Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a book review on my blog. I still read quite a bit (My reading list on linkedin) but with my new gig at SOASTA I had to prioritize some of my activities icon smile Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos But this book was so good that I wanted to share it with you all. It’s been recommended by my boss, Tom Lounibos, and he’s been spot on! What a fantastic read!

Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos has been written by Sarah Lacy who is TechCrunch Editor. It’s an incredible piece of journalism which makes you travel to China, Brazil, Rwanda, Israel and try to explain how entrepreneurs, despite difficult living condition, are able to rock their own part of the world. Sarah traveled to 11 different countries in 40 weeks to bring back incredible stories!
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The Long Tail of Bugs: Should we revisit it ?

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I’m done reading the revised version of The Long Tail: Why the future of business is selling less of more by Chris Anderson. The long tail term was coined by Anderson in an article he wrote for Wired in 2004. In his book, he explains that we’ve been moving away from a hits market into a niche market. The increased popularity of the Internet has accelerated this transition. In the original article, Anderson shares 3 main observations:

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Behind the cloud is a great read !

behindthecloud Behind the cloud is a great read !

Damn ! I just realized that my latest article is almost 1 month old ! This is unacceptable for my trusted readers and as I spend a night in London I decided to share one of my latest read. I did read during the past months but for once, I indulged myself with some great science-fiction books I had in my stack: The forever war from Joe Hadelman (always trust a classic. This is an awesome read !), the Ophiuchi Hotline from John Varley and The Currents of Space from the man himself, Isaac Asimov (I’m a huge fan …).

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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days

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Thanks to some well deserved vacation, I was able to finish a book I’ve started a while back: Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days. I had 2 main interests in the reading of this book. The first one was related to the time I’ve spent in the Silicon Valley from 1998 until 2006, when I had plenty of good friends working from various Startup during the Internet Bubble: Excite, Netscape, Paypal, WebTV etc. You’ve got to understand that during these times (especially 1998 until 2002) all conversations during parties were about the Internet craziness going on, all the breakthrough ideas people had at the time (and some not so good breakthrough idea … Can you say ?), all the stock options people were getting, bubbling ego etc.
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Free Software Testing and QA online magazines

reader Free Software Testing and QA online magazines
From a knowledge availability standpoint, being involved in testing in 2009 is probably much easier than 15 years ago. The community is not only larger but also, thanks to the Internet, able to share easily and broadly to a large audience. While there are some excellent commercial books on any testing topics (It is becoming a very large business …), and plenty of interesting blogs, there are also a number of very good free magazines out there which are worth our attention. I regularly read some of them and thought it was a good idea to point out my favorites. If you’d like me to add a magazine to the list, send me an email or send a twitt my way !

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Richard Branson: Losing my virginity

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I finally had a chance to finish reading Richard Branson’s biography: Losing my virginity.
After Jack Welsh, Branson was on my top 10 business leaders list and after reading his 600+ pages bio, he’s probably not far from the top. What an amazing read ! To my surprise, it really reads as a novel and has a very particular personal touch I appreciate. The most surprising of all for me is the fact that Branson was not necessarily promised to such success: Poor academic records, dyslexia, not a lot family backup (from a financial perspective) etc.
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Jack Welch: Straight from the Gut

jack1 Jack Welch: Straight from the GutI’ve always picked up quite a bit of management and business knowledge by observing and talking to leaders around me. I’ve been fairly lucky so far and have been regularly surrounded by people who impressed and inspired me. They all helped me in one way or another to get better at what I’m doing.

Another way to get some inspiration and motivation is to read biographies about very successful people in whatever industry they are working in. Jack Welch, is one of these people and his biography Straight from the Gut is a fantastic read !

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The Art of War – Sun Tzu

artofwar The Art of War   Sun TzuAs part of my professional growth and training, I spend quite a bit of free time reading books on various subjects. These days I’m particularly attracted by the business shelf. I get technical growth directly on web article and conference (online and live test conference. More on this in a future post) but nothing replace (other than experience) a good book in the business area. I’m part of the personal MBA community which offers an interesting concept. I can’t say that I’m a very active member but I do pick up some good book recommendations on their website.

I’m particularly interested in business biography these days: just finished one about Jack Welsh (former GE CEO), one about Lou Gertsner (former IBM CEO) and I’m looking forward reading one about Richard Branson (current Virgin CEO). Continue reading