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How Google Works by Eric Schmidt
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it was amazing
Read 2 times. Last read October 4, 2014 to October 18, 2014.

An easy 5 and a great read! This is an excellent book on so many levels. If you've been dazzled by Google's success in the Silicon Valley era, and wanted to figure out "how the hell did they manage to do it?!" Then this is the book for you. And who better can tell the story than the guys who helped make it happen -- [Eric Schmidt, former CEO and current Executive Chairman] and [Jonathan Rosenberg, former SVP of Products and a current advisor to Larry Page]? In this book, they share their experience and spell out how any company/start-up can follow Google's example and become what Google became. The book is more about business and management, setting strategy, and acting in an age where disruption is and will be taking over almost every incumbent technology, and most importantly, talks about how to hire and keep the best people out there [which Google calls "smart creatives"]. It explains all of this and much more in a very enjoyable, humorous way. Providing many inside stories from Google, and also from the authors' past experience at other companies. They weren't even afraid or ashamed to admit and talk about some "failures"; be it in some of Google products [read Wave, Buzz, ..], or some perceptions or decisions they had made, which added more authenticity to this book.
A definite must-read for future and aspiring leaders, humorous, straight to the point, page-turning [I intend to read 20 pages and finish a chapter or 2 without even noticing it!], never wanted it to end, and when it did I just thought "hell, I need to read more of it!". Highly recommended! :)
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Kindle Edition)
October 4, 2014 – Started Reading
October 4, 2014 – Shelved
October 4, 2014 –
page 27
9.44%
October 5, 2014 –
page 67
23.43%
October 5, 2014 –
page 95
33.22%
October 7, 2014 –
page 143
50.0%
October 10, 2014 –
page 173
60.49%
October 15, 2014 –
page 201
70.28%
October 17, 2014 –
page 243
84.97%
October 18, 2014 – Shelved (Kindle Edition)
October 18, 2014 – Shelved as: favorites (Kindle Edition)
October 18, 2014 – Finished Reading

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