Chaos Monkeys

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“Incisive.... The most fun business book I have read this year.... Clearly there will be people who hate this book — which is probably one of the things that makes it such a great read.”
— Andrew Ross Sorkin,
 New York Times

— Vanity Fair

Liar’s Poker meets The Social Network in an irreverent exposé of life inside the tech bubble, from industry provocateur Antonio García Martínez, a former Twitter advisor, Facebook product manager and startup founder/CEO.

The reality is, Silicon Valley capitalism is very simple:

Investors are people with more money than time.

Employees are people with more time than money.

Entrepreneurs are the seductive go-between.

Marketing is like sex: only losers pay for it. 

Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a datacenter powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this “chaos monkey” to test online services’ robustness—their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society’s chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives, from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder). One of Silicon Valley’s most audacious chaos monkeys is Antonio García Martínez.

After stints on Wall Street and as CEO of his own startup, García Martínez joined Facebook’s nascent advertising team, turning its users’ data into profit for COO Sheryl Sandberg and chairman and CEO Mark “Zuck” Zuckerberg. Forced out in the wake of an internal product war over the future of the company’s monetization strategy, García Martínez eventually landed at rival Twitter. He also fathered two children with a woman he barely knew, committed lewd acts and brewed illegal beer on the Facebook campus (accidentally flooding Zuckerberg's desk), lived on a sailboat, raced sport cars on the 101, and enthusiastically pursued the life of an overpaid Silicon Valley wastrel.

Now, this gleeful contrarian unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future. Weighing in on everything from startups and credit derivatives to Big Brother and data tracking, social media monetization and digital “privacy,” García Martínez shares his scathing observations and outrageous antics, taking us on a humorous, subversive tour of the fascinatingly insular tech industry. Chaos Monkeys lays bare the hijinks, trade secrets, and power plays of the visionaries, grunts, sociopaths, opportunists, accidental tourists, and money cowboys who are revolutionizing our world. The question is, will we survive?

BONUS CONTENT: An exclusive interview featuring Antonio Garcia Martinez in conversation with journalist and author, Steven Levy.


  • 001 Chaos Monkeys

    Duration: 15s
  • 002 Authors Note

    Duration: 57s
  • 003 Prologue

    Duration: 18min
  • 004 Disturbing The Peace

    Duration: 38min
  • 005 The Human Attention Exchange

    Duration: 18min
  • 006 Knowing How to Swim

    Duration: 44min
  • 007 Abandoning the Shipwreck

    Duration: 17min
  • 008 Let Me See Your War Face

    Duration: 18min
  • 009 Like Marriage, but Without the Fucking

    Duration: 12min
  • 010 Speed is a Feature

    Duration: 19min
  • 011 D-Day

    Duration: 08min
  • 012 A Conclave of Angels

    Duration: 21min
  • 013 The Hill of Sand

    Duration: 23min
  • 014 Turning and Turning in the Widening Gyre

    Duration: 12min
  • 015 No Pasaran

    Duration: 22min
  • 016 The Dog Shit Sandwich

    Duration: 28min
  • 017 Victory

    Duration: 07min
  • 018 Launching

    Duration: 08min
  • 019 Dates At Twitter

    Duration: 44min
  • 020 Acquisition Chicken

    Duration: 14min
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