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More Awesome Than Money : Four Boys, Three Years, and a Chronicle of Ideals and Ambition in Silicon

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The David-versus-Goliath effort to build a revolutionary social network that would give us back control of our personal dataIn June of 2010, four nerdy NYU undergrads moved to Silicon Valley to save the world from Facebook. Their idea was simple—to build a social network that would allow users to control the information they shared about themselves instead of surrendering it to big business. Their project was called Diaspora, and just weeks after launching it on Kickstarter, the idealistic twenty-year-olds had raised $200,000 from donors around the world. Profiled in the New York Times, wooed by venture capitalists, and cheered on by the elite of the digital community, they were poised to revolutionize the Internet and remap the lines of power in our digital society—until things fell apart, with tragic results.The story of Diaspora reaches far beyond Silicon Valley to today’s urgent debates over the future of the Internet. In this heartbreaking yet hopeful account, drawn from extensive interviews with the Diaspora Four and other key figures, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jim Dwyer tells a riveting tale of four ambitious and naive young men who dared to challenge the status quo.
The David-versus-Goliath effort to build a revolutionary social network that would give us back control of our personal data

In June of 2010, four nerdy NYU undergrads moved to Silicon Valley to save the world from Facebook. Their idea was simpleto build a social network that would allow users to control the information they shared about themselves instead of surrendering it to big business. Their project was called Diaspora, and just weeks after launching it on Kickstarter, the idealistic twenty-year-olds had raised $200,000 from donors around the world. Profiled in theNew York Times, wooed by venture capitalists, and cheered on by the elite of the digital community, they were poised to revolutionize the Internet and remap the lines of power in our digital societyuntil things fell apart, with tragic results.

The story of Diaspora reaches far beyond Silicon Valley to today?s urgent debates over the future of the Internet. In this heartbreaking yet hopeful account, drawn from extensive interviews with the Diaspora Four and other key figures, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Jim Dwyer tells a riveting tale of four ambitious and naive young men who dared to challenge the status quo.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 374.0
Genre: Business + Money Management, Technology
Sub-Genre: Industries / Media + Communications Industries, Social Aspects
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Jim Dwyer
Language: English
Street Date: November 10, 2015
TCIN: 26403377
UPC: 9780143127895
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-2164

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