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Brad Stone is a journalist and author based in San Francisco.

Excerpts from The Upstarts, Volume 2: The Real Origins of Uber

The ride-hailing company Uber Technologies was invented by a Canadian and originally coded in Mexico. An excerpt from the book on Uber’s origins in The Guardian, published just as the world is taking a new look at Uber’s character amid charges of complicity … read more

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Excerpts of The Upstarts, Volume 1: The Secret Weapons of Uber and Airbnb

Excerpts of The Upstarts are out today in Bloomberg Businessweek. This includes material from the introduction and chapters four and eight. And more is coming soon!

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Silicon Valley Reckons with its Political Power

Technology’s transformation of society seems to be speeding up. And now we know where it all leads: to the 25th floor of Trump Tower, and a central spot in the national dialogue over an evolving economy, with all its accompanying … read more

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The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn’t content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store—a store that offered limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do … read more

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The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

Amid the throngs at the January 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama, two groups of entrepreneurs were there not just to witness history but to make it. Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk were in the national mall that day, … read more

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The Uber Slayer: the True Story of China’s Didi

Didi was one of dozens of ridesharing startups that sprouted in China in early 2012. Here’s a Businessweek cover story on how it out maneuvered them all and then went head to head with Uber.

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Welcome to Larry Page’s Flying Car Factories

A summer 2016 cover story in Bloomberg Businessweek on Larry Page’s secret flying car skunkworks with my pal Ashlee Vance.

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Here’s the Guy Behind Apple’s Enormous Chip Business

A February, 2016 profile of Cupertino’s chief chipmaker, Johny Srouji, for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Uber and the Invasion of the Taxi Snatchers

Uber has managed to become one of the most loved and controversial startups of the smartphone age. A Bloomberg Businessweek cover story. read more

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Facebook Turns 10: the Mark Zuckerberg Interview

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and CEO, has many reasons to be grateful as his company turns 10 – and a few reasons to remain scared. A Bloomberg Businessweek cover story. read more

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The Bitcoin Mining Arms Race Heats Up

Bitcoin is the digital currency that thrills nerds, inspires libertarians, and incites the passions of economists who debate the value of money made from nothing but ones and zeroes. A Bloomberg Businessweek cover story. read more

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Questions for Book Clubs About The Everything Store

I recently heard from a reader who was organizing a book club discussion of The Everything Store. “I couldn’t find any great resources, so I thought I’d take a chance and email you and see if you, as the author, … read more

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Blogging The Everything Store: Amazon is Santa Claus

On the Web, the grind and chaos of retail’s biggest day will be invisible—hidden hundreds of miles away, inside the massive warehouses of juggernauts like Amazon.com and Wal-Mart. read more

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The Everything Store Wins ‘Business Book of the Year’

I’m delighted to report that The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon has won Business Book of the Year, awarded annually by the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs. Here’s the FT’s story about the evening, and some … read more

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The Everything Store, Italian Edition

The Everything Store is being translated into over a dozen languages. Today I received copies from the Italian publisher, Hoepli. According to Google, “Vendere tutto” translates into “Sell Out.” I hope that is not quite right…

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Responding to MacKenzie Bezos’s One-Star Slapdown of The Everything Store

One of the gratifying and terrifying things about writing a book in 2013 is that anyone can immediately publish their review of it. read more

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The New York Times Review(s)

There’s no better – or tougher – reviewer than Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times. Today she casts her critical eye on The Everything Store. You can read the review here. Update: and here’s author Duff McDonald’s review of … read more

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More Great Coverage

The Financial Times reviews “The Everything Store.” Sample: “Brad Stone, a technology journalist who first covered Amazon in 2000, has done a remarkable job in The Everything Store, in a way that (Jeff) Bezos would appreciate – by working very hard.” … read more

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Talking with Author Daniel Pink About the Everything Store

In addition to penning several bestselling books like “To Sell is Human,” author Daniel Pink conducts Q&As with authors as part of his excellent “Office Hours” podcast. I’ve known Dan for about a decade and my fortuitous email to him … read more

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Talking to NBC’s David Gregory about The Everything Store

On Sunday, I spoke to NBC’s David Gregory for a “Meet the Press” extra. Check out the video here.

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Blogging the Everything Store 2: Jeff Bezos’s League of Shadows

Bezos’s shadow, or Technical Advisor, allows him to magnify his impact and insight throughout Amazon. read more

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Blogging the Everything Store 1: Climbing Amazon’s Ladder

Most Amazon employees know OLRs as the meeting where careers and livelihoods can be won and lost in an instant. read more

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Media Appearance Monday

Promoting The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. read more

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How I Found Jeff Bezos’s Biological Father

Children with fractured or nonexistent relationships with one or both of their birth parents are more likely to end up with psychological or behavioral problems—not leading powerful nations, companies, or cultural movements. But in the case of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Steve Jobs — and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — the unusual circumstances of their birth seemingly helped to create an overpowering drive to succeed and to challenge the status quo. read more

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Secrets of the Amazon: “The Everything Store” Book Excerpts are Now Out!

Question mark emails. The Lubricant Crisis. Amazon’s battle with Diapers.com. And the incredible story of Jeff Bezos’s biological father, a unicycle performer and bike shop owner who never knew what became of his son. read more

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Grading the Kindle Fire as Amazon’s Tablet Turns Two

Two years ago, Bezos introduced the original Kindle Fire at one of those stereotypical press confabs in New York City. That first device was in many respects a dud. Now Amazon is taking on Google and Apple in the tablet market. read more

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Amazon Unveils New Kindle Readers

For the last six years, Amazon has constructed a nearly unbreakable hold on the digital-reading market, thanks in part to the company’s Kindle e-readers—and its ability to weave together attractive new features that broaden the reading experience.
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Talking About Jeff Bezos’s Buy of the Washington Post

These are a few of my media appearances talking about Jeff Bezos buying the Washington Post – and previewing The Everything Store read more

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Shocker: Jeff Bezos Buys the Washington Post!

The deal is surprising for a number of reasons. Bezos believes that the Internet is changing the entire business landscape, but so far he has seemed devoted to blazing new paths, not rescuing ailing old media franchises. read more

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My new Yahoo cover story

Here’s the latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, with my story on Yahoo and Marissa Mayer on the cover. read more

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