The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

By Michael Lewis

New York Times Bestseller. “A tremendous booklet. . . . [Lewis] makes Silicon Valley as exciting and intelligible as he made Wall road in his best-selling Liar’s Poker.”―Time

within the bizarre glow of the demise millennium, Michael Lewis set out on a safari via Silicon Valley to discover the world’s most crucial expertise entrepreneur. He came across this in Jim Clark, a guy whose achievements comprise the founding of 3 separate billion-dollar businesses. Lewis additionally discovered even more, and the result―the best-selling e-book The New New Thing―is an ingeniously conceived heritage of the net revolution.

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Nobody he knew had ever heard of Netscape. It became out the corporate had existed for a piece greater than a 12 months, had made large losses, and had no concrete plans to make gains, and…well, Wolter couldn’t start to say what it really did. Then, a number of months later, Wolter came upon himself examining journal articles approximately Jim Clark. Netscape had made Clark a billionaire. Wolter’s position within the production of Clark’s automated yacht were to undergo mockingly. It used to be a job for which he used to be poorly proper. Clark and his new principles have been truly very tense to Wolter. He’d spent and a part years with this contradiction squarely in the midst of his existence: a purchaser who desired to grope for the hot new factor in his previous previous position. Wolter awakened in the course of the evening imagining the headlines within the newspapers. international recognized Huisman Yacht Sinks! Huisman proprietor not able to provide an explanation for computing device Boat! He’d elderly visibly—a few months into the paintings on Hyperion his center went undesirable, and he was once taken away to a clinic mattress. After a number of days he emerged with a doctor’s order to take it easy…and discovered Jim Clark and his laptop programmers awaiting him in his boatyard. in this specific stopover at of Clark’s, Wolter opened the dialog with considered one of his puppy issues, the knowledge of letting a working laptop or computer sail the boat. a contemporary article in a single of the yachting magazines mentioned that Jim Clark’s new sailboat could “learn” to sail itself, in all stipulations. Hyperion was once, in reality, a studying desktop. It contained hundreds of thousands of digital sensors in a position to measuring every thing from the strain at the sails to the temperature within the refrigerators. they'd feed a continual movement of information into twenty-five industrial-strength desktops. over the years the pcs may gather the data they had to deal with each attainable crusing situation. If he needed, Clark may well connect with Hyperion over the web from his lounge again in California, grab the pc from the captain, and sail it from a keyboard. that specific element had stuck Wolter Huisman’s eye. “I don’t think in that,” he acknowledged, brusquely. “You want a captain on board, ja? ” “I don’t think in it either,” acknowledged Clark. long ago 12 months, might be as a concession to Wolter’s vulnerable center, Clark had taken to claiming that by no means in one million years may he try and sail his boat from his desktop again in California. “But,” he persisted, “it’s a pleasant factor to have cruise keep an eye on on a motor vehicle, you need to admit. you'll or would possibly not use it. yet it’s a pleasant factor to have. ” Wolter thought of that for a moment or as though determining no matter if Clark had conceded his aspect. He concluded that he had. “The boat is simply one other factor for Yim to put in writing software program for,” he acknowledged to the others, with a very good significant snort. “Well,” acknowledged Clark, urgent. “You wouldn’t are looking to do any unintended jibes in a ship this huge. ” This used to be a real understatement. Clark used to be development the world’s tallest mast. The world’s tallest mast supported the world’s biggest sail. The world’s biggest sail implied the best wind ever accrued in a single position.

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