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Alibaba by Duncan Clark • Jack Ma biography • business magnate

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biography ● internet ● sales

Recommendation 5 / 5

The impact of Alibaba is not fully appreciated outside China as much as it is within China. Outside China, people may have known the big IPO of Alibaba ($25 billion in 2014) and perhaps some odd founder but I don’t think they understand how much the Internet has changed people’s lives and, particularly, companies such as Alibaba boosted that process. Without the internet, it’s hard to imagine how China would have evolved over the last few decades and how the private sector would have driven the county forward…

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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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The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard • effective management • how to succeed in business

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inspirtion ● leadership ● motivation

Recommendation 5 / 5

The new one minute manager, written by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, is a revision of the co-authors’ The one minute manager, originally published in 1982. Ken Blanchard is considered one of the most influential leadership experts in the world. He has co-authored 60 books and in 2005 was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top two best-selling authors of all time. Spencer Johnson parallels Ken, and he also became a member of Amazon’s list.

The book at the beginning explains how so many managers fall under one of two categories – tough managers and …

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The CEO Next Door by Elena Botelho • culture code • how to succeed in business

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inspirtion ● leadership ● strategy

Recommendation 5 / 5

The CEO Next Door is based on over 10 years of research into 18,000 professional reports of pre-selected candidates, high-level jobs mostly in billion-dollar companies. The book focuses on CEOs with research separating candidates who turned out to be good leaders as CEOs and those who turned out to be outstanding performers. It does bring to every reader the secrets of the most successful people in business to help you learn from the best so that you can tailor your approach to individual situations no matter how you define it….

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Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson • change management • false sense of security

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inspirtion ● motivation ● change

Recommendation 5 / 5

Who moved my cheese is a charming and entertaining book that uses a fable to show how to handle change which can be stressful in work and life. It’s a pretty popular book and I wouldn’t be surprised if you knew this book. Having said that, I believe the book is worth coming back as it’s a really quick read. Anyway, the fable in the book is about four characters who live in a maze, two mice named Sniff and Scurry and two little people, named Hem and Haw, who were as small as mice. They all love cheese, and once they found it at cheese station they got very comfortable and expected the cheese…

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Lost and Founder book by Rand Fishkin • tech startup • SEO Moz • guide for startups

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biography ● SEO ● internet

Recommendation 4 / 5

Rand Fishkin is the founder of Moz formerly known as SEOmoz. Since then the company has grown to become one of the world leading SEO tools. As you may guess, the book “Lost and Founder” goes through the entrepreneurial path of the author, however, as its subtitle suggests, it is as a kind of a painfully honest guide to all highs and lows which Rand and his business has gone through, as it is eventually come to be what it is today.

In the book, the author bares the truth about the startup fantasies that are amplified by the tech and startup press…

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Big Data by Kenneth Cukier • making predictions • information economy • correlation statistics

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technology ● internet ● society

Recommendation 4 / 5

The book starts with the story of a company named Farecast in 2003. Oren Etzioni at the University of Washington is on an airplane. He decides to ask other passengers how much they paid for the seats. And it turns out that one person paid one fare, and another person paid another fare. Of course, this made Oren really upset. And the reason why is that he took his time to book the air ticket long in advance, assuming he was going to pay the lowest price. And he started thinking – if only I knew what stays behind airfares. How would I know if a presented price at an online travel site is a good…

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The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco • financial literacy • startup stories

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inspirtion ● motivation ● wealth

Recommendation 4 / 5

Based on my research I could say that the book has opened many minds to the failure of being in a paid job where they sacrifice their time for poor money. The book says something like being in a paid job will never make you rich, owning your own business will. A business model, following the author’s rules, will give you the freedom to make choices in your life that you will never be tied to a job in the Slowlane.

MJ DeMarco clarifies the difference between three types of people: the sidewalker, the slowlaner, and the fastlaner…

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Bad Blood by John Carreyrou • Silicon Valley Startup • Theranos documentary • fake medicine

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medicine ● crime ● true story

Recommendation 5 / 5

Bad blood. The best business book of 2018 according to Financial Times and McKinsey. The book offers an astonishing, absolutely amazing and deep story of Theranos, a faked company which was famed for its blood testing methodology, and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes. The book is very easy to read, written by John Carreyrou, a journalist from Wall Street Journal, who actually uncovered the truth about the company. I’d say the, predominantly, it’s a document, but also a great spy story as the book talks about the company from many different angles….