The Ghost of Silicon Valley

The Ghost of Silicon Valley

Last night, when Cynthia's ghost came gliding into your office, Jenny let out a yelp and Hugh told her, Shut up. Just keep quiet for once. ... Industrial espionage is a game in Silicon Valley, he said. Like bridge is a game other places ...

Author: William D. Blankenship

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595132836

Category: Fiction

Page: 382

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Can one of Silicon Valley’s premier software companies be haunted? “Impossible,” says Bobby Race, CEO of the company and a powerful force in the information industry. “Don’t be so sure,” counters Kevin Pierce, a talented but down-at-the-heels portrait artist who knows too well that supernatural life does exist. Kevin has been saddled for ten years with his own personal ghost— Sport Sullivan, a cynical, street-wise gambler murdered in 1920. Desperate to save his company from the embarrassment of a haunting, Bobby Race hires Kevin to rid the company of its ghost under the guise of painting Bobby’s portrait. The ghost appears to be Cynthia Gooding, a company employee who died in a suspicious “accident” at company headquarters. Along the way Kevin becomes involved with two very sharp, quite different career women. Dorothy Lake is an emotionally buttoned down genius programmer who wants Kevin more than she will admit. Jenny Hartson, executive secretary to the CEO, is a health and exercise fanatic who wants to break Kevin of his dependency on Carta Blanca beer. Throw in Izzy Valentine, a gangster trying to buy (or threaten) his way onto Bobby’s board of directors; Big Sam Cody, the best car thief in San Francisco; and Pure John Braggia, a thug with excellent manners. With the help of Sport Sullivan (an ethereal cousin to Dr. Watson), Kevin must walk through a mine field of these dangerous characters to uncover the reason Cynthia Gooding’s ghost is haunting the executive suites of Silicon Valley.
Categories: Fiction

The Millionaire of Silicon Valley

The Millionaire of Silicon Valley

“Larry McMan, the Ghost of the Silicon Valley?” “Yeah, I ran into him taking a walk, it was starting to rain. So, I offered him a ride home, and he invited me in for a coffee with his family. As if that weren't enough, he told me I can ...

Author: Joshua A. Aguilar

Publisher: Joshua A. Aguilar


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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"Anyone with a dream should read this book.” ROBERT T. KIYOSAKI About the first book "Diario Emprendedor" of Joshua A. Aguilar Sophie, an entrepreneur who wants to achieve success. Larry, a wise retired billionaire. This book will teach you the secrets that could bring you happiness and wealth. It will show you not only WHAT to do but HOW to do it. Money, fame and success are the new pitfalls of our times, but there are more important values that come along with the greatest gift of all that will be revealed in this story. True wealth can only be evaluated in terms of lasting friendships, loving family relationships, great relations with your business associates, inner peace and joy. All who read, learn, and apply these gifts in their lives will be better prepared to attract these spiritual values in their lives and personal finances. GET READY! when you start reading this thrilling story, you will realize that you do not need to live depressed and with a feeling of giving up. The good news is that with Larry's teachings you may experience a CHANGED LIFE that can help you to enjoy the true riches and the secrets of a happy, wealthy and wise life. With this book to you will learn how to START FROM NOTHING AND GET IT ALL!
Categories: Business & Economics

Ghost Work

Ghost Work

The people who do 'ghost work' make the internet seem smart. They perform high-tech, on-demand piecework: flagging X-rated content, proofreading, transcribing audio, confirming identities, captioning video, and much more.

Author: Mary L. Gray

Publisher: Eamon Dolan Books

ISBN: 9781328566249


Page: 297

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"A startling exposé of the invisible human workforce that powers the web--and how to bring it out of the shadows. Hidden beneath the surface of the internet, a new, stark reality is looming--one that cuts to the very heart of our endless debates about the impact of AI. Anthropologist Mary L. Gray and computer scientist Siddharth Suri unveil how the services we use from companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Uber can only function smoothly thanks to the judgment and experience of a vast human labor force that is kept deliberately concealed. The people who do 'ghost work' make the internet seem smart. They perform high-tech, on-demand piecework: flagging X-rated content, proofreading, transcribing audio, confirming identities, captioning video, and much more. The shameful truth is that no labor laws protect them or even acknowledge their existence. They often earn less than legal minimums for traditional work, they have no health benefits, and they can be fired at any time for any reason, or for no reason at all. An estimated 8 percent of Americans have worked in this 'ghost economy,' and that number is growing every day. In this unprecedented investigation, Gray and Suri make the case that robots will never completely eliminate 'ghost work' and the unchecked quest for artificial intelligence could spark catastrophic work conditions if not stopped in its tracks. Ultimately, they show how this essential type of work can create opportunity--rather than misery--for those who do it."--Dust jacket.

The Rise Decline and Renewal of Silicon Valley s High Technology Industry

The Rise  Decline and Renewal of Silicon Valley s High Technology Industry

13 A report issued by Joint Venture: Silicon Valley in January 1996, noted that Silicon Valley added 46,000 jobs since 1992 with most of the gain coming in software, services, semiconductors, and industrial design.14 “The improved ...

