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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Jumping into the future of Software Testing – The reasons I’m joining SOASTA

thefuture Jumping into the future of Software Testing – The reasons I’m joining SOASTA

Every now and then there are discussion about the future of Software Testing. Lately I’ve seen a post from Lanette Cream (The future of testing is wide open) and Jeff Goldsmith from SauceLabs (The Future of Testing). Trends are around Agile Testing, Automation, Continuous testing, Crowd Testing and last but not least: Cloud Testing. It matches the results of the poll I’ve created a while back. If you’re passionate about Software Testing, you’re following all these trends and probably implement some of the new innovation within your team. I know I did while building my organization at Experian Decision Analytics:

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Learn to manage your emotional bank accounts and build trust

trust Learn to manage your emotional bank accounts and build trust

I’ve started my career as a typical Software Engineer, messing up with C++ and Java code on B2B software (good time !). During that same time, I had the opportunity to see Lou Gerstner on stage as he was visiting our IBM campus. It was right in the middle of the e-Business period and Lou was here to explain us what e-Business was about and what it meant for us. It was one hour which changed my life. I was so impressed by the message, the clarity, the energy, the motivation. I knew from that point on that this was something I wanted to do: Being able to have this type of impact on people. being able to share a vision, drive a business, etc. I guess I would have had the same conclusion if I had the opportunity to see Jack Welsh on a stage. He’s also one of my role model.

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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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Building high performing Software Testing team – 90 days plan (part 1)

team21 Building high performing Software Testing team   90 days plan (part 1)
You’ve just started your new job as a QA manager, QA Director, Senior VP of Software Testing etc. Your title doesn’t really matter as long as your responsibility implies some of amount of management and responsibility for one or multiple products. There is no secret recipes to become successful in your new job but the first 90 days are an incredible opportunity for you to set the tone for this next move in your career. This limited window of opportunity should be used to create sustainable advantage to pave a successful way for you and the products you’re responsible for. Optimally during these 90 first days, you should be able to:

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Building high performing Software Testing team – Part 1 – Organizational climate

team21 Building high performing Software Testing team   Part 1   Organizational climate
For the past 3 years, I’ve been trying to build the best possible Software Testing organization For Experian Decision Analytics. During my vacation, I had a bit of time to reflect back on these 3 years and identify what building blocks were critical toward my initial goal. Trust me, it’s been a roller coaster ride but I’m feeling very proud of the team today and confident about the future. In this series of article, I’ll try to describe what I’ve done to build what I would consider a pretty damn good team ! icon smile Building high performing Software Testing team   Part 1   Organizational climate

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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 pets.com ?), all the stock options people were getting, bubbling ego etc.
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Richard Branson: Losing my virginity

losingmyvirginity Richard Branson: Losing my virginity
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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