- By Michael Lewis

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

  • Title: The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
  • Author: Michael Lewis
  • ISBN: 9780140296464
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • The New New Thing A Silicon Valley Story As American capitalism undergoes a seismic shift Michael Lewis author of the bestselling Liar s Poker sets out on a Silicon Valley safari to find the true representative of the coming economic age

    As American capitalism undergoes a seismic shift, Michael Lewis, author of the bestselling Liar s Poker, sets out on a Silicon Valley safari to find the true representative of the coming economic age All roads lead to Jim Clark, the man who rewrote the rules of American capitalism as the founder of so far three multi billion dollar companies Silicon Graphics, Netscape,As American capitalism undergoes a seismic shift, Michael Lewis, author of the bestselling Liar s Poker, sets out on a Silicon Valley safari to find the true representative of the coming economic age All roads lead to Jim Clark, the man who rewrote the rules of American capitalism as the founder of so far three multi billion dollar companies Silicon Graphics, Netscape, and Healtheon Lewis s shrewd, often brilliantly funny, narrative provides ahead of the curve observations about the Internet explosion and how the success of Silicon Valley companies is forcing a reassessment of traditional Wall Street business models Weaving Clark s story together with that of this new business phenomenon, Lewis has drawn us a map of markets and free enterprise in the twenty first century and blown the lid off the changing economy.

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    1. This is a book which would be of interest to investors and to computer engineers. I read The New New Thing because Michael Lewis is one of the very best investigative journalists of our times. His research into the business side of Silicon Valley during the 1980s and 1990s provides information only those who read the scientific journals would have knowledge of. His biography of Jim Clark tells of his desire to design a robotic sailboat. This has now been accomplished. Students from the Universit [...]

    2. It is hard to fathom Jim Clark, whom this book is really about, lead three different Billion Dollar companies: Silicon Graphics, Netscape, and Healtheon (WebMD). He and his companies are the focus of this book. The author also gives a heck of a review of the crazy times that were the late 1990s in technology but as well as the stock market. I think Biff Tannen (you know Biff from Back to the Future) would have been better off with this book than his Sports Almanac. Imagine knowing the exact comp [...]

    3. “Never was a man’s love of risk so beautifully amplified by his environment as Clark’s was in Silicon Valley.” ― Michael Lewis, The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley StoryI did like Lewis' exploration of the relationship of Investment banking and the information technology companies that seemed to weed up in Silicon Valley during the late 90s. The normal venture technology relationship seemed to invert in Silicon Valley. Power shifted from the money men to the idea men, or perhaps not ev [...]

    4. My least favorite of the in-depth Lewis books, but that's not saying much. Unlike Liar's Poker, which Lewis thought would bring sweeping change by bringing some sketchy practices to light but still rings true, The New New Thing feels dated now, 10 years later. Nonetheless, as someone who understood the late 1990s tech boom only peripherally, this book was insightful, both in terms of those companies' business models (or lack thereof, as the case may be) and some of the relevant personalities. (S [...]

    5. Hero Worshipping the DevilMichael Lewis - one of my favourites - often centres his books around heroes - whether nice or nasty - and the New New Thing has his most blatant hero so far - Jim Clark. He is as repulsive as a hero gets, often confusing us with his selfish, ludicrous behaviour. Lewis falls for Clark like a high school sweetheart - blindly in love, yet somehow keeping enough of his senses to avoid being buggered to death.Jim Clark is a genius, and as such invites our sympathy. Having a [...]

    6. Lewis, Michael, (1999) The New New Thing, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, NY. A witty and insightful look into the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Silicon Valley, told as a story of the adventures of Jim Clark, a serial entrepreneur. One of the best books ever written on the Valley.

    7. Este libro ha envejecido, no demasiado pero da la sensación al leerlo de estar leyendo un libro de historia, todo lo contrario que con El póker del mentiroso, que sigue hoy tan vigente como entonces. Me encanta el olfato que tiene ML para elegir los temas sobre los que escribe. elija lo que elija, hasta ahora, siempre me ha parecido el tema más interesante del mundo.En esta ocasión asistimos a la creación, ascenso y pinchazo de la burbuja de las puntocom desde primera fila, siguiendo la his [...]

    8. Quick read, like most of Michael Lewis' books, but it felt less engaging than others. But, despite this book being published over a decade ago, it's still relevant and provides a lot of interesting context for the beginnings of the tech industry as we know it today.One main takeaway was how Jim Clark helped to shift the startup value system to favor labor (founders) and their ideas/execution over capital (VCs), but that's only true for some companies (Google, Facebook, etc.) but not for others, [...]

