Bit Flip (Paperback)

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As Silicon Valley and the technology coming out of it grow increasingly more important in our lives, cultural commentary on the adventures and behaviors exhibited in that world have evolved accordingly.  There was Po Bronson’s The First $20 Million is the Hardest in the late 90s, when the promise of technology and the Valley was still hopeful.  The HBO TV series Silicon Valley debuted in 2014, as the high-tech gold rush was at its peak and that world and those of us outside of it were ready to peek in through a comic lens.

The capitalism fueling Silicon Valley is more visible on the surface today, and Mike Trigg expertly captures the human toll the culture takes in his debut novel Bit Flip.  Sam Hughes, the protagonist, speaks his mind in the opening scene of the book and then finds himself unemployed.  In his quest to reshape and regain the success he was building, Hughes endures a birthday party host in a Speedo, a humbling trip back to his hometown in Ohio, and a complicated relationship with his wife.  

Trigg reliably uses his decades of experience as a Silicon Valley executive to sketch the right framework for the technology and deal-making that move this story forward. He has elevated the story, however, by focusing on the personal ramifications the Valley’s lifestyle inflicts.  In doing so, we are reminded that determination, resilience, and the best intentions don’t always lead to good behavior.  While this phenomenon is perhaps more prevalent in Silicon Valley, Trigg’s interpersonal focus also reminds us of the vulnerabilities to be found anywhere.


— From Saucy September Staff Picks


Combining the corporate intrigue of Joseph Finder, the satirical cultural critique of Dave Eggers, and the domestic drama of Laura Dave,

Bit Flip is a fast-paced contemporary thriller that delivers an authentic insider's view of the corrupting influences of greed, entitlement, and vanity in technology start-ups.

Tech executive Sam Hughes came to Silicon Valley to "make the world a better place." He's just not sure he's doing that anymore. And when an onstage meltdown sends him into a professional tailspin, he suddenly sees the culture of the Bay Area's tech bubble in a new light.

Just as Sam's wondering if his start-up career and marriage might both be over at fortysomething, an inadvertent discovery pulls him back into his former company, where he begins to unravel the insidious schemes of the founder and venture investors.

Driven by his desire for redemption, Sam discovers a conspiracy of fraud, blackmail, and manipulation that leads to tragic outcomes--threatening to destroy not only the company but also his own moral compass. Entangled in a web of complicity, how far will Sam go to achieve his dreams of entrepreneurial success?

Product Details
ISBN: 9781684631773
ISBN-10: 1684631777
Publisher: Sparkpress
Publication Date: August 16th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English