Bold and fearless, Jack charges into his Silicon Valley career with the confidence he demonstrates in his extreme sports. Like catching a thermal hang gliding, for Jack, there is no where to go but up. But confidence leads to carelessness and Jack is unprepared for the greed and betrayal, the temptation of wealth and drugs, and the amorality of those who would do anything to succeed.
This is a story of the evolution of the Silicon Valley and the companies that rule the world today. Fortunes are made and lost as brilliant, talented people come up against forces they never imagined. Their lives are forever changed as they are turned and shaped by The Silicon Lathe.
Note from the Author: In the Silicon Lathe, I tried to capture the passion for technology and for the California lifestyle that drives people to the Silicon Valley. Much like the gold rush, people come here blindly, dazzled by the possibilities of fame, fortune and unparalleled opportunity. Like the gold rush, the rush to Silicon Valley does not bring riches to everyone. In fact, it brings disaster to many. Still there is something to be said for recreational side. Most won’t be disappointed with that. The Silicon Lathe is my attempt to show the Silicon Valley as it has it evolved over the last 30+ years. See my interview with Tony Deblauwe at workbabble.com for more about why I wrote The Silicon Lathe.
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