Books: 2017 Reading List
Competing Against Luck — finally a full writeup on “Jobs Theory”, and required reading for anyone involved in product strategy & UX design (i.e. all startups).
The Change Function — good, simple model to think about how valuable a new innovation is (all about UX, or if (perceived crisis > cost of adoption)).
Marketing High Technology — best book on distribution you can find, for technology or otherwise.
Shoe Dog — Great story; wish he would have spent more time in the later years of Nike’s growth.
Doing the Impossible — too dense overall, but I loved hearing the story of the moon mission from the inside, especially from such a talented project manager that made it happen.
Scale — not as good as hoped, but a good “skim” with lots of interesting ideas around a theme.
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership — great leadership advice + stories to go along with, Dale Carnegie style (but could have been much shorter).
Hard Drive — 3rd reading of the best bio of Bill Gates & Microsoft's early years.
The Elements of Computing Systems — I never had formal CS education so this was a great practical explainer, from translating binary to assembly, to how an OS works.
A Mind at Play — always been a huge fan of Claude Shannon’s work, mind, and humility.
Turing’s Cathedral — a little long in places, but great overall history of computing & early people who shaped it.
Softwar — Reading now. Interesting insights about early Oracle, also gives me new appreciation for Ellison. [Update: I would not recommend this book. First part is good but last half rambles on, fawning over Ellison with random stories. "The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison" is much better.]