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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.
About the Author
Writer, extreme sports enthusiast, serial entrepreneur, technologist. Born into a military family, Steve traveled extensively throughout the US and overseas, attending fifteen schools before graduating from High School. After studying mathematics, computer science, comparative literature and French at the University of California, Steve began his career with IBM as a software engineer. He later founded three successful high-tech startups. A former competition hang glider pilot, Steve continues to surf, ski, kayak whitewater, and dance Salsa with his wife Karen whenever possible. Steve divides his time between Santa Cruz, California and the Basque Region of France.
Star Rating: 4 out of 5: The novel highlights the glamour of the tech start-up industry: the wealth, the freedoms, the fine dining, the ambition, and innovation. But it also explores the consequences of being overzealous, of too much wealth, and the legality of tough competition.
- San Francisco Book Review
5 Stars - Jackowski certainly presents even the most difficult concepts with a clarity that even the most common layman could understand. He is never patronizing in his writing, but rather displays his own passion for the subject, whether corporate funding or the significance of ARPANET to the modern internet. Indeed, despite the portrayal of greed and betrayal within the book, the story is ultimately one of hope, one that reveals the author's belief in the ability of technology to change the world for the better. Jackowski's writing is skillful...