - it is not THE Amazon story, just "an" Amazon story, that developed from a series of blog articles that I wrote before, during and after working there.

That said, I do believe that the book does give you an authentic insider's glimpse into inner working of Amazon in an interesting way.

A book about Amazon can be pretty dry, so I have tried to add some humor. In my attempt to make this book funny, a few facts may have been stretched. I quote this passage from 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @, written by Daisey, a fellow Amazon alumnus–turned author:

“Some facts were injured in the telling of this story. The truth, however, remains unharmed.”

That applies to this book as well.

To respect the privacy of the people involved in this story, their names have been changed — with one exception. Trust me, there really is a guy named Jeff Bezos who works at Amazon.

So ... if you are looking for a 1,000-page treatise on Amazon that can be used to illustrate perfect grammar in a High school class, this ain't it. English is my 3rd language, and it shows here and there. There are several other books on Amazon which are written in perfect English but are also perfectly boring.

All in all, I am proud of my work, Enjoy!

Kalpanik S.

Biographie de l'auteur

Kalpanik S. is an immigrant technologist. He came to the USA on a fellowship from the University of California in late eighties to study and do research in Computer Science.

After completing his Graduate studies, Kalpanik worked at both large technology companies and small start-ups in West Coast's High Tech corridor - Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Southern California.

He had been writing a journal about his "journey'" through the US pretty much from the time he landed at the San Francisco Airport more than twenty years ago, and he finally decided to get it published.

Kalpanik (pronounced as Kaalp-Nik) means "imaginary" in Hindi. Author decided to use a pen name to allow him to separate his literary identity from his professional identity.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2823 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 296 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1456555359
  • Editeur : Center of Artificial Imagination (6 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice! What an Eye Opener!! 5 février 2014
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Beaucoup appris sur Amazon, ne se rendent pas compte que tout ce que la livraison rapide et à faible coût sont venus à un tel fardeau émotionnel et physique élevée pour les employés. Lecture recommandée.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inside the Matrix 8 décembre 2011
Par Nathan F. - Publié sur
Inside the Giant Machine by Kalpanik S. provides a first-hand look at what life is like inside a business empire we have all come to know and love. For those who are wondering how Amazon has risen to the top of the online retail game, Kalpanik S. will show you how it was all done with flair and in detail. But what you discover may disturb you more than it delights you. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has whole-heartedly embraced the culture of productivity metrics, and the business practices he has adopted as a result have helped create a workplace environment that can be harsh, unforgiving, and far from a heaven-on-earth for those who labor on planet Amazon. In some ways, Amazon really has come to resemble the machine intelligence that ran everything in the movie The Matrix, and this is a fact that is not lost on Kalpanik S. While the book is indeed part exposé, however, Kalpanik S.'s primary intention here is not so much to condemn the Amazon method as it is to critique it, and he makes a compelling case that the company could be just as successful if they adopted a business model that treated people with more dignity and respect. After reading this book, what you come away with is the idea that Amazon executives are more short-sighted than anything else, not that they are bad people or that they lack basic human feelings or compassion.

Some have commented that after reading this book they would never buy anything from Amazon ever again. But Kalpanik S. probably would not agree with this position. People should certainly let Amazon know how they feel about some of the things that have been going on inside the company, but at the same time Amazon was built on a bold idea and bold ideas are what we need if we are going to turn around our struggling economy. The real point is that Amazon needs to seriously consider instituting some business reforms, and we can only hope that if this book becomes a success, and if its readers let the company know how they feel, that will help motivate them to do so.

While Kalpanik S. has a serious purpose here, what ultimately makes this book a literary journey worth taking is his sense of humor and enjoyable storytelling style. Kalpanik's life is a tale of how big dreams can and do come true, and if you choose to follow him on his delightful personal and professional journey, you are virtually certain to enjoy the trip immensely.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not surprising but sad 18 novembre 2011
Par Teresa Mustelier - Publié sur
This book is a memoir of a young and perky tech wiz who moves to Seattle with a bounce in his step and a glimmer in his eye and ends up disappointed in a company that he had hoped would be amazing.

I love Amazon so I was really interested in reading about where this great company fell short of the author's expectations. The author tells a poignant story of love, loss and renewal and I found it illuminating and entertaining.

Some of the details are creepy. The way that Amazon rates its employees sounds totally barbaric and inhuman and the working conditions that the author describes are absolutely ridiculous for a company that is, bar none, the greatest retailer on earth.

This book is a fast read. The author interweaves his professional and personal story into the book and you feel as though you are living this work experience with him. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and disagree that there was not enough Amazon detail (as one reviewer wrote); I feel as though the author gives us plenty of detail but does not bog us down with the minutiae of unimportant events that happened in his career at Amazon.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I've been there, done that... 13 août 2013
Par Paulo Fernandes Sarli - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I also have been inside the Giant machine and escaped alive. I can relate to a lot of things the author writes about in his book, in ways that most people can't even conceive. Even those of us in the software engineering field are in for a shock once inside the Giant machine. The employee attrition rate is huge, more than 50% of software developers at Amazon, at any given point in time, have less than 1 year on the job. Of course, I could be wrong by now, as far as statistics goes...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly recommended 26 décembre 2012
Par KWNY Publicity - Publié sur
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This is a very compelling and entertaining book that dishes out a lot of information about Amazon. The author did a great job putting this book together with applying his knowledge to the pages, the arrangement, all the info, it's well written content, and his personal style makes this a must buy, must read book. It brings up a lot of questions, and wonders, as for one: How did amazon grow to be the biggest retailer on the planet basically over night? But over all this is one for your personal library and one interesting read!!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 25% of a book - dont bother 18 septembre 2013
Par Mark T. Rafter - Publié sur
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First of all, this small paperback clocking in at barely over 200 pages has a whole lot of white space on every page. Double spaced with wide margins, it's pretty clear the author needed to beef up the page count. So, half the book isnt there at all.

Half of what's left isnt really about Amazon but various aspects of the author's life, family, his wrenching departure from Silicon Valley moving to the clouds of Seattle. Ho Hum. That's nice.

So, were left with 25% of might be expected in a 200 page book about that is actually about A lot of it is history (available elsewhere), some insights into the 21st century sweat shop that is Amazon (including the well publicized working conditions mess they got themselves into in Allentown, PA back in 2011, long after the author had left so he is merely reporting news at this point) and multiple insights into how tough the interview process is (including lots of low level programmer geek Q&A that our author survived to get offered a job). So impressive. The author also seems to have gone out of his way to use images of Jeff Bezos looking like a cartoon alien, curious about this planet and its inhabitants. (In all honesty, finding pictures like that probably wasn't that difficult).

Anyway, if you are looking for insight into business models, corporate culture, history ... there is scant bit of all that but nothing nearly enough to get a real sense of one of the most significant cogs in the history of the internet. If there is a book out there like that, I haven't found it yet but don't bother with this one.
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