Best systems & planning books according to redditors

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u/SwineFluPandemic · 27 pointsr/NatureIsFuckingLit

There's a book on this called "Scale" written by a theoretical physicist that explains why phenomenon like arteries and capillaries are all governed by physical constraints and shows you all the different ways those constraints manifest. If you liked this comment you should probably check it out. The high seas might be able to help.

u/remembertosmilebot · 15 pointsr/kurzgesagt

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u/GLIDRPilotJim · 11 pointsr/Entrepreneur

you don't need a business school to experience the core of this class ...

Here's a link to Steve Blank's HBR article on The Lean Startup. Also a series of free lectures that Steve Blank put up on  Udacity, called "How to Build a Startup" a course that over 500,000 people have viewed.    These lectures are supported by a book that Steve Blank wrote with Bob Dorf called The Startup Owners Manual, as well as a best selling business book by Alexander Osterwalder called  Business Model Generation. You may also want to see Alexander's other book, Value Proposition Design for more input/insight.

u/Iamaleafinthewind · 10 pointsr/startups

Came here to say basically this.

OP - you need to think about this from the customer end of things - how many people go out looking for "a creative mind"? No one I know of, unless they have a follow-on, "for ___". You need to make it clear what you provide and who your target market or markets are.

Sachbl makes a great point about kid-focussed services, so let's start with that.

You decide (in our example) to target the market defined as 'parents with 1 or more children under 7-8yrs of age' to sell a service that could be described as 'decorating/painting children's room and furniture'.

With that starting point you now know you need to make your service visible to that market. So, where do they go, what do they do, who do they communicate with or work with in their day to day lives?

A few answers might be day-care, pediatricians, and other service providers who target the same market. Perhaps even stores that sell second-hand kid supplies (more on that in a second).

Now, knowing that, how do you get information about your service into those areas? Are there day-care providers in your area that would be willing to make flyers available to parents, on a bulletin board, flyer rack in their lobbies or something like that? Same question with pediatricians offices.

If yes, put a flyer together - as professionally done as you can, make it clean, spell-checked, proofed by a friend, and go by businesses willing to let you advertise like that. Bring a portfolio in case they are interested in seeing your work - don't be pushy and do be mindful that they are doing you a huge favor by letting you advertise there. You are at their place of business and they may not have time or interest, but if they are interested, a good impression could lead to verbal referrals.

Now, back to businesses selling secondhand / hand-me-down / twice-loved goods for kids, these are an opportunity for B2B (business to business) rather than B2C (business to customer/consumer) work. How many of them get furniture in that they would be willing to pay to get reconditioned/refurbished? How much could you charge them while still leaving them an ability to make a profit off the final product? Would charging that amount be worth your time? If they can afford to pay $10 to have a chair done and it takes you 2hrs, then you are making $5/hr, out of which you are having to pay your own taxes as a small business owner. You've already had experience with this issue, but I wanted to reinforce that - it's something a lot of businesses lose track of sometimes - you don't just need to make money, you need to have positive cash flow, which you won't have if you spend too much time making too little profit.

What about people selling/renting homes or apartments to parents? Or companies that do home remodeling? Do either of these businesses market themselves to parents specifically? Would they be interested in a partnering arrangement, where they do some sort of construction/remodeling work and you come in and decorate? I have no idea if that's an opportunity, but partnerships where you can represent an additional service someone else can sell is another angle to use.

The above discussion is oriented around the example of decorating for children's spaces, but I think you can see the general ideas in play. Just ask the same questions for whatever market you are aiming for.


Business Model Generation
If you can track down a copy of Business Model Generation (, I think you'll find it very helpful in organizing your thoughts on all of this, especially with the visual approach to modeling. If you can't afford it, check your local public library and see if they have it locally or available via interlibrary loan.

The Business Model Generation website is also useful.

The Small Business Administration (SBA)

You sound very motivated and at the beginning of the entrepreneurial adventure. A good resource for someone in your position, besides your local bookstore/library business section, is your local SBDC.

  • The SBA runs local Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) throughout the country, in partnership with colleges and universities. You can which one is nearest you at Wisconsin SBDC Locations and call to set up an appointment. Most of their services are free, some classes and seminars may cost a modest fee. There is usually a lending library, and you can get assigned a counselor who can provide some advice on various matters.

  • For that matter, the SBA website has various learning resources that provide plenty of reading material on the business end of running a business.

  • Lastly, check out your local Chamber of Commerce. They will usually run networking events and may also have classes. Word of mouth and networking are probably going to be your best tools for generating business for a while. The more opportunities for exposure, the better.

    Last Thoughts

    Keep in mind these are also opportunities to make a very bad impression. A key thing you want to do is create the impression that despite your youth and the fact that you are in the early days of your business, you both understand that you have a lot to learn (and are thus seeking out resources, information, business education) and approach your business as a business, not a hobby you hope to make money off of.

    I'm not saying that in relation to anything in your post, but I've seen a lot of people who ... basically gave one the sense that they had no idea what they were doing, no idea that they had no idea what they were doing, and were basically just making/doing something for money and throwing it out into the market and hoping for the best. Ugh.

    That's about all I've got in me at the moment. I hope you find it helpful. Don't be afraid to take a day / weekend job to keep your head above water. Getting a business started can take time. You need to eat and have a place to live until then. Money helps with this. :)
u/mpaw975 · 9 pointsr/math

I really enjoyed Godel's Proof by Nagel + Newman. It's a layman's guide to Godel incompleteness theorem. It avoids some of the more finnicky details, while still giving the overall impression.ödels-Proof-Ernest-Nagel/dp/0814758371/

If you like that, it's edited by Hofstadter, who wrote Godel-Escher-Bach, a famous book about recurrence.

