Books We Pretend To Read
By Gunnar Berger & Chuck Hirstius
Books We Pretend To ReadOct 10, 2019
Company of One (with guest Dane Young)
In the final episode of 2019. We find a recording of a podcast we recorded back in July. On this episode is Dane Young, Founder/CEO of YoungTech, a "company of one" who recommended the book "Company of One".
Books We Pretend To Read Update
Not a normal episode, just an update for our listeners. We are still alive, lots of things going on in our lives right now, which we share in this episode.
Monetizing Innovation (with Brett Waldman)
Have you ever wondered why soda at a movie theatre is $6 for a small and $7 for a large. Both are insane prices to pay for a coke, but marketers use the comparison to make us feel that $7 is a good deal. Tiny tricks like this are all around us and explored in Monetizing Innovation by Madhavan Ramanujam & Georg Tacke. This book looks at the tips and tricks of how we can innovate simply by changing the way we present features in our products and adjusting pricing to match a customers willingness to pay. It's a fascinating world and an eye opening read. Joining us this episode is guest co-host Jim Flannery and Director of Pricing and Packaging at Citrix, Brett Waldman.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
The anti-self-help book that's sold over 6 million copies and holds the world record for most F-bombs in a single book (okay not sure if that last part is true). The Subtle Art of Not Giving a is a book that covers how we should live our lives verses how many of us including our hosts actually do. Measuring success by the things that matter, saying no to the things that don't, living with suffering, and taking responsibility for everything. So many concepts in this book are counter to the culture we all live in, its a breath of fresh air for two hosts that give way to many fu*ks. Enjoy.
PART2: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (with guest Kevin Goodman)
In episode 7 of Books We Pretend to Read Podcast our hosts continue our conversation with industry veteran: Kevin Goodman. Kevin is a founder of multiple companies that went on to be acquired. RTO Software, acquired by VMware, and most recently FSLogix acquired by Microsoft. In this episode, we conclude our discussion on "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" by Ben Horowitz which is a book written by a CEO written to CEOs. We figured a book this good deserves a second podcast. Hope you enjoy.
PART1: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (with guest Kevin Goodman)
In episode 6 of Books We Pretend to Read Podcast our hosts bring in industry veteran: Kevin Goodman. Kevin is a founder of multiple companies that went on to be acquired. RTO Software, acquired by VMware, and most recently FXLogix acquired by Microsoft. In this episode, we discuss "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" by Ben Horowitz which is a book written by a CEO written to CEOs. As much as Chuck and Gunnar like to chat about startups, it's hard to talk about a CEOs perspective without actually being a CEO, which is where Kevin brings in his expertise. Join us as we deep dive into one of the most popular books in the valley and learn that sometimes there are no easy answers, just hard work.
1984 by George Orwell
Continuing with our theme of non-business books about technology we dial the clock back to 1948, the year George Orwell wrote the prophetic book: 1984. Who hasn't heard that "Big Brother Is Watching" or that we live in a Orwellian Society. Yet these common phrases are taken from a book that many of us haven't read. So this month Chuck and Gunnar dive into the depths of 1984, where we learn the meaning to these words that are already in our lexicon. What we learn while reading this is a bit scary in how close Orwell was to predicting (and warning us about) the society we live in today.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
In our first non-business management book, we cover Bad Blood, the story of how one of Silicon Valley's biggest unicorns was built on a web of lies. Soon to become what's sure to be an Oscar nominated film staring Jennifer Lawrence, get up to speed and get upset about how truth doesn't matter, only money and what people are willing to believe.