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The Value of Everything by Mariana Mazzucato • value creation • corporate governance

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macroeconomics ● money ● politics

Recommendation 4 / 5

The value of everything by Mariana Mazzucato is about value creation and value extraction, making versus taking, which is a subtitle of the book. We currently have corporate governance structures which are very much not just aimed at short-termism but actually very much centred around extracting value. The book talks about particular practices of value extraction, for example, the increasing practice of just buying back your own shares to boost your share price or options and, unsurprisingly, executive pay….

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Gigged by Sarah Kessler • future of work • business model • self employment jobs

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technology ● economy ● future

Recommendation 4 / 5

Gig economy is about the use of assets in different ways. I can give two quick examples of that. Think about Uber which allows people to turn their private car into a temporary taxi. The common business model for a taxi is quite different. It used to be that taxi had to be a registered vehicle, you have to pay to get the license to become a taxi driver, buy insurance and so on. Now, the technology which has allowed cars to become taxis is part of what explains why people are temporarily becoming taxi drivers. The second thing which is happening around the world is Airbnb which allows your house…

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The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins • how to change your life • overcoming procrastination

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inspirtion ● change ● motivation

Recommendation 5 / 5

There are thousands of shallow books speaking about how to take action, how to find courage and motivation and so on, but this book is really worth reading. At least you should know the rule as it has a scientific background. The 5-second rule talks about how to overcome our natural tendency to procrastinate various things. When you fear something or when you feel like you do not want to do something that you should be doing, we might call it anxiety or procrastination. You might call it also resistance which means anything that stops you from moving from a lower level of action to a higher level…

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Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance • industries of the future • Elon Musk biography

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biography ● inspirtion ● company

Recommendation 5 / 5

“Good ideas are always crazy until they’re not.” Even though the quote comes from Larry Page, it greatly encapsulates the life of Elon Musk portrayed in the book. I have to say that Ashlee Vance did an absolutely splendid job on making a chronological, short history of Elon’s life.

In the beginning, the book goes into Elon Musk’s childhood, his family life and tells how he, moved to Canada and, eventually, to the United States. Ashlee details how Elon got into computers and wrote his first game. Then the story …