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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
by John Carreyrou

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 21, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BEST SELLER •  NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR,<i> The New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>Time</i>, <i>Wall Street Journal, Washington Post</i> • The McKinsey Business Book of the Year </b><br />  <br /> <b>The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary <i>The Inventor—</i>by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.<br /><br /> “The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.” —Bill Gates</b><br /><br /> In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.<br /><br /> A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
Choose: The Single Most Important Decision Before Starting Your B...
by Ryan Levesque

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English

Pages

222

Publication Date

April 30, 2019

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<b>What type of business should you start?</b><br /><br />For the past 10 years, <i>Inc. 500</i> CEO and #1 national best-selling author, Ryan Levesque--featured for his work in the <i>Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, </i>and <i>Entrepreneur</i>--has guided thousands of entrepreneurs through the journey of answering this question.<br /><br />One of the biggest reasons why so many new businesses fail is because in the quest to decide what business to start, most of the conventional wisdom is <i>wrong</i>. <br /><br />Instead of obsessing over <i>what</i>--as in <i>what</i> should you sell or <i>what</i> should you build--you should first be asking <i>who</i>. As in <i>who </i>should you serve? <br /><br />The <i>what</i> is a logical question that will come soon enough. But choosing your <i>who</i> is the foundation from which all other things are built.<br /><br />That is what this book is all about.<br /><br />If you've ever had the dream to start your own business, become your own boss, or do your own thing--but have been afraid to take the leap and screw up your already good life--this book is for you.<br /><br />You will find the meticulously tested, step-by-step process outlined in the book is easy to follow, despite being the result of a decade of research and experience. This process, designed to minimize your risk of failure and losing money up front, coupled with the inspiring stories of everyday people who have used this process to launch successful businesses, will not only give you <i>clarity</i> on what type of business to start, but also the <i>confidence</i> to finally take that leap and get started.
Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It
by Adam Savage

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

May 07, 2019

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<b>“An imperative how-to for creativity.” —Nick Offerman</b><BR> <BR><b>Adam Savage—star of Discovery Channel’s <i>Mythbusters </i>and one of the most beloved figures in science and tech—shares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully making your idea a reality.</b><BR><BR><i>Every Tool</i>’<i>s a Hammer </i>is a chronicle of my life as a maker. It’s an exploration of making and of my own productive obsessions, but it’s also a permission slip of sorts from me to you. Permission to grab hold of the things you’re interested in, that fascinate you, and to dive deeper into them to see where they lead you.<BR> <BR>Through stories from forty-plus years of making and molding, building and break­ing, along with the lessons I learned along the way, this book is meant to be a toolbox of problem solving, complete with a shop’s worth of notes on the tools, techniques, and materials that I use most often. Things like: <b>In Every Tool There Is a Hammer</b>—don’t wait until everything is perfect to begin a project, and if you don’t have the exact right tool for a task, just use whatever’s handy; <b>Increase Your Loose Tolerance</b>—making is messy and filled with screwups, but that’s okay, as creativity is a path with twists and turns and not a straight line to be found; <b>Use More Cooling Fluid</b>—it prolongs the life of blades and bits, and it prevents tool failure, but beyond that it’s a reminder to slow down and reduce the fric­tion in your work and relationships; <b>Screw Before You Glue</b>—mechanical fasteners allow you to change and modify a project while glue is forever but sometimes you just need the right glue, so I dig into which ones will do the job with the least harm and best effects.<BR> <BR>This toolbox also includes lessons from many other incredible makers and creators, including: Jamie Hyneman, Nick Offerman, Pixar director Andrew Stanton, Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, artist Tom Sachs, and chef Traci Des Jardins. And if everything goes well, we will hopefully save you a few mistakes (and maybe fingers) as well as help you turn your curiosities into creations.<BR> <BR>I hope this book inspires you to build, make, invent, explore, and—most of all—enjoy the thrills of being a creator.
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
by Kim Scott

