Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez

Personal story of a guy who initiated a startup in Silicon Valley, ran through all the stages up to an acquire-hire where he ended at Facebook as a product management for ads management.
I found the first phases very interesting as it is a personal description of raising startups with characterizations of a good part of the Silicon Valley grandes. The later phase gave lots of insights into the goings of Facebook during the years 2012/13 just around the IPO. The big question was how to get monetization, and the author provides really deep discussions around the technicalities of advertising at Facebook, and ads management in general.  Also, it is a huge show of burning down bridges behind you and living with the consequences.
On the downside, the author had to bring in loads of sexual comparisons and references. It makes it personal and funny in some cases, but it didn’t need it.

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