Author: Dan Khanna

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351135887

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 194

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Originally published in 1997 this book examines the unique nature and characteristics of Silicon Valley and looks at the factors that led to the economic and competitiveness problems of the 1980s. The research concluded that the information revolution caused a complex set of events that had global ramifications. Silicon Valley was no longer operating as a driver of this revolution, but it was facing the onslaught of the global competitiveness it had unleashed.
Categories: Business & Economics

Working Stiffs Union Maids Reds and Riffraff

Working Stiffs  Union Maids  Reds  and Riffraff

&R Secrets of Silicon Valley High tech, low pay 2001, 60mins. Directors: Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman Traditional documentary PRINCIPAL FIGURES Magda Escobar, director of Plugged In, East Palo Alto Raj Jayadev, high-tech temp worker, ...

Author: Tom Zaniello

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501711190

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 448

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The revised and expanded edition of Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff offers 350 titles compared to the original edition's 150. The new book is global in scope, with examples of labor films from around the world. Viewers can turn to this comprehensive, annotated guide for films about unions or labor organizations; labor history; working-class life where an economic factor is significant; political movements if they are tied closely to organized labor; production or the struggle between labor and capital from a "top-down"—either entrepreneurial or managerial—perspective. Each entry includes a critical commentary, production data, cast list, MPAA rating (if any), suggested related films, annotated references to books and websites for further reading, and information about availability of films for rental and/or purchase. This edition addresses both historical and contemporary films and features many more documentaries and hard-to-find information about agitprop and union-financed films. Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor features fifty-eight production stills and frame enlargements. It also includes a greatly expanded Thematic Index of Films. Two new sections will help the reader discover labor films in chronological order or by nationality or affiliation with certain cinematic movements. To read Tom Zaniello's blog on the cinema of labor and globalization, featuring even more reviews, visit Praise for the earlier edition: "Zaniello has created a useful and far-reaching guide with abundant information.... These are the sorts of films that prove what James Agee wrote in these pages nearly fifty years ago: 'The only movies whose temper could possibly be described as heroic, or tragic, or both, have been made by leftists.'"—The Nation "Zaniello has done a monumental job identifying the films that should be included in this genre.... Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff is sorely needed and long overdue."—Cineaste "An engaging and opinionated book.... Even though mining, trucking, Jimmy Hoffa, and class warfare are the book's major themes, what holds the project together is Zaniello's sense of fun and wit. [Zaniello is] a better writer than most major film critics."—Village Voice Literary Supplement
Categories: Performing Arts

Ghost Hunter s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

Ghost Hunter s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

SAINTE CLAIRE HOTEL 302 South Market Street San Jose, CA 95113 408-295-2000 San Jose is a very old city. Following the orders of the Spanish Viceroy of New Spain, ...

Author: Jeff Dwyer

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781455615520

Category: Travel

Page: 232

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“Fans of hauntings and ghost stories who are heading towards San Francisco will love this comprehensive guide to the Bay Area’s most eerie spots.” — Ghost-hunting hobbyist Jeff Dwyer has devised a guide that allows the phantom-seeker in all of us to add spirit sleuthing to our list of typical tourist activities. Ghost Hunter’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area highlights more than one hundred haunted spots in and around San Francisco, all accessible to the public, where you can research and organize your own ghost hunt. Complete with handy checklists, procedural tips, and anecdotal evidence of previous sightings at each location, the guide is an inquisitive and informative supplement to—or replacement for—traditional tourist guidebooks of the Bay Area. Whether readers visit familiar haunts such as Alcatraz, Angel Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, or lesser-known locations such as the USS Hornet, the Old Bodega Schoolhouse, or the First and Last Chance Saloon, all are sure to encounter places and consider possibilities unexplored by the average visitor. With advice on what to do with a ghost, what to do after the ghost hunt, and other telekinetic tidbits, this guide encourages travelers to be attentive and imaginative, willing to take that extra spirit-sighting step. For the curious armchair traveler, it is lively twist on Bay Area history and landmarks. “While sometimes scary, [the ghost stories] more often serve as reminders of the sometimes quirky, and oftentimes tragically haunting, history of the people of California.” —The Reporter (Vacaville, CA) “I thought I knew everything about the wine country, but I apparently overlooked the protoplasmic ‘walk by night’ world.” —Mick Winter, author of The Napa Valley Book
Categories: Travel



The dotcom boom of the late 1990s was followed by the dotcom bust, and then came a period when Silicon Valley felt like a ghost town. Slowly, a new generation of Internet-related companies arose, and while this second boom wasn't a ...

