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New New Thing, The.indd

4 of 5 Dusty Stars – The New New Thing by Michael Lewis.

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.

This book is mostly about the amazing, or maybe just very lucky, Jim Clark. He started three different billion dollar companies. Like a boss. Silicon Graphics, Netscape, and Healtheon (WebMD). He started all those fucking companies, and made shit tons of dough in the process.

How the fuck Netscape made billions of dollars, I’ll never understand. It’s even detailed in this book, but I still don’t get it. Pretty much everyone that worked at Netscape became a millionaire overnight, when it went public. The company didn’t make a profit. In fact, it lost millions, hand over fist. But, because of the IPO, everyone got rich.

Then Jimmy boy got bored, and went on to found WebMd. It’s amazing what you can do with a few billion dollars these days. Jim Clark just kept building more and more companies, and got lucky as fuck. Because how was he to know what company would really make it big? Is he a fucking genius, or just very, very lucky? Nobody knows.

If you don’t give a shit about business, or start-ups, or tech in any way, you will probably find this book boring as fuck. But, for the rest of us, there’s nothing better. It’s a great, fun romp of a book.

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