Finally, I would recommend Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny by Robert Wright. It's a life-changing book that dives into the relevance of game theory, evolutionary biology and information technology. (Warning that the first 80 pages are very dry.)

u/Athator · 9 pointsr/slatestarcodex

Interesting article by the author of The Inevitable who posits that only narrow AI is the more likely candidate for AI in the future and not AGI. I would disagree with many of his premises e.g. his 'strawmanish' argument of exponential intelligence growth, that human intelligence must be substrate-dependent, and he doesn't quite seem to engage in the argument of thinking of intelligence as a focused optimisation-process that can more likely achieve the outcomes its values are set to.
But point 5 did make me think: how much can a superintelligence infer from existing data alone? "Can you know the universe from a single pebble?" And if it requires more data, then the scientific method for accumulating data takes time. What does that mean for thoughts on intelligence explosions and "singularity"-type events? Or is there an assumption I have made in that train of thought, that isn't correct?

u/miraj31415 · 7 pointsr/Entrepreneur

That's way too simple. You wanna learn real pricing -- The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing is an insightful (although dry) book that will get you to think in new ways about pricing. It's the standard book on pricing taught at all top business schools, although I read it to better do my job as a product manager and I always think about its principles for my products' pricing structure.

u/gonzoparenting · 6 pointsr/politics

I read an interesting book that discusses and answers all of your questions called The Inevitable. Highly recommend.

u/intricate3 · 6 pointsr/DecidingToBeBetter

It's not too late. Although I got a degree, my first few jobs didn't require one and I didn't "use" my education. By my mid-twenties, like you, I felt like I had gone down the wrong path and wasted my career up to that point. At that time, I regretted the jobs I had taken and experience I had gotten because I didn't feel fulfilled by the work and I felt like it was "too late" to make a change...even though I really hated the work I was doing.

Somewhere around 27, I stumbled on a book called Strengthsfinder 2.0 which is about discovering what you're naturally good at, what you're "wired" to do. After I took the assessment and discovered my strengths, I realized that I had been unfulfilled because I had been working jobs that didn't need any of the things I was good at. I realized I could continue flailing in my career, or try to pivot to something that used my strengths.

That year I left a good, comfortable, well-paying job, moved across the country, took a paycut, and got my foot in the door at a well-respected company with future growth and opportunities. It was extremely challenging for a few years, but it's the best decision I made.

Here's what I would say:

Start with self-awareness: learn everything you can about yourself, what makes you tick, what you love, what you're good at, what makes you different than others. I've recommended Strengthsfinder 2.0 to literally hundreds of people now. Myers-Briggs gets some hate, but I've found it very helpful in understanding my personality style (how I get energized, whether I'm more idealistic or practical, relational or task-oriented, planned out or open-ended. Knowing yourself helps you make better decisions about your career. The job may look great on the outside but if you know you'll be miserable because you know yourself better, you can avoid sucking and getting fired or (worse) being just good enough to keep the job you hate for soul-sucking decades.

Develop yourself: learn everything you can about anything that interests you. Libraries are free. Most people stop reading after high school. It's pretty dang easy to overtake your peers (even those with a degree) if they've decided to stop learning. It's not about "beating" someone else, it's about becoming the best version of yourself. Books, podcasts, YouTube, Khan Academy, Udemy, Codecademy...there's a thousand free resources. For about five years, I didn't own a TV. I'm ok with "missing out" on the water cooler conversation about the latest awesome TV show because I was reading a book last night.

Get comfortable with uncomfortable. Most people prioritize comfort over all else. As a result, they inadvertently avoid growth and struggle to do or become anything more than what they had available to them at age 18 or 22 or whatever. They (to paraphrase Robin Sharma) live the same year 75 times and call it a life. Choose growth and you'll almost never regret it—even if you fail in the short-term, you learn long-term.

Looking back over the first ten years of my career, I had no clue what I was doing. I really was lurching from one thing to another, trying to find my way. I think that's a perfectly normal thing to do in your 20s. For most people, by their late 20s-early 30s they've either developed self-awareness and steered their careers to areas of skill and strength...or they've fallen ass-backwards into what they've always done, might not be too good at, but are to afraid to risk it on something new.

If you prioritize personal development and self-awareness, you'll look back as this season as a necessary part of your personal story. You'll actually be thankful for the struggle. You'll be a better version of yourself because of it. You can do this.

u/overthemountain · 6 pointsr/boardgames

I don't really understand the economics of these stores but I see it like this:

They need to either charge full retail and hope they can make enough sales that way for it to be profitable OR come up with an alternate solution.

Here is a suggestion for one kind of alternate solution. Retail sales is no longer the business model. Instead you move to a membership model. You sell games at prices that are competitive with online stores but only to people who have a paid membership. So, random people that come in to buy one thing that would have paid retail anyways can still pay retail. Regulars that would rather just buy all their games from CSI can but them locally instead now. It doesn't have to be an exact price match - there is some value in being able to just drive somewhere and get a game immediately, but it needs to be much closer than it is now. What else do they get for that membership? Maybe they can reserve seating, get in an hour earlier than everyone else, discounts on tournament entry fees, members only tournaments, etc. Preferably think of free or very low cost benefits you could throw in.

How much money do they need to make in board games annually? How many people would pony up $XX for an annual membership?

What is the expected profit from full retail sales vs membership dues + profit from reduced price sales + profit from full retail sales to non members?

