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Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber
by Mike Isaac

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English

Pages

410

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> and <em>Wall Street Journal</em> Bestseller<br /><br /><br /><br />A <em>New York Times</em> technology correspondent presents the dramatic story of Uber, the Silicon Valley startup at the center of one of the great venture capital power struggles of our time.</strong></p><br /><p>In June 2017, Travis Kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of Uber, was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant. Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world, yet for many came to symbolize everything wrong with Silicon Valley.</p><br /><p>Award-winning <em>New York Times</em> technology correspondent Mike Isaac鈥檚 <em>Super Pumped</em> presents the dramatic rise and fall of Uber, set against an era of rapid upheaval in Silicon Valley. Backed by billions in venture capital dollars and led by a brash and ambitious founder, Uber promised to revolutionize the way we move people and goods through the world. A near instant 鈥渦nicorn,鈥?Uber seemed poised to take its place next to Amazon, Apple, and Google as a technology giant.</p><br /><p>What followed would become a corporate cautionary tale about the perils of startup culture and a vivid example of how blind worship of startup founders can go wildly wrong. Isaac recounts Uber鈥檚 pitched battles with taxi unions and drivers, the company鈥檚 toxic internal culture, and the bare-knuckle tactics it devised to overcome obstacles in its quest for dominance. With billions of dollars at stake, Isaac shows how venture capitalists asserted their power and seized control of the startup as it fought its way toward its fateful IPO.</p><br /><p>Based on hundreds of interviews with current and former Uber employees, along with previously unpublished documents, <em>Super Pumped</em> is a page-turning story of ambition and deception, obscene wealth, and bad behavior that explores how blistering technological and financial innovation culminated in one of the most catastrophic twelve-month periods in American corporate history.</p>
Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Sec...
by , Al Switzler

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

September 16, 2011

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</p> <p>The first edition of <i>Crucial Conversations</i> exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. This new edition gives you the tools to:</p> <ul> <li>Prepare for high-stakes situations</li> <li>Transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue</li> <li>Make it safe to talk about almost anything</li> <li>Be persuasive, not abrasive</li> </ul>
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight

Language

English

Pages

401

Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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<b>In this instant<i> </i>and tenacious <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight 鈥渙ffers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh鈥?(<i>Booklist</i>, starred review), illuminating his company鈥檚 early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world鈥檚 most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.</b><br /><br />Bill Gates named <i>Shoe Dog</i> one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it 鈥渁n amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It鈥檚 a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.鈥?lt;br /> <br />Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike鈥檚 annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight鈥檚 Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.<br /> <br />But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In <i>Shoe Dog</i>, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers鈥攁s well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.<br /> <br />Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand鈥攁nd a culture鈥攖hat changed everything.
Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love
by Marty Cagan

Language

English

Pages

362

Publication Date

November 20, 2017

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<p>How do today鈥檚 most successful tech companies鈥擜mazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Tesla鈥攄esign, develop, and deploy the products that have earned the love of literally billions of people around the world? Perhaps surprisingly, they do it very differently than the vast majority of tech companies. In INSPIRED, technology product management thought leader Marty Cagan provides readers with a master class in how to structure and staff a vibrant and successful product organization, and how to discover and deliver technology products that your customers will love鈥攁nd that will work for your business.</p> <p>With sections on assembling the right people and skillsets, discovering the right product, embracing an effective yet lightweight process, and creating a strong product culture, readers can take the information they learn and immediately leverage it within their own organizations鈥攄ramatically improving their own product efforts.聽</p> <p>Whether you鈥檙e an early stage startup working to get to product/market fit, or a growth-stage company working to scale your product organization, or a large, long-established company trying to regain your ability to consistently deliver new value for your customers, INSPIRED will take you and your product organization to a new level of customer engagement, consistent innovation, and business success.聽</p> <p>Filled with the author鈥檚 own personal stories鈥攁nd profiles of some of today鈥檚 most-successful product managers and technology-powered product companies, including Adobe, Apple, BBC, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix鈥擨NSPIRED will show you how to turn up the dial of your own product efforts, creating technology products your customers love.聽</p> <p>The first edition of INSPIRED, published ten years ago, established itself as the primary reference for technology product managers, and can be found on the shelves of nearly every successful technology product company worldwide. This thoroughly updated second edition shares the same objective of being the most valuable resource for technology product managers, yet it is completely new鈥攕haring the latest practices and techniques of today鈥檚 most-successful tech product companies, and the men and women behind every great product.</p>
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J-B Lencioni...
by Patrick M. Lencioni