    9. what Michael Lewis does not emphasize enough in this book (and he should have) is the fact that this is not just yet another story of from rags to riches but the story of just how the mania of the internet bubble came to existence in the 90s and how that influenced not just the traditional investors, wall street bankers and the silicon valley then new venture capitalists. it shows u how the technicians, the coders, the hackers, the wizards, the architects of the new world who were supposed to be [...]

    10. The New New Thing chronicles a few years in the life of Jim Clark, billionaire founder of Netscape and Healtheon. Part biography, part internet success story, The New New Thing doesn't have the same focus as Moneyball or The Blind Side, meandering from Clark's various business successes to his obsession with building a computerized sailboat. The book would have benefited from a stronger narrative thread. Lewis's efforts to coin a phrase ("the new new thing") also fall flat. Ultimately, Clark is [...]

    11. I love Lewis' style of writing and have thoroughly enjoyed this book. My personal interest in Web and it's history was one of the reasons why I picked up this book in the first place and although it follows the career of one man, Jim Clark, the founder of Netscape, I still found it very interesting.

    12. This book felt like a stylish AB De Villiers innings on a flat track against a weak bowling attack. It looks good but doesnt feel good as u know it lacks substance. And you have seen much better by AB.When I read GR reviews of this book earlier, I came across the same complaint :- This was Lewis' weakest, the style is good but it was unsatisfying. But, I read a couple of books by highly rated authors who called "Netscape" as something that really opened the floodgates of the Internet. And so, I [...]

    13. The New, New Thing (2001) by Michael Lewis looks at Jim Clark and the internet age. It’s one of a number of books including Nudist on the Night Shift and Triumph of the Nerds that looks at the first Dot-com Bubble in Silicon Valley.Jim Clark founded Silicon Graphics Incorporated (SGI) which was the computer company that brought real-time 3D graphics to the market. Clark laid out a chip called the geometry engine that was a VLSI design that performed matrix transformations, clipping and mapping [...]

    14. The 2nd of Michael Lewis's books I found via some excerpt in Vanity Fair or the New York Times that changed my life forever! His ability to tell a story while at the same time pulling out and discerning the key insights to his protagonist's success -in this case new Billionaire and Angel Investor Jim Clark fresh off of knocking one out of the park and shaping what we now cannot go without everyday -the internet- via his venture in Netscape!He shares many anecdotes and stories with the raw detail [...]

    15. After reading this book, I wanted to read everything Michael Lewis every wrote. Then, I found out he loves baseball, or some shit, and wrote a bunch of baseball books. Fuck that shit. Baseball sucks.But, this book is fucking awesome. Lewis weaves a thrilling tale, with fascinating characters, just like a novel. Of how the west was won. How did all those big start-ups succeed, and why did those epic failures fail. As an entrepreneur, I find this book absolutely thrilling.If you don't give a fuck [...]

    16. The New New Thing gives an inside look on how the Internet boom came to life in the late 90's and how the world gravitated towards Silicon Valley companies. Michael Lewis' fluent storytelling kept me pleasantly engaged with his fluid narrative and his top-notch insights on the financial market industry. Great book

    17. The only value I see in this book is actually I see no value in this book. I bought this book for less then a dollar. I was ripped off. I apologize to planet Earth for my increased carbon footprint for buying and getting this book shipped to me.I had create a new shelf to categorize this book, garbage.

    18. I think I was on a quest to read every Michael Lewis book at the time I read this. Dude. This book was straight awful. I figured Michael Lewis + Silicon Valley = great novel. Wrong. I remember it was vaguely about technology beginning it's raise, but I swear half of the book about some rich douche and his sailing escapade. Do not read.

    19. Great read. True life. Great read. True life. Story holds your attention. Want to make One Billion dollars? Who doesn't? Jim Clark helped dozens of people become millionaires. See how.

    20. Feels horribly outdated now - needs an epilogue dealing with the aftermath of the internet bubble. Not nearly as compelling or amusing as other Lewis books.

    21. A few tidbits about Jim Clark, and Silicon Valley. That's the only good thing in this book. The rest is a bore about his yacht, and the healtheon venture.

    22. As expected, this was an engaging book by Michael Lewis, who seemed to have had almost unprecedented access to wealthy tech businessman Jim Clark, and made full use of it. Part feature piece and part history, this was both strangely relevant and notably dated in many respects, being 20 years old.I had never heard of Jim Clark before this, and without ever giving a personal opinion of him, Lewis portrays him in a very unfavourable light. Throughout, there are people who admire his drive but disli [...]

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