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App Kid

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App Kid by Michael Sayman
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Sep 21, 2021 | ISBN 9781984886002 | 641 Minutes

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“A beguiling account of how [Sayman] became one of Silicon Valley’s youngest entrepreneurs. . . . The real emotional center of [his] story . . . lies in the ‘catch22’ of being Facebook’s youngest employee. . . . His strength was being able to educate ‘the grown-ups’ on the youth market—which led to his significant role in the success of Instagram Stories—while his weakness manifested in his inexperience as a manager. . . . He also shares how—after growing up in a community where ‘kids still used “gay” as a putdown’— he learned to be proud of his sexuality as a gay man. Readers will be enthralled by this humanizing look at the tech world.” —Publishers Weekly (boxed, starred review)
“A notable debut memoir about identity, immigration, and computer coding. . . . . Sayman is a born storyteller. . . . It’s not the extraordinary experiences of a wunderkind building moneymaking apps while still in high school that makes this coming-of-age story so compelling, but rather the ordinary ones. . . . His adventures at [the] secretive tech giants and his insights into their business plans and work cultures add [. . .] fascinating layers to the text. . . . Sayman’s superpower is turning his specific Silicon Valley success story into something sweet, universal, and inspirational.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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