Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Noam Wasserman: The Founder's Dilemmas

Date: 7/2015

Title: The Founder's Dilemmas

Author: Noam Wasserman

Duration: 13.5 hrs

Review: Great research on all the different ways that equity and control splits go right, and go wrong. The take away: you should assume, assume  that everything will change, talk through as many eventualities as you can imagine with your co-founders.  Inspiring quantity and quality of research.
I really enjoyed reading it.

Marty Neumeier: ZAG: The Number-One Strategy of High Performance Brands

Date: 7/2015

Title: ZAG: The Number-One Strategy of High Performance BrandsStrategic Thinking Skills

Author: Marty Neumeier

Duration: 2 hrs

Review: I really liked this short little gem of a branding book.  Your brand is your relationship to your customer, nothing less. Its what you mean to your customer.  Neumeier artfully and powerfully argues for what he calls "radical differentiation"   I'm sure i'll come to this book again, it was just too fun and went by too fast. I recommend it to anyone thinking about their branding strategy.


Peter Thiel and Blake Masters: Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Date: 5/2015

Title: Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Author: Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Duration: 5 hrs

Review: I really like this book.  Peter Thiel's contrarian style, along with his successful-mans swagger make this a ver fun read.  What does the Don of the PayPal Mafia have to say?  This book is what.

Neal Stephenson: SeveNeves a Novel

Date: 5/2015

Title: SeveNeves A novel

Author: Neal Stephenson

Duration: 32 hrs

Review: I loved this book.  Especially the fist half. Stephenson, as usual, brings in all the minute technical detail, this time the domain is near-earth space survival (i loved LOVED this part). I so the encyclopedic nature of this author: science, philosophy, technology, psychology, all in stories that span millennia. So cool.

David Allen: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Date: 5/2015

Title: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Author: David Allen

Duration: 7 hrs

Review: I only listened to the 1.5 hours or so. This seemed like it might be good but I couldn't get into it enough to finish it.  I guess ill keep being stressed out while productive.

Robert Greene: The 48 Laws of Power

Date: 5/2015

Title: The 48 Laws of Power

Author: Robert Greene

Duration: 10 hrs

Review: I only listened to the 1.5 hours or so. Laughably terrible, and the vilanous voice in which it is read makes it more so