and Other Tales of Silicon Valley
Bestselling author Po Bronson tells the true story of the greatest legal creation of wealth in the history of the world, and the people in the Silicon Valley who are making it happen
A gold rush is happening. Masses of entrepreneurs and tech wizards, immigrants and investors, dreamers and visionaries are heading West to seek their fortune and a new destiny. Their Mecca is Silicon Valley. In no other place in the world can one person achieve so much with just initiative, talent and a good idea. They come because it does not matter if they are young, or left college without a degree, or have dark skin or speak with an accent. They come even if it is illegal. They come beacuse they feel that they will regret it forever if they don't give it a try. They are a new breed, Venture Trippers, who get off on the dizzying adventure of bloodwork. It is a mad, fertile time in Superachiever land: every year, the rules evolve to make it all happen quicker, on higher margins, to reach more amazing sums. Meet David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo and worth over $500 million, who still sleeps under his desk one night a week. Meet the 26 year-old who is already on his fifth start-up venture. Meet the man with the biggest brain in the world. Meet the nudist who works the late shift.