Daemon by Daniel Suarez

When I was listening to Leo Laporte’s This Week in Tech special episode on the CES, Tom Merritt mentioned and recommended the book “Daemon” by Daniel Suarez. The author self-published the book, sought the influencers in Silicon Valley and ended up with a book deal. A science fiction thriller destined to be made into a movie, the story left me thinking about the inter-connected world which we lived in even though the premise started from the online gaming world. So, here are some thoughts after reading the book which I highly recommend for those who loved science fiction. Continue reading Daemon by Daniel Suarez

The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe

51aUWo7HdgL._SL500_AA240_ The book “The Audacity to Win” by David Plouffe focuses on the inside story from the perspective of the campaign manager for the Obama Presidential campaign 2008 and the lessons learnt from the historic victory to elect the first African-American president. With an insider view, the story starts from how David Plouffe together with Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod put together an inner circle with candidate Barack Obama that subsequently led to a two years campaign culminating to his presidency. The book does not talk about the present day where we are debating whether President Obama have lived up to expectations, but provide the snapshot of the years that end with the day of his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. Continue reading The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe

Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson

invertingthepyramid-book My interest in football started with my research paper on hiring and firing of football managers. For the past few years, I have been following football games and news on the English Premiere League and their European counterparts out of interest on the validation of my model and also the excitement and enjoyment of the sport. Recently, I am intrigued by the issue of the diamond formation in football tactics, particularly, with both Ancelotti’s Chelsea and Mourinho’s Inter Milan which are now adopting it. Jonathan Wilson’s recent article on the diamond formation in the Guardian has prompted me to read deeper into the subject. So, as usual, I visited Kinokuniya bookstore in Singapore and checked out the book “Inverting the Pyramid” by Jonathon Wilson whether it is available. Luckily they have it and here are my thoughts after reading the book. Continue reading Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson

Free by Chris Anderson

free While traveling in China, I was reading Chris Anderson’s new book “Free: The Future of a Radical Price” that accompanied most part of my journey. For most of who you who not know, Chris Anderson (Editor, Wired Magazine) is also the author of another interesting book entitled “The Long Tail“. The main premise of this book is that one can create a huge global economy around a base price of zero. Fast evolving technologies, for example, the Internet have transformed the production and distribution costs which causes the prices to plummet to very low levels close to zero, and that flexibility provided by the online world allows producers to trade ever more creatively. So, here are some of the interesting points that arise from the book. Continue reading Free by Chris Anderson

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

predictably-irrational-dan-arielyAfter listening to Dan Ariely’s TED talk on our buggy moral code, I become interested in his research on behavioral economics. During a transit flight in Frankfurt airport back to Singapore after my trip to Monte Carlo, I managed to bought myself a copy of his book “Predictably Irrational” (and you can hear the story what prompted him to write the book in another TED talk entitled “Are we in control of our own decisions?“). Upon reading the book, I found that he was basically reiterating the examples from the book during the TED talk. It’s a fascinating book providing a different perspective on how we make decisions using the combined discipline of psychology and economics. In fact, you will be convinced by his reasoning why there is hidden rationale behind people performing the acts of cheating and dishonest behaviour. So, I thought I might just summarize two interesting concepts that popped up in this book: Continue reading Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely