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Oldsters are about yesterday. Youngsters are about today. Documenting your entire life history, building a timeline, a shrine to yourself, so that the people you grew up with will be impressed? That’s for baby boomers. Their children want nothing to do with it. Kids are for living, oldsters are for dying. Baby boomers didn’t start…Read More
I am in Los Angeles for a few meetings and events this week. If anyone is game for drinks, we will be getting together at the Palomar Hotel Bar & Lounge Blvd 16 from 5:15-7pm today (May 9th). Go in through the lobby, Blvd 16 door on your right (before elevators). Please tweet me @Ritholtz…Read More
I am in town for a few meetings and speeches this week. If anyone is game for drinks near the Palomar Hotel from 5-7pm tomorrow (May 9th), please tweet to me @Ritholtz See you tomorrow!
I had a chance at a recent Wired event to chat with Steven Levy about In The Plex which I enjoyed greatly. It is a fun, fascinating read about how a great innovation in search and a second innovation — monetizing it — led to creation, development, and dominance of Google.
Levy, who had done a few way early and quite complementary articles on Google (before anyone knew who they were) was granted “unprecedented access to the company” and it shows in his quite revelatory book about how how Google became the company it is today.
The key to Google’s success in all of their businesses, according to Levy, is the engineering mind-set and adoption of such Internet values as speed, openness, experimentation, and risk taking.
I was tempted to accuse Levy of fawning over the company, but he is pretty brutal on how Google stumbled so badly in China as well as in social networking,
He writes with a deep understanding of engineering and software — which works terrifically well in this book. That technology savvy is what was noticeably missing from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs.
If you are curious as to how things operate in the Googleplex, this books gives you the details.
Nifty interactive tool showing the relationships to some of the more popular economics writers, bloggers and Tweeters. There are some notable omissions and dubious rankings — in the real world, I doubt Zero Hedge is more influential than Paul Krugman, nor do I have more sway than Nouriel Roubini — but overall, its an interesting…Read More