Hedge, A Greater Safety Net for the Entrepreneurial Age by Nicolas Colin: what if our society models and approach to innovation and entrepreneurship were outdated? While at some point being a Tech entrepreneur was a trendy thing, nowadays our relationship to tech and innovative companies has shifted. Complexity, perplexity, the words aren’t difficult to find. The question is, how do we move forward? This book is interesting, well written and very well research. And you should read it if you are wondering how entrepreneurship is about to turn. Just saying!Read More
EarthMasters, Clive Hamilton’s scary book on Geoengineering
Climate change is a big topic these days, but what do we really know about the topic? Earth Masters, The Dawn of the Age of Climate Change is one of those books which contribute to the debate by explaining some of the side aspects very few people talk about.
In short? The topic here isn’t climate change per se, but rather the idea that geoengineering – or the ability to use technology to treat the symptoms – is seen as a potential solution. Except that the author is very skeptic about the idea and provides an analysis of the situation.
This book is interesting, well written and enlightening, especially if you are curious about the topic without knowing much about it. Want to find out more? Keep reading!Read More
Simon Sinek on why you should Start With Why.
This month, I’ve decided to make you think smart with a book on entrepreneurship and, more generally, innovation. This book is Start With Why, by Simon Sinek. A bestselling piece which you probably heard about many times. But have you read it? The book elaborates on what should be the core of a strategy. Whether you try to sell a book, a product, a service, or a dream, the WHY is the basis, the roots, the engine. Sinek explains this theory and provides some interesting and easily actionable takes. Does that pick your curiosity? Well, that page was written for you. Just keep reading!Read More
You should read Radicals, Outsiders Changing the World by Jamie Bartlett.
Outsiders Changing the World by Jamie Bartlett: what if a little bit of radical thinking made you think smarter? Considering radicals as originals and marginals is easy, we all do it. But what if their way of thinking actually had an impact? What if their methods had things in common? Things we can learn from to understand whether, perhaps, their actions go somewhere? Radicals is an easy-to-read book which documents how extreme ideas and ways of action proliferate. There’s a lot of food for thought in there, and my take is that you won’t think about radicalism again… Just saying!Read More
Yep! Yuval Noah Harari says humanity is doomed! (My Homo Deus review).
I thought writing a quick Homo Deus Review would make sense considering that I recently published my thoughts on Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari’s previous book. The good news is, like the previous one, this book is a page-turner. It reads like a story, but it gives you a lot of food for thought about mankind. The question is not to figure out where we come from, it is to guesstimate where we are going, technology helping (or not). If you are interested in tech & innovation discussions, this book is among the ones you need to read, that’s for sure.Read More
My Zero to One summary: Smart takes on building Startups by Peter Thiel
The bottom line of my Zero to One Summary? Easy. This book is one of the reference books out there for those interested in business development. Or perhaps should I say startup development, as a matter of fact. Peter Thiel (who is one of the Paypal founders) elaborates on how startups work and on the kind of mindset you need to become a successful startup founder. Thiel has a tone and goes straight to the point, which makes him challenge some of the ideas you tend to see all the time in the mainstream way of thinking. In short? A challenging book, totally worth your time if you need to boost your leadership skills.Read More
What makes Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy for Joseph Schumpeter
Wondering why there is so much fuss about capitalism at the moment? Time to get back to the basics. Don’t take risks, though. Go for a big name. Today, my economics and society book suggestion is ‘Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy’ by Joseph Schumpeter. First, Schumpeter is one of those names everyone’s heard of (without being able to say a thing about the guy). So, time to dig in and think smart. Second, ‘Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy’ is a challenging book which contains key ideas you should know about. Does creative destruction ring a bell? You have no excuse… Read my book review!Read More
Creativity lessons from Pixar: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
Looking for insights and tips on business and creativity development? Here is a book suggestion: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull (with Amy Wallace). Creativity, Inc. uses the story of Pixar as a practical case study. The book is very practical, in other words, and it explains to what extent creativity can become part of a company’s DNA. Creativity, Inc. is a little technical at times, but it is nonetheless an interesting and challenging read totally worth your time if the topic is of interest to you for one reason or another. Want to find out more? Read my book review of Creativity, Inc. now!Read More
Is there a Blockchain Revolution? Don & Alex Tapscott say there is one!
