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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 鈥⒙?NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR,<i>聽The New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>Time</i>, <i>Wall Street Journal, Washington Post</i> 鈥?The McKinsey Business Book of the Year </b><br /> 聽<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鈥攏ow the subject of the HBO documentary <i>The Inventor鈥?lt;/i>by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.<br /><br /> 鈥淭he 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.鈥?鈥擝ill 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 鈥渦nicorn鈥?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鈥檚 worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn鈥檛 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.
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David J. Epstein

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English

Pages

351

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think.</b><br /><br />Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But if you take a closer look at the world's top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, you'll find that early specialization is the exception, not the rule. <br /><br />David Epstein, author of the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The Sports Gene</i>, studied the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields--especially those that are complex and unpredictable--generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They're also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can't spy from deep in their hyperfocused trenches. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive. <br /><br />Our obsession with getting a head start is understandable; early specialization feels efficient. But Epstein marshals an enormous body of scientific research to argue that we should all actively cultivate inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, <i>Range</i> explains how to maintain the benefits of breadth, diverse experience, interdisciplinary thinking, and delayed concentration in a world that increasingly incentivizes, even demands, hyperspecialization.
What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence
by Stephen A. Schwarzman

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English

Pages

385

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>From Blackstone chairman, CEO, and co-founder Stephen A. Schwarzman, a long-awaited book that uses impactful episodes from Schwarzman's life to show readers how to build, transform, and lead thriving organizations. Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, philanthropist, executive, or simply someone looking for ways to maximize your potential, the same lessons apply.</b><br /><br />People know who Stephen Schwarzman is鈥攁t least they think they do. He鈥檚 the man who took $400,000 and co-founded Blackstone, the investment firm that manages over $500 billion (as of January 2019). He鈥檚 the CEO whose views are sought by heads of state. He鈥檚 the billionaire philanthropist who founded Schwarzman Scholars, this century鈥檚 version of the Rhodes Scholarship, in China. But behind these achievements is a man who has spent his life learning and reflecting on what it takes to achieve excellence, make an impact, and live a life of consequence.<br /> <br />Folding handkerchiefs in his father鈥檚 linen shop, Schwarzman dreamed of a larger life, filled with purpose and adventure. His grades and athleticism got him into Yale. After starting his career in finance with a short stint at a financial firm called DLJ, Schwarzman began working at Lehman Brothers where he ascended to run the mergers and acquisitions practice. He eventually partnered with his mentor and friend Pete Peterson to found Blackstone, vowing to create a new and different kind of financial institution.<br /> <br />Building Blackstone into the leading global financial institution it is today didn鈥檛 come easy. Schwarzman focused intensely on culture, hiring great talent, and establishing processes that allow the firm to systematically analyze and evaluate risk. Schwarzman鈥檚 simple mantra 鈥渄on鈥檛 lose money鈥?has helped Blackstone become a leading private equity and real estate investor, and manager of alternative assets for institutional investors globally. Both he and the firm are known for the rigor of their investment process, their innovative approach to deal making, the diversification of their business lines, and a conviction to be the best at everything they do.<br /> <br />Schwarzman is also an active philanthropist, having given away more than a billion dollars. In philanthropy, as in business, he is drawn to situations where his capital and energy can be applied to drive transformative solutions and change paradigms, notably in education. He uses the skills learned over a lifetime in finance to design, establish, and support impactful and innovative organizations and initiatives. His gifts have ranged from creating a new College of Computing at MIT for the study of artificial intelligence, to establishing a first-of-its-kind student and performing arts center at Yale, to enabling the renovation of the iconic New York Public Library, to founding the Schwarzman Scholars fellowship program at Tsinghua University in Beijing鈥攖he single largest philanthropic effort in China鈥檚 history from international donors.<br /> <br />Schwarzman鈥檚 story is an empowering, entertaining, and informative guide for anyone striving for greater personal impact. From deal making to investing, leadership to entrepreneurship, philanthropy to diplomacy, Schwarzman has lessons for how to think about ambition and scale, risk and opportunities, and how to achieve success through the relentless pursuit of excellence. Schwarzman not only offers readers a thoughtful reflection on all his own experiences, but in doing so provides a practical blueprint for success.
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innova...
by Eric Ries

