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If Apple is Silicon Valley's answer to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides readers with a golden ticket to step inside. In this primer on leadership and innovation, the author will introduce readers to concepts like the "DRI" (Apple's practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top 100 (an annual ritual in which 100 up-and-coming executives are tapped a la Skull & Bones for a secret retreat with company founder Steve Jobs).
Based on numerous interviews, the book offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates, deals with its suppliers and is handling the transition into the Post Jobs Era. Lashinsky, a Senior Editor at Large for Fortune, knows the subject cold: In a 2008 cover story for the magazine entitled The Genius Behind Steve: Could Operations Whiz Tim Cook Run The Company Someday he predicted that Tim Cook, then an unknown, would eventually succeed Steve Jobs as CEO.
While Inside Apple is ostensibly a deep dive into one, unique company (and its ecosystem of suppliers, investors, employees and competitors), the lessons about Jobs, leadership, product design and marketing are universal. They should appeal to anyone hoping to bring some of that Apple magic to their own company, career, or creative endeavor.
Before Travis Kalanick became famous as the public face of Uber, he was a scrappy, rough-edged, loose-lipped entrepreneur. And even after taking Uber from the germ of an idea to a $69 billion global transportation behemoth, he still describes his company as a start-up. Like other Silicon Valley icons such as Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, he’s always focused on the next disruptive innovation and the next world to conquer.
Both Uber and Kalanick have acquired a reputation for being combative, relentless, and iron-fisted against competitors. They’ve inspired both admiration and loathing as they’ve flouted government regulators, thrown the taxi industry into a tailspin, and stirred controversy over possible exploitation of drivers. They’ve even reshaped the deeply ingrained consumer behavior of not accepting a ride from a stranger—against the childhood warnings from everyone’s parents.
Wild Ride is the first truly inside look at Uber’s global empire. Veteran journalist Adam Lashinsky, the bestselling author of Inside Apple, traces the origins of Kalanick’s massive ambitions in his humble roots, and he explores Uber’s murky beginnings and the wild ride of its rapid growth and expansion into different industries.
Lashinsky draws on exclusive, in-depth interviews with Kalanick and many other sources who share new details about Uber’s internal and external power struggles. He also examines its doomed venture into China and the furtive fight between Kalanick and his competitors at Google, Tesla, Lyft, and GM over self-driving cars. Lashinsky even got behind the wheel as an Uber driver himself to learn what it’s really like.
Uber has made headlines thanks to its eye-popping valuations and swift expansion around the world. But this book is the first account of how Uber really became the giant it is today, and how it plans to conquer the future.
La historia no contada del ascenso meteórico de Uber y las ambiciones masivas de su fundador y exCEO.
Tanto Uber como Travis Kalanick han adquirido una reputación de ser combativos e implacables contra sus competidores. Han inspirado admiración y aversión, ya que han burlado a los reguladores del gobierno, han puesto a la industria del taxi en picada y han generado controversia sobre la posible explotación de los conductores. Incluso han reformado el comportamiento del consumidor profundamente arraigado de no aceptar un viaje de un extraño, en contra de las advertencias de la infancia de los padres de todos.
La travesía de Uber es la primera mirada al interior del imperio global de Uber. El periodista veterano Adam Lashinsky, autor del bestseller Inside Apple, rastrea los orígenes de las ambiciones masivas de Kalanick en sus raíces humildes, y explora los inicios oscuros de Uber y el paseo salvaje de su rápido crecimiento y expansión en diferentes industrias. A través de entrevistas exclusivas con Kalanick, el autor nos brinda una mirada única de esta polémica empresa multimillonaria.
"Adam Lashinsky es uno de los periodistas más perspicaces, emprendedores y enérgicos que cubre la tecnología en los Estados Unidos hoy en día. Siempre es un placer leerlo". Walter Isaacson, autor de Steve Jobs y The Innovators.