What Makes Amazon, Apple, Facebook And Google So Special

This betrays Galloway's worldview of success as starting numerous companies and having "multiple million dollar exits". Despite this, he himself admits that he remembers nothing but work from 24-32, lost his hair and his first wife due to it, and yet IT WAS ALL WORTH IT. Why? Who knows! Galloway clearly subscribes to the unfortunate myth that your bank account determines your level of success. Business professors may not make great life coaches.

Aside from that, The Four is an entertaining book and recommended.

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Barry Hochhauser 1 year ago Member's comment

There is something magical about #Apple, #Amazon, #Facebook and #Google. Did the author provide any insight into any other companies? $AAPL $AMZN $FB $GOOGL

Ayelet Wolf 1 year ago Member's comment

I of course agree, but I do think that Galloway's explanations for that success sounds far too simplistic.

Frank Underwood 1 year ago Member's comment

Since when does #Facebook require people use their real identities? There's millions of fake users. Heck, you can buy like 100,000 facebook likes for $5 online.

David P. Goldsmith 1 year ago Member's comment

I think the author means when #Facebook first launched, and you could only join if you were a student and had a legitimate.edu account. I agree that set them apart from MySpace. MySpace was first but quickly devolved into a wildwest for perverts and predators.

Now however, I would say that Facebook has followed the same path. Of course if they stuck to their.edu requirement, they would be a fraction of the size and somewhat elitist. $FB

Ayelet Wolf 1 year ago Member's comment

Sounds like an interesting read. But it doesn't sound like it answers the deeper questions. For example, I agree that #Apple creates a form of lust in it's loyal customers, to, as you said, "driving them to pay irrational prices when there are essentially identical products available from competitors at far lower prices." But HOW has Apple achieved this? Yes, #Amazon has built itself up from an upstart book seller, to essentially being able to provide for every aspect of our lives. but HOW did they manage to achieve this? Every other book seller is now either still just selling books, or out of business all together. $AAPL $AMZN $FB $GOOGL