The Founders: Elon Musk, Peter Thiel and the Company that Made the Modern Internet (Hardback)Jimmy Soni (author)
Through the story of PayPal, Soni chronicles the birth of the modern internet and the notorious billionaires who have gone on to dominate Silicon Valley in this page-turning and revealing volume.
Out of Paypal's ranks have come three billionaires and dozens of multi-millionaires, including household names like Elon Musk, Peter Thiel and Reid Hoffman. Paypal's alumni have built, funded and advised almost all of the billion-dollar-plus companies to emerge from Silicon Valley in the past two decades.
Today, every online video you watch and every internet purchase you make bears PayPal's fingerprints - its inventions made the modern internet possible and are embedded in our social networks, our banks and our intelligence agencies.
This book tells the gripping story of how the so-called PayPal Mafia turned a scrappy start-up into one of the most successful businesses of all time, worth over $70 billion today. Full of fascinating characters and anecdotes about Silcon Valley's biggest titans, The Founders also shows how its founders continue to shape our future today.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 733 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 34 mm
'A fascinating page-turner about the brilliant and competitive innovators who created PayPal and went on to shape our digital world. Deeply reported and bracingly written, this book is an indispensable guide to modern innovation and entrepreneurship.' - Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Steve Jobs
'The real secrets of Silicon Valley are the tight networks of friendship and business that propel new ideas, companies, and personalities into the world. The most consequential of these networks in recent decades is the one that began at PayPal. Here Jimmy Soni delivers a startup-hustle story for the ages, revealing why their wild entrepreneurial ride did so much to build Silicon Valley's supersized present.' - Margaret O'Mara, author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America
'This book is stunning in its depth and clarity, especially given the complexity of its subject matter: the intertwined early lives of some of the greatest innovators of the twenty-first century. This is the rare book that combines deep research, powerful storytelling, and wit. Anyone who wants to understand how great things get built will benefit from reading it.' - Luke Burgis, author of Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life
'Anyone who has used the internet in the last decade will find The Founders a revealing and sometimes shocking look inside today's tech revolution and the very human wizards who have transformed our lives-for good and ill.' - Kati Marton, author of The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel
You may also be interested in...
ReviewsSign In To Write A Review
Please sign in to write a review
Sign In / Register
Download the Waterstones App
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?