What Would Google Do?

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jeff Jarvis
Narrator: Jeff Jarvis
Genres: Business & Economics
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: January 2009
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 45 minutes
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A bold and vital book that asks and answers the most urgent question of today: What Would Google Do?

In a book that's one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google'the fastest-growing company in history'to discover forty clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by. At the same time, he illuminates the new worldview of the internet generation: how it challenges and destroys, but also opens up vast new opportunities. His findings are counterintuitive, imaginative, practical, and above all visionary, giving readers a glimpse of how everyone and everything'from corporations to governments, nations to individuals'must evolve in the Google era.

Along the way, he looks under the hood of a car designed by its drivers, ponders a worldwide university where the students design their curriculum, envisions an airline fueled by a social network, imagines the open-source restaurant, and examines a series of industries and institutions that will soon benefit from this book's central question.

The result is an astonishing, mind-opening book that, in the end, is not about Google. It's about you.

Reviews (1)

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Written by Donn Edwards on February 13th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

When it first came out I was under the false impression that this book was insubstantial and lightweight. It isn't. I was badly wrong. Jeff Jarvis has clearly done a lot of research and put in a lot of thought, and he openly acknowledges the input and help he received from others. The result is challenging, thought provoking and, in some cases, mind boggling. This is a must-read for anyone involved in business, and I would recommend it along with Chris Anderson's "Free" as being important books to read and study. I have also bought the print editions.

Author Details

Author Details

Jarvis, Jeff

Jeff Jarvis is the proprietor of one of the Web's most popular and respected blogs about the internet and media, Buzzmachine.com. He also writes the new media column for the "Guardian" in London. He was named one of 100 worldwide media leaders by the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2007 and 2008, and he was the creator and founding editor of "Entertainment Weekly". He is on the faculty of the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.