The Doctor Stories is a collection of factual pieces by William Carlos Williams about his life as a doctor in New Jersey; the stories themselves are incredibly vivid and revealing.
When a risk taker writes a book, read it. In the case of Peter Thiel, read it twice. Or, to be safe, three times. This is a classic.
A great book for a refresher in analytical philosophy: pleasant, clear. Go buy this book!
A wonderful book on wisdom and decision-making written by a wise decision-maker. This is the kind of book you read first, then leave by your bedside and re-read a bit every day, so you can slowly soak up the wisdom. It is sort of Montaigne but applied to business, with a great investigation of the psychological dimension of decision-making. I like the book for many reasons –the main one is that it was written by a practitioner who knows what he wants, not by an academic. Enjoy it!
I never understood why this book never made it in the Anglo-Saxon world. This is one of the 20th century’s masterpieces.
One of my favorite books in 2014 was Carlos Fuentes’s novel. It is a wonderful meditation about contemporary capitalism in Mexico.
The inspiring story of Pixar, what has become the world-leading animation studio. By discussing the good, the bad and the ugly, it provides valuable insights into the management of transformational companies.
How managers can build a “creative culture” that brings out the best in their employees. Two of his tips were especially resonant for me. 1) A manager’s job is not to prevent risks, but to make it safe for others to take them and 2) A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organization structure -– everybody should be able to talk to anybody.
An optimistic analysis of the breathtaking technological changes that are changing both the workplace and our homes; provides us with a terrific feel for our rapidly changing world, including what it takes to better understand and navigate it.
I enjoyed how the authors describe that, unlike the Industrial Revolution, the digital revolution has created technology that replaces human labor instead of complementing it. The authors urge that this unprecedented pace of innovation should both excite us and prompt us to reflect on our values and choices.
An important contribution to the economics of the new age of robotics and artificial intelligence.
Brynjolfsson and McAfee are right; we are on the cusp of a dramatically different world brought on by technology. The Second Machine Age is the book for anyone who wants to thrive in it. I’ll encourage all of our entrepreneurs to read it, and hope their competitors don’t.