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Vincent

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  • Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company and Revolutionized an Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marc Benioff, Carlye Adler
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (103)
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    (104)

    How did salesforce.com grow from a start up in a rented apartment into the world's fastest growing software company in less than a decade? For the first time, Marc Benioff, the visionary founder, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, tells how he and his team created and used new business, technology, and philanthropic models tailored to this time of extraordinary change.

    Rituparn says: "Startup guide"
    "Too much about marketing not much about business"
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    I don't mind the play format since I enjoyed it with the audiobook Rework by Jason Fried founder of 37 Signals. I've listened to Rework twice and learned many insights.

    While I'm an admirer of Salesforces and the SAAS model Marc Benioff created I stopped halfway through this audiobook. There were just too much marketing for me and not enough about the business itself (leadership, management, challenges, finances, HR, operations, etc.).

    Paradoxically I felt the many plays I listened to had more to do with what was happening before than behind the curtain. Maybe what's behind the cloud is covered in later plays and maybe I will get back to it later on. But for now I've switched to another audiobook.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2050)
    Performance
    (1709)
    Story
    (1685)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Learn how to make the brain works to our advantage"
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    I've enjoyed listening to this audio book. Learned interesting things about the brain. One of the a-ha moments was how to acquire more self control with simple daily meditation. I've tried to put a few techniques into use and can see a positive difference.
    Highly recommended book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    Overall
    (1767)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (734)

    Listen to the incredible national best seller that is changing people's lives - and increasing their net worth. Also available:
    The Millionaire Mind.

    Stephen Dix says: "Its OK to drive a Taurus!!"
    "Eye opening findings and helpful insights"
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    I learned quite a bit with the first listen that I've started a repeat.

    The findings presented in the book were eye opening to me. Before I also had that misconception of who the wealthy really are. I thought the people who drive luxury cars and wear expensive watches were rich. But according to the authors' definition of wealth the rich don't even spend $500 for a watch and would buy used cars.

    The stats might sound a bit dry but provide context to the analysis. The last part of the book can be helpful to those who look for ways to target the wealthy.

    Definitely one of the books I read in 2011 that had an impact on me.

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