Volume of sales should be higher with a low price, will that help them get a price break or some other kind of advantage with distributors?

This is a question of coming up with a good business plan. The traditional plan is getting crushed by online retailers so you have to come up with a new way to approach the problem. Check out Business Model Generation if you're serious about wanting to come up with a new business plan to focus on this.

u/ComplexAdaptive · 5 pointsr/GAMETHEORY

I had seen "The Art of Strategy" by Dixit and Nalebuff recommended here before, and thought it was a great place to start.

u/csgraber · 5 pointsr/Futurology

ad hominem comment - directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining.

I never said that I am more versed than Musk (though we don't know if I am or not - it isn't relevant).

I'm just not going to agree with Musk because he is Musk. UBI is a favorite term of futurology. . .

I find someone like Kevin Kelley as a better resource/explanation of what will happen in the future (

u/rafaelspecta · 5 pointsr/smallbusiness

If you are going for a internet business or any product-oriented business here a are the best books


"The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses" (Eric Reis) - 2011

"Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works" (Ash Maurya) - 2010

"Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days" (Jake Knapp - Google Ventures) - 2016


ALSO GO FOR (these are the ones that started organizing the Startup world)

"The Four Steps to the Epiphany" (Steve Blank) - 2005

"Business Model Generation" (Alexander Osterwalder) - 2008

u/Artless_Dodger · 5 pointsr/Glitch_in_the_Matrix

And, I shit you not. I started reading this last night and then you post this.
so far pretty interesting book, You should also look up the Baader Meinhoff effect

u/gummigulla · 5 pointsr/foodtrucks

Don’t have a food truck related business plan. Bit I’ve written several in different industries including for a restaurant.

You can use any general template for a business plan but you can probably skip some chapters or only spend a few words to fill in those chapters.

The most important thing will be you financial planning. The numbers must make sense. I’ve posted this spreadsheet I use for food truck planning before. Hope it helps.

Now to be able to complete the financial planning you will need to have a pretty good understanding of your product, market, competitors and business/revenue model. Those are also your key chapters in the business plan.

The product chapter should detail what you plan to offer (the menu), details on the car, etc. The goal is for the reader to better understand what you idea is all about.

The market chapter will highlight numbers that are important for your business. Are you primarily going to be serving the public? You’ll need population statistics down to the neighborhoods you are interested in serving. Serving businesses or festivals? Get some numbers to see where the biggest demand will be. A good practice here is to look at things from all perspectives and rank neighborhoods or business areas or festivals by attractiveness. The numbers should look good or the business is probably not viable in the area (no faking numbers though!)

The competitors chapter will build on the previous two. Here you detail how many food trucks or restaurants are in each area. The goal is to identify market segments that are not heavy with competition but still have potential for good demand. Are all of you competitors aiming for a specific area? No indian mexican fusion truck in Area 1? Here you’ll get the sense for opprotunities. If you don’t have a specific truck idea you could make a truck that fits the gaps in the market (and make the product chapter reflect this research you’ve done). If you have a specific concept then you’ll need to discuss your unique value proposition in the market segments you are interested in. Would you be the only truck with this type of food? Will you be cheaper? Faster? Etc.

Finally, the last important chapter is the business model. This will build on all the research you’ve done so far. Perhaps you’ve identified that the public market is way saturated but there is potential in the B2B market and festival market. You’ll need to develop a pricing strategy to meet the market demands but also meets your needs to run the business. Here you essentially lay out your plans for making money. As part of this chapter (or as separate chapter) you will discuss your go to market strategy.

As a result of doing the above research you’ll be able to do the financial planning. You will need to get more specific when adding numbers to the spreadsheet, but you’ll have a better understanding of what numbers are required. Market and competitors will influence the demand for your truck. Product will affect your startup costs and variable costs and fixed costs. Adding this all together you can start setting up a profit and loss statement to test if you revenue model is actually going to be viable!

This is a lot to digest. But all those chapters are readily available in BP templates and examples. You’ll need to weed out the unimportant stuff. The goal with any business plan should be first be for the owner to see which strategy makes sense and have a plan if things don’t go as expected (which happens often).

As a final note there are also alternative forms of creating a plan or coming up with a great business model. My personal favorite is the Business Model Generation book It’s a quick read and a fantastic approach to quickly develop and validate different business models!

Hope this helps :)

u/benjman25 · 4 pointsr/TheRedPill

Great list! I have read all the above and totally agree that their value is worthwhile to anyone seeking to improve their life -- regardless of financial status, relationships, profession, etc. A couple others that I've found useful along the road:

6. The Six Pillars of Self Esteem by N. Branden. During the reawakening stage and after a particularly painful breakup, I found this book helpful. Learning the concept of "alone-ness" versus "loneliness" continues to drive many motivations.

7. Games People Play by Eric Berne. Want to understand why your plate/gf/wife went batshit insane over the stupidest thing, and how to counteract it in the future? Read this book. Want to understand why your coworker was making those strange comments to your boss? Read this book - a must for anyone wanting to learn more about game theory and its application to everyday life. (Next on my list is The Art of Strategy ).

8. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. In many ways this is an antithesis to Freudian thought -- whereas Freud argued man is happy when seeking and obtaining pleasure, Frankl postulates that finding meaning and understanding is what makes us happy. In the context of TRP theory, meditating on, if not fully understanding, these concepts is absolutely necessary.

9. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini. The seminal work on the concept and application of persuasion. From negotiations to dating/relationships to job performance, I would rank this book at the top of many lists.

