Former Google executive Jessica Powell, author of The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional But Essentially True Silicon Valley Story (Medium), is donating her share of the book’s print proceeds to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), a nonprofit that provides a financial safety net for booksellers across the country.
“We are grateful to Jessica for donating to Binc and for supporting booksellers. This donation will immediately go to work helping booksellers during some of the most difficult times of their lives,” said Binc Executive Director Pam French.
The Big Disruption, online publishing platform Medium’s first print book, garnered more than 175,000 readers when it was published online this past fall. In Powell’s novel, something is fishy at Anahata — Silicon Valley’s premier tech company — and it’s not just the giant squid that serves as its mascot. An exiled prince with janitorial expertise is working as a product manager. The sales guys are battling with the engineers. The women employees are the unwitting subjects of a wild social experiment. The VPs are plotting against each other. The yoga-loving, sex-obsessed CEO is rumored to be planning a moon colony, sending his investors into a tizzy, and everyone is obsessed with Galt, their fiercest industry rival. Is it all downhill from here for the world’s largest tech company? Or is this just the beginning of a bold new phase in Anahata’s quest for global domination?
Powell previously donated proceeds from her work with Medium to #YesWeCode, a group that helps underrepresented groups access opportunities and achieve success in the tech sector, and to Book Trust, which helps children in low-income areas build their own home library.