Books you can’t put down by great Entrepreneurs

Steve Jobs

Steve jobs

Steve Jobs is the biography of co-founder of Apple and Pixar. Steve Jobs was a man with an intense passion for creating revolutionary products. The iPhone, iPad, iPod and other products were all first-in-the-market items and are still used today on a daily basis. His personality constantly changed to focus on what he needed in that moment. With his vision he and actions he became one of the most influential CEO of all times.He was a hippie who created Apple. A trillion dollar business that sells shiny consumer products with incredible profit margins

Not only was he a genius to some, but he was also a jerk to others.

He was a hippie who also created Apple. A trillion dollar business that sells shiny consumer products with incredible profit margins

He dropped out of college, but then he revolutionized our phones, music industry, computer industry and the movie industry.

The most exciting part of this Steve Jobs biography is that we have a good look at his way of working and seeing things. We also learn about his thoughts and decision-making skills.A key part of Steve Jobs’s early life was his deep interest in Zen Buddhism, Indian mysticism, and LSD. It’s possible these interests may have helped him develop a knack for saying “No” to convention and taking creative risks. These qualities helped him create businesses that changed the world.

Alibaba: The house that Jack Ma built

The house that Jack ma built

In 1999, a group of 18 people founded a company that would later go on to revolutionize the internet at a small apartment in Hangzhou, China. These individuals were not born with a silver spoon in their mouths. They come from very diverse backgrounds, but are united by the same goal, and have a charismatic leader to guide them.

Their website, Alibaba, has become one of the world’s largest ecommerce sites as it is now has over 2400 subsidiaries and partners across the globe.

Used by hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers, it has fundamentally altered the way they shop. In his book, Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, former Morgan Stanley employee Duncan Clark explores the origins of this e-commerce giant.

Alibaba has had a lot of success under the leadership of their founder and chairman, Jack Ma.

Jack was born in China during the middle of the Cultural Revolution. He had to work hard at a young age and it shaped him as a person. Interested in English, Jack would ride his bike to the city every day and chat with foreigner tourists about English. This skill continues to pay off for him because it allows him to network and speak with businessmen.

When Jack was a student, he failed his exam twice before finally succeeding. This transformation helped him overcome the challenges he faced and continued to strengthen him mentally.

Clark’s profile about Jack Ma was insightful and gave an in-depth view of his character and personality.

How to think like Bill Gates?

How to think like Bill Gates

Bill Gates is many things to many people. To some he is an IT genius whose software has powered global business for over three decades. To others, he is the geek who conquered the world. His detractors see instead an icon of capitalist excess – a man who became the richest individual in the world before he was forty. Then, in the past few years and perhaps against expectations, Gates has been held up as the ultimate ‘do-gooder’, helping to redefine philanthropy for the modern age.

His is an extraordinary CV that reveals a man of great complexity. Born into a comfortable middle-class American family, it was soon evident that he was something of a prodigy when it came to computers. The first decades of his life were engaged in the insular business of writing code and developing his business empire. By the 1980s he had turned his company, Microsoft, into one of the most successful firms on the planet. He was one of the two great behemoths of the technological age, but “where his great rival (and sometimes friend), Steve Jobs, brought an air of bohemian rebellion to the computer business, the bespectacled Gates came to be a figurehead of the staid but booming corporate America.

As a businessman, he garnered a reputation for ruthlessness. He not only knew how to develop a product for market, but he was great at selling it there, too. Indeed, some have accused him of being overly concerned with getting one over on his business rivals, accusations that led to years of litigation over the legitimacy of a few of Microsoft’s business practices. Such has been the dominance of Gates-originated software driving the world’s PCs that other developers have understandably felt there has been little room left for them. Gates in turn argued that Microsoft merely reaped the rewards for being great innovators.
Having started his business out of his bedroom, Gates found himself transformed from the plucky little guy that people liked to back to the head of a global empire that many had come to loathe. Once your personal wealth dwarfs the GDP of most of the world’s countries, it is difficult to cast yourself as a ‘man of the people’. Although “hugely intelligent and articulate, Gates also lacks that natural charisma that won Jobs pop star-like popularity even as the billions rolled into his bank account.
By the mid-1990s, though, it was evident that Gates was changing. The nerdy techie guy who spent days and nights at a time refining computer software was entering middle age. He married and had kids and, crucially, turned away from his monitor to look out at the world. 

Elon musk: The unauthorized autobiography

The Internet is like the world acquiring a nervous system. Before the Internet, and particularly before the telegraph, telephone, and advanced telecommunications, communication was incredibly slow. It would have to go from one person literally to another. Maybe at best that person could carry a note from another person, but it’s still literally person to person. Unless one person bumps into another person they are pretty much not going to communicate. You had to like basically physically connect with somebody to communicate, like a letter, like you would send letters… on paper. 

People were sort of like isolated cells if you will, they would communicate information almost by osmosis relative to how the Internet works. With the Internet suddenly all the worlds information, all of humanity’s knowledge is instantly available to any person. That is just like one cell in your body having access to all the information about the rest of your body. In the same way that when we just had multicellular creatures without nervous systems, they would just communicate via osmosis. Imagine a simple multi-cellular creature that would communicate via quite slow chemical signals, there was really no way that one cell had access to the collective consciousness. Now if you have a nervous system any part of the human collective can know about any other part instantly. I think it has literally gone from a situation where people would communicate almost like via osmosis, to any part of humanity knows what every other part of humanity is immediately, it’s pretty incredible.