Unemployable: How I Hired Myself by Alysia Silberg Review 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author Alysia Silberg shares a powerful memoir about escaping a life of poverty and violence in South Africa to become a leading voice in the world of Silicon Valley startups and responsible technology development in her book “Unemployable: How I Hired Myself”.


The Synopsis

In Unemployable, Alysia Silberg shares her powerful story of survival and success, aided by the great equalizer – technology. Growing up in poverty in South Africa, Alysia experienced violence, abuse, and even a gunshot wound. Through determination and an unwavering commitment to learning, she made her way to America and Silicon Valley, becoming a lover and funder of startups, with a passion for AI.

This “unputdownable” memoir and manifesto serves as a source of inspiration for anyone who has been told, or has told themselves, that they cannot. By embracing our own superpowers, Alysia believes we can unlock our unique brilliance and contribute to the responsible advancement of technology.

In this book, Alysia shares her unique perspective on how to:

  1. Change your mindset from “I can’t” to “I can.”
  2. Embrace learning and growth, even in the face of adversity.
  3. Unearth your unique brilliance and contribute to the responsible advancement of technology.
  4. Harness the potential of AI to create a more equitable and inclusive world while being mindful of its challenges and risks.

Unemployable is not just about Alysia’s personal journey, but about the transformative power of technology and AI as great equalizers. This beautifully crafted memoir will inspire you to defy limitations, embrace your inner brilliance, and change the world responsibly.

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The Review

This was such an incredible blend of memoir and motivational writing. The balance the author found between their personal life and the experiences that helped shape them the career path that the author set herself and the struggles that helped teach the author how to move forward in that path were so inspiring. Getting to hear about the author’s upbringing and the hardships of life in an area of the world rife with crime and violence, and the hope that the author found in her father’s legacy as a Hollywood makeup artist to the stars were very uplifting to read about.

Yet it was the emphasis the author put on not only hope but on the determination it takes to face challenges head-on and the power that resides within us all to overcome any adversity that heads our way and instead achieve great things in spite of those hardships and struggles, that made this such a compelling read. The author finds a way of writing to a multitude of different kinds of readers, using her experiences to showcase how failure doesn’t have to be the end of the road and instead uses her life stories to act as a guide to anyone pursuing their dreams or even starting their own business. 

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The Verdict

Memorable, thoughtful, and engaging, author Alysia Silberg’s “Unemployable: How I Hired Myself” is a must-read nonfiction memoir and motivational guide. The emotional and heartfelt delivery of the author’s backstory and the inspiring themes of hope and perseverance that the author’s professional career not only taught her but gave the reader lessons as well made this a truly great book. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10


About the Author

Alysia Silberg was born to blaze trails. As the daughter of a Hollywood makeup artist who worked with screen legends like Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, and Marlon Brando, she grew up with a dream of making her own mark in a world far away. 

A math and science prodigy, she nurtured her entrepreneurial instincts while still in grade school, starting her first business, an import-export agency, at age 11.

Today, Alysia is a leading venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, where she mentors tech startups and helps them go public. She is CEO & General Partner of the investment firm Street Global. 

As a thought-and-knowledge leader, Alysia earned acclaim for her groundbreaking online radio show, Global Fireside Chats, bringing together global industry titans to share insights on our fast-changing world. She is a UN Women Empower Women Global Champion, and an international board director with sovereign wealth fund experience. 

“Unemployable, How I Hired Myself” detailing her life story and guide to financial freedom, is Alysia’s first book.




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