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The Google Story by David A. Vise
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Oct 31, 2009

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bookshelves: audiobook, non-fiction, biography-memoir, business-economics, us-canada
Read from June 02 to 24, 2010 , read count: 1

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this: A glorified account of the powers of Google or an honest appraisal of the founders and company. Turned out to be a bit of a mixture of both.

I certainly found the first part of the book quite engaging as it recounted the story of the young founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. The family background is astonishing, one PhD and university lecturer after another. Now it makes sense why Google Apps Education Edition is free to education institutions!

I find Google's 80/20 rule (80% of your worktime spent on projects as directed, 20% of your worktime for exploring your own ideas) really fascinating. I'm wondering if this would work in other companies too. And I love the idea of an in-house chef and free food, including breakfast and lunch! How fabulous is that!!

Towards the end it lost me a bit as it was more about Google the giant than about the two founders. It's a little dated now too, published in 2005/2006, and Google has obviously moved on and become even more gigantious.

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Miss Bookiverse und interessant? kritisiert das google auch?

Muphyn nee, das ist ja von den google leuten geschrieben. ist eher so biografie der firma und der firmengruender. aber ist nicht uninteressant. :)

Miss Bookiverse na das ist ja doof, die werden ja alles nur hochloben ;D

Muphyn ach nee gar nicht unbedingt. ist viel ueber die leutchens und wie die firma entstanden ist. aber wenn ich zu ende gehoert hab, weiss ich mehr und vllt loben sie doch alles in den himmel! :)

Miss Bookiverse Jaja, dann haben sie dein Gehirn gewaschen!
Es gibt auch nen älteren Film über die Entstehung, den haben wir mal in der Schule geguckt, da spielt Doktor Carter mit xD

Muphyn ach nee?!! olle Doktor Carter... der war tuffig. hihi

Miss Bookiverse der spielt aber voll den arschi in dem apple film.

Muphyn ach so, na gut.

Miss Bookiverse oh ich will auch einen firmeninternen koch haben :D

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