Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Startup, by Doree Shafrir

A brittle and amusing look at the high-pressure world of tech startups, told from the female point of view. One of the main characters, Sabrina Choe Blum, is considered pretty well past it at 36 when she goes back to work after marrying and having two children.  Worse, her inattentive husband has her falling to an online shopping addiction which her new salary will never cover.  Katya Pasternack, a Russian-American journalist for a tech blog whose boss is Sabrina’s husband, is searching for a high profile scandalous story about the industry to make her name.  There’s the desperate search for more venture capital to keep fledgling killer apps afloat. There’s plenty of young male privilege, sex, and bad behavior to go around.  Fun but not deep, and the ending is just left hanging.  293 pp.

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