Inside the Giant Machine: Confessions of a Former Amazon.com Technologist [NOOK Book]

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Behind Amazon’s quirky smile logo lurks a cold and calculating giant machine. Author Kalpanik S. reveals his own smile as he tells the somewhat quirky story of his complex, and often hilarious, relationship with Amazon. From the sophisticated wit in his portrayal of the courtship period in “How To Get Hired By Amazon In Ten Days”, to the...
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Inside the Giant Machine: Confessions of a Former Amazon.com Technologist

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Overview

INTRODUCTORY PRICE! PRICE WILL INCREASE TO $5.95 NEXT WEEK!

DESCRIPTION
Behind Amazon’s quirky smile logo lurks a cold and calculating giant machine. Author Kalpanik S. reveals his own smile as he tells the somewhat quirky story of his complex, and often hilarious, relationship with Amazon. From the sophisticated wit in his portrayal of the courtship period in “How To Get Hired By Amazon In Ten Days”, to the dark humor of the disillusionment period in “The Cold, Calculating Machine”, Kalpanik’s story is more than just an insider’s view of the giant machine known as Amazon.com. It’s a modern, universal story of the uneasy relationship between an individual and today’s gargantuan corporations. In the end, it is also a story of redemption for creative and free thinking individuals that define America.

This edition of the book was revised in December 2011 and a new chapter was added on the Amazon Warehouse scandal. In September 2011, Morning call, a small newspaper in Pennsylvania published a lengthy expose on the horrendous work conditions at Amazon's warehouse in the region. That report is covered with author's unique perspective based on his prior work experience at Amazon.

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. . . . not only does the author makes us feel the vitality of the Hi-Tech worlds of California & Seattle but his very emotional experiences as an immigrant, as father and a former executive relocating to another city to take a lower level management position in a large company.

I love his leaps of imagination, and the words which hook us in, make us think this is our story.

For example, here is what it means to yearn for acceptance:
"I looked at Seattle's glistening skyline on one side and its beautiful waterfront on the other and asked it the same questions I had asked San Francisco sixteen years ago: will it accept me? Or will its people treat me as someone different, not one of them? And will I accept it, call it my home? “

Overall, a hip, funny and yet very poignant story!

.... .....John Lehman, author of "Everything is Changing”

CONFESSIONS OF A FOREIGN BORN AUTHOR

I must confess that English is my third language, and even though this book was edited by three professional English editors, it is obvious that this book is written by a Foreign-born author.

Foreign-born or not, I believe I have converted a dull topic—the transformation of Amazon from a retail website to a marketplace—into an interesting and lively story.

This is more of a little book than a big one. Being a technologist, I am trained to be concise in my writing. The printed version of this edition is 221 pages. This may be too little for a few readers, too much for others, and just right for the rest. So, If you are looking for a 1,000-page treatise on Amazon that can be used as an example of perfect grammar in the High school English grammar class, then this book may not be the right book for you. There are several other books on Amazon with perfect grammar, which are also perfectly boring!

the book evolved from a series of emails I sent to my friends while acclimatizing myself to Seattle and a few blogs I wrote. While that initial core material only forms about 30-35% of the book, the chapters may feel like reading a blog. All the emails sent to "friends" which appear in the book were actual emails sent to a list of friends.

A book about Amazon can be pretty dry, so I have tried to add some humor. In my attempt to make this book funny, a few facts may have been stretched. In that regard, I quote this passage from 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com, written by Mike Daisey, a fellow Amazon alumnus–turned author:

“Some facts were injured in the telling of this story. The truth, however, remains unharmed.”

That applies to this book as well.

Ready to buy? Proceed with caution ;)

---- added on 11/30/11 -----

The gift of literacy is a bargain. Few investments open as many doors, at such a low cost, as the ability to read and write! When you buy a copy of my book today, you take a small step towards literacy in South Asia. With each purchase, I will buy a textbook for a needy child in South Asia.