Language

English

Pages

239

Publication Date

November 17, 2011

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In <i>The Five Dysfunctions of a Team</i> Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, <i>The Five Temptations of a CEO</i> and <i>The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive</i>. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.<br /> <br /> Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.<br /> <br /> Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.
Make 'Em Beg To Work For You: 7 Steps to Find, Hire, Manage, Rewa...
by Dr. Angela E Lauria

Language

English

Pages

146

Publication Date

August 23, 2019

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<p><strong>Make 鈥楨m Beg To Work For You: Find, Hire, Manage, Reward, and Release All-star Players to Help Make your Dream a Reality</strong></p><p>If you are like most solopreneurs or small business owners, the desire to make your dreams come true at a bigger level requires a team that can understand your vision and get stuff done. Unfortunately, it can seem impossible, especially with the cultural differences between Gen Xers and Millennials, to ever get people to effectively do what you want.</p><p>This book reveals the reasons why it鈥檚 so hard to build a team and a work culture that get results. In it you will learn:</p><br /><ul><br /><li>Exactly where you can find great employees who know how to take action and get it done</li><br /><li>The magical formula to writing job descriptions that generate just a few high-quality applications from only the best candidates</li><br /><li>How to conduct an interview process to make sure you don鈥檛 ever make an expensive hiring mistake</li><br /><li>The key to saving staff members who aren鈥檛 working out and for navigating the right timing to let go of an employee who isn鈥檛 a fit</li><br /><li>The biggest mistake most employers make with compensation plans which leads to high turn over and low happiness (hint: it isn鈥檛 about paying more)</li><br /></ul><br /><br /><p>An eye-opening revelation about how long-established systems are falling apart at work, this book picks up where classics like <em>Rocket Fuel</em> and <em>Good to Great </em>no longer connect with the realities on the ground of building a team largely of millennials.</p>
Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Bo...
by Kim Scott

Language

English

Pages

323

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<p><b>Featuring a NEW PREFACE, AFTERWORD and Radically Candid PERFORMANCE REVIEW BONUS CHAPTER, the fully revised & updated edition of <i>Radical Candor</i> is packed with even more guidance to help you improve your relationships at work.</b><br /><b></b><b></b><br /><b><i>Radical Candor has been embraced around the world by leaders of every stripe at companies of all sizes. Now a cultural touchstone, the concept has come to be applied to a wide range of human relationships.</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><b></b><br /><b><i>The idea is simple</i>: </b>You don't have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor鈥攁voiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy鈥攜ou can be kind and clear at the same time.</p><p>Kim Scott was a highly successful leader at Google before decamping to Apple, where she developed and taught a management class. Since the original publication of <i>Radical Candor</i> in 2017, Scott has earned international fame with her vital approach to effective leadership and co-founded the Radical Candor executive education company, which helps companies put the book's philosophy into practice.</p><p>Radical Candor is about caring personally and challenging directly, about soliciting criticism to improve your leadership and also providing guidance that helps others grow. It focuses on praise but doesn't shy away from criticism鈥攖o help you love your work <i>and</i> the people you work with. </p><p>Radically Candid relationships with team members enable bosses to fulfill their three core responsibilities:<br /><b>1. Create a culture of Compassionate Candor</b><br /><b>2. Build a cohesive team</b><br /><b>3. Achieve results collaboratively</b></p><p>Required reading for the most successful organizations, <i>Radical Candor </i>has raised the bar for management practices worldwide.</p>
Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale
by Adam Minter