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

September 13, 2011

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<p><b>Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. <i>The Lean Startup </i>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聽an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. 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 /><i>The Lean Startup</i> 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 鈥渧alidated learning,鈥?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鈥攊n companies of all sizes鈥攁 way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it鈥檚 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>
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聽<i>New York Times</i>聽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鈥攁nd 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鈥攖o 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.
Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths that Will Help You Succ...
by Tilman Fertitta

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English

Pages

190

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><strong>For entrepreneurs ready to reach the next level of success, small business owner turned multibillionaire Tilman Fertitta shares the commonsense principles that have rocketed his worldwide hospitality empire to the top.</strong></p><p>For aspiring entrepreneurs or people in business, this book will help you take your company to the next level. When you put this book down, you鈥檒l know what you鈥檙e doing right and what you鈥檙e doing wrong to operate your business, and if you鈥檙e just getting started, it will help set you up for success.</p><p>Tilman Fertitta, also known as the Billion Dollar Buyer, started his hospitality empire thirty years ago with just one restaurant. So he knows the challenges that business owners face, as well as the common pitfalls that cause them to go under. Over the years he鈥檚 stayed true to the principles that helped him scale his business to what is believed to be the largest single-shareholder company in America, with over $4 billion in revenue, including hundreds of restaurants (Landry鈥檚 Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Morton鈥檚 Steakhouse, Mastro鈥檚, The Chart House, Rainforest Caf茅, and over forty more restaurant concepts) and five Golden Nugget Casinos. He鈥檚 also sole owner of the NBA鈥檚 Houston Rockets. In <em>Shut Up and Listen!</em>, he shares the key insights that made it all possible.</p><p>When entrepreneurs appear on <em>Billion Dollar Buyer</em>, the biggest obstacles they often face are ones they don鈥檛 suspect: not knowing your numbers, not knowing your strengths and weaknesses, or not being willing to go that extra mile with your customers. Fertitta has seen it all. He knows that what you aren鈥檛 paying attention to can either sink your business or become the very things that launch you to the top. As Fertitta says:</p><p><strong>鈥淵ou might think you know what you鈥檙e doing, but I鈥檓 going to show you what you don鈥檛 know.鈥?lt;/strong></p><p>聽Fertitta shares straight-talk 鈥淭ilmanisms鈥?around six key action items that any entrepreneur can adopt today:</p><ul><li>Be the Bull</li><li>No Spare Customers</li><li>Change, Change, Change</li><li>Know Your Numbers</li><li>Follow the 95/5 Rule</li><li>Take No Out of Your Vocabulary</li></ul><p>聽A groundbreaking, no-holds-barred book, <em>Shut Up and Listen!</em> offers practical, hard-earned wisdom from one of the most successful business owners in the world.</p>
Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World w...
by Chase Jarvis

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><strong>Life isn鈥檛 about 鈥渇inding鈥?fulfillment and success 鈥?it鈥檚 about creating it. Why then has creativity been given a back seat in our culture?聽 No longer.</strong></p><p>Creativity is a force inside every person that, when unleashed, transforms our lives and delivers vitality to everything we do. Establishing a creative practice is therefore our most valuable and urgent task - as important to our well-being as exercise or nutrition.聽聽</p><p>The good news? Renowned artist, author, and CreativeLive founder, Chase Jarvis, reminds us that creativity isn't a skill鈥攊t's a habit available to everyone:聽 beginners and lifelong creators, entrepreneurs to executives, astronauts to zookeepers, and everyone in between. Through small, daily actions we can supercharge our innate creativity and rediscover our personal power in life.</p><p>Whether your ambition is a creative career, completing a creative project, or simply cultivating a creative mindset, Creative Calling will unlock your potential via Jarvis鈥檚 memorable 鈥淚DEA鈥?system:聽</p><p>路聽 聽 聽 Imagine your big dream, whatever you want to create鈥攐r become鈥攊n this world.</p><p>路聽 聽 聽 Design a daily practice that supports that dream鈥攁nd a life of expression and transformation.</p><p>路聽 聽 聽 Execute on your ambitious plans and make your vision real.</p><p>路聽 聽 聽 Amplify your impact through a supportive community you鈥檒l learn to grow and nurture.</p><p><br />聽</p>
That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life o...
by Marc Randolph

