Every generation that came before us had to make a choice in life between pursuing a steady career and pursuing wild adventures. In Silicon Valley, that trade-off has been recircuited. By injecting mind-boggling risk into the once stodgy domain of gray-suited business, young people no longer have to choose. It's a two-for-one deal: the career path has become an adventure into the unknown.Like Tracy Kidder's Soul of a New Machine, what makes Bronson's book work is a talent for narrative. He presents compelling stories about those who make it--for example, Ben Chiu (Killerapp.com, C/NET) and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail)--as well as those whom we'll never hear of again: the database salesman working on the "hockey stick" at the close of the quarter and the "kiss-ass entrepreneur" who's taken up COBOL programming to make ends meet. The Nudist on the Late Shift is for anyone who has wondered what life on the modern frontier is like--and for those who are already there, the reflection might be revealing. --Harry C. Edwards --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The first few chapters were compelling, humorous and downright thoughtful. After that, the format became a bit tired. Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by doug1022
I enjoyed this book; I liked the way Bronson chose the themes for each Chapter, such as The Enterpreneurs, The Programmers, The Salespeople etc. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2003 by Keith Appleyard
'The Nudist on the Late Shift' is an above average commentary on life before/during the birth of the dotcom. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2002 by Travis J Smith
I felt this was a fairly interesting and relevant story. It seems that Bronson is trying to perform in the shadow of Michael Lewis and unfortunately finds himself as a second... Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2002 by "h20jock"
Well I'l leave that for you to figure out as to who and where the nudist is but I had fun reading this book. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2001 by Jeremy
For an industry that moves as fast as it does and for a stock market that is even more fickle you would think this book would only be relavant fow a month or two after its release. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2001 by Brian Doyle
This is a very good book. Po Bronson presents us a collection of stories that really gives the reader an insightful view of Sillicon Valley. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2001 by Luc Richard
Considering that somewhere in the book, the author throws statistics on the (low) percentage of people who go on to become the successes defined by Silicon Valley, the perspective... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2000