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With Jessica Powell (Author, The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story) & Kevin Roose (Writer-at-Large, NY Times Magazine).
Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 06:00 PM   Absolutely Free
Betaworks Studios, 29 Little W 12th St

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Join us on April 18th at 6pm for a conversation with former Vice President of Communications at Google, Jessica Powell, centered around the themes of her new book, The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story.

About the book:
Something is fishy at Anahata-and it's not just the giant squid that serves as a mascot for the world's largest tech company. A prince in exile is working as a product manager. The sales guys are battling with the engineers. The female employees are the unwitting subjects of a wild social experiment. The VPs are plotting against each other. And the yoga-loving, sex-obsessed CEO is rumored to be planning a moon colony, sending his investors into a tizzy. Is it all downhill from here? Or is this just the beginning of a bold new phase in Anahata's quest for global domination?

Jessica Powell is the author of The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story. The first novel ever published by the digital platform Medium, The Big Disruption has been read by over 175,000 readers. It was described by The New York Times as "a zany satire [whose] diagnosis of Silicon Valley's cultural stagnancy is so spot on that it's barely contestable.

Jessica is the former Vice President of Communications for Google & served on the company's management team. She is the author of Literary Paris, & her fiction & non-fiction has been published in The Guardian, The New York Times, WIRED, & Medium magazine. She is also the co-founder & CEO of a startup that builds software for musicians.

Kevin Roose is a columnist for Business Day & a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine. His column, The Shift, examines the intersection of technology, business, & culture.

Before joining The Times, Mr. Roose was a vice president at Fusion Media Group, & a columnist for New York magazine. He was the co-host & executive producer of "Real Future," a documentary series about technology that aired on the Fusion TV network. He has also covered Wall Street for DealBook, The Times's financial news service, & has written for publications including GQ, Vanity Fair, & Esquire. His writing has been included in Best American Business Writing, & in 2015, he was named to Forbes's 30 Under 30 list.

Mr. Roose is the New York Times bestselling author of two books, Young Money (2014) & The Unlikely Disciple (2009), both of which were published by Hachette Book Group.

He is a graduate of Brown University & lives in Brooklyn.
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