I definitely feel that Douglas goes deeper into the Douglas Edwards. Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to a wheelbarrow. No academic analysis or bystander's account can capture it.
Now Douglas Edwards, Employee Number 59, takes readers inside the Googleplex for the closest look you can get without an ID card, giving readers a chance to fully experience the potent mix of camaraderie and competition that makes up the company that changed the world. Twenty per cent of their working hours are devoted to projects of their own devising.
Optimists have suggested that the apparent success of this model may point to an unexpectedly blessed future for the lackeys of capitalism. Levy, however, was an observer from outside.
Douglas Edwards offers the first in-depth account by an insider. Yet this promising impression was to prove misleading. The chef served great lobster, but Edwards often had to eat it at his desk.
He worked 16 hours a day and was on call for the other eight. By this account, early-years Google was more of a chaotic dictatorship than a benevolent fraternity.
Often, he shares that he did not agree with what they had decided to do and what he learned from these crazy wins that Google had when in his opinion it should have made them crash and burn or vice versa. Absolutely fantastic read. Throughout the book he endures stress in his family life something most other people at Google didn't experience, though I sure did with a 4-month-old at home an hour's drive away , enormous sacrifices of time and personal life, and a culture as described in this book, not necessarily my experience that almost seems calculated to make people feel insecure about their contributions to the company. We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details. Maybe those who are more "geeky" than I will appreciate it more.
Still, everyone was focused on the same goal. Ideas from the most lowly were treated seriously.
Above all, the company was conquering the world, and that seemed to make everything all right.