Category Archives: Books

Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari

By | August 12, 2018

An easy and fascinating read of a brief history to human kind. Definitely worth a read. There are four main periods highlighted in the book: The Cognitive Revolution (c. 70,000 BC, when Sapiens evolved imagination). The Agricultural Revolution (c. 10,000 BC, the development of agriculture). The unification of humankind (the gradual consolidation of human political organisations towards one global empire). The Scientific… Read More »

Content Inc: Joe Pulizzi

By | January 18, 2017

An interesting book about creating great content to attract business. One interesting take away is to first create great content. Then figure out what to do next.                

Second Chances: Robert Kiyosaki

By | September 25, 2016

Another neat book by Robert. Neat references to New Zealand and rugby. A few grammatical errors throughout the book but as Robert said, he’s not a best writing author, he’s a best selling author. And who can disagree with that!              

Blink: Malcolm Galdwell

By | August 22, 2016

Great book recommended by a friend. It talks about the power of your first impression. How to trust your gut instinct. When something feels not right, it probably isn’t right. About the ability to “thin slice” which means to draw accurate conclusions from short snippets of information instead of doing a deep analysis. Worth a… Read More »

Quiet: Susan Cain

By | May 19, 2016

Fascinating read. The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. One of my favourite quotes in the book was: “He who knows, does not speak, He who speaks, does not know”. Highly recommended.        

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

By | May 17, 2016

A worthwhile documentary to watch. Summary from IMDB says it all: “The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and… Read More »

Deep Web: Alex Winter

By | May 6, 2016

This documentary touches on a lot of fundamental principles around the right to privacy and anonymity. It brings to life and joins some of the dots that Digital Gold talked about. Definitely worth a watch. Deep web at IMDB

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies

By | April 25, 2016

By Arvind Narayanan, Joseph Bonneau, Edward Felten, Andrew Miller, Steven Goldfeder. A wonderful free book in pdf format that explains lots of different concepts very clearly with great examples. If there were “answers” to the exercises at the end of each section it would be been even better. The best part was the way the… Read More »