The Only Investment Guide you’ll ever need – Andrew Tobias

The Only Investment Guide you ‘ll ever need by Andrew Tobias  is easily one of the best books I have ever read. Most of the investment/finance books are complex and hard to understand. I started reading one earlier and could not complete it (stayed away from finance books for a while). However this Investment guide is very simple and easy to understand. Reading this was like watching a fast paced movie and could not take my hands off it.

Andrew Tobias

Andrew Tobias

I have heard about a lot of things Andrew mentions in his book in the past. However never took it seriously. The simple way Andrew has presented it made me understand things better and forced me to take a look at my life-style and investments. read more

Hit Refresh – MIcrosoft CEO Satya Nadella Says Empathy Key To Innovation

I prefer to read books on Kindle. However this time, a colleague of mine, Selvan D, who runs our content team @ DCKAP gifted me a hard copy of Hit Refresh. I grabbed it, and it is a different kind of book coming from the  CEO who is a few years into his job! I am sure writing this book also gave many insights on how to take Microsoft forward for Satya. Here are some of his observations/notes I found interesting/useful.

Many folks from India come to pursue their Master’s in the US right out of college when they are 21/22 years old. In 4 years they get married, Satya was no exception where he marries his wife, Anu. read more

Sales Job Automation – It is already here

A 2016 article by Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum mentions that the fourth industrial revolution is already building on the third. 

Another article ‘The Future of Jobs‘ published by World Economic Forum mentions how ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which includes developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, will cause widespread disruption not only to business models but also to labor markets over the next five years.’  read more

The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz – A Must Read

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz is a great read. Ben Horowitz is the co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs offers essential advice on building and running a startup. The ’Hard Thing About Hard Things’ is not an autobiography and as the title suggests, hard things are hard. Ben talks about persistence and trusting your gut instincts.

He offers insights into hiring his ace salesman Marc Cranney when the board thought he was not the right choice. This paid great dividends. Successful sales is a result of everyone’s work. CEOs should spend a lot of time on hiring and ensure the hiring process set forth by the company constantly brings in the best people. Great CEO’s constantly assessed if they continue to bring in the best people and team on board. read more