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English

Pages

232

Publication Date

March 14, 2017

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<p><b>Now a <i>New York Times</i> and <i>Wall Street Journal </i>bestseller</b></p><p>"I raced through <i>Radical Candor</i>--It’s thrilling to learn a framework that shows how to be both a better boss and a better colleague. <i>Radical Candor</i> is packed with illuminating truths, insightful advice, and practical suggestions, all illustrated with engaging (and often funny) stories from Kim Scott’s own experiences at places like Apple, Google, and various start-ups. Indispensable." —<b>Gretchen Rubin author of <i>New York Times </i>bestseller <i>The Happiness Project</i></b></p><p>"Reading <i>Radical Candor</i> will help you build, lead, and inspire teams to do the best work of their lives. Kim Scott's insights--based on her experience, keen observational intelligence and analysis--will help you be a better leader and create a more effective organization." —<b>Sheryl Sandberg author of the <i>New York Times </i>bestseller <i>Lean In</i></b></p><p>"Kim Scott has a well-earned reputation as a kick-ass boss and a voice that CEOs take seriously. In this remarkable book, she draws on her extensive experience to provide clear and honest guidance on the fundamentals of leading others: how to give (and receive) feedback, how to make smart decisions, how to keep moving forward, and much more. If you manage people--whether it be 1 person or a 1,000--you need <i>Radical Candor</i>. Now." —<b>Daniel Pink author of <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Drive</i></b></p><p>From the time we learn to speak, we’re told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation.</p><p>Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she worked with a team to develop a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor.</p><p>Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity. </p><p>This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of. </p><p><i>Radical Candor</i> offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Taken from years of the author’s experience, and distilled clearly giving actionable lessons to the reader; it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues.</p>
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek

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English

Pages

247

Publication Date

September 23, 2009

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<p> </p><b>The inspiring, life-changing bestseller by the author of LEADERS EAT LAST and TOGETHER IS BETTER.</b><br /><br />In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talk based on START WITH WHY -- the third most popular TED video of all time.<br />  <br /> Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? <br />  <br /> People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with WHY. They realized that people won't truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it.  <br />  <br /> START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.
Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation ...
by John Doerr

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<b><b>#1 <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller<br /><br />Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth—and how it can help any organization thrive. </b></b><br /><br />In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up whom he'd just given $12.5 million, the biggest investment of his career. Larry Page and Sergey Brin had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy, and sky-high ambitions, but no real business plan. For Google to change the world (or even to survive), Page and Brin had to learn how to make tough choices on priorities while keeping their team on track. They'd have to know when to pull the plug on losing propositions, to fail fast. And they needed timely, relevant data to track their progress—to measure what mattered.<br /><br />Doerr taught them about a proven approach to operating excellence: Objectives and Key Results. He had first discovered OKRs in the 1970s as an engineer at Intel, where the legendary Andy Grove ("the greatest manager of his or any era") drove the best-run company Doerr had ever seen. Later, as a venture capitalist, Doerr shared Grove's brainchild with more than fifty companies. Wherever the process was faithfully practiced, it worked.<br /><br />In this goal-setting system, objectives define what we seek to achieve; key results are how those top-priority goals will be attained with specific, measurable actions within a set time frame. Everyone's goals, from entry level to CEO, are transparent to the entire organization. <br /><br />The benefits are profound. OKRs surface an organization's most important work. They focus effort and foster coordination. They keep employees on track. They link objectives across silos to unify and strengthen the entire company. Along the way, OKRs enhance workplace satisfaction and boost retention.<br /><br />In <i>Measure What Matters</i>, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that OKRs have spurred at so many great organizations. This book will help a new generation of leaders capture the same magic.
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make ...
by Lawrence Levy

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

November 01, 2016

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<DIV>“Lovely and surprising . . . This delightful book is about finance, creative genius, workplace harmony, and luck.”—<B><I>Fortune</I></B><BR /><BR /> ”Enchanting,”—<B><I>New York Times</I></B><BR /><BR /> “I love this book! I think it is brilliant.”—<B>Ed Catmull,</B> cofounder and president of Pixar Animation, president of Disney Animation, and coauthor of the bestseller <I>Creativity Inc.</I><BR /><BR /><B>The revelatory saga of Pixar’s rocky start and improbable success</B><BR /><BR /> After Steve Jobs was dismissed from Apple in the early 1990s, he turned his attention to a little‑known graphics company he owned called Pixar. One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard‑trained lawyer and executive to whom he had never spoken before. He hoped to persuade Levy to help him pull Pixar back from the brink of failure. <BR /><BR /> This is the extraordinary story of what happened next: how Jobs and Levy concocted and pulled off a highly improbable plan that transformed Pixar into one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories. Levy offers a masterful, firsthand account of how Pixar rose from humble beginnings, what it was like to work so closely with Jobs, and how Pixar’s story offers profound lessons that can apply to many aspects of our lives. <BR /><BR />  “Part business book and part thriller—a tale that’s every bit as compelling as the ones Pixar tells in its blockbuster movies. It’s also incredibly inspirational, a story about a team that took big risks and reaped the rewards . . . I loved this book and could not put it down.”—<B>Dan Lyons</B>, best-selling author of <I>Disrupted</I><BR /><BR /> “A natural storyteller, Levy offers an inside look at the business and a fresh, sympathetic view of Jobs.”<B><I>—Success Magazine</I></B><BR /><BR /><B>An Amazon Best Book of 2016 in Business & Leadership</B> • <B>A top pick on <I>Fortune</I>’s Favorite Booksof 2016 • A 2017 Axiom Business Book Award winner in Memoir/Biography</B></DIV>
Pulling Profits Out of a Hat: Adding Zeros to Your Company Isn't ...
by , Monte Wyatt

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English

Pages

392

Publication Date

April 16, 2019

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<span style="font-weight:bold;">Grow Your Company By Multiples Not Increments</span><span><br /><br />Company’s like Apple, Amazon, IKEA, Uber make growth look like magic.<br /><br />That is because it easier to believe business success is the result of luck or mysterious forces rather than careful, consistent, and disciplined behaviors. <br /><br />What truly sets great companies apart is their ability to instill and master the 5 Disciplines of Exponential Growth.<br /><br />These disciplines are universal, and any company, of any size, in any industry can foster them to achieve massive growth in all areas of their organization.<br /><br /></span><span style="font-style:italic;">Pulling Profits out of a Hat</span><span> demystifies business growth and provides an actionable guide to mastering the 5 Disciplines to achieve:<br /><br /></span><br /><br /><ul style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><li><span>Long term sustainability through sound strategy.</span></li><li><span>Sales predictability through improved business development;</span></li><li><span>Greater company wide stability by effectively developing people;</span></li><li><span>Consistent company performance through more efficient execution;</span></li><li><span>A more powerful emotional connection with your employees, customers and community - the magical potion of exponential growth.</span></li></ul><span style="font-weight:bold;">Are you ready to take your company to the next level?</span><span><br /><br />In the book you will discover how each of the 5 disciplines: strategy, business development, people, execution, and mission give you the processes needed to best satisfy your 5 constituents: your company, yours customers, your team, your stakeholders, and your community.<br /><br />Assess your own company’s performance in each of the disciplines by using taking the </span><span style="font-style:italic;">5 Disciplines Assessment</span><span> that is included in chapter 6 of the book.<br /><br />This book is a must read for any CEO, corporate executive, entrepreneur or business owner that is tired of small painful incremental growth.<br /><br />It will inform, inspire, and show you the steps you must take to achieve exponential growth.<br /><br />Now go make business magic!</span>
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innova...
by Eric Ries

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English

Pages

338

Publication Date

September 13, 2011

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<p><b>Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. <br /></b><br />Eric Ries defines a startup as <b>an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty</b>. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business. <br /><br />The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively.  Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute. <br /><br />Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, <i>The Lean Startup</i> offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.<br /><br /></p>
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don'...
by Jim Collins

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English

Pages

315

Publication Date

July 19, 2011

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<p><strong>The Challenge </strong><br /><em>Built to Last,</em> the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning. </p><p>But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? </p><p><strong>The Study </strong><br />For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? </p><p><strong>The Standards </strong><br />Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world's greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck.</p><p><strong>The Comparisons <br /></strong>The research team contrasted the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the other set remained only good? </p><p>Over five years, the team analyzed the histories of all twenty-eight companies in the study. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness -- why some companies make the leap and others don't. </p><p><strong>The Findings</strong><br /> The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include:</p><ul type="DISC"><li><strong>Level 5 Leaders:</strong> The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness. </li><li><strong>The Hedgehog Concept</strong> (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence. </li><li><strong>A Culture of Discipline:</strong> When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology. </li><li><strong>The Flywheel and the Doom Loop:</strong> Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.</li></ul><p>“Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, "fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.” </p><p>Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings? </p>

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