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Join us each month as we discuss a popular business book. Each episode features a summary of the book's contents, key takeaway points, a discussion of its merits, and applications in the real world. Hosted by David Kopec, David Short, and Molson Hart.

Business Books & Co. David Kopec, David Short, Molson Hart

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Join us each month as we discuss a popular business book. Each episode features a summary of the book's contents, key takeaway points, a discussion of its merits, and applications in the real world. Hosted by David Kopec, David Short, and Molson Hart.

    [S1E13] Only the Paranoid Survive

    [S1E13] Only the Paranoid Survive

    13. Only the Paranoid Survive
    This month we read the 1997 book Only the Paranoid Survive by Andy Grove. Grove was the long-time storied CEO of Intel. Only the Paranoid Survive is about strategic inflection points in a business. Grove explains how to detect these events, how to respond to them, and recites some war stories. We discuss the book, some strategic inflection points in our own industries, and the computer business during Grove's tenure at Intel.

    Show Notes


    Andy Grove on Wikipedia



    Only the Paranoid Survive on Amazon



    The Right to a Nonconsensus Opinion by Molson Hart



    Products & Payments by David Short



    Kopec Explains Software by David Kopec



    Find out more at http://businessbooksandco.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    [S1E12] Zero to One

    [S1E12] Zero to One

    12. Zero to One
    We discuss the 2014 book Zero to One by Peter Thiel. In Zero to One, Thiel, a cofounder of Paypal and Palantir, as well as an early investor in Facebook, describes what conditions make for a great startup. Part history lesson, part economics lesson, and part business advice, Zero to One is a succinct book full of powerful ideas.

    Show Notes


    Zero to One via Amazon



    Peter Thiel via Wikipedia



    Find out more at http://businessbooksandco.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    [S1E11] Iacocca: An Autobiography

    [S1E11] Iacocca: An Autobiography

    11. Iacocca: An Autobiography
    Lee Iacocca was responsible for the introduction of iconic Ford products like the Mustang and Thunderbird. He rose in the ranks to become President, second only to Henry Ford II. As CEO of Chrysler during the early 1980s, he saved the company from bankruptcy and introduced the minivan. He was one of the biggest celebrity executives during the Reagan era. We discuss his autobiography, in which he recounts his life’s journey from the son of Italian immigrants to the height of the business world.

    Show Notes


    Iacocca: An Autobiography by Lee Iacocca with William Novak (via Amazon)



    Lee Iacocca (via Wikipedia)



    Find out more at http://businessbooksandco.com

    • 46 min
    [S1E10] The Ride of a Lifetime

    [S1E10] The Ride of a Lifetime

    10. The Ride of a Lifetime
    The Ride of a Lifetime is a 2019 memoir about Bob Iger’s journey at Disney. It begins by relaying Iger’s time climbing the corporate ladder, and then does a deep dive into his fifteen years as the company’s CEO, with a focus on acquisitions and mergers. We discuss Iger’s career, the key lessons he learned, and the mergers of Disney with Pixar, Marvell, Lucasfilm, and Fox.

    Show Notes


    The Ride of a Lifetime via Amazon



    Bob Iger on Twitter



    Bob Iger on Wikipedia



    Bob Iger on Bill Simmons Podcast



    Bob Iger with Oprah



    Bob Iger on Tim Ferris's Podcast



    Find out more at http://businessbooksandco.com

    • 55 min
    [S1E9] Coronavirus Special Episode

    [S1E9] Coronavirus Special Episode

    9. Coronavirus Special Episode
    In this special non-book episode, we discuss the unprecedented effects on the business community that the Coronavirus crisis is having and how our society is approaching it. Note that the three of us are not public health experts, doctors, or epidemiologists. Nothing that we discuss should be construed as medical advice. We are instead taking on this episode from the perspective of well-informed citizens. We focus more on the business, societal, and economic aspects of the crisis than the medical side. We critique the government’s response and compare it to responses from other countries and the private sector.

    The three of us want to thank the doctors, nurses, and the rest of the medical community who are on the front lines!

    Show Notes


    CDC Coronavirus Information



    Michael Osterholm on the Joe Rogan Podcast via YouTube



    Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs by Michael Osterholm and Mark Olshaker via Amazon



    Marc Lipsitch on Twitter



    Helen Branswell on Twitter



    Hector Torres on Twitter



    Find out more at http://businessbooksandco.com

    • 1 hr 19 min
    [S1E8] Founders at Work

    [S1E8] Founders at Work

    8. Founders at Work
    Founders at Work is a 2009 compilation of interviews with startup founders by Y Combinator founding partner Jessica Livingston. Interview subjects include the founders of famous brands like Apple, PayPal, and Adobe, as well as lesser known founders with equally remarkable stories. In this episode we discuss recurring themes of the interviews, founders that offered particular insight, and broad takeaways from the entire volume.

    Show Notes


    Founders at Work on Amazon



    Jessica Livington on Twitter



    David Kopec's review of Losing the Signal



    Venture Capital - Silicon Valley Ponzi Scheme - Chamath Palihapitiya via YouTube



    Find out more at http://businessbooksandco.com

    • 1 hr 8 min

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