By car and by plane, masses of people are heading west to Silicon Valley to make their fortunes. No-one wants to go to Hollywood anymore. Silicon Valley is the only place on earth where you can make mind-boggling sums of money for having talent, ability and just a great idea.
Until now, the world-famous valley has been shrouded in mystery, but in his highly entertaining new book, The Nudist on the Late Shift, Wired journalist Po Bronson reveals the true stories about the real people who are making it happen in the virtual world. Meet the co-founder of Yahoo!, David Filo, worth more than $500 million, who still sleeps under his desk one night a week and thinks nothing of wearing a T-shirt advertising rival search engine Excite. Find out how Sabeer Bhatia dreamt up the idea of a free e-mail service called Hotmail and read how Microsoft's Bill Gates pursued him with unimaginable amounts of money. Meet the programmers who like to split their computer screens in two so they can deal in their own shares and program at the same time; and finally meet the nudist who works the late shift. It's true. There is a programmer who strips off after normal office hours. He does it to assert his freedom.
Po Bronson has spent most of the decade searching for the best true Silicon Valley stories. Before you head west to try to make your fortune, be certain you read this book or at least remember to take it with you. --Justin Hunt
My choice for the beach... The Nudist on the Late Shift
is the riveting tale of California's Silicon Valley (Daily Telegraph
A remarkable piece of reportage - the finest evocation of Silicon Valley to emerge so far (The Times
Bronson is a snappy writer who goes light on the street slang and technical jargon. Furthermore he is excellent at describing complex processes in simple, easy-to-grasp terms. Like all the best reportage, this is research laced with anecdote and adrenalin (Independent on Sunday
The world's best, smartest, funniest and most complete tour of the Temple of Prosperity.... To call it a travelogue doesn't convey the elegance of this book. Bronson is one of America's most talented rising young novelists, and brings a literary grace to his reporting (Management Today