Kalpanik S. [Signed on Nov.30, 2011]
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013534957
  • Publisher: Center of Artificial Imagination, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dear Prospective Readers,

I am pledging to donate a textbook to a poor child in need in South Asia for every copy of my book sold at this website.

The gift of literacy is a bargain. Few investments open as many economic and social doors, at such a low cost, as the ability to read and write. Moreover, the doors of opportunity that are opened by literacy go both ways — everyone benefits from a literate world.

Imagine a world without Mahatma Ghandi, educated as a lawyer; or Fazlur Rahman Khan born in Bangladesh, designer of the Sears Tower. Southern Asia is the most densely populated region in the world, but its literacy rates are among the lowest. For want of the skill to read and write, the largest human resource in the world goes to waste.

The path to a literate and educated population in Southern Asia is steep and complicated, requiring sophisticated solutions for complex socio-economic problems. But all great journeys begin with small steps. The simple gift of a book can change the life of a child.

I was born and educated in India, and can attribute to my success in the Technology industry in the United States to the education I was fortunate enough to receive in India. Giving away all the profits I receive from your purchase is my way to make a payback to my birth country. Please help me in my dream to help Children.

When you buy a copy of my book today, you take a small step towards literacy in Southern Asia. With each purchase, I will give a textbook to a needy child in Southern Asia.

[Digitally Signed]Kalpanik S.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kalpanik S. is an immigrant technologist. He came to the USA on a fellowship from the University of California in late eighties to study and do research in Computer Science.

After completing his Graduate studies, Kalpanik worked at both large technology companies and small start-ups in West Coast's High Tech corridor - Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Southern California.

He had been writing a journal about his "journey'" through the US pretty much from the time he landed at the San Francisco Airport more than twenty years ago, and he finally decided to get it published.

Kalpanik (pronounced as Kaalp-Nik) means "imaginary" in Hindi. Author decided to use a pen name to allow him to separate his literary identity from his professional identity.
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  • Posted December 5, 2011

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    An eye opener

    This book is something for everyone with curiosity (which is everyone). If anyone wants to know how the real Corporate Machines work this is the book for them. For me it was, as it is said in the headline, an Eye Opener.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    Captivating!

    This is an intriguing look into one mans life inside the corporate world. You will be amazed at the adventures his experience with the corporate world has sent him on. I personally couldn't put this book down as I was in the employ of one of the worlds largest (Giant Machines)for ten years. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

    A memoir of a perky 30-something tech wizkid  who moves from Sil

    A memoir of a perky 30-something tech wizkid  who moves from Silicon Valley to Seattle with high hopes of being
    part of the internet revolution at Amazon but  ends up disappointed when he finds it to be completely un-amazing.

    Like most consumers, I love shopping at Amazon so I was curious about how the internals of such a company
    work and why it fell short  of the author's expectations.

    The author tells a poignant story of love, loss and renewal and I found it illuminating and entertaining. Some of
    the details are very creepy and unbelievable - the fact Amazon that Amazon forces it managers to force-rank its
    employees and get rid of the so called "bottom 10%" every year sounds totally barbaric and inhuman, almost like a gene
    cleansing experiment. The working conditions that the author describes are absolutely ridiculous for a
    company that makes billions of dollars. 


    This book is a fast read with author's personal life beautifully weaved into his professional journey.

     

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Love it!

    This book is very interesting and really gives readers great insight into the corporate world. I was amazed at the adventures that this man encountered. I laughed at times and that was nice, I highly recommend this book!

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

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    Great Information. Good Read!!

    This book has alot of good information in it for the people who want to learn more about the corporate businesses. I learned alot about corporations and the behind the scenes actions. I was suprised to find out the information provided in this book.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    Amazing Insider Story

    lots of fun knowledge unknown to public. Very well written, and easy to understand. Excellent weekend read. Highly recommend it.

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