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Recommended Books

A mid year reflection on the books I’ve been lucky to read in the past 6-7 months. I usually try to blend one ‘learning’ book and one ‘story’ book. However, in most cases, it’s not an easy definition and these types are blending.

Smarter Faster Better – It’s a book that I took with me on a long flight (TLV-LAX) and it was good learning experience. At the core of this book there are eight key productivity concepts: from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making. It try to explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life – This is one of the best books I’ve read in the past years. The snowball makes immensely clear why Buffett is so respectable. I liked the fact that Alice Schroeder (a great writer btw) paint a picture of a human, that like most lives, has been a mix of strengths and frailties. Yet notable though his wealth, Buffett’s legacy will not be his ranking on the scorecard of wealth; it will be his principles and ideas that have enriched people’s lives. There are many lessons in this book and I plan to go over it again. It’s a long one but full of great mini stories in it.

Year Of YES – This is a wonderful, funny and easy book by Shonda Rhimes. After reading it, I wasn’t surprised to learn that she is the extremely talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and of How to Get Away With Murder. It is a great story that show to power of positive attitude and how to be (even) more productive. I specially liked that description that she gave to her roll: “Laying the tracks to the railroad”. In her cases, it’s a lot of long-long rails.

 

The rest of the list is below. Have fun.

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Happy reading.

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2015 Year Summary – Code, Books And Running

Overall, it was a very interesting and busy year. A quick overview on some of the fronts that kept me busy.

Code

On the coding front, it was a year that the ‘progressive web apprevolution started. It will be interesting to see what developers will build during 2016. You can see the main projects that kept me busy on this blog (e.g. monetizationstartups, web forms) and on my project site. It always great fun to meet developers around the world that are passion on the same topics you are. Here are a few presentations that I gave.

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I started to push the monetization efforts, both in code (e.g. like this demo or this article on Autofill) and with two courses with Udacity . Check out the courses, they both great (and yes – I’m totally objective on this one).

Running/Biking

On the running front, I had the pleasure to run all over the world. From “down under” to Europe, San Francisco, New York, Barcelona, Paris, London and even in the holy land. On the cycling part, I had the pleasure to participate in 110mile event that few good friends in CA organized – It was one big loop, from Mt. hamilton to Livermore and back. There were also, a lot of good rides in Ben Shemen and other woods. Continue reading

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On Anti-fragility And The Black Swan

 Anti-fragility bookSince I’ve read “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Fragility”, I found Talab’s ideas to be very interesting and practical. I appreciate the fact that he is not ‘only’ an academic scholar that is living in his ivory tower but rather an option trader that bring a lot of ‘street wise’ into his arguments. Here are two recent talks that he made that put some more light on these fascinating subjects: the concepts of antifragility and black swan events and their implications. Continue reading

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Startups Secret Strength

SFO bride to startupsIn this TED talk Malcolm Gladwell share with us a new point of view on the famous story of David and Goliath. This new angle to look at situation(s) remind the state of any startup is facing. It’s extremely hard to built a new service/product and sometimes to create or educate a market. However, again and again, startups do it while the big (well funded) organizations are left behind. It seems that what looks, at first, as disadvantage (e.g. limited budget, small teams, members that need to do ‘everything’, no support from other players in the market etc’) is a true advantage when you look deeper. It force the startup to be frugal, to think out of the box, to be as productive as possible.

There is a nice phrase in hebrew that in a direct translation to english will look like:

“We do the most difficult things immediately. The impossible takes us a little longer.” Continue reading

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Startups Tips

SFO bride to startupsThis week in Google Developers Live Israel I’ve spoke about a topic I’m passion for long time – Startups and entrepreneurship. It’s always thrilling to create a new ‘thing’. It might be a new service, a whole new product or a company that is disrupting a segment in the market. As the founder, it force you, to think and take many decisions along the way. There is a certain risk/reward ratio to any new venture. In most of the cases, it will have an emotional aspect (subjective risk) and a more mesurable aspect that we can quantify. Here are 20 minutes that try to cover some of the main lessons I’ve learn in the past 20 years. Continue reading

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Great Business/Life Books

Views on sun raise Here is a list I’ve saw in the past and I thought it would be great to put it in the ‘air’ and gain more feedback on what you wish to see in a ‘must read’ book list that will open your mind to new ideas (and hopefully improve you in business life).
Please feel free to add stuff in the comments.

  • Good To Great by Jim Collins
  • Peopleware by Tom DeMarco
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Talab
  • The Black swan by Talab
  • Getting More by Stuart Diamond
  • Rework by 37 signals founders
  • Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson
  • Malcolam Gladwell: The Tipping point, Blink, Outliers, What the dog saw
  • Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
  • Predictable Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely
  • Small Giants by Bo Birlingham.
  • Stumbling on happiness by Daniel Gilbert.
    He also have a very good TED talk
  • Crossing the Chasm by Geoff Moore
  • Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs
  • Drive by Daniel Pink
  • Getting things done by  David Allen
  • The Silent language of leaders
  • Thank you for Arguing
  • How to Speak like a CEO
  • Content Rules
  • Writing that works
  • Crucial conversations
  • First, break all the rules
  • Imagine : How creativity works
  • Truth about being a leader
  • Confessions of a Public Speaker
  • Team Geek
  • Don’t Make Me Think

I had this list of “must read books” from one of the conferences I’ve attended back in 2010. There are some good ones over there as well. However, it covers more technical books for developers and less business books. Don’t forget “There is creative reading as well as creative writing”.

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7 Amazing Techmarkers

google-techmarkersI was lucky enough to be in the room for their final rehearsal (yep… it was in the same room that I gave my I/O talk). However, I could not focus on preparing, because their stories were so powerful and inspiring. Each and everyone had a story that kept the ‘wow’ effect. If you have time this weekend… you won’t regrat it. Continue reading

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