I wished that I knew about the book “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits” by Verne Harnish when I was working on my startup a few years back. There are definitely things that we should not have done during that time. Jamie Lee, the co-founder of Lunch Actually and now Prizle (which I am an investor in both companies), recommended this book to me during one of our lunches. We were discussing on the subject on how to scale a team, and he highlighted how he scaled his startup to a company from the lessons learnt from this book. If you are thinking how to grow a startup from scratch to a proper functioning company, this is a must read book. So, what are the Rockefeller habits that you can use to scale your company? Continue reading If you want to grow a company, you must master the Rockefeller Habits
Adapted from David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, the Wachowskis (The Matrix Trilogy) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) have brought six inter-connected tales spanning across a fictional history of Mankind into the big screen. Even the story behind how the directors convinced Mitchell to take the book to screen has been a long and enduring journey.
Written by Daron Acemoglu and James A Robinson, the central theme of the book “Why Nations Fail” is to explain the huge differences in incomes and standards of living that split the rich countries of the world from the poor, and put forward a perspective based on how institutions created from politics can evolve the way towards progress or fail depending on their nature of being inclusive and extractive. The book also sought to debunk known theories such as the geography hypothesis advocated by the ecologist and evolutionary biologist, Jared Diamond, the culture hypothesis and finally the ignorance hypothesis proposed by the economists. There are interesting insights extracted from this book that any interested reader of politics and economics will enjoy and how they can be applied in context on Singapore in the present day. Continue reading Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A Robinson
It is probably the most anticipated biography that I have pre-ordered during March 2011. When the book was brought forward from March 2012 to Nov 2011, subsequently to today, there was a gut feeling in me that I know that something is about to change. The death of an icon entrepreneur and innovator, Steve Jobs was an unfortunate catalyst which brought this biography early to the bookshelves. Walter Issacson has written a fair and beautiful biography about Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple and brought out the legacy that the man has left behind. Here’s some of my thoughts about the book which I highly urge those who loved innovation and technology to read. Continue reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
A couple of months ago, I read Daemon by Daniel Suarez, recommended by many tech pundits from the US. Similarly, I have also recommended to many people I know within the Singapore tech community. They all loved the premise behind Daemon because it is technologically feasible to see the concept behind Daemon actually brought to real life. Daemon ended with the protagonist, the detective Peter Sebeck was locked in a series of intrigue set up by the deceased game designer, Matthew Sobol, who created the daemon that unleashed upon human civilization. Continue reading Freedom by Daniel Suarez