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The Innovator's Dilemma
The Innovator's Dilemma
by Clayton Christensen
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book about the innovation, 17 Aug. 2011
This book exceeded my expectations, mainly for the following reasons:

1. It shows innovation from the different angle, making you realize, how innovation is actually born (it's contrary to the common stereotype of crazy geeks inventing next big thing in a basement), why big companies fail (even when answer to their problems seem obvious) and how to avoid the fate of some big companies that became victims of so called "disruptive innovation".

2. For managerial book this is surprisingly easy to read (assuming one has some general knowledge on the topic), illustrations, charts and tables are well integrated and explained in the text (which is rare from my experience. Book has very logical flow and does not leave you with the feeling that one simple message is just spread over 300 pages, repeating over and over again. The latter is contributing to the readability a lot, since it always making you want to know "what happens next".

Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck
Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck
by Chip Heath
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and useful read, 17 Aug. 2011
This book is especially nice to read if you ran out of Gladwell's books and want some more. As it states in the book, it concentrates on the stickiness factor, which is one of the main themes of Gladwell's "Tipping point".

Having "clinics" in between of chapters is pretty useful. They help you to see that the things that are written in the book can actually be used in the real situations. Also the whole framework of stickiness is well... sticky, and easy to remember. However, authors do not discover America and all the concepts there are pretty logical and straightforward, nevertheless you do not see them used a lot in everyday life, sadly.

Overall, great book and provides the great value for its genre, price and time-investment needed.

Ignore Everybody
Ignore Everybody
by Hugh MacLeod
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read, 7 July 2011
This review is from: Ignore Everybody (Hardcover)
Book did not disappoint, it was nice short read, I was done in 1 day.

The book is written in the blog post format (and it is collection of blog posts) which I personally enjoy. I have to say though "ignore everybody" was not as provocative as would have expected, but it was okay from that perspective. Cartoons where just great, I have to say.

Overall nice way to get some inspiration and pushing within just couple of hours. Not more than that though.

AKG K450 Headphones Navy (discontinued by manufacturer)
AKG K450 Headphones Navy (discontinued by manufacturer)

5.0 out of 5 stars Decent headphones, 3 July 2011
I just loved the packaging of the product, it gives you feeling of quality and sets expectations high. I am also pretty happy with the sound quality, it's perfect for iPhone+Spotify level of music quality. Headphones seal sound well so that you don't get to hear outside noises, likewise whole bus does not get to listen to whatever you listen (which is also great).

Cable looks a little bit fragile, but from my experience no cable lives long if you keep iPhone (or whatever listening device you may have) in you pocket while walking. Good news it that cable is replaceable and you can buy one for around 4 euros online, which is not big price to pay.

What Would Google Do?
What Would Google Do?
by Jeff Jarvis
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better..., 3 July 2011
This review is from: What Would Google Do? (Hardcover)
Maybe it is because I have read a number of books with similar ideas already, but I have not found this book groundbreaking (it was recommended to me as one). Though, I believe for somebody who wants to get acquainted with "open" business models it should be interesting.

While Jarvis manages to put his ideas in nice structured manner the book is way too visionary and has less business in it for my taste. I would also appreciate the book to be more concise, you get the ideas by the middle of the book and then it is just lengthy examples of application (real and visionary/imaginary) of the model to different businesses.

It's definitely worth reading, do not expect miracles though, there are more inspiring books on this.

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