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With Angel Au-Yeung & David Jeans (Co-Author, Wonder Boy).
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 @ 07:00 PM   $35   Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St

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Tony Hsieh revolutionized both the tech world & corporate culture. He was a business visionary. He was also a man in search of happiness. So why did it all go so wrong?

Tony Hsieh's first successful venture was in middle school, selling personalized buttons. At Harvard, he made a profit compiling & selling study guides. From there, he went on to build the billion-dollar online shoe empire of Zappos.

The secret to his success? Making his employees happy.

At its peak, Zappos's employee-friendly culture was so famous across the tech industry that it inspired copycats & earned a cult following. Then Hsieh moved the Zappos headquarters to Las Vegas, where he personally funded a nine-figure campaign to revitalize the city's historic downtown area. But as Hsieh fell deeper into his struggles with mental health & drug addiction, the people making up his inner circle began changing from friends to enablers.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with a wide range of people whose lives Hsieh touched, journalists Angel Au-Yeung & David Jeans craft a rich portrait of a man who was plagued by his eternal search for happiness & ultimately succumbed to his own demons.

Angel Au-Yeung, co-author of Wonder Boy, is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal & a former staff writer for Forbes. She was born in Hong Kong & grew up in California, the youngest of three sisters. She attended UC San Diego for her undergraduate studies as a cognitive neuroscience major & Columbia University for her graduate degree in journalism. She currently lives in San Francisco.

David Jeans, co-author of Wonder Boy, is an investigative reporter for Forbes, where he covers the tech industry. He holds a master's degree from Columbia Journalism School & has reported for the Associated Press, the New York Times, & other publications. He grew up in Melbourne, Australia, & lives in New York City.
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