The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

by Michael Lewis

W. W. Norton & Company | October 17, 1999 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.

In the weird glow of the dying millennium, Michael Lewis sets out on a safari through Silicon Valley to find the world's most important technology entrepreneur, the man who embodies the spirit of the coming age. He finds him in Jim Clark, who is about to create his third, separate, billion-dollar company: first Silicon Graphics, then Netscape-which launched the Information Age-and now Healtheon, a startup that may turn the $1 trillion healthcare industry on its head.

Despite the variety of his achievements, Clark thinks of himself mainly as the creator of Hyperion, which happens to be a sailboat . . . not just an ordinary yacht, but the world's largest single-mast vessel, a machine more complex than a 747. Clark claims he will be able to sail it via computer from his desk in San Francisco, and the new code may contain the seeds of his next billion-dollar coup.

On the wings of Lewis's celebrated storytelling, the reader takes the ride of a lifetime through this strange landscape of geeks and billionaires. We get the inside story of the battle between Netscape and Microsoft; we sit in the room as Clark tries to persuade the investment bankers that Healtheon is the next Microsoft; we get queasy as Clark pits his boat against the rage of the North Atlantic in winter. And in every brilliant anecdote and character sketch, Lewis is drawing us a map of markets and free enterprise in the twenty-first century.

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Published: October 17, 1999

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393066215

ISBN - 13: 9780393066210

Found in: Career Planning and Job Hunting

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An outsider's insider view Jim Clark is one of those people whose life creates a very interesting story. However, there are several times during the book (e.g., not knowing about Grace Hopper and his descriptions of programmer types) that it becomes clear that Michael Lewis is still an outsider trying to present an insider view. Overall though, this was a very easy book to read and still provides some insight into the life of a "typical" Silicon Valley billionaire.
Date published: 2000-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great insight into the Valley A unique insight into the inner workings of the companies that drove Silicon Graphics and Netscape.
Date published: 2000-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wheee This was a joy ride!
Date published: 1999-11-13

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Kobo eBookThe New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

by Michael Lewis

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 17, 1999

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393066215

ISBN - 13: 9780393066210

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In the weird glow of the dying millennium, Michael Lewis sets out on a safari through Silicon Valley to find the world's most important technology entrepreneur, the man who embodies the spirit of the coming age. He finds him in Jim Clark, who is about to create his third, separate, billion-dollar company: first Silicon Graphics, then Netscape-which launched the Information Age-and now Healtheon, a startup that may turn the $1 trillion healthcare industry on its head.

Despite the variety of his achievements, Clark thinks of himself mainly as the creator of Hyperion, which happens to be a sailboat . . . not just an ordinary yacht, but the world's largest single-mast vessel, a machine more complex than a 747. Clark claims he will be able to sail it via computer from his desk in San Francisco, and the new code may contain the seeds of his next billion-dollar coup.

On the wings of Lewis's celebrated storytelling, the reader takes the ride of a lifetime through this strange landscape of geeks and billionaires. We get the inside story of the battle between Netscape and Microsoft; we sit in the room as Clark tries to persuade the investment bankers that Healtheon is the next Microsoft; we get queasy as Clark pits his boat against the rage of the North Atlantic in winter. And in every brilliant anecdote and character sketch, Lewis is drawing us a map of markets and free enterprise in the twenty-first century.