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Silicon Sky - Gary Dorsey

Paperback Published: 1st May 2000
ISBN: 9780738203126
Number Of Pages: 332

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For more than a decade some of the world's most powerful defense companies have raced to launch the first constellation of low-earth orbit commercial satellites. The prize? An explosive global market for personal communications worth billions of dollars. Fresh out of Harvard Business School, twenty-something David Thompson entered the fray with an insane idea: to build his own rockets, satellites and a multi-million-dollar corporation that could go head-to-head against the big guys. His electrifying grab for the heavens--huge start-up costs, mind-blowing technical obstacles, and dark tangos with investors--is told by acclaimed writer Gary Dorsey, who was there reporting from inside. The story of their obsessive gamble in the high-stress game of space commerce is told through the lives of Thompson's managers, markets, and "freshouts"--a brilliant team of young engineers from the country's best universities. Like "The Soul of a New Machine, Silicon Sky"--part of the celebrated Sloan Technology Series--reads like fast-paced fiction, tracing the advent not just of a single company, but of a quickly emerging technological industry.

Preface to the Sloan Technology Seriesp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
January 1992 Microsoft in Microspacep. 1
July 1992 Wolf Pups & Freshoutsp. 20
September 1992 the First Slipp. 31
October 1992 Intramuralsp. 52
October 1992 Cowboy Satellite Hackers: Orbital Westp. 66
1981-1992 a Little Walkin' around Moneyp. 84
February 1993 Popcorn Dealsp. 98
Spring 1993 Elephant Matep. 114
April 1993 the Brain Was an Arsep. 129
May 1993 Wonderboyp. 146
July 1993 Bet the Companyp. 158
August 1993 Snafu: Situation Normal ..p. 177
August/September 1993 Yank 'Emp. 193
March 1994 the Gentlemen from Caracasp. 215
March 1994 Interferencep. 228
August/September 1994 Old. Boring. Really Depressingp. 244
December 1994 - March 1995 Imperfect Object, Imperfect Worldp. 260
March 1995 Flounder, Arnold, & Vladp. 284
April/May 1995 I-am-desperatep. 303
Epiloguep. 319
Cast of Charactersp. 324
Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9780738203126
ISBN-10: 0738203122
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 1st May 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition