Ever since its founding 20 years ago in a Silicon Valley garage, Google has proudly and often ostentatiously held itself up as the architect of a new model for corporate virtue. “Google is not a conventional
I suggest every entrepreneur read these books in order to better sell products and services. These authors won't just help you increase sales; they'll help you sell your company better when you're in the room with a VC.
When I started learning about venture capital, I wasn't always able to afford a book I wanted, so I'd often sit for hours at my local Barnes & Noble in Texas and read them, or save up for weeks to buy a particular title. Books continue to play a huge role in my learning and enjoyment. Here are a few I often recommend to people. (Plus one bonus recommendation!)
Before starting Homebrew, I had the chance to work with amazing teams at several companies. My work at Linden Lab, Google, and YouTube has always been influenced by more than just the power of code—it was the power of people that excited me most and using technology to support their goals. Here are five books that influenced my product design sensibilities.
Parenting is a constant learning process. Just as you figure one thing out, your child grows and you enter a new stage full of unknowns. Here are five books recommended to me by the community on Winnie, a platform for modern parents, that truly changed the way I parent and molded me into the parent I am today.
When I moved to Silicon Valley, I donated all of my books to Designer Fund in San Francisco. It’s freeing to let go of the past. I’ve found that it makes things a lot simpler for yourself — and it forces you to figure out what truly matters. As I wrote in a book on simplicity now over a decade ago: Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful. [[ From mid-2018 I have started a YouTube channel at https://YouTube.com/johnmaedaislearning ]]
Each of these books has had a particular and notable impact on my life—in changing how I viewed the world, or offering me a new perspective on my work and my life. In each book I've found something to help me expand my life: in my skills as an entrepreneur; as a product manager and founder CEO; in growing my empathy and understanding of the world; or in my imagination. I hope you find something here that you also enjoy.
With technology moving as fast as it does, it can sometimes feel anachronistic to read a book to see where things are headed. But I find the best books to be a good way to soak in a topic and let my brain grapple with the big picture issues raised by the technology. Here are five books whose ideas I’m currently wrestling with.
Technology changes everything, often, it seems with the speed of a hurricane. But sometimes, the best way to understand how things are changing is to sit down with a book. Here are five I've read recently that have helped me think through the state of transformation the world is currently in.
I’m a reader whose interests border on chaos, if you go by the piles of books (not to mention iPad and Kindle) I accumulate. A common thread for me is that I prefer books based on real life - an experience, a memoir, a history, a relationship. This batch is representative of my need for real-world perspectives.