Monday, October 12, 2009

Two more books on defunct computer companies

1. Once Upon a Time in Computerland by Jonathan Littman documents the rise and fall of William Millard and ComputerLand. I found the narrative choppy and had a tendency to jump about rather awkwardly. Perhaps this is due to the large cast of characters and number of shell companies created but I found it hard to follow at times.

2. Startup A Silicon Valley Adventure by Jerry Kaplan was an entertaining read from the founder of GO Corp. Kaplan's a pretty good writer full of aphorisms, e.g.:
Making a business deal is like having sex: the more people are involved, the more difficult it is to consummate. (pg. 206)

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