The Nudist on the Lateshift

The Nudist on the Lateshift : And Other Tales of Silicon Valley

By (author) Po Bronson


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Entrepreneurs and tech wizards, immigrants and investors, dreamers and visionaries are heading West to seek their fortune.Their Mecca is Silicon Valley - where one person can achieve so much with just initiative, talent and a good idea. Meet David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo and worth over $500 million, who still sleeps under his desk one night a week. Meet the 26 year-old who is already on his fifth start-up venture. Meet the man with the biggest brain in the world. Meet the nudist who works the late shift.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134.62 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 204.12g
  • 15 Jul 1999
  • Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 0436204770
  • 9780436204777
  • 756,684

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Po Bronson has written for Wired, Rolling Stone and the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of What Should I do With My Life?, Why Do I Love These People? and The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest. He also co-writes with Ashley Merryman. Together they have written the books Nurture Shock: Why Everything We Thought About Children is Wrong and Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing; they have also won nine national awards for their reporting on the science of human development, including the PEN USA Award for Literary Journalism and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Award for Outstanding Journalism.

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"My choice for the beach... The Nudist on the Late Shift is the riveting tale of California's Silicon Valley" Daily Telegraph "A remarkable piece of reportage - the finest evocation of Silicon Valley to emerge so far" The Times "Bronson is a snappy writer who goes light on the street slang and technical jargon. Furthermore he is excellent at describing complex processes in simple, easy-to-grasp terms. Like all the best reportage, this is research laced with anecdote and adrenalin" Independent on Sunday

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Is software the new rock and roll? Silicon Valley is both the happening place to be and a faceless suburb. Its workaholic inhabitants, like the eponymous naked programmer, form their own eccentric subculture. Bronson's collection of reportage (much of its from Wired magazine) shows various facets of life in and around the computer industry (the hopefuls, the risk-takers, the would-be visionaries and the sales staff). He has a grasp of the finance as well as the technology, but is most interested in the people and knows how to pin them on the page, still wriggling. (Kirkus UK)

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