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  • Posted July 15, 2011

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    Confessions from a Google Employee...

    It's entertaining, insightful and educational all while moving you through the timeline of Google's success in the early years. What I like about this book that differs from others I've read is that it is a more personal account of those days and those early successes.
    People who loved the movie The Social Network will love this book. It has that peeping-Tom feel to it into Google's success window while giving you some accounts of people and progress on a personal level.
    For those of us more geeky or techie the book does have nuggets of insight that are useful and worthwhile as well as very interesting. Like, Google engineers would often complete things only to 80% and had a great reason for doing things that way. Or perhaps you'd be interested to know that the original name of Google was Back Rub? Glad they changed the name!
    I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the history of successful business or wants an insider's look through the window of Google.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    Lucky Indeed

    Written with candor and humor, I'm Feeling Lucky chronicles the sure-footed missteps and unwise rightness that marked the early days of Google, a contrarian upstart whose wild success seems inevitable only in restrospect. Highly recommended.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    A readable first draft of high-tech history.

    Before Google was an empire or a verb, it was just another Silicon Valley startup. Doug Edwards offers readers an inside look at the early years of the company that changed the world. It's a funny and revealing look at high-tech history by a guy who was there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    Behind the Scenes of Google - Must Read

    It’s possible that if one was too see a book about Google, they may not read it due to the fact they picture the book would be bland and full of complex technical lingo. While it does include plenty of technicality, Edwards does a phenomenal job of putting technical details in laymen’s terms and explaining why a certain outcome was wanted or why the program or code was necessary. He also interjects humor here and there, while still keeping a serious importance to why he took the risk when joining the company. This book is simply a must read. His job at the company is in Marketing and Brand Management, both of which are easily shunned by the founders. Right off the bat, he recognizes Google is not a regular business. Google is in fact quite unorthodox compared to what he is used to at an old media news company. The company offers to employees free meals, roller hockey, massages, and video game rooms just to name a few oddities. The book details him getting used to the new “Googler’s” lifestyle. I really enjoyed how Edwards was honest throughout the book, but usually in a funny way. An example is when he originally was worried that the founders were big spenders, but he soon found out they were very thrifty and wanted to get everything done on the bare minimum budget. I also really like how it shows the background of what so many of us take as granted for internet searching. Google was the first search provider to use technology to look at how many times a page is linked on the internet rather than just looking at how many times the typed keyword shows up on a page. Now, basically all search engines do this following Google. Edwards also mentions ideas he came up with throughout the book, and amazingly some are still there today on Google! He was not a major player in the Google Company, but his insight is still extremely interesting. If you enjoyed the movie The Social Network, this book is for you. It gives you a window into the most exciting and chaotic times starting at essentially the birth of Google and so on. This book is a must read, simple enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    This is an awesome book

    This sums of google perfectly

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