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The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insaneby Randall Lane
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The ultimate insider look at the newest titans of techand#151;and what you can learn from their success
In 2007, twenty-one-year old David Karp launched Tumblr, a simple micro-blogging platform, on a whim. By 2012, it had become one of the top ten online destinations, drawing 170 million visitors. By 2013, Yahoo had acquired Tumblr for over $1 billion. Just like that, a kid who hadnand#8217;t even earned his high school diploma was worth over a quarter billion dollars. And heand#8217;s not the only one . . .
Silicon Valleyand#8217;s newest billionaires represent a unique and unconventional breed of entrepreneur: young, bold, and taking the world by storm with their extreme speed, insatiable hunger, and progressive leadership. These whiz kids (and, to be fair, a few adults) have the hottest companies in the world. They are all turning just one brilliant insight or hook into money at a rate never before seen in human historyand#151;creating companies that, even with no revenue, garner insane valuations.
With unique insider access to the worldand#8217;s most influential and wealthy entrepreneurs, Forbes has dug in to find what these super-entrepreneurs say about their own success. This book, introduced, edited, and updated by Forbes editor Randall Lane, is the first comprehensive look at who these instant tech billionaires are and how they achieved their quick wins. With sixteen illuminating pieces, including two never-before published features, we get behind-the-scenes examinations of the founders of Spotify, Airbnb, Tumblr, Twitter, and more, including:
You Only Have to Be Right Once is the definitive collection of everything we can learn from these incredible game changers and what their next moves spell for the future of business.
Magazine entrepreneur Lane had a prime seat at Wall Street's biggest greed fest. "The Zeroes" is a memoir of the excesses and bad behavior from an outsider who got pulled into a crazy, self-contained world.
andquot;A delicious, salacious recounting of Wall Street's bloated decade . . . marvelously readable.andquot; -BusinessWeek
Randall lane never set out to become a Wall Street power broker. But during the decade he calls the Zeroes, he started a small magazine company that put him near the white-hot center of the biggest boom in history. Almost by accident, a man who drove a beat-up Subaru and lived in a rented walk-up became the go-to guy for big shots with nine-figure incomes.
Lane's saga began with a simple idea: a glossy magazine exclusively for and about traders, which would treat them like rock stars and entice them to splurge on luxury goods. Trader Monthly was an instant hit around the world. To accelerate the buzz, Lane's staff threw parties featuring celebrities, premium steaks, cigars, and top- shelf vodka. Before long, Wall Street's rich and powerful trusted Lane as a fellow insider-the guy who could turn an anonymous trader into a cover model and media darling.
When the crash hit, lane's company and life savings were destroyed. But he walked away with something more lasting: an incredible true story.
The ultimate insiderand#8217;s look at the newest titans of tech, from the editorial team at Forbes
Silicon Valleyand#8217;s new billionaires are an unconventional breed, turning ideas into money at a rate never before seen in human history. Their ascension proves a turning point in how great fortunes are made and how technology disseminates.
Among these golden boys are: Elon Musk, billionaire bachelor and founder of Paypal, electric carmaker Tesla, and private space company SpaceX; Evan Spiegel, 23-year old founder of Snapchat, who recently turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook; and Alex Karp, the eccentric philosopher with almost no tech background who turned Palantir into a data-mining champion.
Over the last three years, Forbes has published indepth profiles of this new batch of billionaires, including the founders of Spotify, Dropbox, Tumblr, and Twitter. Now, in a compilation introduced and updated by Forbes editor Randall Lane, fans and critics alike will get a comprehensive look at who these super-entrepreneurs are and what they say about their own success and their plans for the future.
About the Author
Randall Lane is a journalist and entrepreneur. As CEO and editor in chief of Doubledown Media, he founded or relaunched six magazines, including Trader Monthly, Dealmaker, and Private Air. A National Magazine Award finalist, he has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate. He is currently editor at large at The Daily Beast. He lives in New York City.
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