Business (52)

  • The Outsiders

    By: William N Thorndike   

    Pages: 272

    Business

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 10th Apr'2019

    Brief review: The book is about 8 unconventional CEOs who transformed their companies and created extraordinary wealth for shareholders. Mostly unheard (except Warren Buffet), these CEOs were great at capital allocation, shunned media attention and extremely conservative while acquiring other companies. They lead companies like General Cinema, Ralston Purina, The Washington Post Company, Berkshire Hathaway, General Dynamics, Capital Cities Broadcasting, TCI, and Teledyne. While the book is filled with ratios and numbers which made it a little boring at times, I got some great ideas reading it. A well researched book. If you are a business owner or wanting to start your own company in the near future, you should read this one.

  • Bad Blood

    By: John Carreyrou   

    Pages: 320

    Business, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 30th Mar'19

    Brief review: It is one of the most thrilling fictional stories you would ever read, the only caveat being; it's not fictional. It's a story of boom to bust. It's about a 19 year old Stanford dropout girl, Elizabeth Holmes who founded a blood testing startup company called Theranos in the year 2003. Theranos claimed to do hundreds of blood tests from a tiny drop of blood. At it's pick, the valuation of the company reached a mind boggling figure of $9 billion. However, the company went out of business shortly after as it was all built on false premises and revolved around the charm and charisma of Elizabeth. The investors included prominent names like Rupert Murdoch and others. Elizabeth and Theranos got worldwide attention from start to finish. The author did a commendable job by putting it all in a fascinating story which I found unputdownable. A must read.

  • The Fresh Brew

    By: Amit Haralalka & Amitabh Thakur   

    Pages: 294

    Business, Inspiration

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 23rd Jun'18

    Brief review: The book is a collection of stories of twenty five IIM Lucknow Alumni who became successful entrepreneurs by following their passion. Almost everyone faced challenges but negotiated them well to make a mark in their respective fields. If you looking to get some inspiration or want that last hit on the nail to pursue your dream of becoming an entrepreneur, you can lay your hands on this book. 

  • Mavericks at Work

    By: William C. Taylor & Polly LaBarre   

    Pages: 304

    Business, Inspiration

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 13th June'18

    Brief review: The world is changing rapidly and non-stop innovation is happening. Still, there are few companies and people who are make headlines. They are called Mavericks at work. The book identifies such companies and their leaders. You will find examples of how companies like Google, Southwest Airlines changed the rules of the game. You will come across bold strategies of little known leaders which made them icons of the business world. The book is a collection of several such stories which will keep you excited to read the next page. 

  • Anything You Want

    By: Derek Sivers   

    Pages: 92

    Business, Inspiration, Sales

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 6th Apr'18

    Brief review: I am a fan of Derek Sivers. His thoughts and blogs are inspirational. Being a budding musician he could not find a  distribution company for his album. That led to him creating one of the largest online music stores in the world for independent artists named CDBABY. Around 2008, he sold his company for $22 million and donated the proceeds to charity. In this book, Derek tells his story as it happened. It's refreshing, inspirational and motivational. A no nonsense book with absolute clarity on secret of happiness and how you can also create something big. A must read.

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