I’m sure you’ve heard of the blockchain. But can you tell what the thing is about? Probably not, and that’s normal. So, here is a book suggestion: Blockchain Revolution by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott. The thing is, you can’t really afford to miss that book. The Blockchain is one of those trendy topics at the moment. People say it’ll be a revolution, that our lives are going to change… Still, only a few actually know about it. So, is there a Blockchain Revolution out there? Don & Alex Tapscott think so and they do a great job explaining why. Curious? Read my book review!Read More
Here’s what Alec Ross thinks The Industries of The Future could be.
What could the industries of the future be like? Is the world as we know it over? Is technology about to change everything? If you are interested in these questions, ‘The Industries of the Future’ by Alec Ross is a must-read book. Really! Let’s face it, people keep talking about technologies. Robots are replacing humans, the blockchain this, cyber-security that… Don’t just let people let you what to think! Read smart, think smarter, and make up your own mind! The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross is a fascinating and eye-opening book. Read my book review and find out why!Read More
How to innovate: Guy Kawasaki’s Rules for Revolutionaries
Here is another interesting book on creativity and business leadership. If you are in business, chances are that you keep asking yourself how to beat the competition, right? Well, as usual, here is a book suggestion: Rules for Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki. So what’s special about that book? In Rules for Revolutionaries, Kawasaki gives you the basics of product-building. Because there are basic rules! Where do you get your ideas? when do you launch a product? How do you test your ideas? How do you keep improving?Kawasaki’s Rules for Revolutionaries are precisely about that. Read my book review and see for yourself! Think SMART!Read More
Leadership & Creativity: Here’s how Adam Grant’s Originals Move the World
There are tons of books out there on leadership and creativity, but Originals by Adam Grant is definitely in top position on my book suggestions list. In ‘Originals, How Non-Conformists Move the World’, Grant provides tons of food for thought on how to be better at creativity and leadership… differently. Are you interested in finding ways to think smart and outside the box? Are you thinking about changing the rules? Trying to write your own rules, maybe? Well, This book is a book you must read, it’s as simple as that. Read smart, check my book review of Originals to find out more!Read More
When William Mougayar explains the business blockchain
The Blockchain is a big thing nowadays, but what is all the fuss about? What is the blockchain? How is it working? What will be the impact on business? ‘The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology’ by William Mougayar explains just that. The book clarifies what the technology means but in contrast with other books such as Blockchain Revolution (also reviewed on I’ll Make You Think Smart), it is a rather technical read. Mougayar’s Business Blockchain book goes into the details! A clear book suggestion if you want to understand what the blockchain is about. Read my book review!Read More
Technology: Klaus Schwab sees the fourth industrial revolution. Do you?
Technology is a very trendy topic these days, but again most people just have no clue and just go for chit-chat. Now, The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab (World Economic Forum Founder ) will give you very serious food for thought on the topic. Long stuff short, Schwab sees a real fourth industrial revolution out there, and he explains what is about to happen. The tone is not alarmist, it is forward thinking and constructive because Schwab is a thought-leader who wants to educate. Nice, right? If you want to read smart and think smart, that book has to be on your must-read list!Read More
Tech: When Martin Ford warns against the rise of the robots
Technology book suggestion: ‘The Rise of the Robots’ by Martin Ford | I like reading books on technology, especially when they explain what technology is about to change for us. In contrast with more positive books (think Schwab or Ross here), The Rise of the Robots explores the robotization and automation trends. There, Martin ford warns against what comes along with today and tomorrow’s innovation and technological progress. And the picture he draws is quite scary. Technology is a big thing, don’t let people tell you what you think! Think smart, read smart! Find out more about the book in my book review!Read More
Economics: Arnold Kling explains Specialization and Trade
Trade is one sensitive topic today, between strategical and polemical. So, what is global trade about? How do things work out there? What are the basic principles? In his book ‘Specialization and Trade’, Arnold Kling gives us the basics. Kling starts from the theories of Adam Smith and explains what matters. ‘Specialization and Trade’ is a little complex but it is a very insightful book. Very relevant to those interested in learning more about economic theories and the way they do – or do not – apply in today’s world. Read smart, think smart! Read my book review of Arnold Kling’s ‘Specialization and Trade’!Read More