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Review: Blue Ocean Strategy

Hindsight is 20/20. The problem with books of this nature is that they often appear to be cherry-picking data to fit the narrative. So, do  you want the blue pill or the red pill? See larger image Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant (Hardcover) List… Read More »

Hmmmm…

After a long layoff (been busy listening to Dan Carlin’s superb “Hardcore History“), I came back and listened to the “How I Built This” podcast again. This show has an impressive line-up of interview subjects (probably thanks to the NPR branding), but the line of questioning by Guy Raz is riddled with many softball questions.… Read More »

Review: The Circle

The Circle by Dave Eggers My rating: 5 of 5 stars This cautionary tale of a dysfunctional Utopian society may well illustrate the end of privacy as we know it. The story revolves around the Circle (no pun intended), an omnipresent tech company that implements increasingly invasive business practices on its employees, known as Circlers… Read More »

Review: Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days

Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau My rating: 2 of 5 stars I picked up this because of Guillebeau’s previous book, and boy, was I disappointed! I mean… Uber? Taylor Swift? Fiverr? Seriously? There’s nothing new in here that you’re not being bombarded regularly if you’re looking for ideas… Read More »

Review: Unscalable

Unscalable by Charlie Guo My rating: 1 of 5 stars Quite a number of the interview responses were not particularly insightful and most of the case studies were boring as hell to read. If you’re curious about startups and their journeys, I would recommended checking out the StartUp podcast by Gimlet Media instead. View all… Read More »

Review: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown My rating: 4 of 5 stars Like Carol Dweck in her book “Mindset”, Greg McKeown separates people into two camps – the essentialists and the non-essentialists. Sadly, the real world is not as black and white. Unlike Dweck, McKeown explains his “theory” with well-supported reasoning so… Read More »

Review: Grit

Grit by Angela Duckworth My rating: 3 of 5 stars So apart from delayed gratification being a predictor of future success, as documented in Walter Mischel’s book The Marshmallow Test, “grit” – a special blend of passion and perseverance, does the same thing too. Well, at least that’s what Angela Duckworth seems to imply in… Read More »