Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a data center powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this "chaos monkey" to test online services' robustness - their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society's chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder).
"Great Look At Silicon Valley and a Great Era in US History"
Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.
"Informative and Engaging"
Facebook, PayPal, Alibaba, Uber - these seemingly disparate companies have upended entire industries by harnessing a single phenomenon: the platform business model. Platform Revolution delivers the first comprehensive analysis of how platforms use technology to match producers and consumers in a multisided marketplace, unlocking hidden resources and creating new forms of value. When a company like Uber connects drivers with passengers, everybody wins - except traditional cab companies, which are scrambling to survive.
Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans - predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth - and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.
"I'm a lot smarter than I was before"
Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.
"Even Better The Second Time"
What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.
"Audio format still useful to get the gist of it"
The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men". John Perkins wrote that economic hit men (EHM) "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder".
"Must read/listen for everyone."
Bold is a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.
This classic expose of the Fed has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true.
"Do you really know what your Politians are doing?"
Eight years on from the biggest market meltdown since the Great Depression, the key lessons of the crisis of 2008 still remain unlearned - and our financial system is just as vulnerable as ever. Many of us know that our government failed to fix the banking system after the subprime mortgage crisis. But what few of us realize is how the misguided financial practices and philosophies that nearly toppled the global financial system have come to infiltrate all American businesses, putting us on a collision course with another cataclysmic meltdown.
The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy has arrived, and it's not self-driving cars, solar energy, or artificial intelligence. It's called the blockchain. The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second generation - powered by blockchain technology - is bringing us the Internet of value: a new, distributed platform that can help us reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better.
"Excellent to start for non techies"
Steve Case was on the leading edge of the Internet revolution when he cofounded AOL in 1991. He was an entrepreneur in a business that hadn't even been invented, yet he saw how significantly his efforts could change not only America but the world. In The Third Wave, Case uses his insights garnered from nearly four decades of working as an innovator, investor, and businessperson to chart a path for future visionaries.
"More AOL History than 3rd wave. Good read though."
Many of the most dynamic public companies, from Alibaba to Facebook to Visa, and the most valuable start-ups, such as Airbnb and Uber, are matchmakers that connect one group of customers with another group of customers. Economists call matchmakers multisided platforms because they provide physical or virtual platforms for multiple groups to get together. Dating sites connect people with potential matches, for example, and ride-sharing apps do the same for drivers and riders.
"good but there is better "
It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.
In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies.
"Comprehensive, but Overly Long"
When a career-ending injury left elite athlete and professional football player Lewis Howes out of work and living on his sister's couch, he decided he needed to make a change for the better. He started by reaching out to people he admired, searching for mentors, and applying his past coaches' advice from sports to life off the field. Lewis did more than bounce back: He built a multimillion-dollar online business and is now a sought-after business coach, speaker, and podcast host.
"Read the book, don't listen"
Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.
"Clever, honest, and even inspiring"
Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.
"Pretty Good, but could be Great"
To learn how to make index investing work for you, there's no better mentor than legendary mutual-fund industry veteran John C. Bogle. Over the course of his long career, Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group and creator of the world's first index mutual-fund, has relied primarily on index investing to help Vanguard's clients build substantial wealth. Now, with The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, he wants to help you do the same.
"Invest in Index Fund.If you get that, don't waste$"
In this book, Arun Sundararajan, an expert on the sharing economy, explains the transition to what he describes as "crowd-based capitalism" - a new way of organizing economic activity that may supplant the traditional corporate-centered model. As peer-to-peer commercial exchange blurs the lines between the personal and the professional, how will the economy, government regulation, what it means to have a job, and our social fabric be affected?
"A excellent overview of Crowd-Based Capitalism"
Typical financial wisdom and advice is sometimes lacking, and at other times, altogether wrong. This book fills in important gaps about essential but little-understood financial topics you won't hear about from most financial advisors. Whether you are just learning to manage your money or whether you are an experienced investor, Busting the Interest Rate Lies offers information to help you avoid common financial mistakes and put thousands of dollars into your pocket!
Why do smart people make irrational decisions every day? The answers will surprise you. Predictably Irrational is an intriguing, witty and utterly original look at why we all make illogical decisions. Why can a 50p aspirin do what a 5p aspirin can't? If an item is free, it must be a bargain, right? Why is everything relative, even when it shouldn't be? How do our expectations influence our actual opinions and decisions? In this astounding audiobook, behavioural economist Dan Ariely cuts to the heart of our strange behavior....
Alec Ross is no doubt a gifted writer. He works the delicate balance between being understood as clearly as possible, without diluting his facts easily. In the structure of the book, he arranges information in a way that is both relevant to the title and in a way the reader/listener was able to understand.