A few other authors/books I've seen mentioned elsewhere that are worth checking out: anything by Kurt Vonnegut, The Art of War by Sun Tzu (which goes hand in hand with The Prince for a great East/West study), and Rollo Tomassi. I've also found some of Oscar Wilde's writing to be both amusing and insightful.

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u/The_Fooder · 4 pointsr/TheMotte

>Evolution is the essential manifestation of war.

I think there are those who would dispute that claim, here's one:


>In Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Wright asserts that, ever since the primordial ooze, life has followed a basic pattern. Organisms and human societies alike have grown more complex by mastering the challenges of internal cooperation. Wright's narrative ranges from fossilized bacteria to vampire bats, from stone-age villages to the World Trade Organization, uncovering such surprises as the benefits of barbarian hordes and the useful stability of feudalism.


u/Killgraved · 4 pointsr/hillaryclinton
u/n8dog · 4 pointsr/Entrepreneur

I've been running my own businesses since 2005, first with Inkling and now with Draft.

No matter what you do you'll encounter competition. There will always be someone bigger than you who has more money and who customers already use. How are you going to deal with that? How are you going to out innovate? How are you going to get them to switch?

The best books on this subject that have influenced what I've done are:

  • Something Really New
  • The Pumpkin Plan
  • Blue Ocean Strategy

    These books address how you can look at the current products and processes your potential customers have so you can begin innovating.

    In a nutshell, start looking at process you or your customer is involved with. What steps are in that process? Now how can your product or service combine or eliminate those steps. There is where you're going to find innovation and a way to help people save money or time.

    But, more importantly than these books, start making something this week that will help you. Take one of those ideas and figure out the quickest thing that will possibly help you or your customer. I recommend starting with yourself as the customer. It's so much easier.

    Start with a spreadsheet or Wufoo form if you have to. Once you have the smallest thing that actually makes your life easier, now go try and sell it. Try and sell it to your friends. Email some people. Take out a Facebook/Google ad. Start teaching people on a blog and forming an audience. Get them to try and buy your thing.

    I've been building Ruby on Rails applications for over 7 years. I'm very good with it. But I'll still try and start a new business by taking the smallest step possible. I'll start by selling a manual service before I build stuff, because the process helps me learn so much.

    Before Draft, I was trying to see if I could create a tool to help people collect Beta users better. But instead of selling a tool, I sold a service: "Let me collect Beta users for you." And I sent people to a Wufoo form to pay me and add their info. And I got sales. With those initial customers I figured out what works and doesn't work when trying to get Beta users. And that data led me figure out I didn't want to be in the business after all. And I moved onto another project.

    You need data about your ideas as fast as you can get it, so you don't waste your life on the junk.
u/Joan_Footpussy · 3 pointsr/bassnectar

My advice to you is to read What Color Is Your Parachute. Go through the chapter of the Flower Exercise and it should provide you with a step in the right direction to finding the ideal career for you.

u/AlwaysUnite · 3 pointsr/vegan

Hmm I look at it this way. Indeed morality is simply a product of the human mind, and this is exactly what makes it objective. And I don't mean like "I think this is right, therefore it is". It is bigger than that. Morality is real, natural and objective the same way water is wet and planets are things. There isn't anything wet individual H2O molecules. Yet through their interaction a property we call 'wet' is presented. The same goes for planets. They are really just big balls of elementary particles. But it doesn’t help anyone to think of it this way. There are still laws like Newton’s law of gravitation that describe how planets work. This is the idea behind reductionism. While things are really made out of ever smaller parts (until you hit quantum mechanics), it is still useful to describe reality at higher levels of generalization.

For morality the same works in two steps (ending the line of reduction down at the human individual). Imagine two strangers meeting each other. They both need medical attention due to a civil war. Now the other could provide the medical attention but also pose a threat. When these people interact one of two things can happen. Either they cooperate or they oppose each other (cooperate/defect in the Prisoners Dilemma as it is called in game theory and economics). Now when people oppose each other nothing really changes compared to when they didn't interact with each other. All participants are still selfishly trying to achieve their own goals regardless of anything or anyone else. But when they cooperate something new is created. A unit of several individuals that works together towards a common goal. This unit of people is similar to water being wet. But this is not morality yet. This is more like selfish cooperation.

The difference lies in the fact that humans can do one thing that water molecules can't. And that is reproduce, both sexually and intellectually (by changing other people’s minds they in effect let you copy a part of you, namely your thoughts, into them). This gives rise to a second level of effects due to evolutionary theory. We find that there is another more general way to look at human behaviour that can be described using scientific laws just like planets can. Not only do people sometimes cooperate, but whenever they do they also generate profit. In fact they generate more profit compared to when they had worked alone. The only additional route to this is in a perfectly competitive market, but as anyone who has taken econ 101 may remember there are at least 12 separate conditions that need to be fulfilled in order for this to work. Making cooperation the dominant mechanism by which people become rich.* Because cooperation=profit there is a force acting towards individuals, small groups of people and societies to cooperate more with each other. There is ample evidence for this (see for example 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Morality is therefore (at least in my mind) the tendency for more cooperative societies* to grow and flourish while societies which exploit, oppress, oppose each other and their members are retarded, stagnant or collapse.

From this follows what I think of as objective morality. In societies where no cooperation at all takes place society is destroyed, civilization collapses, and humanity is reduced to a collection of wandering individuals constantly trying to survive and kill each other (basically an unending version of the Purge but more extreme). In society where everyone cooperates to rationally find the best solution to bring everyone happiness, individuals live longer and the amount of suffering, pain and death is minimized/eliminated. I would call the first Evil and the second Good but really I don't have to because humanity as a whole has already done this by. Words are defined by the majority of opinions after all (Luckily regardless of what name we give this phenomenon the effect remains real).

Incidentally these 12 conditions basically never occur so whenever someone says “the market will solve everything” I recommend to take a very very close look at what they are actually proposing.

**In the sense of the prisoners dilemma not the communistic/socialistic sense. The communists didn't in fact base their society on the community but on the communist party. And everyone else got kicked into the dirt.

u/joeasian · 3 pointsr/smallbusiness

Lots of good advice hear already but I thought I throw in my 2 cents. I have a friend who is also working on opening a brewery.

There three fairly distinct skill sets needed to start and run a successful brewery:

  • brewing beer
  • raising money to open brewery
  • running a brewery

    > I can brew beer like no one else

    I'm assuming you've been brewing beer for your friends. Start charging for your beer. This way you'll learn several things:

  • Is your beer good enough for people willing to pay for it. Free beer generally taste better. The real test is if you're able to sell it.
  • By selling your beer, you'll figure out your profit margin. Don't forget to include your time. This is important when it comes time to raise money and figuring out how much beer you'll need to sell to break even on a location with $/month lease + other overhead.
  • You'll learn how to market your beer. No one is going to market your own products as passionate as yourself.
  • This leads into branding your beer. Do you have a name, logo, style, etc. You'll need all these done correctly to set your beer apart from and compete with the store bought varieties.

    All of the above can be done with very little cost. If you're able to sell your beer, that's the first step to funding your brewery.

    Create a business plan. This will do two things for you. Nail down and prioritize what you need to do, and show investors/lenders how well you've thought out your business. Start with a simple One Page Business Plan. Include cost, profit margin, etc when you get them.

    Analyze your market. Is there a reason why there are only 2 breweries in your city?

    Read up on what you need to do to sell to beer emporiums. A good place to start is contacting your local government. This part can be very frustrating and time consuming. You'll probably have to make a dozen calls to talk to the right person to get the right information.

    You can also start by selling to local bars and restaurants. Make sure you have the branding in place before talking to them. Again, you have to find out what's the law and regulation in your locality in order to do this. The business owners may be able to help with this. Remember, business owners don't know how big of an outfit you are. Figure out how you want to sell yourself. You have only a few minutes for your sells pitch before they brush you off so nail down your spiel. It could be a good idea to bring some beer samples. Start with a smaller bar/restaurant for practice.
u/reddington17 · 3 pointsr/IWantToLearn

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships helped me quite a bit and I think it'll help you too.

u/rbathplatinum · 3 pointsr/InteriorDesign

Definitely look into bussiness management books as well. if you are going down this road, there is a chance you will want to start doing it on your own and having proper business skills will help tremendously in securing work, and balancing costs, and making money doing it! I am sure some people on this sub can recommend some great books on this topic as well.

Here are a couple books,

u/thisfunnieguy · 3 pointsr/jobs

I had similar thoughts when I left the Corps.

Hard to give advice on what to study, because at some point it has to interest you, or you have be ok learning a lot about it.

The easier thing to say is don't study business/management as an undergrad. It's pointless. There's a reason why the fancy schools don't even offer those degrees. Learn skills.

Start taking classes and then chase where you excel. If you like numbers, go into math or some science program. Or if you're good at writing/talking, chase that.

The key is to keep thinking about how what you're learning becomes a useful skill set for someone who needs to hire people.

Let me suggest two books, both are likely in your public library.

The first book makes the great point that you shouldn't worry about long term goals. Get better at things, take opportunities when they come up, and put your effort into the work. My life got so much better when I finally started living that advice.

u/RootNYC · 3 pointsr/portugal

Boas, vou tentar dar-te uma resposta abrangente mas directa. Googla tudo o que precisares de perceber melhor - uma pesquisa que irias precisar de fazer de qualquer as formas.

  • Idealmente precisarias de um co-founder técnico na equipa visto que neste momento não tens como executar. Mas tens um ponto a teu favor: domain expertise. Além disso, o teu ponto de partida é resolver um problema real, o que é bom (vs. "tive uma ideia de negócio"). Melhor ainda por estares a construir para ti mesmo ("scratch your own itch"). Que mais valias tens nesse teu grupo de colegas? Coisas como sales ou marketing digital são úteis.

  • Por falar em "colegas de trabalho". Quantos são? Historicamente equipas com 2-3 co-founders têm melhor performance. (uma das maiores causas de insucesso em startups são cofounder issues)

  • Não penses "tenho uma ideia para uma app", pensa em termos de modelo de negócio. Responde a questões fundamentais como "quem vai usar esta app?", "como faço dinheiro com isto?", "que recursos preciso para montar este negócio?", "como faço isto chegar ao utilizador?", etc. Saca este canvas como ponto de partida.

  • Neste momento falta-te capacidade de execução. Só há duas maneiras de a adquirires: ou arranjas um co-founder técnico (muito difícil) ou pagas por ela.

  • Pagar pela execução não é assim tão caro como estás a antecipar. Só tens de redesenhar o produto. Qual é a versão mais primitiva e básica do produto que te permite provar que o negócio é viável, ie, que a consegues vender a users? Se calhar não precisas de uma app pronta. Se calhar bastam-te mockups do UI. Reúne o pessoal à volta de um quadro branco e risca todos os features da app que não são essenciais. Depois de fazerem isso, continuem a riscar. Pega nesses features e pede orçamentos a developers. Com 2.000€ já é possível fazer um MVP decente. (Googla Minimum Viable Product).

