Cult of We: WeWork and the Great Start-Up Delusion

By Brown, Eliot, Farrell, Maureen

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'An amazing portrait of how grifters came to be called visionaries and high finance lost its mind.' Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of HabitThe definitive inside story of WeWork, its audacious founder, and the company's epic unravelling from the journalists who first broke the story wide open.In 2001, Adam Neumann arrived in New York after five years as a conscript in the Israeli navy. Just over fifteen years later, he had transformed himself into the charismatic CEO of a company worth $47 billion. With his long hair and feel-good mantras, the six-foot-five Neumann looked the part of a messianic Silicon Valley entrepreneur. The vision he offered was mesmerizing: a radical reimagining of work space for a new generation. He called it WeWork.As billions of funding dollars poured in, Neumann's ambitions grew limitless. WeWork wasn't just an office space provider; it would build schools, create cities, even colonize Mars. In pursuit of its founder's vision, the company spent money faster than it could bring it in. From his private jet, sometimes clouded with marijuana smoke, the CEO scoured the globe for more capital but in late 2019, just weeks before WeWork's highly publicized IPO, everything fell apart. Neumann was ousted from his company, but still was poised to walk away a billionaire.Calling to mind the recent demise of Theranos and the hubris of the dotcom era bust, WeWork's extraordinary rise and staggering implosion were fueled by disparate characters in a financial system blind to its risks. Why did some of the biggest names in banking and venture capital buy the hype? And what does the future hold for Silicon Valley 'unicorns'? Wall Street Journal reporters Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell explore these questions in this definitive, rollicking account of WeWork's boom and bust.

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EAN

9780008389413

Format

ebook

Author

Brown, Eliot,Farrell, Maureen

Category

Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers

Pages

464

Language

eng

Imprint

Mudlark

Published Date

2021-07-22

Published Country

GB

EAN 9780008389413
Format Ebook
Author Brown, Eliot,Farrell, Maureen
Category
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Pages 464
Language eng
Imprint Mudlark
Published Date 2021-07-22
Published Country GB

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