April 14, 2017 - April 15, 2017
(from my Goodreads review)
It's a little unclear to me who this book was written for. The author includes introductory-level primers on everything from startup accelerators to the inner workings of the ad tech world, while delving deeply and quickly enough into those topics that it's hard to imagine a newcomer keeping up. The writing has its charms at times, and it's obvious that the author is very intelligent, but his maturity and level of introspectation--as evidenced through his writing--are limited in a way that makes this book very frustrating to read.
Still, if you can get past that, it's an interesting if not particularly profound read if you're familiar with some of the names and institutions mentioned (most notably Facebook, Twitter, and Y Combinator). His so-called "scathing observations" about the excesses of capitalism are a little weak considering the degree of his complicity, but hey, better than nothing.
Garcia Martinez, A. (2016). Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley. Harper.