The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

by Brad Stone

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316388399
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 580,742
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Brad Stone is senior executive editor of global technology at Bloomberg News and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. He has covered Silicon Valley for more than 15 years and lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Part I Side Projects

Chapter 1 The Trough of Sorrow: The Early Years of Airbnb 17

Chapter 2 Jam Sessions: The Early Years of Uber 39

Chapter 3 The Nonstarters: SeamlessWeb, Taxi Magic, Cabulous, Couchsurfing, Zimride 65

Chapter 4 The Growth Hacker: How Airbnb Took Off 89

Chapter 5 Blood, Sweat, and Ramen: How Uber Conquered San Francisco 107

Part II Empire Building

Chapter 6 The Wartime CEO: Airbnb Fights on Two Fronts 131

Chapter 7 The Playbook: Uber's Expansion Begins 153

Chapter 8 Travis's Law: The Rise of Ridesharing 179

Chapter 9 Too Big to Regulate: Airbnb's Fight in New York City 211

Part III The Trial of the Upstarts

Chapter 10 God View: Uber's Rough Ride 241

Chapter 11 Escape Velocity: Fights and Fables with Airbnb 269

Chapter 12 Global Mega-Unicorn Death Match!: Uber versus the World 295

Epilogue 325

Acknowledgments 333

Notes 337

Index 359

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