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<b>From the author of <i>Junkyard Planet</i>, a journey into the surprising afterlives of our former possessions.</b><br /><br />Downsizing. Decluttering. A parent's death. Sooner or later, all of us are faced with things we no longer need or want. But when we drop our old clothes and other items off at a local donation center, where do they go? Sometimes across the country-or even halfway across the world-to people and places who find value in what we leave behind.<br /><br />In <i>Secondhand</i>, journalist Adam Minter takes us on an unexpected adventure into the often-hidden, multibillion-dollar industry of reuse: thrift stores in the American Southwest to vintage shops in Tokyo, flea markets in Southeast Asia to used-goods enterprises in Ghana, and more. Along the way, Minter meets the fascinating people who handle-and profit from-our rising tide of discarded stuff, and asks a pressing question: In a world that craves shiny and new, is there room for it all?<br /><i><br /></i><i>Secondhand</i> offers hopeful answers and hard truths. A history of the stuff we've used and a contemplation of why we keep buying more, it also reveals the marketing practices, design failures, and racial prejudices that push used items into landfills instead of new homes. <i>Secondhand</i> shows us that it doesn't have to be this way, and what really needs to change to build a sustainable future free of excess stuff.<br /><b></b>
Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Lis...
by Donald Miller

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> best-selling author Donald Miller uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach listeners how to dramatically improve how they connect with customers and grow their businesses.</strong></p><p>Donald Miller's StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides listeners with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. Building a StoryBrand does this by teaching listeners the seven universal story points all humans respond to, the real reason customers make purchases, how to simplify a brand message so people understand it, and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media.</p><p>Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion-dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, Building a StoryBrand will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.</p><p>X</p>
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make ...
by Lawrence Levy

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

November 01, 2016

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鈥淟ovely and surprising . . . This delightful book is about finance, creative genius, workplace harmony, and luck.鈥濃€?lt;b><i>Fortune</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥滶nchanting,鈥濃€?lt;b><i>New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淚 love this book! I think it is brilliant.鈥濃€?lt;b>Ed Catmull,</b> cofounder and president of Pixar Animation, president of Disney Animation, and coauthor of the bestseller <i>Creativity Inc.</i><br /><br /><b>The revelatory saga of Pixar鈥檚 rocky start and improbable success</b><br /><br /> After Steve Jobs was dismissed from Apple in the early 1990s, he turned his attention to a little鈥慿nown graphics company he owned called Pixar.聽One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard鈥憈rained lawyer and executive to whom he had never spoken before. He hoped to persuade Levy to help him pull Pixar back from the brink of failure.聽<br /><br /> This is the extraordinary story of what happened next: how Jobs and Levy concocted and pulled off a highly improbable plan that transformed Pixar into one of Hollywood鈥檚 greatest success stories.聽Levy offers a masterful, firsthand account of how Pixar rose from humble beginnings, what it was like to work so closely with Jobs, and how Pixar鈥檚 story offers profound lessons that can apply to many aspects of our lives.聽<br /><br /> 聽鈥淧art business book and part thriller鈥攁 tale that鈥檚 every bit as compelling as the ones Pixar tells in its blockbuster movies. It鈥檚 also incredibly inspirational, a story about a team that took big risks and reaped the rewards . . . I loved this book and could not put it down.鈥濃€?lt;b>Dan Lyons</b>, best-selling author of <i>Disrupted</i><br /><br /> 鈥淎 natural storyteller, Levy offers an inside look at the business and a fresh, sympathetic view of Jobs.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擲uccess Magazine</i></b><br /><br /><b>An Amazon Best Book of 2016 in Business & Leadership</b> 鈥?<b>A top pick on <i>Fortune</i>鈥檚 Favorite Booksof 2016 鈥?A 2017 Axiom Business Book Award winner in Memoir/Biography</b>

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