- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Random House (1 March 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593076354
- ISBN-13: 978-0593076354
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In The Upstarts, Brad Stone has vividly captured the cultural and economic upheaval brought about by the latest generation of Internet superpowers. His book is a magnificent expose of how companies like Uber and Airbnb came to be, the people that profited and lost out along the way and the ramifications that this technology will have on the world for decades to come. Stone remains the preeminent chronicler of the Internet Age and a master storyteller." (Ashlee Vance, author of Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future)
"Brad Stone's The Upstarts reads like a detective story: A page turning who-did-it on the creation of billion dollar fortunes and the ruthless murder of traditional businesses. No single book will tell you more about what life feels like inside companies like Airbnb and Uber as they grow from mere ideas into merciless machines for innovation, riches and unease. The sweat. The stress. The power highs of new instant fortunes. It's all here. You won't be able to put The Upstarts down. And when you finally do, you'll look at your own company and career in a totally fresh way." (Joshua Cooper Ramo, author of The Seventh Sense)
"With precision, wit, and insight, Brad Stone tells the tale of two very different CEOs whose skills, innovations and willingness to pursue a totally crazy idea toppled two very different industries. No one in business today can afford to miss this compelling tale of trust, technology and very big piles of loot." (Steven Levy, author of In the Plex)
"Brad Stone gives us a lively, fascinating picture of the new new thing in technology - startups like Uber and Airbnb that are disrupting old businesses across the world. He provides a much needed glimpse into the companies that fail as well as the ones that make it big. And he points to the broad policy issues raised by these new technologies, which are surely no fun for the people whose lives are being disrupted." (Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World)
"A fun, briskly told narrative… Mr. Stone’s reporting is excellent. The Upstarts is not the end of the story but an excellent history of the beginning." (The Wall Street Journal)
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The author chronicles their journey from humble beginnings that almost failed before they took off. There are nuggets of interesting information throughout the book and what particular got me reading this with full interest was the way Uber and Airbnb took on the regulators and mobilized public opinion in their favor. I am pretty sure that there is a lot more behind the scenes that did not get covered in the book but it is enough to understand. It clearly indicated the type of mettle both the CEOs needed to succeed in the most ruthless of all markets.
If you are interested in learning about what went on behind the scenes (give and take a bit), give this book a try, it is an entertaining read for sure. I would rate it at 4/5 stars since it dragged a bit at the end, in my opinion.
Story of Airbnb and Uber make one to think hard about the power of grit and determination of individuals which changed the whole industry for good. What makes it more interesting is additional narrations about other pioneers and entrepreneurs and giving an overview of how they started well and failed to reach the heights and achieve success which Airbnb and Uber achieved. I could particularly relate well to Airbnb narration.
Important lesson learnt:
1) execution is the most important thing to distinguish one from the competition.
2) It is not the best who wins but the one who siege the opportunity and refuse to give up.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book and it kept me thinking for a long time. Must read for all entrepreneurs to know what it takes to go go extra miles to make big changes. No matter from where you start it is determination and belief in once dreams that makes all the difference.
Book is written in very fluid language with lots of research and take into account views of many important stakeholders to give overall perspective. Overall a very good read. Highly recommended.
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