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The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story is American author Michael Lewis's 1999 non-fiction book about Silicon Valley.

The author, Michael Lewis, is a central character of this non-fiction book; it is told in the first person as a summary of his experiences interacting with Jim Clark. Clark is...

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The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story is American author Michael Lewis's 1999 non-fiction book about Silicon Valley.

The author, Michael Lewis, is a central character of this non-fiction book; it is told in the first person as a summary of his experiences interacting with Jim Clark. Clark is a successful entrepreneur who, when the story finds him, is on the verge of founding his third major tech company. Clark is an independent-minded personality; at one point Lewis describes the consensus view of him:

... people that knew Clark knew better than to expect him to be where he was meant to be. Sooner or later he would turn up, usually when he was not wanted.

Many anecdotes and traits about Clark are told from the perspective of other characters, or through Clark's relationships with them. They include:

  • Pavan Nigam, an Indian computer scientist from Kanpur who has settled in Silicon Valley;
  • Kittu Kolluri, an Indian computer scientist hired by Nigam;
  • EdMcCracken, a businessman who is Clark's "first intimate encounter with the American professional class";
  • Marc Andreessen, the author of Mosaic, who reluctantly permits Clark to commercialize his web browser;
  • Glenn Mueller, a venture capitalist and early confederate of Clark's
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