In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

Steven Levy


Written with complete cooperation from best administration, together with cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry web page, this can be the interior tale in the back of Google, the main profitable and such a lot favourite expertise corporation of our time, instructed via one among our greatest know-how writers.

Few businesses in historical past have ever been as profitable and as favourite as Google, the corporate that has remodeled the net and turn into an fundamental a part of our lives. How has Google performed it? Veteran know-how reporter Steven Levy was once granted extraordinary entry to the corporate, and during this revelatory booklet he's taking readers inside of Google headquarters—the Googleplex—to exhibit how Google works.

whereas they have been nonetheless scholars at Stanford, Google cofounders Larry web page and Sergey Brin revolutionized web seek. They this marvelous innovation with one other, as of Google’s earliest staff discovered how to do what nobody else had: make billions of greenbacks from online advertising. With this money cow, Google was once in a position to extend dramatically and tackle different transformative tasks: extra effective info facilities, open-source mobile phones, unfastened web video (YouTube), cloud computing, digitizing books, and lots more and plenty more.

the foremost to Google’s luck in these types of companies, Levy unearths, is its engineering frame of mind and adoption of such net values as velocity, openness, experimentation, and probability taking. After its unapologetically elitist method of hiring, Google pampers its engineers—free nutrition and dry cleansing, on-site medical professionals and masseuses—and offers all of them the assets they should be successful. Even at the present time, with a staff of greater than 23,000, Larry web page indicators off on each hire.

yet has Google misplaced its leading edge aspect? With its most recent initiative, social networking, Google is chasing a profitable competitor for the 1st time. a few staff are leaving the corporate for smaller, nimbler start-ups. Can the corporate that famously made up our minds to not be evil nonetheless compete?

No different booklet has ever became Google within out as Levy does with In the Plex.

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