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Summary and Analysis of The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Upstarts tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Brad Stone’s book.

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This short summary and analysis of The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World includes:
 Chapter-by-chapter overviewsCharacter profilesDetailed timeline of eventsImportant quotesFascinating triviaGlossary of termsSupporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work 
About The Upstarts by Brad Stone:
 
Brad Stone’s The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World is a detailed account of the founding of Uber and Airbnb, as well as each company’s climb from small startup to transportation and hospitality powerhouse.
 
The Upstarts provides insight into the early lives of entrepreneurs Travis Kalanick and Brian Chesky, including their forays into new business ventures, some successful, most of them not. Stone points out the amazing parallels between the two tech companies as they fight for startup capital, wrestle to find the right framework for their products and organizations, and bring in the talent and technology needed to support those offerings.
 
The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.
49 printed pages
Original publication
2017
Publisher
Worth Books

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Quotes

    Ilya Vasichhas quoted3 years ago
    The startup journey for Uber wasn’t quite as challenging as that of Airbnb. Its founders used existing contacts and experience in the investment community to find the capital needed to support their early development. Their challenge would be dealing with growth, regulatory agencies, and battles with existing taxicab services in every city they entered.
    Ilya Vasichhas quoted3 years ago
    Camp and Kalanick were more interested in using the service rather than running it, so they hired Ryan Graves to manage it. With a degree in economics, experience in General Electric’s management training program, along with a business development internship at FourSquare, Graves knew he wanted to join the Internet economy and run an organization by himself.
    Ilya Vasichhas quoted3 years ago
    Garrett Camp became a millionaire by cofounding the website discovery engine StumbleUpon, which eBay purchased for seventy-five million dollars. Wealthy and living in San Francisco, he was using town cars to avoid taxis when he began to dream of a company that could mimic a scene from Casino Royale: a car your phone could see in real time as it headed towards you.

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