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Fishbowl / Matthew Glass.

By: Glass, Matthew, 1954- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Corvus, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: 439 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781782392613 (paperback); 1782392610 (paperback); 9781782392637 (pbk.).Subject(s): Online social networks -- Fiction | New business enterprises -- United States -- Fiction | Friendship -- FictionGenre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction)DDC classification: 823.92 Summary: Fishbowl tells the story of a social media start-up, from its origins in a Stanford dorm room to the world's biggest ever IPO. Three Stanford undergraduates set up Fishbowl, a meta-networking site that allows people to connect with others who share their interests. What begins as an experimental website soon goes viral, attracting hundreds of thousands, then millions of followers. Pretty soon, Fishbowl is the biggest thing to hit the internet since Facebook. But the makers of Fishbowl are completely unprepared for this astronomical success. They must make a series of business - and moral - choices that threaten to rip the company, and their friendships, apart.
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The internet is everywhere. Those who control it, control us. As a gifted Ivy League student, Andrei Koss hit upon an idea that would revolutionize social networking and move it on by a generation. Enlisting the help of his best friends, Ben and Kevin, he turned their dorm room into an operations base, where flashes of creative brilliance and all-night-coding sessions led to the creation of Fishbowl. He is now the 21-year-old CEO of a multi-billion-dollar empire. His creation reaches into every corner of the planet. But its immense power has many uses, and some will stop at nothing to get a piece of it.

"When you're the next big thing in Silicon Valley, the whole world will be watching" --Cover.

Fishbowl tells the story of a social media start-up, from its origins in a Stanford dorm room to the world's biggest ever IPO. Three Stanford undergraduates set up Fishbowl, a meta-networking site that allows people to connect with others who share their interests. What begins as an experimental website soon goes viral, attracting hundreds of thousands, then millions of followers. Pretty soon, Fishbowl is the biggest thing to hit the internet since Facebook. But the makers of Fishbowl are completely unprepared for this astronomical success. They must make a series of business - and moral - choices that threaten to rip the company, and their friendships, apart.

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Publishers Weekly Review

This unconventional thriller from Glass (Ultimatum) charts the career of social media entrepreneur Andrei Koss, from his early success while a student at Stanford University to ownership of the world's most powerful Internet program. With the help of two Stanford classmates, Koss launches Fishbowll.com, "a dating site for the mind," which connects people of like interests anywhere on the planet. As the site grows, so do the challenges it faces. Andrei and his friends argue over philosophical questions as well as practical ones, and their energy goes into growing and improving the capabilities of the site while maintaining control of it. Meanwhile, the FBI wants access to some of its data; competitor Mike Sweetman tries to block Fishbowl, then to buy it; and right-wing Arizona senator Diane McKenrick targets Fishbowl on security grounds. Glass takes an intriguing look at the myriad possibilities of the Internet for both good and evil. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.