  • Com o MVP que valide a tua ideia (prove que tens pessoas dispostas a dar-te dinheiro pelo teu produto) é mais fácil recrutar um co-founder técnico a troco de equity e/ou angariar investimento para pagar mais desenvolvimento (nota: o desenvolvimento nunca acaba).

  • Lê o máximo que puderes sobre o assunto. Três livros bons: 1, 2, 3.

  • Rodeia-te de pessoas que já o tenham feito.

    EDIT: Não te metas nisso porque "fazer startups é cool" ou porque "dá dinheiro". É difícil para crl e há muitas maneiras mais fáceis de fazer dinheiro. A probabilidade é falhares.

    EDIT 2: Uma startup não é uma versão miniatura de uma empresa grande. Maior parte dos princípios de gestão que se aprende numa business school não se aplicam.
u/mantrap2 · 3 pointsr/robotics

Well, sort of.

But also consider: the first company to actually TRY to handle the dynamics of animal walking with any success was Boston Dynamics and they still are only on dogs and primitive human-like physical dynamics/kinematics.

Why did it take so long? The same reason why smart phones and IoT could never have happened sooner than it did or are now: the technology was either not available at all and its cost were not cheap enough or there was a "special" cognitive barrier to the "right solution".

How does Boston Dynamic do what they do? They looked (in many ways for the first time) at how animals actually walk. The key part is "muscle memory" which is strictly called "distributed computing" in a EE/CS sense.

The key part of this: the Cartesian philosophic model of Brain and Body being two separate things is 100% wrong - humans and animals are NOT two binary parts: mind and body. So they got out of the box on that and looked to biological systems which clearly proved it's a distributed system, not a binary system.

BTW is which also why "Singularity/Transhumanism" is also a lie and will be a very long time, if not forever, out of reach. And never even mind Moore's Law's new monkey wrench in that aspiration.

Animal bodies are NOT primarily controlled by the brain but instead use distributed computing of many "small brains" throughout the body. Muscle memory is a local muscle-nerve phenomena where the local nerves sense muscle flexion/position to "know" what the physical positions, forces and loads are doing as part of a "macro" function for achieving things like standing and walking. That's why you can "walk" without having to consciously think about it (except when you are just learning to walk).

You brain does NOT micromanaged the muscles for most movement. It can do so but only clumsily. Notice when you start a new exercise or sport routine: your brain sucks at movement but you eventually train the muscles and distributed nerves themselves with local feedback paths. Then your brain is out of the picture and everything works far better.

Boston Dynamics uses local electronic sensors, actuators and local microcontrollers to mimic this distributed control. Microcontrollers only got cheap enough yet powerful enough in recent years.

This radically reduces the computational load on the "brain" or top level computing in both their robots and in all (biological) animals.

And because this is biomimicry of a 100s-million-year-evolved-and-proven system, it actually works better than anything man has ever hacked together over the last 20-40 years. So we are only seeing this now.

Combined this though with the fact that most robotic applications that actually pay money are industrial applications or "B2B" which have healthy to great profit margins.

Consumer markets (and thus consumer robotics) are "B2C, which are the worst profit margin product classes. The only worse ones are charity which have zero profit.

So you can not build an industry around consumer robots until you already have something mature that someone else has paid the development costs for. There's never been a humanoid robot market demand so they've never been developed because there's never been money in doing so.

Industrial markets simply do NOT NEED and have never needed humanoid robots. They need practical automation that does NOT need to be pretty or aesthetic but does need to be cheap by their standards and do a specific job well. So that's what most robots looks like today: the market with the money doesn't need humanoid robots; they only need minimally practical and effective robots.

Boston Dynamics primary customers are not consumer (and not industrial): their primary customers are military! DARPA funded especially.

Yes, the military literally wants Terminator robots and Star War Clone Warriors. They LOVED the Terminator movies and the Empire's military capabilities in the Star Wars movies because they imagined having them under their command. They simply dismiss the possibility of the negative storyline or of being "the Baddies" because their lust is so strong they can ignore the cognitive dissonance. "It's just a movie; we far smarter than that! It would never happen like that!"

Technophilia a uniquely American quality and military technophilia is off the charts. It's technology for its own religious sake and concerns about actual efficacy, need or side-effects are not important to them.

(I used to work in a military technology think tank so I know the mindset all too well.)

No other market can support the salaries of the engineers required to do what Boston Dynamics does. Certainly NOT consumers (who are cheap as hell because they really don't have money - at the scale of industry markets or military markets).

Always look at the money required and consider who could actually afford such things. That tells you more about if or why a technology has or hasn't been created yet!

The other issue: energy. The amount of energy required for a human is about 90W. However non-biological robots take FAR MORE energy: literally KWs. There are lots of reasons (read this book to grok why - we don't yet know how to design "fractal" though what Boston Dynamics is doing is sort of that with its "nervous system")

In general humanoid robots are energy pigs to the point of being nearly impractical. Batteries with sufficient capacitor to drive mobile computing only arrived in the last 20 years. And even then, your average lithium battery pack has an energy density comparable to a hand grenade! That's why the TSA has restrictions on them in checked luggage.

The robots that Boston Dynamics eventually deploys to military use will likely required either: 1) a small nuclear reactor or 2) gasoline/Jet-A fuel with turbine. These are required to generate the required electricity to operate them (you saw this detail in Avatar - very insightful and technically correct in terms of required energy and likely fuel source).

u/msupr · 3 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Had this list together from a blog post I wrote a few months ago. Not sure what exactly you're looking for, but these are my favorite books and I'd recommend everybody read them all. There are other great books out there, but this is a pretty well rounded list that touches everything a company needs.

