Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

by Antonio García Martínez

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ISBN-13: 9780062458209
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 158,426
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Antonio Garcia Martinez has been an adviser to Twitter, a product manager for Facebook, the CEO/founder of AdGrok (a venture-backed start-up acquired by Twitter), and a strategist for Goldman Sachs. He lives on a forty-foot sailboat on the San Francisco Bay.


Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash's guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney's Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renee Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Garden of Forking Paths 1

Part 1 Disturbing the Peace

The Undertakers of Capitalism 13

The Human Attention Exchange 32

Knowing How to Swim 42

Abandoning the Shipwreck 65

Part 2 Pseudorandomness

Let Me See Your War Face 77

Like Marriage, but without the Fucking 87

Speed Is a Feature 94

D-Day 104

A Conclave of Angels 109

The Hill of Sand 120

Turning and Turning in the Widening Gyre 132

¡No Pasarán! 140

The Dog Shit Sandwich 152

Victory 167

Launching! 172

Dates @Twitter 177

Acquisition Chicken 200

Getting Liked 208

Getting Poked 215

The Various Futures of the Forking Paths 224

Retweets Are Not Endorsements 236

The Dotted Line 241

Endgame 251

Part 3 Move Fast and Break Things

Boat Camp 259

Product Masseur 271

Google Delenda Est 282

Leaping Headlong 291

One Shot, One Kill 298

Twice Bitten, Thrice Shy 303

Ads Five-Oh 308

The Narcissism of Privacy 316

Are We Savages or What? 330

O Death 336

The Barbaric Yawn 344

Going Public 353

When the Flying Saucers Fail to Appear 360

Monetizing the Tumor 373

The Great Awakening 380

Barbarians at the Gates 393

IPA > IPO 404

Initial Public Offering: A Reevaluation 417

Flash Boys 421

Full Frontal Facebook 427

Microsoft Shrugged 447

Ad Majorem Facebook Gloriam 456

Adiós, Facebook 467

Pandemonium Lost 475

Epilogue: Man Plans and God Laughs 482

Afterword 497

Acknowledgments 516

Index 519

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Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book with so much depth, both in terms of Antonio's professional and personal experiences in the industry. Must read for all techies and those interested in the workings of large tech companies!
Drewano More than 1 year ago
“Chaos Monkeys” is a look behind the curtain at some of today’s most interesting social networking companies. The book starts off great with his time at AdGronk and how he and his co-founders went about building the company. Not only does he take the reader along on the journey he also gives some good practical advice for people who are interested in startups. When he moves to Facebook the story gets less interesting has he focuses more on the advertising and technical side of things with a side of the innerworkings and decision making. While it doesn’t read as hit job, since we only get one side of the story it feels a bit incomplete and since the author must give everyone a bit of background on the technical side it gets a bit boring as well. The fact that the author is unhappy comes through and I think takes a toll on how I felt about the second half of the book. This along with how I personally viewed the author (based on how he describes his activities outside of work) left a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth and didn’t let me enjoy it as much as I could have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all things take with pinch of salt. Valley wag could've said as much. Hasta la vista.