The Upstarts

February 2nd 2017 | Bantam Press | Hardbacks

Photo: Cynthia E Wood

In The Upstarts, Brad Stone takes us deep inside the new Silicon Valley to show how Uber, Airbnb and the killer companies of the new silicon valley are changing the world.

Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger’s car, or walking into a stranger’s home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it’s as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb are household names: redefining neighbourhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business and changing the way we travel.

In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, a new generation of entrepreneurs is sparking yet another cultural upheaval through technology. They are among the Upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Young, hungry and brilliant, they are rewriting the traditional rules of business, changing our day-to-day lives and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.

The Upstarts is the definitive account of a dawning age of tenacity, creativity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone’s highly anticipated and riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we find out how it all started, and how the world is wildly different than it was ten years ago.

Brad Stone is senior executive editor for technology at Bloomberg News. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, which won the 2013 Business Book of the Year Award from the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. 

"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

"Stone remains the preeminent chronicler of the Internet Age and a master storyteller."
- Ashlee Vance, author of Elon Musk 

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