I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystander?s account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. Edwards, Google?s first director of m Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystander?...

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Title:I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
Author:Douglas Edwards
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Genres:Business
ISBN:0547416997
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 Reviews

  • Todd N
    Jun 28, 2011
    I've been eagerly waiting for this book after reading about it on the ex-Googler mailing list and reading similar stories on the Xoogler blog. I only met Mr. Edwards once during my 6 or so years at Google. It was at the end of my first week, when I was introduced along with the rest...
  • Lain
    Feb 28, 2013
    Really enjoyed this sneak peek behind the scenes at Google. I lived through this era in Silicon Valley, so it was fun to see what was really going on at the Googleplex. There were also some good lessons for a growing entrepreneur like me. I took several pages of notes to use for my bus...
  • Jodi
    Nov 12, 2018
    This was a fascinating look at Google from startup through IPO through the eyes of one of its original employees. Doug Edwards gave up a solid career at the Mercury News to join a start-up that barely had a mission statement much less a business plan. But Edwards knew marketing and he ...
  • Nikolay
    Dec 19, 2014
    The early Google story from the point of view of one of their first marketing people. I remember three key points: * high pressure for performance, often not sustainable for long periods of time for mortals * an organization built around outstanding engineering is totally different...
  • Nicolemauerman
    Oct 10, 2011
    A couple of months ago I finished the book Malled and wasn?t a huge fan. I just hated reading a book where a woman complained about her job the whole time. I was a little hesitant to read I Am Feeling Lucky because I didn?t want the same experience. I found I was pleasantly surpris...
  • Jileen
    Aug 30, 2017
    I figure there are three main points of interest for this book...if you have a basic knowledge of MARKETING (I do have a few years work experience in so I got that part) ENGINEERING (most words seemed like many foreign languages all mixed together), and/or BUSINESS ORGANIZATION (major ...
  • Michael
    Jun 18, 2011
    I think you might need to be at least a little interested in computers in order to enjoy what this book has to offer. It is the story of the first 5 years of Google.com told from the perspective of employee no 59 ? Douglas Edwards. A fascinating story it is too. I?m sure, like me, ...
  • Amy L. Campbell
    Jun 24, 2011
    Note: Review copy provided via Netgalley. I am going to assume that a few of the things I will mention in my review have been fixed. However, given the expedited publishing schedule (one of the downsides of epublishing, I suppose), I kind of doubt it. First off, I'm going to fix ...
  • Mark Rice
    Jul 11, 2011
    If you were entranced watching the stratospheric rise of Google from fringe search engine to one of the largest economies on Earth, you'll enjoy many happy hours immersed in the pages of I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59. If you appreciate Google's dogged ...
  • Crystal
    Jul 03, 2013
    Loved this book! A very interesting inside look at the early growth of Google. I particularly appreciate Doug's perspective as he transitions from a traditional business culture to Google's very nontraditional corporate culture. ...
  • Lord Nouda
    Aug 09, 2012
    4.5 Stars. I'm Feeling Lucky' is the story of the marketing director who led the charge to humanize what was otherwise a faceless search company that eventually grew to become the foremost industry leader. Google as perceived by the public, with its oft-repeated mantra; 'Don't Be E...
  • Herve
    Dec 12, 2012
    I thought this might be just another book about Google. It is not. The lessons are amazing. And here are examples. A first illustration comes from a conversation between Douglas and Larry Page: ?I realize that more often than not you?ve been right about things. I feel like I?m le...
  • Ron
    Nov 23, 2011
    This was a really fun read that gave a vivid description of what life was like inside Google in the time prior to going public. Great description of the evolution of the advertising models that drove Google's growth. ...
  • Stefani
    Dec 03, 2017
    Read the Macedonian edition. I appreciate how in depth this was at times, cause there's things you can actually learn from it, but there's also parts that couldn't been left out and made me wonder. I would've liked a chapter or two on Doug's life after Google tho others would argue...
  • Manas Saloi
    May 26, 2019
    One of the best books about early google days! ...
  • jbs
    Jan 27, 2019
    The only thing that kept me reading was to hear him trash talk Marissa Mayer. ...
  • Tim
    Oct 14, 2018
    I?m Feeling lucky is autobiographical book about a Brand marketing manager during an early 6 years in the life of Google.com. He writes his memories of the corporate atmosphere, and the personnel that helped grow and develop one of the fastest growing technology company. The book is ...
  • Rich Maloy
    Jan 24, 2019
    I've learned that I don't really go in for memoirs, but for whatever reason this one appealed to me. It was written by one of Google's first marketing people. It's a wild story that covers a lot of ground with Google: multiple offices, expansion after expansion, and plenty of internal ...
  • Fred Fifield
    Nov 02, 2018
    An entertaining look at the early days of Google. ...
  • June Ding
    Jul 28, 2018
    This is the second book I read about google and 4 years later after the first book, google stories continue kept me inspired. The first book ?In the plex? covered a longer time span and gave higher level account of google by one of the best technology writers of today. This book wa...
  • Ron
    Apr 26, 2019
    Warts and all. Not the most inspirational read, but if you have been through a startup this comes through as a solid memoir. Take notes, kids. ...
  • Dave Bookshtein
    Feb 16, 2019
    A well written account of evdnts,following googles early years.The book is told from a perspective of a marketer so not too many technical details there,although an effort is made to introduce key google technologies in an understandable fashion.Over All solid read. ...
  • Joodith
    Apr 16, 2014
    Everyone who has a computer knows what Google is. I use it at least once a day, and as a regular user I've often wondered how they got started, what and who, came first, how it was all put together and by whom etc. Because of this curiosity I chose to read and review what I hoped would...
  • Julian Bu
    Jul 18, 2018
    First hand account of Google?s rise. ...
  • Amie
    Sep 13, 2017
    I?m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 is a great read about the beginning of Google from an internal marketing perspective and the personal perspective of Douglass Edwards, also known as Google Employee Number 59. For anyone who is interested in how Google s...
  • Akshay Khanna
    May 15, 2019
    Glorifies Google a bit but gives you a good inside scoop on the rise of Google. Odd that Many things it wouldn?t do before it is doing now, so much for don?t be evil. Eg tracking users and entire first screens being ads rather than results, which the book pointed out its compet...
  • Pap Lőrinc
    Feb 22, 2017
    A surprisingly detailed memoir of Google's inception, ranging from their startup phase to going public, all from the perspective of "an old Doug", who had to "learn new tricks". ...
  • Wendy Liu
    Jul 22, 2019
    I didn't like the way this was written (a confusing mixture of overly defensive first-person vignettes & quotes from other Google employees). Fairly informative, though, if you're looking for an early history of Google up until the IPO from the perspective of someone who worked in ...
  • Tori
    Oct 15, 2018
    Absolutely fantastic read. Although we know the outcome of Google being a start up that didn't stop me being hooked on Edward's every word! Reading about the people involved and how their creations flourished or flopped, as well as Edward's struggle to bend to new laws within a strange...
  • Roberta Westwood
    May 03, 2019
    The early days of Google, from an insider I enjoyed this account of the early days of Google, from one of the earliest hired employees. It was a stage of the company's history that could only be told by someone who worked there at the time. Douglas Edwards was well suited to the task,...