What MeetMe is reading this month…

featured:

Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers

by Gabriel Weinberg and Justine Mares

“Real actionable advice on how to get the one thing every product needs: traction.  It’s filled with lots of good information, succinctly put by people who have done it.  It presents you with repeatable examples and real world advice.  It’s by Gabriel Weinberg and Justine Mares, both people who are in the startup game.  Gabriel Weinberg is actually a the guy behind the search engine DuckDuckGo.”

Jason Lotito

bookCreateAMindHow To Create A Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

by Ray Kurzweil (Audible)

“This book provides interesting insight into the current theories as to how the brain works, and does a fairly good job of describing the current state and methods of AI.  It does this without resorting to overly complex technical jargon or needing to dive into technical algorithms.  If you’re looking for a more algorithmic description of AI, you’d be better off looking for neural network implementations across the internet.  But if you’re looking for a history, and description, delivered in a more approachable prose, then this may be what you’re looking for.  In some of the more in-depth sections, it was easy to lose focus on the audiobook, but despite that, it’s still a worthwhile read.”

bookSuperMarioSuper Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America

by Jeff Ryan (Audible)

“In this book, Jeff Ryan details Nintendo’s story from its origins as a trading card company, through its mega-successes in the early arcades and with NES, through more current times.  At times it seemed like some of the information might not be 100% accurate.  There was a time or two where it seemed to contradict itself, or where I found conflicting information on Wikipedia.  However, the book offers much in the way of nostalgia for anyone growing up with the early Nintendo systems.”

Matt Kemmerer

 

bookAmazon

 The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

by Brad Stone (Audible)

“The story of Bezos and Amazon’s rise was way more captivating than I’d imagined, but I suspect that was due to my personal interests. I didn’t even realize how many digital book questions I had stored in the back of my mind until they were answered here, like, what was the deal with e-books price fixing, how did they manage a free data connection on the Kindle, whatever happened to the e-books formats I used on my old Palm Pilot, why did the built-in Kindle dictionary disappear for a while. And from a broader perspective, understanding Bezos really help connect Amazons strange dots between Amazons seemingly disparate ventures, and explains their constant attempts to break ground, like with the Fire Phone, set-top boxes, and AWS. Brad Stone has a long, if intermittent, history with Bezos, allowing him to turn an already brilliantly written biography into an emotionally engaging story with a detailed arc. The author even dares to encroach on his subject’s personal life by tracking down Bezos’ long-estranged father and revealing his son’s identity for the first time. But that doesn’t keep Stone from pulling any punches; he is as likely to dig up skeletons from Amazons closet as he is homilies, particularly where business practices are concerned. There are scores of entertaining anecdotes from current and former employees, all tied together with recent historical context and broadly-painted corporate politicking. Amazon’s corporate culture and business tactics sound, to me, repulsive, but its vision, persistence, consistency, and patience are enthralling.”

Brian Herbert


 

bonus:

bookHaltHalt and Catch Fire

” A show on AMC that is pretty darn good. Brief synopsis:  A small company enters the home PC race and takes on IBM in the process.  I turned [coworker] Joe Hansche on to this show.”

Justin Bruno

 

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