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Super Pumped

Super Pumped

The Battle for Uber

Book - 2019
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"A New York Times technology correspondent presents the dramatic rise and fall of Uber, set against the rapid upheaval in Silicon Valley during the mobile era. In June 2017, Travis Kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of Uber, was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant. Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world yet for many came to symbolize everything wrong with Silicon Valley. In the tradition of Brad Stone's Everything Store and John Carreyrou's Bad Blood, award-winning investigative reporter Mike Isaac's Super Pumped delivers a gripping account of Uber's rapid rise, its pitched battles with taxi unions and drivers, the company's toxic internal culture and the bare-knuckle tactics it devised to overcome obstacles in its quest for dominance. Based on hundreds of interviews with current and former Uber employees, along with previously unpublished documents, Super Pumped is a page-turning story of ambition and deception, obscene wealth and bad behavior, that explores how blistering technological and financial innovation culminated in one of the most catastrophic twelve-month periods in American corporate history"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393652246
Call Number: 388.4132 Is13s
Characteristics: xx, 387 pages ; 25 cm


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A gripping journalistic drama that reveals the details of Uber's meteoric rise and precipitous fall. As a Gerald Loeb Award-winning technology reporter for the New York Times, first-time author Isaac has a front-row seat to Silicon Valley's hotshot companies and founders.

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Aug 14, 2020

Mike Isaac is a great reporter and this book is filled with details that have not been published in The New York Times. However, I found this writing style to be a little lax, and not compelling enough to grow intrigued. This isn't one of those books you "can't put down" -- I had this book for the majority of quarantine and every time I looked at it, I just couldn't summon myself to pick it up. I applaud Isaac for taking his reporting and turning it into this time capsule of a story -- one of greed and power and how the little guy grapples with it. I think one would have to be well-versed in Silicon Valley rhetoric to really understand the hints and subtle name drops to really enjoy it, though.


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