The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest

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9780099268284: The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest

Po Bronson unleashes his furious talent on Silicon Valley, ripping the lid off the computer industry. In the basement of a distinguished research lab, Andy Caspar's engineering talents are being ignored. But his chance to become an 'Ironman' appears when the chief engineer sets Andy up on a long-neglected project- to design a computer that can sell for only $300. But just as the team is on the verge of success, their work becomes a threat to other interests in the lab -and Andy must become far more than a programmer if he wants to survive.

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Bronson's last novel, Bombardiers, was wonderful, so it comes as no surprise that his latest novel is just marvelous. What does it take for entrepreneurs to risk everything, develop a product, start a company, and take it public? When social idealism, corporate politics, petty jealousies, money fever--all part of the business landscape in Silicon Valley--meet, the results make for a fun, fast-paced read. And if you're familiar with the culture of Silicon Valley, you'll find yourself asking if this is a novel or a chronicle of the times. Just make sure you clear your calendar before picking up this book--you won't be doing anything else until you finish.

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"A crafty, funny and sympathetic depiction of a world that's high-tech to the max, but very human for all that ... With a fresh and affectionate eye, Bronson depicts the fragile egos and brilliance of 'ironmen' as the negotiate the real world."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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