2019 was a year of failed Silicon Valley IPOs and startup culture is being scrutinized like never before. In her new book Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener gives readers an account of her journey in Silicon Valley. She joined Yahoo Finance’s The Final Round to discuss.
Anna Wiener’s Uncanny Valley is one of the most anticipated books of the year, described by Sweetbitter author Stephanie Danler as a “generation-defining account” of her time in Silicon Valley. After she leaves book publishing in New York for work at a San Francisco big-data startup, Wiener arrived in the midst of a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building.