Sun 9 Jun 2013
So, I just finished reading The Black Swan (the economics book, not the ballet ;) While it is a dense book, it should not have taken me nearly a year to read it (started in August of 2012)! My 2012 reading list was a paltry 7 books. Way, way down from my usual personal goal of 2 books per month.
For me personally, no other “metric” better demonstrates the intensity and all-consuming nature of starting a startup. Never mind the fact that at Execution Labs, we’re a startup helping other startups to start up!
Anyway, here are the few books I managed to read in 2012:
- The Nerdist Way - How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)
- The Startup Game - Inside the Partnership Between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs
- The Ten Faces of Innovation - IDEO’s Strategies for Beating the Devil’s Advocate & Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization
- Fierce Conversations - Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time
- Good To Great - Why Some Companies Make the Leapâ€¦ and Others Don’t
- The Definitive Book of Body Language
- Startup Communities - Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City
Hmm, nothing too noteworthy, sadly. I most enjoyed Startup Communities since it is directly related to my current efforts. Ten Faces is a nice high quality book, but nothing super new if you’ve read a few other books on innovation process. Good to Great is a Jim Collins classic that I was long overdue to read, but feels a bit dated now…
Sadly, I’ll be lucky if I finish 1 book per quarter in 2013 :(