The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone


I finished listening to Journalist Brad Stone's audiobook The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon today. This was a good book full of aha moments for me. A few months back I read another of Brad's book The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World, which was… Continue reading The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer


Finished reading the newly published No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Netflix Co-founder Reed Hastings and Professor Erin Meyer (the author of The Culture Map) yesterday. I pre-ordered this book last month in anticipation and started listening as soon as it was available in Audible. This book narrates a fascinating view of the Silicon Valley giant Netflix's radical… Continue reading No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

Truth from the Trenches by Mark Settle


Yesterday I finished listening to Truth from the Trenches: A Practical Guide to the Art of IT Management by Mark Settle. I didn't find the book much useful although there are few places here and there stuck with me and I plan to use those occasionally. The book builds on the need for IT Leaders to drive relevance… Continue reading Truth from the Trenches by Mark Settle

Silos, Politics and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni


I finished Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors by Patrick Lencioni yesterday. In Pat's true style like Five Dysfunctions of Team, this is another business fable where he tackles a big problem in organizations - Silos. He not only gives us ways to identify silos, departmental politics but also… Continue reading Silos, Politics and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark


Finished listening to Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark in Audible. I would recommend this book highly if you want to know how software giants got built outside of Silicon Valley. This book does give a great deal of insight into Jack's personality, his work ethic, how he motivates his employees as well as gains the… Continue reading Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries


Finished today listening to The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries.  Here are the key lessons from the book. Lesson 1: Find a solid business model by validating your idea Lesson 2: Tell value from waste with split-testing (A/B testing) Lesson 3: Never ever indulge in vanity metrics… Continue reading The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown


I finished Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brene Brown yesterday. This book is full of ideas, some counter-intuitive, on the matter of leadership. I felt like it's not for a wide sect of the audience and only a particular kind of leaders will understand and benefit out of it. My feeling may… Continue reading Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

The Upstarts: Uber, Airbnb, and the Battle for the New Silicon Valley by Brad Stone


Finished listening to The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone. The author talks about how 2 bay area startups Uber and Airbnb emerged into Upstarts disregarding all the traditional rules and hurdles in their respective areas of ride-sharing and accommodations through the crowd.… Continue reading The Upstarts: Uber, Airbnb, and the Battle for the New Silicon Valley by Brad Stone

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene


I finished listening to the audiobook The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene yesterday. This is another rare and useful but difficult book to fathom. Robert sythesizes the learnings of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Clausewitz and many others from history and melts those to come up with some guidelines on how we can make those as arsenals in our modern life.… Continue reading The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

That Will Never Work by Marc Randolph


Earlier this week, I finished listening to audible That Will Never Work by Marc Randolph, the co-founder and first CEO of Netflix. Marc painted a turbulent story of his life starting from the plot of the inception of Netflix to its eventual IPO in 2002 and his retiring from the company in 2004. When it comes to Netflix… Continue reading That Will Never Work by Marc Randolph