Posts Tagged ‘books’

Awesome book on Blockchain

ethereum henning book

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.

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.


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

work rules


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).



google perks


Well worth a read.

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IoT: What not to read

In the spirit of sharing, here’s one book that you can safely stay away from.

IoT book

I thought it would provide perhaps a good framework, some good data points or pointers on IoT. Sadly it disappointed on all these fronts. Live and learn.

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Fun financial stories. No really.

January 25, 2015 Leave a comment

I’m the last person to get excited about finance. How refreshing then to read a book that makes stories around finance/Wall Street actually readable, and then some. Business Adventures

The book, Business Adventures, is a set of stories that the author (a former, now deceased, writer for the New Yorker) wrote in the 1960s. The scope of the stories is impressive: from the launch of the ill fated Edsel to insider trading to international finance. The complete list is here:

  • The fluctuation: the little crash in ’62
  • The fate of the Edsel: a cautionary tale
  • The federal income tax: its history and peculiarities
  • A reasonable amount of time: insiders at Texas Gulf Sulphur
  • Xerox Xerox Xerox Xerox
  • Making the customers whole: the death of a president
  • The impacted philosophers: non-communication at GE
  • The last great corner: a company called Piggly Wiggly
  • A second sort of life: David E. Lilienthal, businessman
  • Stockholder season: annual meetings and corporate power
  • One free bite: a man, his knowledge, and his job
  • In defense of sterling: the bankers, the pound, and the dollar.

But it was not the topics that kept me reading. It was the way the story was told – clearly, without fuss and with a subtle sense of humor. Highly recommend for any consultant that wants to get a better understanding of how the (finance/business) world works.

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