Chaos Monkeys

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Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
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Paperback edition
AuthorAntonio Garcia Martinez
Country United States
GenreBiographies, Business, Engineering
Publication date
June 28, 2016 (2016-06-28)
Media typePrint
Pages528 pp.
ISBN978-0-06-245819-3 (Hardcover)

Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley is an autobiography written by American tech entrepreneur Antonio García Martínez.[1] The book compares Silicon Valley to the "chaos monkeys" of society. In the book, the author details his career experiences with launching a tech startup, selling it to Twitter, and working at Facebook from its pre-IPO stage.[2]


Chaos Monkeys recounts Antonio Garcia Martinez's career path.[3] It starts as Martinez explains his quant work at Goldman, to an existing startup, to his own startup, and ultimately to larger Silicon Valley companies.[4] He writes about real situations and discloses the inside stories he believes fill every industry.[5] Garcia attempts to explain how advertising technology, startups, and venture capital work.[6][7]


The book received mixed reviews upon its release. Bloomberg Businessweek reported, "Unlike most founding narratives that flow out of the Valley, Chaos Monkeys dives into the unburnished, day-to-day realities: the frantic pivots, the enthusiastic ass-kissing, the excruciating internal politics.... [Garcia] can be rude, but he's shrewd, too."[8] In CNN's review, the headline says the book "compares Facebook's culture to fascism but fails to prove it".[9] TechCrunch wrote, "If you're in a startup or even plan to sue one, Chaos Monkeys is the book to read."[10]

Eventually, the book became notorious for its misogynistic content, including the following and many similar passages:[11]

Most women in the Bay Area are soft and weak, cosseted and naive despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit. They have their self-regarding entitlement feminism, and ceaselessly vaunt their independence, but the reality is, come the epidemic plague or foreign invasion, they’d become precisely the sort of useless baggage you’d trade for a box of shotgun shells or a jerry can of diesel.

On May 10, 2021, Business Insider reported that the author had been hired by Apple. Opposition quickly mounted within the firm, with over 2,000 employees signing a letter demanding an investigation into the failures of the background check process that allowed him to be hired.[11] On May 12, Apple announced that Martínez had been fired.[12]


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