Published in 1980, Michael E. Porter's Competitive Strategy went against the accepted wisdom of the time that said firms should focus on expanding their market share. Porter claimed they should, in fact, analyze the five forces that mold the environment in which they compete: new entrants, substitute products, buyers, suppliers, and industry rivals. Then they could rationally choose one of three "generic strategies" - lowering cost, differentiating their product, or catering to a niche market.
When considering saving for the future, many people look into opportunities such as Roth IRAs and mutual funds. However, few people are willing to venture into the world of trading, where investments in stocks, indices, and other securities can substantially build a savvy investor's portfolio. Among the various myths - that options trading is either fraught with pit-holes or risk-free - is an investment system that is accessible to everyone. This is the ultimate guide to get started with stock options and make a lot of money.
Do you want to buy a house? Do you have the necessary money in the bank? If you are like most people, probably not. Banks and other financial institutions are often sought for loans for the purchase of a home. If these institutions were not around to anticipate money from home, the certain rents market would appreciate. This book explains how the credit funds make the purchase of a house possible for many people. We discover all the fees and types of loans available, and find out the real cost of a loan.
If you have been on top of the news as of late you would have heard of the various scandals and revelations of the rich and powerful sheltering their money in offshore tax havens. Tax havens are a very popular way for those who have the means to hide their assets from taxation as well as other legal proceedings. This practice, although not technically illegal, in many cases still shields money away from national treasuries thus efficiently taking it out of circulation.
"Show me the money" has always been the number one problem for start-ups and small business owners. As a result, too many small businesses fail within the first 18 months due to cash flow problems. LC Green's book, How to Obtain Funding for your Start-up and Loans for Your Small Business, addresses these critical issues and offers solutions to these problems. This is a short, concise book, chock-full of information.
You are about to enter a trading market that deals in an excess of $4.9 trillion dollars per day. If you compare this to the stock market on any given day, about $2,000 billion per day is traded on various stocks. Imagine the rewards you can gain by investing in such a huge market. It is possible to set up a nice nest egg, get a larger retirement account set up, or simply enjoy the fun of trading. By the end of this book, you will be able to do just that.
These proven trading habits will help you develop a system that is hard to beat. Just add your determination and a will to succeed, and you'll be well on your way to trading like a pro. Not getting the returns that you would like? Get inspired by these 39 stock market rules, and perfect a trading system that will make you profitable for years to come.
Learn how to identify and overcome mental challenges that could be limiting your trading success. Benefit from someone with more than 20 years' experience. Steve has done the research so you don't have to. Each of these 14 principles are part of what has made him successful for more than two decades. Avoid stress and make money. These principles will help you build a strong trading foundation and keep you from succumbing to stressful situations that will cost you money.
In America, the name Forbes is synonymous with business magazine. Now the hard-hitting journalism that you have come to expect from Forbes is available in audio exclusively at audible.com. This unique offering brings you the best of every issue, from new investment opportunities, to trends in business and management, to smart ways to cut your taxes, protect your estate, and increase your wealth.
While it can be fairly easy to make a few trades every day, maybe even successful ones, if you are interested in taking your day trading to the next level then there are a number of traits and characteristics you should strive to cultivate in your everyday life and strategies you should try and pursue during your trading. For the most reliable ways to go from good to great, check out Day Trading: Advanced Guide to Crash It with Day Trading.
Are you needing to make a side income? In this book you will learn one of the easiest ways to make an extra $2,000 per month on Amazon. Using the methods and outlines in this book, I was able to earn $2,000 per month in one year. It took me about three years to learn the tips in this book, but with this info plus your hustle you can make it happen for yourself as well!
In this issue: "How to Make the Most of Omnichannel Retailing" by the Editors of Harvard Business Review. "Beyond the Holacracy Hype" by Ethan Bernstein, John Bunch, Niko Canner, and Michael Lee. "How to Pay for Health Care" by Michael E. Porter and Robert S. Kaplan. "The Case for Capitation" by Brent C. James and Gregory P. Poulsen.
Develop your own physical products, tap into Amazon's multi-billion dollar market, and easily replace your nine-to-five income. The FBA Blueprint teaches you everything you need to succeed in importing and private labeling your own products, selling them on Amazon for high profit margins, and ultimately creating a high-value brand that could even be sold for a large sum in the near future! Whether you have previous experience in eCommerce or not, this book will guide you every step of the way.
Working from home is most people's dream job. Buying and selling from Alibaba, starting with an investment of just $50 and no risks, is surely the perfect way to achieve this! In this carefully researched guide, Alun Hill, the world-renowned business journalist, gives you all the details to enable you to start this week!
