In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives [ebook] by Steven Levy (epub/mobi)

Written with full cooperation from top management, including cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, this is the inside story behind Google, the most successful and most admired technology company of our time, told by one of our best technology writers.

Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes readers inside Google headquarters—the Googleplex—to show how Google works.

While they were still students at Stanford, Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin revolutionized Internet search. They followed this brilliant innovation with another, as two of Google’s earliest employees found a way to do what no one else had: make billions of dollars from Internet advertising. With this cash cow, Google was able to expand dramatically and take on other transformative projects: more efficient data centers, open-source cell phones, free Internet video (YouTube), cloud computing, digitizing books, and much more. 

“Levy is America’s premier technology journalist. . . . He has produced the most interesting book ever written about Google. He makes the biggest intellectual challenges of computer science seem endlessly fun and fascinating. . . . We can expect many more books about Google. But few will deliver the lively, idea-based journalism of In the Plex.”

—Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Washington Post


“An instructive primer on how the minds behind the world’s most influential internet company function.”

—Richard Waters, The Wall Street Journal


“The most comprehensive, intelligent and readable analysis of Google to date. Levy is particularly good on how those behind Google think and work. . . . What’s more, his lucid introductions to Google’s core technologies – the search engine and the company’s data centres – are written in non-geek English and are rich with anecdotes and analysis. . . . In The Plex teems with original insight into Google’s most controversial affairs.”

—Andrew Keen, New Scientist



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