Must-reads from the 1st year at BetaGlyph
Time flies! It has been 1 year since we have started BetaGlyph and we couldn't be happier about the results. During this year, we had the chance to review more than 40 books, have friends and colleagues taking a stab at the writing world with 8 guest reviews, published our popular monthly newsletter, and fed our inner curiosity with great stories and inspiring people.
Here is the list of the 8 top books from our first BetaGlyph year:
1. The Hard Things about Hard Things
In a book for the aspirational CEO, Ben Horowitz recollects the fascinating story of his journey from startup founder to venture capitalist. Practical and filled with examples from Ben's life and the tech world, this is far from your typical management book.
So take one afternoon of your life, make yourself comfortable, and enter the world of the tech CEO.
The memoir of Ricardo Semler as the CEO of Semco, a Brazilian industrial machinery supplier. The most fascinating thing about Maverick is Semler's vision that he (the boss) should share his power and earnings at the company, because that is the best way to retain a motivated and engaged group of collaborators at all levels, and ensure the sustainability of the business.
Maverick is definitely a must-read for all those who want to improve their workplace relations.
3. How to Win Friends & Influence People
The 1930's classic which has inspired multiple generations is one of the best-selling business books of all time. Advice and examples on how we can improve our social competences with empathy, compassion and emotional intelligence.
If you aspire to be a leader at work, in your family or serve as an inspiration for others, this is one of the books that you can't miss.
4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Another one of the most influential books of the 20th century, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People goes beyond the common self-development book. In a concise way, Stephen Covey introduces the mental models which we should build into habits.
Whatever you do, everyone should read this book.
5. The Score Takes Care of Itself
The story of Bill Walsh as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers American football team. The book is filled with great leadership lessons, but it is the way Bill Walsh addresses the personal cost of leadership and failure that gives it the human touch that most leadership books lack.
A combination of a great story with valuable leadership lessons.
6. Exponential Organizations
In an effort to depict how companies like Uber, AirBnb and Snpachat have grown incredibly fast, the books condensed the author's years of research and contact with startups and emerging technologies.
Exponential Organizations is the flagship book to anyone interested in understanding the mechanics that are driving the growth of many of the most powerful companies of our age.
7. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
Nobel prize winner, Richard Feynman was one of the most brilliant and curious men of our generation.
Selected by Google's co-founder Sergey Brin as one of the 2 books which inspired him the most, this book depicts the life of Mr. Feynman, filled with untraditional and amusing stories.
If you thought that all physicists lead a boring life, this book will prove you wrong.
8. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
The stock market, high-frequency trading and a quest to create a fair stock exchange are the themes of Flash Boys. A fascinating book written by an even better storyteller, Flash Boys will appeal both to the fans of fiction and non-fiction alike.
Be surprised you find out about the inner workings of the most lucrative industry in the world, and how a group of courageous minds worked to bring fairness to a game which is rigged.
And here they are, a compilation of our favourite books of the last 12 months at BetaGlyph!
Thank you for following our work. Our biggest motivation are our readers and that's why we'll continuing sharing our reviews and bringing more curiosity to the world.
As for the future, we're excited and curious to see what this list looks like a year from now!