In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“The most interesting book ever written about Google” (The Washington Post) delivers the inside story behind the most successful and admired technology company of our time, now updated with a new Afterword.
Google is arguably the most important company in the world today, with such pervasive influence that its name is a verb. The company founded by two Stanford graduate students—Larry Page and Sergey Brin—has become a tech giant known the world over. Since starting with its search engine, Google has moved into mobile phones, computer operating systems, power utilities, self-driving cars, all while remaining the most powerful company in the advertising business.
Granted unprecedented access to the company, Levy disclosed that the key to Google’s success in all these businesses lay in its engineering mindset and adoption of certain internet values such as speed, openness, experimentation, and risk-taking. Levy discloses details behind Google’s relationship with China, including how Brin disagreed with his colleagues on the China strategy—and why its social networking initiative failed; the first time Google tried chasing a successful competitor. He examines Google’s rocky relationship with government regulators, particularly in the EU, and how it has responded when employees left the company for smaller, nimbler start-ups.
In the Plex is the “most authoritative…and in many ways the most entertaining” (James Gleick, The New York Book Review) account of Google to date and offers “an instructive primer on how the minds behind the world’s most influential internet company function” (Richard Waters, The Wall Street Journal).
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wyclif - LibraryThing
Levy is a gifted writer with plenty of experience in the technology sector. He was given an unprecedented level of access to the inner workings of Google and enough security latitude to roam around ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Paul_S - LibraryThing
An expansive and well written book but I cannot get over how sycophantic it is. Made me cringe and sick in my stomach from all the obsequious reverence. On every issue it follows the Google narrative ... Read full review
Prologue Searching for Google
Biography of a Search Engine
Cracking the Code on Internet Profits
How Google Built Its Culture
Building Data Centers That Hold Everything Ever Written
The Google Phone Company and the Google TV Company
Googles Moral Dilemma in China
Is Whats Good for Google Good for Governmentor the Public?
Epilogue Chasing Taillights