I purchase a lot of books (have over 100 on my Kindle in just over 2 years) and a lot more printed books both in India and US. I keep wondering why I buy these books and read them. I don’t have a good answer. So I hit upon a plan. I am going to write the title of the book and note down where I found the recommendation. I will start with the latest first and keep adding more.
Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life by Tonianne DeMaria Barry
Problogger Book 3rd Edition
Some times I buy a book, just to support an author, especially the ones who share a lot of knowledge, unconditionally. This is one of those instances. It is not the only reason for buying this book. It is a reason for buying it without reading any reviews or asking your friends what they think about it, etc.
I blog a bit (not for money, yet) mostly to think aloud. But in the past couple of months, I am noticing that even in India blogging is becoming a business. Pretty remunerative one if you are good at it. Blogging may be one of the ways for students to make money (if they can get good at it). Since I work with students a lot and trying to help them find ways to make money without spoiling their academic performance, I thought this may be a good guide.
Tempo – Mar 12, 2012
Computer Scientist and Open Scholar: Databases, Data Warehousing, OLAP, Information Retrieval, Web, Time Series, Collaborative Filtering, e-Learning.
Montreal, Canada · http://lemire.me/en/
I started reading his tweets and in one of them refers to Hall’s Law: The Nineteenth Century Prequel to Moore’s Law http://bit.ly/x1f8rX. This got me interested and started reading about the law. In that post, he mentions Tempo. I went to Amazon, checked out the book and found it interesting. So I got myself a Kindle version. Here is an interesting pattern of purchases. If some one recommends a book and it looks good, I check whether there is a Kindle version available. If it is in most cases, I buy it instantly. If a Kindle version is not available, I put it my wish list to be purchased when I travel to US.
Two books from Mohr Davidow – Mar 11, 2012.
I just bought two books – Marketing High Technology and Over Connected. How did I find them? The source is Steve Blank. Here is the context:
In my 25 years as a technology entrepreneur I was lucky to have three extraordinary mentors, each brilliant in his own field: Ben Wegbreit who taught me how to think, Gordon Bell who taught me what to think about, and Allen Michels who showed me how to turn thinking into direct and immediate action.
I was also extremely fortunate to be working in Silicon Valley when three of its most influential marketing practitioners and strategists were active. As a VP of Marketing I was strongly influenced by the customer-centric books of Bill Davidow, former VP of Marketing of Intel and founder of Mohr, Davidow Ventures and consider myself fortunate to have had him on my board at MIPS Computers.
Regis McKenna was already a PR and marketing legend with his own firm when I started my career, but his thinking and practice still resonates in my work. Finally, I still remember the hair rising on the back of my neck when I first read Geoff Moore and the notion of a “chasm.” It was the first time I realized that there were repeatable patterns of business behavior that could explain the heretofore unexplainable.