By: Ricardo Semlar
My recommendation: 9 / 10
Date read: 8th April'2020
Brief review: Ricardo Semler is a Brazilian businessman who transformed his company, Semco Partners, by growing over 40 times over a few decades while enjoying a lot of free time himself and creating a working architecture that gives a lot of freedom and flexibility to employees. His ideas are radical; like, allowing employees to fix their own salaries, anybody can sit anywhere, new hiring is interviewed by a group of existing employees who may not hold senior management positions, etc. The first impression of a reader would be - oh! this won't work at my company. Yet, it offers meaningful insight into human behavior and how we can enjoy our personal life while achieving great results for the company as a whole. A very interesting read.
By: William N Thorndike
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.
By: John Carreyrou
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.
By: Amit Haralalka & Amitabh Thakur
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.
By: William C. Taylor & Polly LaBarre
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.