It would be worthwhile research topic to map the development of ship building to the principles of disruptive innovation as laid out by Clayton Christensen.
Filled with highly interesting statistics about the evolution of public perception on ethical issues.
Entertaining and polemic book, although many of the author’s points hardly need to be argued.
Well chosen examples (prisons, refugee camps, declining cities, etc.) illustrate why economics is a social science
Conveys lively how science was considered an undertaking for daring adventurers.
Funny enough, the polemic narrative applies all the trick of typical innovation literature to promote a maintenance mindset.
The book is exactly what it tries to avoid: being just another entertaining founder story (in this case about Square).
The book’s set-up with multiple scenarios for the future works surprisingly well and is especiall concerning for European readers: Europe is almost completely irrelevant in all of Webb’s scenarios.
The best quote is not from the author: “Quality is the best business plan” (John Lasseter, director of Toy Story).
The fascinating history of Bell labs illustrates how a long-term view is essential for technological progress.
Elegant book full of fascinating examples of design thinking.
The authors see AI as just a new option for the division of labor which, although it can have rather dramatic consequences, does not support apocalyptic GAI fearmongering.
Giridharas key argument is that elites only support change to the point where their privilege is not endangered.
When a a big tech investor like McNamee argues for stricter regulation it makes the argument more convincing.
Great effort to democratize AI and peel off some layers of mistique that harm public debate (althought the case against technochauvinism seems at times a bit too shallow).
The history of disc drives and mechanical excavators showcases how difficult it is for incumbents to come out on top when technological innovation hits your market.
Remember: there are many ways in which platforms can fail!
Densely written ‘how-to guide’ for executives who want to build a sustainable growth company.
Despite the unavoidable buzzwords that come with the genre, Lean and Agile are actually sane and useful management principles.
Isaacson’s narrative falacy (‘Leonardo never finishing what he starts’) is at odds with the public recognition he received in his own day and age.