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Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
by Antonio Garcia Martinez
April 14, 2017 - April 15, 2017

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(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.


Harper, 2016. 528 pages.

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p.376
dialectic »
a discourse between two or more people holding ...
p.179
bloviation »
(verb) to speak or write verbosely and windily
p.444
rusticating »
go to, live in, or spend time in the country
p.391
emetic »
(adj, noun) causing vomiting
p.311
intercessor »
a person who intervenes on behalf of another, e...
p.437
on child support
I contributed a slab of cash every month, per C...
p.411
his problem with capitalism
Similarly, capitalism is the worst form of mana...
p.354
capitalism vs communism
In Havana, my cousins were forced to listen to ...
p.325
ad-blocking
Ad blocking is tantamount to theft, or at the v...
p.265
Chamath and the BMW dealership
After an all-night high-stakes game, Chamath wa...