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The idea envisioned by four New York University undergraduates was simple: build a social network that would allow users to control their personal data instead of surrendering it to big businesses like Facebook. They called it Diaspora. In days, they raised $200,000, and reporters, venture capitalists, and the digital community’s most legendary figures were soon monitoring their progress. Max dreamed of being a CEO. Ilya was the idealist. Dan coded like a pro, and Rafi tried to keep them all on track. But as the months passed and the money ran out, the Diaspora Four fell victim to errors, bad decisions, and their own hubris. In November 2011, Ilya committed suicide.

Diaspora has been tech news since day one, but the story reaches far beyond Silicon Valley to the now urgent issues about the future of the Internet.

With the cooperation of the surviving partners, New York Times bestselling author Jim Dwyer tells a riveting story of four ambitious and naïve young men who tried to rebottle the genie of personal privacy—and paid the ultimate price.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Dwyer’s] fly-on-the-wall style of reporting brings vivid detail to his narrative. You can feel the excitement and anxiety among the Diaspora four.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “This latest book in the genre is smarter and more brutally honest than most…Dwyer uses his considerable journalistic talents to make the dynamics between the founders compelling.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] lively account…[that] finds heroism and success, betrayal and even, ultimately, tragedy in the hurtling pursuit of a cause.”

    Washington Post

  • “A thrilling read, astoundingly detailed and researched, alternately suspenseful and heartbreaking.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Their story is captivating, and there is much to learn from it.”

    Mixed Media Reviews

  • “A thoroughly compelling account recommended for those interested in general technology books and business narratives. This book is a welcome addition to the literature on start-ups, particularly for its focus on notions of privacy in the digital era and how entrepreneurs are working to address these critical needs.”

    Library Journal

  • “Pete Larkin narrates with a deep and somewhat throaty voice that keeps listeners engaged. He guides listeners through a landscape of technical language and descriptions of college social life and interpersonal tensions with just the right tone. Skillfully using timing and emphasis, he adds a bit of drama to the text. His characterizations have little definition beyond gender, but that isn’t problematic as the book clearly identifies whoever is speaking.”

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