The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley

The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley

by Po Bronson

In his national bestseller The Nudist on the Late Shift he tells the true story of the mostly under-thirty entrepreneurs and tech wizards, immigrants and investors, dreamers and visionaries, who see the Valley as their Mecca.

The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest, soon to be a feature film from 20th Century Fox, is a comedy of Silicon Valley.His third bestseller, The Nudist on the Late Shift and Other True Tales of Silicon Valley, demonstrates that Bronson's wit and imagination apply as well to nonfiction as to fiction.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Rating: 3.63
  • Pages: 252
  • Publish Date: May 2nd 2000 by Broadway Books
  • Isbn10: 0767906039
  • Isbn13: 9780767906036

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Sample passage (p.248): "I had a Realtor down in Santa Clara show me a three-bedroom ranch home priced to move at half a million Who can afford to buy a house now? The fact that this book still makes for a worthwhile read even when so much of the irrational exuberance has now been tempered by reality is a testament to Mr. Bronsons contagious fascination with people who follow their passions.

I guess it was just the current wave in a series of tech booms.

great to read again now, as it seems we're entering another bubble...

Despite the heroism, I think they just simply dont have a life.

I agree with the thinking that as long as people get there work done, there is no need for face time. Just like Asia, for a company to get noticed they have t know the right people. People in Silicon Valley are optimistic that things will turn around for them when they fail. For Silicon Valley entrepreneurs being cheap initially means being richer once they go for the IPO b/c they save on equity. Sales people only sell to companies who use their products. People want to work for a company that will succeed not just some company that will make money but tank in a few years. Silicon Valley personnel believe in competition in order to motivate their workers to create value in society via libertarian point of view in motivating their workers toward self-interest the allocation of resources would be maximize which ultimately benefits society and workaholic viewpoint in that anything worth doing is hard. Although Silicon Valley financiers have inside knowledge on how things should run, their knowledge ideally should be kept open to all. Although there is no such thing as company loyalty in the US since the advent of multinational firms laying off people, the Silicon Valley industry people are generally loyal to the industry but not necessarily a specific company. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs tend to think in the short term instead of the long-term effects of their products or their creation of their companies. Silicon Valley employees are motivated by the chance to revolutionize the world via technology and stock options. The Silicon Valley entrepreneur culture is to spread ones interest to different companies so if one goes down then it is no big deal as well as spreading the risk. People in the valley are motivated by totally changing the world through technology. The success in Silicon Valley are not scalable b/c it runs on word of mouth of small subset of people who are in the know.

Who cares if a guy likes to work naked in a corporate office when no one is there.

Focuses a lot on the hustle aspect of building a startup, but I think that's often underestimated.

He has published five books, and he has written for television, magazines, and newspapers, including Time, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and for National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Currently he is writing regularly for New York magazine in the United States and for The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom.