I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 (Anglais) Relié – 12 juillet 2011
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-Bloomberg News "Edwards does an excellent job of telling his story with a fun, outsider-insider voice. The writing is sharp and takes full advantage of the fact that Edwards was in a unique position to gauge Google’s strengths and weaknesses, coming as he did from an "old-media’’ background...Part of what makes the book so rewarding is Edwards’s endlessly nuanced take on his former company and its employees"
-Boston Globe"Affectionate, compulsively readable. . . . 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"Although there have been many journalistic examinations of the world’s most valuable Internet brand, this is the first to capture the process and the feeling of what it was like to be there in the early days."
-Booklist"[Edwards's] perspective as an early employee is valuable and unique...the former 'voice of Google' provides a detailed, quirky and expansive half-memoir/half-historical record."
"I’m Feeling Lucky is funny, revealing, and instructive, with an insider’s perspective I hadn’t seen anywhere before. I thought I had followed the Google story closely, but I realized how much I’d missed after reading—and enjoying—this book."
—James Fallows, author of Postcards from Tomorrow Square"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, author of Linchpin "This is the first Google book told from the inside out. The teller is an ex-employee who joined Google early and who treats readers to vivid inside stories of what life was like before Google became a verb. 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
Présentation de l'éditeur
I’m Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world’s most transformative corporation.
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C'est très intéressant, parfois drole, et ça nous apprend surtout que Google est dirigé par deux visonnaires qui changent notre monde.
Attention c'est parfois le quotidien d'une entreprise avec les réunions, les prises de becs etc... C'est sur la "tambouille" d'une entreprise, mais pas n'importe laquelle.
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Not only was it interesting to learn about the engineer-centered culture, the founders as cult figures, the corporate value against paying for marketing, and the "do no evil" slogan, but the adventures of this particular guy held my attention. He was a 41 year old married guy with kids trying to keep up with the 24/7 youth culture at Google and it was not easy. He used a lot of self-deprecating humor and managed to sound like a friend relating a story. He names the names of his co-workers and leaders, so you will learn about the key players at Google, many of whom are still there, such as CEO and founder Larry Page.
The author did a very, very good job of providing layman-friendly explanations of technical issues, such as the nature of the search algorithm, capacity issues for such a high-volume site, and the process of developing new apps. It is a long book and goes into some detail about various epochs and episodes, but I never got bored. He is a clever writer (a marketing guy, after all), and I stayed on board through all 400 or so pages. I only wish he had stayed at Google longer or that some other Google person would write the 2005-2012 book.
This book is recommended whether you already know a lot about Google or not. If you are interested in Google, read this book! Reading this book has helped me understand why Google is in trouble today with the FTC threatening to sue. Google leadership is still suffering from the hubris and lack of corporate savvy described here. Being great at meeting technical challenges (which Google excels at) does not make a company also great at maneuvering in the business world as a HUGE public corporation. Bottom line is I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
On a personal/subjective note: I've never been a big fan of Google (for various reasons), and a lot of my suppositions are reaffirmed by this book. Mr. Edwards doesn't seem to have an agenda against Google, however there is some apparent tension evident in the comments and general handling of some topics. Personally, I find the way that he recounts his departure as reprehensible -- 'Google: uhh, I can't figure out where you fit in, so goodbye' (paraphrasing here).
Anyway, well worth the read. I wish the best for Mr. Edwards, and keep a jaundiced eye toward Google...
In a tone similar to Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, Doug (a middle-aged branding executive and employee #59) takes us through a journey of the Google "tribe" in its early days. Narrating objectively and with journalistic excellence, he describes how decisions were made based on frugality, efficiency and "not being evil" and how each engineer had the power to make the next billion dollar idea happen. He also does not shudder away from the not-so-great aspects of the company describing some of the controversies that happened during his time. I found it hard to put this book down and wished that he had stayed longer at Google so that he could have covered some of the more recent events. Overall, a great book and a must read even if you plan on picking up only one book about Google.
I thought the comparsison and contrast of his previous employment in less stressfully environment was insightfully. Older established companies he had worked for we're not at the cutting edge of technology and were losing the race . They had grown complacent and falling further behind these juggernauts. But he did get two weeks paid vacation and holidays off to be with the family. We don't get a clear answer on where the balance comes in between work and play.
Gourmet food keeps the troops happy and many other perks makes the long hours more palitable. Giving employees time to work on there on projects is a stroke of genius. It gets workers to buy more into the bigger goals of the firm and there own projects as well.
This is a worthwhile read of the life and times of one of the original employees.
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