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Super Pumped

The Battle for Uber

Mike Isaac



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06 October 2020
Backed by billions in venture capital dollars and led by Travis Kalanick, a brash and ambitious founder, Uber promised to revolutionize the way we move people and goods through the world. But in June 2017, Uber's hard-charging CEO was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant. What followed would become a corporate cautionary tale about the perils of startup culture and a vivid?example of how blind worship of startup founders can go wildly wrong.? Based on hundreds of interviews with current and former Uber employees, along with previously unpublished documents, Super Pumped presents a tale of the startup's dramatic rise and fall in an era of rapid upheaval in Silicon Valley
By:   Mike Isaac
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   334g
ISBN:   9780393358612
ISBN 10:   0393358615
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   06 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mike Isaac is a technology reporter at the New York Times, whose Uber coverage won the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business reporting. He writes frequently about Uber, Facebook, and other Silicon Valley giants for the Times, and appears often on CNBC and MSNBC. He lives in San Francisco.

Reviews for Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber

Mike Isaac's dramatic account of the rise and fall of Uber at the hands of founder Travis Kalanick is all thriller. -- Festive Wish List: Tech Books 2019 - The Evening Standard Travis Kalanick changed an entire industry, made billions of dollars, and made a company into a verb, and he did so by destroying anything and anyone who stepped in his way. A riveting read about bro culture gone awry. -- Nick Bilton - Vanity Fair Mike Isaac reveals the toe-curling tale of how Travis Kalanick drove a revolutionary taxi app to global success - and the brink. -- The Sunday Times [Isaac's] meticulously reported account of Uber's trajectory avoids the easy paths. -- Nitasha Tiku - Wired ... entertaining and well-researched book... -- Business Book of the Year 2019 - The Sunday Times If you want to understand modern-day Silicon Valley, you need to read this book. The tale of Uber, the queen of the so-called 'unicorns,' is a parable about power-and the lengths to which some startup founders will go to amass it and hold onto it. Aside from being a delicious read, Mike Isaac's account is also teeming with new revelations that will shock and outrage you. -- John Carreyrou [Isaac] spins a compelling yarn that chronicles the transit company's unruly development into... a publicly traded, billion-dollar global behemoth, often aided by spying on competitors and outwitting transportation regulators... [Super Pumped] is no dry business profile but a tale that Isaac has deeply reported yet still made accessible. -- William Nottingham - Los Angeles Times What makes 'Super Pumped' different, and justifies its description as a page-turner rather than a dry corporate history, is the visceral world in which Kalanick was determined to operate. It's a gripping account of Uber's rapid rise, its pitched battles with taxi unions and drivers, the company's toxic internal culture and the bare-knuckle tactics it devised to overcome obstacles in its quest for dominance. -- Engineering and Technology Isaac is great at the ticktock of events as they unfold, but his best work comes when he steps back to examine the bigger picture. -- Leslie Berlin - The New York Times Book Review ... if you want to understand how some of Silicon Valley's biggest players tick, this is the book for you. -- City AM Tenacious New York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac chronicles the dramatic rise, fall and subsequent hand-wringing at the world's most controversial start-up. -- Best tech Christmas gift ideas for 2019 - inews

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