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by Anna Wiener
In her 2020 memoir, Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener offers a unique outsider's perspective into the dark underbelly of Silicon Valley's tech startups.
by Anna Wiener
From the outside, Silicon Valley presents an image of promising entrepreneurial hopefuls disrupting society, creating innovative new technologies, and making a cool billion dollars in the process. But on the inside, the world of startups and tech companies tells a more sordid tale of privacy breaches and overt sexism.
Anna Wiener is a writer whose work has appeared in publications like The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The Atlantic. Starting out in the decidedly analog industry of book publishing, Wiener went on to work for companies like GitHub and Stripe, her non-tech background providing the unique viewpoint that forms the basis of her first book.
In this memoir about her time in the tech industry, Wiener uncovers the controversial inner workings of Silicon Valley startups. With a literary and incisive style, Uncanny Valley shows the darker side of the environment in which the apps and websites we use everyday are forged.
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"It never occurred to me that I might someday become one of the people working behind the internet, because I had never considered that there were people behind the internet at all."
– Anna Wiener