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Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Antonio Garcia Martinez

Narrated By: Dan John Miller

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2016

Duration: 15 hours 34 minutes


Liar's Poker meets The Social Network in an irreverent expos of life inside the tech bubble, from industry provocateur Antonio Garcia Martinez, a former Twitter advisor, Facebook product manager and startup founder/CEO.The reality is, Silicon Valley capitalism is very simple: Investors are people with more money than time.

Employees are people with more time than money. Entrepreneurs are the seductive go-between. Marketing is like sex: only losers pay for it. Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a datacenter powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this chaos monkey to test online services' robustness their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society's chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives, from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder).

One of Silicon Valley's most audacious chaos monkeys is Antonio Garcia Martinez.After stints on Wall Street and as CEO of his own startup, Garcia Martinez joined Facebook's nascent advertising team, turning its users' data into profit for COO Sheryl Sandberg and chairman and CEO Mark Zuck Zuckerberg.

Forced out in the wake of an internal product war over the future of the company's monetization strategy, Garcia Martinez eventually landed at rival Twitter. He also fathered two children with a woman he barely knew, committed lewd acts and brewed illegal beer on the Facebook campus (accidentally flooding Zuckerberg's desk), lived on a sailboat, raced sport cars on the 101, and enthusiastically pursued the life of an overpaid Silicon Valley wastrel.

Now, this gleeful contrarian unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future. Weighing in on everything from startups and credit derivatives to Big Brother and data tracking, social media monetization and digital privacy, Garcia Martinez shares his scathing observations and outrageous antics, taking us on a humorous, subversive tour of the fascinatingly insular tech industry.

Chaos Monkeys lays bare the hijinks, trade secrets, and power plays of the visionaries, grunts, sociopaths, opportunists, accidental tourists, and money cowboys who are revolutionizing our world. The question is, will we survive?

BONUS CONTENT: An exclusive interview featuring Antonio Garcia Martinez in conversation with journalist and author, Steven Levy.


  • Chris F

    Good read.

  • Camille Moussard

    Amazing book. Refreshing story about a men dissecting the intricacies of silicon valley. I liked the pinches of sarcasme and jetted elocution. Some very interesting details on how web ads function as well.