In this issue: "Beyoncé, Inc: How Airbnb, Warby Parker, And Others Are Finding Inspiration in Lemonade": Beyoncé is wowing business executives—and 10 lessons every company can learn from her. "The On-Demand Economy Hits the Reset Button": Companies are going beyond the hype to try to create real businesses – now that the "Uber for X" playbook is dead. "SpaceX and Blue Origin Fight to Win the Modern Space Race": SpaceX and Elon Musk have the lead, but Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin are methodically persistent. "Chobani and General Mills Fight to be the Most Important Meal of the Day".
Competitors have always existed in business, but what if it were possible to render your competition irrelevant? This is the critical question posed in W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne's book Blue Ocean Strategy. According to Kim and Mauborgne, the path to success of any company does not lie in taking on potential competitors but in the creation of "blue oceans" in uncontested market space. The authors offer analytical frameworks and tools to help businesses identify and capitalize on these new opportunities.
While it can be relatively easy and straightforward to make the occasional beneficial trade from time to time, if you are looking to take your day trading game out of the casual arena then there are plenty of ways you can focus on following through effectively on trades you have successfully identified. For the most reliable ways to go from good to great, check out Day Trading: An Intermediate Guide to Crash It with Day Trading.
Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.
"Definitely worth a credit"
In this revised and updated edition of A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics, David A. Moss draws on his years of teaching at Harvard Business School to explain important macro concepts using clear and engaging language. This guidebook covers the essentials of macroeconomics and examines, in a simple and intuitive way, the core ideas of output, money, and expectations.
Dr. Hallowell now identifies the underlying reasons why people lose their ability to focus at work. He explains why commonly offered solutions like "learn to manage your time better" or "make a to-do list" don't work because they ignore the deeper issues that are the true causes of mental distraction. Based on his years of helping clients develop constructive ways to deal with distraction, Dr. Hallowell provides a set of practical and reliable techniques to show how to sustain a productive mental state.
One of the most lucrative fields in business, investment banking frequently perplexes even banking professionals working within its complex laws. Investment Banking For Dummies remedies common misconceptions with a straightforward assessment of banking fundamentals. Written by experts in stock market proceedings, this book runs parallel to an introductory course in investment banking.
Legal marijuana is the hottest story in the US today. Twenty-five states, and the District of Columbia, have authorized sales in some form; Denver has more legal marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks franchises. We are witnessing the dawn of a new industry. And like the early days of gourmet coffee chains, the rules and players are being established on the fly.
"Easy Intro to Brave New World"
In the depths of the Great Recession, a cancer nurse, a car dealership worker, and an insurance fraud specialist helped uncover the largest consumer crime in American history - a scandal that implicated dozens of major executives on Wall Street. They called it foreclosure fraud: Millions of families were kicked out of their homes based on false evidence by mortgage companies that had no legal right to foreclose.
"A must read book"
At its most basic level, Allied Capital is the story of Wall Street at its worst. But the story is much bigger than one little-known company. Fooling Some of the People All of the Time is an important call for effective law enforcement, free speech, and fair play.
"where's the epilogue?"
Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "the best book there is about the stock market," this timeless classic by the creator and host of the Emmy Award-winning TV show Adam Smith's Money World is still relevant more than 40 years later.
The definitive guide to why different financial markets exist and how they operate. This edition brings the listener right up to speed with the latest developments in financial instruments and provides a clear and incisive guide to this complex world that even those who work in it often find hard to understand. With chapters on the markets that deal with money, foreign exchange, equities, bonds, commodities, financial futures, options, and other derivatives, it looks at why these markets exist, how they work and who trades in them, and it gives a run-down of the factors that affect prices and rates.
"This sharpened my understanding"
Intimidated by corporate finance? The numbers (and the jargon) can feel overwhelming - but you have to understand them to manage effectively. Finance Basics explains the fundamentals simply and quickly.
"Structured & helpful overview"
Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, one of the world's most revolutionary companies, shows how open principles of management - based on transparency, participation, and community - reinvent the organization for the fast-paced connected era. Whitehurst gives listeners an insider's look into how an open and innovative organizational model works.
An acclaimed classic detailing the economic history of America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and exposing the capitalist giants who changed the world. Frederick Lewis Allen’s insightful financial history of the United States - from the late 1800s through the stock market collapse of 1929 - remains a seminal work on what brought on America’s worst economic disaster: the Great Depression.
The global financial crisis has made it painfully clear that powerful psychological forces are imperiling the wealth of nations today. From blind faith in ever-rising housing prices to plummeting confidence in capital markets, "animal spirits" are driving financial events worldwide.
"A Relevant Portrayal of Behavioral Economics"
In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.
"Great history, poor analysis. TERRIBLE recording."
In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.