July 25th 2016

Avogadro Corp, A.I. Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, The Turing Exception. William Hertling.

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Avogadro Corp, A.I. Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, The Turing Exception.  William Hertling. 2013. Four  interesting  scifi books on the future by this author.  Avogadro Corp  ( Loosely modeled on Google I suspect)  is the world’s largest Internet company , which in the work of making email more efficient, an AI  emerges.  A.I. Apocalypse is years after, when  a whole civilization of  A.I is created through an evolutionary computer virus.  The Last Firewall is years after that when A.I . is embedded into our society and a  rogue A. I  attempts to take over the World.  The Turing Exception pits the wworld against an AI group, with the US and China behaving ,like they always do.  Lots here to chew on in the three books. The author writes a fast easy to read book that is compelling as just enough predictable  human responses are there to make the premise believable.  Good for an escapist cross country read.  See more at www.williamhertling.com

July 18th 2016

how to kill a unicorn. How the world’s hottest innovation factory builds bold ideas that make it to market. Mark Payne.

English: New Builds

how to kill a unicorn. How the world’s hottest innovation factory builds bold ideas that make it to market. Mark Payne.2014. ISBN 9780804138734.   I really took my time with this book as it contains the kernel of how Fahrenheit 212 works.   It is easily one of the better innovation books on the market., right up there with Ed Cattmull’s,  Creativity Inc.    Payne explains exactly how they and you can follow their experience in getting to those breakthrough great ideas.  Key to it is their goal/ belief, ” Its more than great products, it’s  great businesses with products igniting them. ‘   A good cross  country read , that I am sure you will go back to many times to refresh your thoughts. The book  is applicable to all businesses.  Its also a concise, easy to read book.

July 11th 2016

The Lean CEO. Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence. Jacob Stoller.

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The Lean CEO. Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence. Jacob Stoller.   2015. ISBN 9780071833073.  This is the missing  book that puts together the plethora of lean successes across industries , public sector and geographies.  You will learn not only where Lean came from ( Deming and much more) , but how successful it has been in some many sectors and why it has not been more widely adopted in N America.  For tech companies after the Lean Startup you must  become the lean grownup to survive and grow. This book will help point the way.  Clearly written with  lots of examples makes this an engrossing book. Well worth anyone’s time to sit down and read it.

July 4th 2016

I’d Rather Die. Public Speaking Survival Skills. Robert Scanlon

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I’d Rather Die. Public Speaking Survival Skills. Robert Scanlon. 2015. ISBN 0994409206.  You can always learn something new.  I have been confidently public speaking for 50 years and innumerable time. I have been told I am quite a good, interesting speaker.  After reading this book I am better prepared to put my public speaking up onto a completely different level.  This is the soup to nuts, one book to do it all, concise bible on public speaking.  My take aways  are so many and yet everything he says fits so well with all I have learned and studied  over the years ( We seem to have read most of the same books and  used similar videos) .  I recommend this book to anyone who has to speak to any group.  If you use this book , you will be doing your audience an incredible favor and saving them from “just another ” presentation.

June 27th 2016

Contrepreneurs. Diane Francis.

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Contrepreneurs. Diane Francis. 1988. ISBN 0771599153.  Yes this is an older book, but the names of some of these blatant crooks seem to still pop up from time to time. This is the book that launched Diane Francis career of exposing the dirty underbelly of stock markets, banking, corruption and money laundering that still finds a home on Canada with these white collar criminals , who still remain at large and untouched. .  She has since become the author who details where the money and power is located in just a few powerful hands.  I recommend this book on the  Canadian stock markets as these tricks still continue. albeit with different players.

June 20th 2016

Innovation Thinking Methods. Disciplines of Thought That Can Help You Rethink Industries and Unlock 10X Better Solutions. Osama A Hashmi.

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Innovation Thinking Methods. Disciplines of Thought That Can Help You Rethink Industries and Unlock 10X Better Solutions. Osama A Hashmi. 2016.  The author is quite experienced in this area ( Successful entrepreneur in Seattle WA).  He  has really thought this out and  does a good job of covering various ways to “think” innovatively.  I read this in just a few readings because it flows well.  His style allows you to experience and  then add  each method to your own library of tactics.  This should be required reading for product managers, entrepreneurs, and innovators in all areas. Would be a great book at the college level as well as in teacher education.

June 13th 2016

Clean Gut. The breakthrough plan for eliminating the root cause of disease and revolutionizing your health. Alejandro Junger . M.D.

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Clean Gut. The breakthrough plan for eliminating the root cause of disease and revolutionizing your health.  Alejandro Junger . M.D. 3013 ISBN 9780062075864.  The author won plaudits for his first book Clean and this is next one.  I have been reading quite a bit on this subject,  partially in looking at dietary methods to help reduce the insulin resistance symptoms of my pre-diabetes.  This book is very well aligned with Microbiome.  Popular writing these days is looking more at our gut and keeping it healthy.  Easy to read and very telling with its examples and depth of knowledge shown by these researchers/doctors. If you are interested in alternative to popping p ills etc, I suggest this is a good book to start with .

 

June 6th 2016

From Impossible to Inevitable. How Hypergrowth Companies Create Predictable Revenue. Aaron Ross and Jason Lumkin

From Impossible to Inevitable.  How Hypergrowth Companies Create Predictable Revenue. Aaron Ross and Jason Lumkin. 2016. ISBN  9781119166733.  Aaron is the author of Predictable Revenue, one of my favorite lead gen books. Together with his co author they have created the go to book for building your company. Its framed around a SaaS firm, but the approach has very broad application.  Aaron sent me a review copy and I liked it so much  that within five chapters I bought two copies for my salesmen sons.  I could not help but see myself in many of the pages with my career experiences. None of the material is wasted and it all builds from sales and lead gen so that every department has a share in growing the company.  His rules of thumb are quite accurate and well worth keeping in mind.  This is a book that comes form people that have done this and they pull no punches in telling it as it is.   This is a must buy book if you are serious about building your company ( and yourself)

May 30th 2016

Quantum Leaps. 100 Scientists who changed the World. Jon Balchin

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Quantum Leaps. 100 Scientists who changed the World. Jon Balchin.  2014 ISBN  9781782126935. A delightful English book that does a great job of linking innovative thinking from Pythagorus to Tim Berners-Lee through the centuries. The author does a good job in that he takes what could be confusing information and distills it into easily managed amounts of concise readable  information.  I enjoyed the chance to review my understanding of theoretical physics, plus I picked up more information on the life-science front.   Recommend this book to anyone who wants to add to his/her educated person background.   Quite fascinating read that holds your attention and for me added to the desire to learn more about some of these interesting characters.

May 24th 2016

Launch Tomorrow. From Product Idea to Launch in A Day. Luke Szyrmer

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Launch Tomorrow. From Product Idea to Launch in A Day. Luke Szyrmer. This concise and clearly written book is firmly in the Agile marketing camp.  If you  are looking for a book to get you started on effective landing pages this is a good one.  Yet it goes one better. The basic premise is that you want to create effective landing pages to test out product ideas where you do not have a product yet.   Brilliant. Test the prospects reaction before you blow the dollars on a product that is likely to fail.  Now this may not happen in every market , but the idea has great merit.  For years our firm has advocated testing the market to help you build what prospects need/want/will buy rather than having the product come first.   Very good book and I recommend if you are in product management/development/marketing you get it!