Ken Goldstein

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Ken Goldstein advises start-ups and established corporations in technology, entertainment, media, and e-commerce. He speaks and teaches frequently on the topics of management, leadership, and creative destruction.

His first book, This is Rage:A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness, was published in 2013 by The Story Plant. It was a bestseller and adapated for the stage and podcast. His second book, Endless Encores: Repeating Success Through People, Products, and Profits, was published by The Story Plant in 2015. His third book, From Nothing: A Novel of Technology, Bar Music, and Redemption was published by The Story Plant in 2018.

Ken is currently chairman of the board at ThriftBooks Global and Good Men Media. He previously served as ch
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Ken Goldstein Every conflicted moment in business provides a powerful foundation for the stories I write. Deals are about numbers that sometimes add up but often do…moreEvery conflicted moment in business provides a powerful foundation for the stories I write. Deals are about numbers that sometimes add up but often don’t, leading emotionally charged individuals to bend them in utterly strange ways.

Deals are unpredictable because human beings are unpredictable. No outcome in the workplace is fully predictable, there is always a mystery of resolution and that provides me with endless material.

Just when I think I’ve seen it all I am surprised by greed, power, manipulation, or impossibly uncontainable technology. When I think about my next book, I envision the core mystery as less about how the algorithm works and more about why anyone believes they could make sense of it. As they say, stay tuned to this channel for more impossibility. (less)
Ken Goldstein He sat in the dark cell all too alone, wondering what sick logic had caused him to believe he could ever fly under the radar with so many undermining …moreHe sat in the dark cell all too alone, wondering what sick logic had caused him to believe he could ever fly under the radar with so many undermining choices. He had been taught expertly by a master of the trade, a boss like no other, whose haunting words so many decades ago only now rang true: “If you live long enough, you become what you most fear.”(less)
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I spend a lot of time in . If you look around the airport, endless dramas are playing out. People coming, going, hugging, saying goodbye sometimes forever, welcoming home friends and family gone who knows how long. When I look at so many strangers, I often wonder about the ideas that bond and separate us as co-inhabitants of cities, states, and our nation. That often leads me to think about ou

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“People. Products. Profits. In that order.”
Ken Goldstein

“We have FCC, abandoned alimony payments, assault and battery, Homeland Security escalation, and that's before we invite the IRS to take a walk on your wild side.”
Ken Goldstein, This is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness

“If you say it, mean it. If you mean it, do it.”
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“E.L. Doctorow said once said that 'Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.' You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”
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“Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.”
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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
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“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
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