The Lean Startup

Business Model Generation

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Talking to Humans

Predictable Revenue

To Sell is Human


Delivering Happiness

u/Jessicalynfox · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Check this out. I was given it when completing a leadership program for work. I learned so much about myself:

u/therapizer · 3 pointsr/iamverysmart

First, I wasn't being pedantic. To me, it seemed like you neglected to mention an obvious flaw in your argument about the use of the word 'exponential.' It's actually kind of important that people understand exponential growth includes exponents less than two. You can read a whole book about why it's important here.

Second, you're trying to make a point that is ultimately your subjective opinion. "Language is about conveying meaning, not exact correctness." What? Says who? Which contexts? Why can't it be both? What's wrong with being precise with the words we use? Source please. As someone with a career in the social sciences, your comment hurt to read.

Finally, relax. I wasn't personally attacking you in that last comment. I was being genuine and expressing curiosity about your comment. However, you sound like an uptight asshole. If you can't handle some benign intellectual feedback, maybe don't post on Reddit.

u/stahlous · 3 pointsr/kurzgesagt

What an odd coincidence... I just started reading this book:

u/wyvern1 · 3 pointsr/business

Granted I've never had to develop a business model, but I liked Business Model Generation.

u/TheGnuGuy · 3 pointsr/chess
u/thaksins · 3 pointsr/books

I found the book nonzero to be similar in scope to Guns, Germs, and Steel, meaning the whole of human history, but a very different way of looking at things.

Read them both.

u/putoption15 · 3 pointsr/pakistan

Sometimes it makes a huge amount of difference to go through a proper exercise in understanding the business model. Use this: to fill out all the sections so you understand your business model. Ideally, you should get your hands on the book itself:

Traffic, fan base, etc come later, once you've decided on things like your value proposition, customer segments, distribution channels, etc. Then you execute on the plan, targeting the segments and measuring the responses. Be data orientated from day 1 so learn about customer acquisition and retention. It may be that assumptions that have gone into the model are not correct and you have to make changes. Investing your time now on this will pay dividends later.

Good luck.

u/Ho66es · 3 pointsr/math

When I took Game Theory the professor used Evolutionary Games and Population Dynamics, which I really liked.

Evolutionary Dynamics is just amazing, but a bit on the biological side.

If you are studying on your own I would suggest Game Theory Evolving, which has a lot of exercises and examples to keep you going.

And for added bursts of motivation read The Art of Strategy, which is not really technical but explains the concepts incredibly well.

u/ice_09 · 3 pointsr/smallbusiness

My favorite is Business Model Generation. To me, it really lays the foundation about before starting your business. In my opinion, a business makes or breaks during the initial planning stages. There are exceptions, but this book helps guide the thinking and really helps with understanding why a business will be successful or not.

u/Yo_Mr_White_ · 3 pointsr/startups

Yeah, some of the wording was a bit awkward.

for example: "We want to provide you that place where you can share and access any file, when you want and for free"

Say something along the lines of "Access your files from anywhere in the world at any time"

Example 2 "Fufox is not using your personal data for commercial purposes"

Instead say "Fufox(or we) respect(s) our users' privacy and we pledge not to sell your personal information to third parties.

Avoid using "you" and complete sentences. You're trying to get a point across and not make someone understand a legal contract. It's ok to be a little vague.

The web design is nice. A bit cliche but nice.
Best of luck! Just remember that in order to be successful, your product has to be a heck of lot better than the competition or a heck of a lot cheaper. Being slightly better than the competition (dropbox) isn't enough to succeed. I sadly have had to drop ideas myself because of this.

You can learn a lot from this book. It's easy to read.

u/ses1 · 2 pointsr/DebateAChristian

But "extraordinarily" rare events are commonplace according to anything but. In fact, they're commonplace according to statistician David J. Hand. So I think your definition is off.

But the bigger question is why you'd want to have to different standards for historical things.

>Please clarify: are you stating that I stated a claim has to be absolutely true?

How else would one interpret this statement of yours: This lesser claim of a murder can not be found absolutely true, then the greater claim of jesus's resurrection is not absolutely true and therefore possibly not true.?

>Because this post is to Christians who believe the claim that the resurrection occurred, is absolutely (incontrovertible) true, without a possibility that is possibly not true.

Oh, you are asking this question to people who think that there are things that can be proven to be "absolutely, incontrovertible true without a possibility that is possibly not true", which is a logical impossibility. I don't defend the logically impossible.

u/wookiepuhnub · 2 pointsr/Entrepreneurship

Here’s a good website to walk you through creating a business model canvas.

It’s based on this book which is a great resource

u/honestignoble · 2 pointsr/venturecapital

I had the same problem in business school. I'm went back mid-career and sometimes it felt like I was taking classes from the 90's.

If you're interested in a more recent approach to business models, check out Business Model Generation. It provides a canvas that helps you visualize how different components of a business model interact and influence each other. It's also filled with great examples of how businesses you know would be modeled through their framework.

Can you be more specific about your advertising ask? Google & Facebook are both anchored in ads to generate revenue. Many "freemium" products supplement subscriptions with ad revenue. If a digital experience feels like you're "getting it for free" it's likely either supported by ads or IS an ad for something else.

