December 13th 2006

The Starfish and the Spider. Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom

The Starfish and the Spider. Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom. 2006. ISBN 1591841437. The unstoppable Power of leaderless organizations. To kill a spider you cut off its head. If you cut a starfish it just grows new bits, there is no head. So starfish cos are like ebay, Skype, eMule, Apache, AA, GE, Toyota not GM, Al Qaeda, ALF and more. I learned why the music industry created more starfish by shutting down Napster and why Bush is doomed with Iraq and the Dept of Homeland Security. If you work in this world like we do, not a surprising point of view, but insightful none the less. Parts of it remind me of the two commentators role in “Enders Game”. Easy read, well done and flows quickly. Two younger bright guys wrote this. This book has appeared on several best of ’06 book lists and it deserves to be there.

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