11 episodes

Those that work in Silicon Valley know that there are some books that everyone is all but required to read: The Lean Startup, The Innovators Dilemma & The 4-hour Work Week are a few. The books change with the seasons, yet somehow CEOs chug through 60 books a year, while you're just trying to get your product shipped on time. That's where we come in! Chuck and Gunnar work in the tech world but in different areas (Engineering vs Product). We read each book & bring our own views/background to the conversation. Joining us each episode is a subject matter expert on each topic we cover.

Books We Pretend To Read Gunnar Berger & Chuck Hirstius

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Those that work in Silicon Valley know that there are some books that everyone is all but required to read: The Lean Startup, The Innovators Dilemma & The 4-hour Work Week are a few. The books change with the seasons, yet somehow CEOs chug through 60 books a year, while you're just trying to get your product shipped on time. That's where we come in! Chuck and Gunnar work in the tech world but in different areas (Engineering vs Product). We read each book & bring our own views/background to the conversation. Joining us each episode is a subject matter expert on each topic we cover.

    Company of One (with guest Dane Young)

    Company of One (with guest Dane Young)

    In the final episode of 2019. We find a recording of a podcast we recorded back in July. On this episode is Dane Young, Founder/CEO of YoungTech, a "company of one" who recommended the book "Company of One". 

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Books We Pretend To Read Update

    Books We Pretend To Read Update

    Not a normal episode, just an update for our listeners. We are still alive, lots of things going on in our lives right now, which we share in this episode.

    • 21 min
    Monetizing Innovation (with Brett Waldman)

    Monetizing Innovation (with Brett Waldman)

    Have you ever wondered why soda at a movie theatre is $6 for a small and $7 for a large. Both are insane prices to pay for a coke, but marketers use the comparison to make us feel that $7 is a good deal. Tiny tricks like this are all around us and explored in Monetizing Innovation by Madhavan Ramanujam & Georg Tacke. This book looks at the tips and tricks of how we can innovate simply by changing the way we present features in our products and adjusting pricing to match a customers willingness to pay. It's a fascinating world and an eye opening read. Joining us this episode is guest co-host Jim Flannery and Director of Pricing and Packaging at Citrix, Brett Waldman. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

    The anti-self-help book that's sold over 6 million copies and holds the world record for most F-bombs in a single book (okay not sure if that last part is true). The Subtle Art of Not Giving a is a book that covers how we should live our lives verses how many of us including our hosts actually do. Measuring success by the things that matter, saying no to the things that don't, living with suffering, and taking responsibility for everything. So many concepts in this book are counter to the culture we all live in, its a breath of fresh air for two hosts that give way to many fu*ks. Enjoy.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    PART2: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (with guest Kevin Goodman)

    PART2: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (with guest Kevin Goodman)

    In episode 7 of Books We Pretend to Read Podcast our hosts continue our conversation with industry veteran: Kevin Goodman. Kevin is a founder of multiple companies that went on to be acquired. RTO Software, acquired by VMware, and most recently FSLogix acquired by Microsoft. In this episode, we conclude our discussion on "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" by Ben Horowitz which is a book written by a CEO written to CEOs. We figured a book this good deserves a second podcast. Hope you enjoy. 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    PART1: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (with guest Kevin Goodman)

    PART1: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (with guest Kevin Goodman)

    In episode 6 of Books We Pretend to Read Podcast our hosts bring in industry veteran: Kevin Goodman. Kevin is a founder of multiple companies that went on to be acquired. RTO Software, acquired by VMware, and most recently FXLogix acquired by Microsoft. In this episode, we discuss "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" by Ben Horowitz which is a book written by a CEO written to CEOs. As much as Chuck and Gunnar like to chat about startups, it's hard to talk about a CEOs perspective without actually being a CEO, which is where Kevin brings in his expertise. Join us as we deep dive into one of the most popular books in the valley and learn that sometimes there are no easy answers, just hard work. 

    • 1 hr 4 min

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