‘Built To Last’ by Jim Collins & Jerry Porras

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Built To Last. Some excerpts: “We suggest that the continual stream of great products and services from highly visionary companies stems from them being outstanding organizations, not the other way around. Keep in mind that all products, services, and great ideas, no matter how visionary, eventually become obsolete. But…

‘The Age Of The Platform’ by Phil Simon

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Age Of The Platform. How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business. Some excerpts: Definition of a Platform: “An extremely valuable and powerful ecosystem that quickly and easily scales, morphes, and incorporates new features (called planks in this book), users, customers, vendors, and partners… Today, the most vibrant…

‘The Social Entrepreneur’ By Andrew Mawson

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Social Entrepreneur. Some favorites: “The contrast between that kind of experience of life – which, believe me, can feel frustrating and active discouraging – and someone simply saying, “sure, go ahead, when can you start and how can we help’, without forms or systems or anything else, just…

‘Shipping Greatness’ by Chris Vander Mey

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Shipping Greatness. Some favorites: “If you’ve uncovered a big problem that many users share, you’ve completed the most important step of your product definition process.” “Remember that the time to maintain your cool is when others are losing theirs!” “About 90% of the time, the root cause for your…

‘The Pirate’s Dilemma’ by Matt Mason

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Pirate’s Dilemma by Matt Mason. A few of my favorites: “Western culture got homogenized and corporatized to an extent where it was inevitable that would come to existence a stratum under the radar, where people who saw the stupidity and boredom of the mass culture started…

Phil Libin Keynote – Focus on Product & Design

Great Keynote presentation by Evernote’s CEO, Phil Libin touching on why he believes today is the best time to start a company (if you’re starting one for the right reasons). Reasons being… App stores  Open source infrastructure Freemium economics Social media He says to “focus on design and build the best product.” This wouldn’t have…

90% of the US are living in a radically different frame of reference…

Brian Roemmele wrote a great Quora post on the Accepting Payment Cards board. The payments guru and Quora all-star wrote about a new program by Walmart that allows customers to order online > pay for the order with cash or a cash equivalent in a store within 48 hours > get the order shipped to their house. To most…