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Books

I’ve included on this page a selection of primarily nonfiction books, in reverse chronological order roughly by a combination of the date published and the date read, that I’ve found to be insightful, especially around the topics we cover in this blog. Check them out:

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{Book Review} Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days

May 9, 2007
Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston

Published by Apress WorldCat • LibraryThing • Google Books • BookFinder

The power of this book comes from the breadth of founders (more than 30) interviewed by Jessica Livingston whose startup success ranges from hardware, software and the web with examples from the 1980′s right up to this decade. Although, by celebrating primarily technical founders,

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{Book Review} Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge

May 8, 2007
Infotopia by Cass R. Sunstein

Published by Oxford University Press WorldCat • LibraryThing • Google Books • BookFinder

Cass Sunstein is an incredibly original and clear thinker on the whole topic of human organization. At the cutting edge of how new digital technologies are allowing us to harness the “wisdom of the many”, this book is a must read to provide

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{Book Review} Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

April 7, 2007
Wikinomics by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

Published by Portfolio WorldCat • LibraryThing • Google Books • BookFinder

Don Tapscott presents another well thought out and lucid work on the digital revolution. This time, he focuses on how these digital technologies are fundamentally changing, and perhaps creating, new economic realities. It was published around the same time as the Web 2.0 techniques of user generated

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{Book Review} The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century

March 6, 2007
The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

Published by Thorndike Press WorldCat • LibraryThing • Google Books • BookFinder

Thomas Friedman provides an excellent pairing to Wikinomics in describing the inevitability and intertwining of globalization with the digital revolution. An extremely insightful book that is very well written, the only failing is that Friedman can’t seem to see the fundamental disconnect between

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{Book Review} The Soul of a New Machine

February 12, 2007
The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder

Published by Back Bay Books WorldCat • Read Online • LibraryThing • Google Books • BookFinder

Way back in 1981, I identified strongly with Tracy Kidder’s description of the intensity of non-stop, passionate, 24×7 product development. The hacker culture, harnessed to corporate product development, predates the many Silicon Valley stories of Netscape

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{Book Review} Co-Leaders: The Power of Great Partnerships

January 4, 2007
Co-Leaders by David A. Heenan & Warren Bennis

Published by John Wiley & Sons WorldCat • LibraryThing • Google Books • BookFinder

Over the years, I’ve learned that leadership and building great companies is all about the team, rather than a single rock star individual CEO. I met Warren Bennis in the late 1990′s at the CIO conference and this book

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{Book Review} Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age

June 5, 2004
Six Degrees by Duncan J. Watts

Published by W. W. Norton & Company WorldCat • LibraryThing • Google Books • BookFinder

Duncan Watts is an academic researcher, and pioneer, in the new integrated science of social networks. While the book is a bit drier than the more journalistic and populist The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, it is well worth the read because

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