Author: Dan Lyons

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781786491015

Category: Computers

Page: 123

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Dan Lyons was Technology Editor at Newsweek Magazine for years, a magazine writer at the top of his profession. One Friday morning he received a phone call: his job no longer existed. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was unemployed and facing financial oblivion. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital. They offered Dan a pile of stock options for the nebulous role of "marketing fellow." What could possibly go wrong? What follows is a hilarious and excoriating account of Dan's time at the start-up and a revealing window onto the dysfunctional culture that prevails in a world flush with cash and devoid of experience. Filled with stories of meaningless jargon, teddy bears at meetings, push-up competitions and all-night parties, this uproarious tale is also a trenchant analysis of the dysfunctional start-up world, a de facto conspiracy between those who start companies and those who fund them. It is a world where bad ideas are rewarded with hefty investments, where companies blow money lavishing perks on their post-collegiate workforces, and where everybody is trying to hang on just long enough to cash out with a fortune.
Categories: Computers

Ghost Hunter s Guide to Monterey and California s Central Coast

Ghost Hunter s Guide to Monterey and California s Central Coast

When the rest of Richard Bertram died in 1959, burial was carried out at Oak Hill Cemetery in San Jose. There is an urban legend about Bertram's arm climbing out of the grave in search of the rest of the body, but ghost hunters dismiss ...

Author: Jeff Dwyer

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781589809031

Category: Travel

Page: 284

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“A vivid read and well-researched guide for serious ghost hunters that also makes a handy travel companion for California history buffs.” —Library Journal When you combine three centuries of exploration and settlement; Spanish, Mexican, and Yankee influence; a handful of natural catastrophes and manmade disasters; and vast swaths of eerie and desolate shoreline, you have an environment ripe for a haunting. From Moss Beach south along Highway 1 to Santa Cruz and down the coast through Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Lompoc, expert ghost hunter Jeff Dwyer guides locals and tourists alike through the most haunted and historic sites in the area. Praise for Jeff Dwyer’s Ghost Hunter’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area “While sometimes scary, [the ghost stories] more often serve as reminders of the sometimes quirky, and oftentimes tragically haunting, history of the people of California.” —The Reporter (Vacaville, CA) “I thought I knew everything about the wine country, but I apparently overlooked the protoplasmic ‘walk by night’ world.” —Mick Winter, author of The Napa Valley Book
Categories: Travel

A Collection of Poems and Essays of Past Decades Involving Discussions of Important Matters and Topics

A Collection of Poems and Essays of Past Decades Involving Discussions of Important Matters and Topics

Not too long ago, Silicon Valley near San Jose, California resembled a ghost town where there was once before intense activity, it became inactive due to the so - called tech slump, but in reality there was a stampede of companies out ...

Author: Felipe B. Nery

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781434336989

Category: Poetry

Page: 382

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This is the last episode and effort by Felipe B. Nery to publish the remainder of his poems and essays spanning a period of several decades involving various topics. It covers, to a large extent, the Macanese Diaspora. The Macanese people, through no fault of theirs, are subsequently scattered the world over. They hope, now, wherever they may have settled to be the final home for them and for their children. This is the second book consisting of poems and essays written by Felipe B. Nery for the past decades, which he believes would interest his readers. It covers a variety of topics ranging from health, politics, religion, sports, economics, diseases, foods and so on. These topics are too interesting to be set aside or discard as they somehow touch each and everyone's life, in the process. During the period covered, many things have happened to change the political scenes, scientific knowledge, birth and destruction of nations, such as: The end of Facism, Nazism, partial demise of Communism (in Soviet Russia), takeover of China by the Reds, the end of colonialism, changes occurring in Eastern Europe, birth of a new nation- Israel, wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, the invention of cell phones, advances made in medicines, invention of computers, invention of television, improving the automobiles (also making them available to the average people), improving the airplanes which are now the preferred made of travel. During this period, the Macanese people had to leave Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau, not unlike the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt dubbed Diaspora. The Macanese people are now dispersed throughout the world. We refer this episode to be "The Macanese Diaspora."
Categories: Poetry

The Purpose Economy Expanded and Updated

The Purpose Economy  Expanded and Updated

It was the global hub of the Industrial Economy, not the ghost town it is today. After college I moved to Silicon Valley and was struck by how much it resembled my grandmother's description of the Detroit she knew.

Author: Aaron Hurst

Publisher: Elevate Publishing

ISBN: 9780996465526

Category: Self-Help

Page: 293

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In 2014 Aaron Hurst, Ashoka fellow and founder of Imperative and Taproot Foundation, published The Purpose Economy, the book that catalyzed the purpose revolution. With his prediction that purpose was the next major economic era, many are now racing to find answers and direction toward discovering their personal, professional, and organizational purpose. Leaders from around the world have embraced Hurst’s work and have asked for more. In this expanded and updated edition Hurst unpacks critical new research and tools for individuals and organizations to find purpose and thrive in this new era. Based on interviews with thousands of entrepreneurs, new survey-backed metrics, and refined societal trends, Hurst shows that this new era is fueling demand for purpose-centered professionals who not only create more satisfying careers, but also contribute more productively to teams and organizations. A new view of success based on relationships, impact, and growth is spreading across the globe, and individuals and organizations that embrace that view have emerged as the leaders of the new economy.
Categories: Self-Help