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b>In the tradition of Phil Knight's <i>Shoe Dog</i> comes the incredible untold story of how Netflix went from concept to company-all revealed by co-founder and first CEO Marc Randolph.</b> <br />Once upon a time, brick-and-mortar video stores were king. Late fees were ubiquitous, video-streaming unheard was of, and widespread DVD adoption seemed about as imminent as flying cars. Indeed, these were the widely accepted laws of the land in 1997, when Marc Randolph had an idea. It was a simple thought-leveraging the internet to rent movies-and was just one of many more and far worse proposals, like personalized baseball bats and a shampoo delivery service, that Randolph would pitch to his business partner, Reed Hastings, on their commute to work each morning.<br /> <br /> But Hastings was intrigued, and the pair-with Hastings as the primary investor and Randolph as the CEO-founded a company. Now with over 150 million subscribers, Netflix's triumph feels inevitable, but the twenty first century's most disruptive start up began with few believers and calamity at every turn. From having to pitch his own mother on being an early investor, to the motel conference room that served as a first office, to server crashes on launch day, to the now-infamous meeting when Netflix brass pitched Blockbuster to acquire them, Marc Randolph's transformational journey exemplifies how anyone with grit, gut instincts and determination can change the world-even with an idea that many think will never work.<br /> <br /> What emerges,though, isn't just the inside story of one of the world's most iconic companies. Full of counter-intuitive concepts and written in binge-worthy prose, it answers some of our most fundamental questions about taking that leap of faith in business or in life: How do you begin? How do you weather disappointment and failure? How do you deal with success? What even <i>is</i> success?<br /> <br /> From idea generation to team building to knowing when it's time to let go, <i>That Will Never Work</i> is not only the ultimate follow-your-dreams parable, but also one of the most dramatic and insightful entrepreneurial stories of our time.
Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Bo...
by Kim Scott

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English

Pages

323

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<p><b>Featuring a NEW PREFACE, AFTERWORD and Radically Candid PERFORMANCE REVIEW BONUS CHAPTER, the fully revised & updated edition of <i>Radical Candor</i> is packed with even more guidance to help you improve your relationships at work.</b><br /><b></b><b></b><br /><b><i>Radical Candor has been embraced around the world by leaders of every stripe at companies of all sizes. Now a cultural touchstone, the concept has come to be applied to a wide range of human relationships.</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><b></b><br /><b><i>The idea is simple</i>: </b>You don't have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor鈥攁voiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy鈥攜ou can be kind and clear at the same time.</p><p>Kim Scott was a highly successful leader at Google before decamping to Apple, where she developed and taught a management class. Since the original publication of <i>Radical Candor</i> in 2017, Scott has earned international fame with her vital approach to effective leadership and co-founded the Radical Candor executive education company, which helps companies put the book's philosophy into practice.</p><p>Radical Candor is about caring personally and challenging directly, about soliciting criticism to improve your leadership and also providing guidance that helps others grow. It focuses on praise but doesn't shy away from criticism鈥攖o help you love your work <i>and</i> the people you work with. </p><p>Radically Candid relationships with team members enable bosses to fulfill their three core responsibilities:<br /><b>1. Create a culture of Compassionate Candor</b><br /><b>2. Build a cohesive team</b><br /><b>3. Achieve results collaboratively</b></p><p>Required reading for the most successful organizations, <i>Radical Candor </i>has raised the bar for management practices worldwide.</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>聽</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鈥檝e watched his TED Talk based on START WITH WHY -- the third most popular TED video of all time.<br /> 聽<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 /> 聽<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.聽 <br /> 聽<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.

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