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Awesome book on Blockchain

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I came across this awesome book on Blockchain (particularly Ethereum) by Henning Diedrich. For me this has the right balance. It doesn’t have any of the hype associated with the typical business book on this topic and doesn’t force the reader to understand the details of a particular algorithm. But it does do a great job of explaining simply what the fundamentals of Blockchain in a clear way. Highly recommended.

(Full disclosure: I’m about 1/2 way through this)

 

 

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Good book on Ethereum

ethereumI know it’s old fashioned nowadays to read anything but tweets, but I’m a sucker for books. Especially ones on tech subjects that are written by people that actually know what they are talking about and clearly explain (in English, rather than gibberish) the subject matter. It seems I’ve hit across one such book on Ethereum (and Solidity). Although I’ve only got to the 3rd chapter or so, the clarity of writing reminds me of the other “classic” – Mastering Bitcoin.

Definitely worth a read.

Amazon’s way on IoT

February 27, 2017 Leave a comment

I had big hopes in picking up this book titled “The Amazon Way on IoT“. I had heard snippets of the author on a podcast and thought the book may shed light on Amazon’s IoT strategy.

amazon-waySadly, it doesn’t. Not only is it a painful read, it’s also devoid of any real new information that one can’t Google. It would more beneficial for someone trying to understand Amazon’s plans on IoT to read the documentation. Caveat emptor.

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Competing against luck

January 23, 2017 Leave a comment

If you are looking for growth areas for your products / services, this new book by Clay Christensen says that you need to get into the head of your customers and really understand what they are looking to getcompeting-against-luck done (“hire”).

Given all the hype around data and analytics it is refreshing to be told to take a “wide angle” perspective; it is not enough to hoover up all the data, run it through some fancy segmentation analysis and then add in some focus group interviews. One has to think about the context, the emotions etc. I’m not sure if any of this is really new; it kind of reminds me of design thinking. However, it’s probably a good reminder for all of those trying to think about growth and innovation.

By the way, if you are pressed for time and you want to get a flavor of the book, you may want to hear the podcast on HBR.

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Good book on BitCoin, Blockchain

September 7, 2016 Leave a comment

For those that are tired of having just a surface level understanding of BitCoin and BlockChain, one could do worse than read a new book by academics at Princeton.

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It doesn’t dumb anything down, but at the same time the authors try to explain things in a relatively clear way. And as you can see from the table of contents, it’s pretty comprehensive. (If you don’t want to buy the book, apparently there’s a freely available PDF here. If you don’t want to read, the video lectures are here )

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Great “HR” book. No really.

December 30, 2015 Leave a comment

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I thought I would never use the words great and HR in the same sentence. But I’m about 1/2 way through this book (“Work Rules!”) by the main HR guy at Google, and it’s awesome. It’s chock full of anecdotes, insights and practical tips on how to attract, keep and motivate people. You know, the kind of things HR is supposed to do but usually never does.

Their philosophy seems to be simple: Hire the people with the best potential, motivate them and get out of their way. Sounds simple, but very few companies (in my experience) actually do this. Their practices actually reminded me of what some of the best consulting firms do: Spend an inordinate amount of time / money on recruiting (Google spends twice as much as others), have a low acceptance rate (Google’s is 0.25%) and have a lot of perks (some of Google’s perks are in the image below).

 

 

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Well worth a read.

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A peek into the future of consulting?

November 8, 2015 Leave a comment

The Economist had an early review of a new book that promises a look into the future of professional work (including, I’m assuming consulting).

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The summary seems to be that technology is going to take away a lot of the work that we normally do. I agree on the mundane things (gathering data, looking for trends, …); I’m less convinced when it comes to the non-sexy, but essential part of consulting (e.g. managing clients, understanding client dynamics / politics). Looks interesting.

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