Personal Finance Kick

My sole purpose with this post is to provide transparency into how I’ve saved money. My goal is to help my peers realize why and how they should start saving ASAP. At a minimum, read some of the material I recommend. This is not a ‘how-to’ guide. This should serve as an example and a motivator….

‘Data Mining for the Masses’ by Matthew North

This instructional book with use cases for data mining and predictive modeling using RapidMiner is fantastic for beginners. Buy it: http://amzn.to/18UHq3H Check out my notes: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s106/sh/4818b719-2ff7-4916-91e0-a22507964856/700e9b8fd52a14ebe8e143da5b51780f

Top 10 Reasons for Weak Product

From SVPG Lack of product vision.  Probably the single biggest source of weak product is that so many teams are just feature chasing.  They have no real vision for their product, they are not thinking strategically.  “Think in leaps; iterate in steps.”  See http://www.svpg.com/product-strategy-in-an-agile-world/ Stakeholder-driven roadmap.  Another very common source of weak product is the stakeholder-driven…

‘Lean Analytics’ by Croll & Yoskovitz

This is one of the most important product management books I’ve read to date. Absolutely fantastic. Like most of the Lean Series, lessons can be applied to organizations of any size. Feel free to check out my highlights in Evernote after reading Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster. Some excerpts: “The core idea…

‘Built To Last’ by Jim Collins & Jerry Porras

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Built To Last. Some excerpts: “We suggest that the continual stream of great products and services from highly visionary companies stems from them being outstanding organizations, not the other way around. Keep in mind that all products, services, and great ideas, no matter how visionary, eventually become obsolete. But…

‘The Age Of The Platform’ by Phil Simon

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Age Of The Platform. How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business. Some excerpts: Definition of a Platform: “An extremely valuable and powerful ecosystem that quickly and easily scales, morphes, and incorporates new features (called planks in this book), users, customers, vendors, and partners… Today, the most vibrant…

betaworks 2012 Shareholder Letter from CEO John Borthwick

I came across a tweet the other day linking to the betaworks 2012 shareholder letter from their CEO, John Borthwick. I had never heard of betaworks (who calls themselves a “company that builds companies”) and didn’t know that I was about to spend 30 minutes reading a never ending, but incredibly articulate and exciting reflection…