Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story

Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story

In a riveting, hilarious account, reporter Alexandra Wolfe exposes a world that is not flat but bubbling—the men and women of Silicon Valley, whose hubris and ambition are changing the world.Each year, young people from around the world go to Silicon Valley to hatch an idea, start a company, strike it rich, and become powerful and famous. In Valley of the Gods, Wolfe follo...

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Title:Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story
Author:Alexandra Wolfe
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ISBN:1476778965
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:272 pages

Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story Reviews

  • Andrew
    Nov 09, 2016

    *3.5 stars*

    I don't really care about Silicon Valley. And I'm even less enamoured with the crazies who inhabit it. But this one held my attention as it follows the ups-and-downs of Peter Thiel's dropout fellows. They're the special kids. The ones who go to MIT at 14 with no social skills. But then they arrive in the Valley and are fêted (with copious kale), encouraged, and worshipped (sometimes polyamorously).

    It helps that many are working on immortality projects, trying, literally, to become go

    *3.5 stars*

    I don't really care about Silicon Valley. And I'm even less enamoured with the crazies who inhabit it. But this one held my attention as it follows the ups-and-downs of Peter Thiel's dropout fellows. They're the special kids. The ones who go to MIT at 14 with no social skills. But then they arrive in the Valley and are fêted (with copious kale), encouraged, and worshipped (sometimes polyamorously).

    It helps that many are working on immortality projects, trying, literally, to become gods.

    So, take a trip to the Valley.

  • Jim
    Jan 13, 2017
  • Ran Mo
    Jan 24, 2017

    Valley of the Gods follows the story of a couple of Thiel fellows--crazy kids who took Peter Thiel's money to forgo college in pursuit of entrepreneurship. While the book has some interesting stories on the Valley, it took way too many detours in telling its story. By the end, I was so lost in the detours that I completely forgot what the point of the book was.

  • Ronald J.
    Feb 04, 2017

    An interesting look at the culture of Silicon Valley and startups vs. college, focusing primarily on the Peter Thiel Fellowship "20 under 20." Well-written, and some interesting personalities, along with some profound questions about our very humanity towards the end.

  • Tom Armstrong
    Feb 22, 2017

    This is a very disjointed book. It purports to follow the story of a few of the first class of Thiel Fellows and their decision to forgo college, move to Silicon Valley, and start companies. But it diverges all over the place (Uber's government relations, Ray Kurzweil, etc). It also rehashes some tired valley cultural crap (everyone wears hoodies, where are you on the spectrum, etc). Overall, this is a pretty disappointing book lacking organization.

  • Bill Kinney
    Feb 24, 2017

    Not great...

  • Winyen
    Feb 26, 2017

    The way the author writes physical descriptions is really unsettling, almost immature, like a gossip rag in a high school newspaper or something.