Author(s): Corey Pein
At the height of the startup boom, journalist Corey Pein set out for Silicon Valley with little more than a smartphone and his wits. His goal- to learn how such an overhyped industry could possibly sustain itself as long as it has. Determined to cut through the clichUs of big tech - the relentless optimism, the incessant repetition of vacuous buzzwords - Pein decided that he would need to take an approach as unorthodox as the companies he would soon be covering. To truly understand the delirious reality of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he knew, he would have to inhabit that perspective - he would have to become an entrepreneur. Thus he begins his journey - skulking through gimmicky tech conferences, pitching his over-the-top business ideas to investors, and interviewing a cast of outrageous characters- cyborgs and con artists, Teamsters and transhumanists, jittery hackers and naive upstart programmers whose entire lives are managed by their employers - who work endlessly and obediently, never thinking to question their place in the system.
In showing us this frantic world, Pein challenges the positive self-image that the tech tycoons have crafted - as benevolent creators of wealth and opportunity - to reveal their self-justifying views and their insidious visions for the future. Vivid and incisive,Live Work Work Work Dieis a troubling portrait of a self-obsessed industry bent on imposing its disturbing visions on the rest of us.