While it's not digital business model exclusive, I'm a big fan of Andrew Chen. His once a week newsletter is a must read for me (I'm a consultant in digital strategy/digital product). He talks a lot about the underlying economics of companies and why certain technologies win in certain circumstances and other don't.

u/MattDamonInSpace · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

There’s also a book that covers this the topic of common patterns in nature, and goes into depth on how it applies to organisms of all sizes. Extremely interesting:

The answer seems to be “when working in 3 dimensions, there’s efficient ways to do things, so natural selection will tend towards them over time.“

For example, if there’s two ways to construct a circulatory system, moving the same amount of blood, but one moves blood with less energy, this frees up energy for reproductive activities, providing an advantage to that organism.

But these “laws of 3D construction” apply not just to veins/arteries, but to your brain, trees, and even cities’ sewers and power cables.

It’s all about efficient networks co-living in a single “organism”

u/Shaliber · 2 pointsr/Destiny

Not exactly what you want, but this book talks about complex systems and how we are really bad at trying to replicate them. It talks about cities, the economy and biology. Kinda why I find it hard to think any planned economy would work as well as letting it mostly handle itself and fixing it when required.

u/NaG_CSGO · 2 pointsr/france

Je te conseille How Life Imitates Chess de l'ami Garry Kasparov.

Même si tu n'es pas fan d'échecs, tu le trouveras très bien. Il est vraiment destiné à tout public, et utilise les échecs comme illustration, et montre que sur le plateau, on retrouve les mêmes concepts que dans la vie. Il t'amène à questionner ton propre processus de prise de décision, et différentes pistes pour réussir ce que tu veux entreprendre dans la vie, en partageant ses propres expériences.

C'est simple, je l'ai acheté à Dublin il y a 3 ans, et je pense que je l'ai lu 3 ou 4 fois. Chaque année, je le relis, par petits morceaux dans les transports en commun, ou quand je dois prendre l'avion.

u/adi-dk · 2 pointsr/Futurology

The Inevitable is mostly about technology but has plenty economic and financial implications described for the coming decade.

u/Bluestripedshirt · 2 pointsr/findapath

You could try getting the book StrengthsFinder 2.0. It is a remarkable look at what your top giftings are and what to do with them. Comes with a unique code for the assessment.

u/Johannes_silentio · 2 pointsr/startups
  1. I presume you mean incorporate and not copyright. I'm not sure what copyright has to do with your title.
  2. Sure, you can say it. It's not true (specifically the CEO part, if you're not incorporated) but no one is going to care right now
  3. Spend the time to do things properly. Reading even a basic book will help. I don't know if this is a good book or not but it's better than nothing – Part of running a business is being prepared not only for failure but also for success. Take care of this stuff now. Not doing so can hurt you tremendously in the future.
u/tropicalguy · 2 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Ah yes, part of the reason I'm out on the town is that I recently wrote a book that has thought experiments any entrepreneur can run to help them prepare for an eventual exit. This is the book I wish I would have read before our sale ( I can delete this if it's poor form to link.

We will have print on demand + Kindle. It will be free for the maximum days Amazon allows us (I think 5) starting Thursday.

u/ThatNat · 2 pointsr/startups

You might find some of these resources helpful to get a sense of some of the moving parts for the "lean" / "customer development" approach:

Steve Blank's free Udemy course:

And his protege Eric Ries' Lean Startup book:

And Blanks'

A rough, top-level, possible roadmap for a bootstrapped solo product:

  1. Talk with a bunch of potential customers to validate whether the problem you will be solving for is in fact an acute problem.

  2. Validate that your solution is a good one to solve that problem. Again, you can start with customer interviews with a prototype of your product. Validation can also be pre-sales, one pager landing page "coming soon" sign ups and other things.

  3. Product development and customer development happening in tandem. Customer feedback informing the product. Yeah minimum viable product: what's the minimum version of your product that proves your assumption that people will find this valuable?

  4. Participating / building an audience / community around folks who value solving this problem can happen during development too. Some like to do this BEFORE building the product -- and having an audience to pitch different variations of products to.

  5. Get early adopters in the door, helping you improve the product. "Doing things that don't scale" while you are still in learning mode.

  6. Try different experiments to improve A) the product and B) different ways/channels to find customers.

  7. McClure's Pirate Metrics: measuring the customer journey of acquisition, activation, retention, referrals, revenue. At this stage retention is probably #1: am I building a product people are finding valuable enough to stick around and continue to use?

  8. "Product/market fit" means your product and the particular type of people you are helping are a happy fit. Time to make those "things that don't scale" more scalable. Time to hit the gas pedal on the marketing side. More experiments to find growth...
u/Fcuco · 2 pointsr/askscience

Thanks. I will check that out. This is another great book on the subject

u/Twojots · 2 pointsr/AskALiberal

There are less deaths but tissue damage has remained within expected bounds. We just have faster, better healthcare.

Edit: according to a book I read.

u/Britney2007 · 2 pointsr/RedditForGrownups

I don't know if this has been posted yet or not but this book is a good read for anyone, but especially someone feeling the way you are feeling.

u/pkelly16180 · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Yes. The size of "invariant components" like cells set a limit on how small things can be. But cells are not the only component for which that is true. When it comes to mammals, the more important limiting factor is the circulatory system - mainly the size of the capillaries. The smallest mammal is the Etruscan shrew. And this is basically the smallest a mammal can be in theory. When you shrink a mammalian circulatory system smaller than a shrew's it becomes wildly inefficient. So mammals have never evolved to be smaller, even when it could have provided other advantages.

The circulatory system is also the reason why the blue whale is pretty much the biggest possible mammal. If they get any bigger, the space between capillaries becomes too large, and cells start to starve of oxygen.

There is an interesting book called Scale that goes into this topic is detail.

u/HigherMathHelp · 2 pointsr/math

Another book by the same authors that's worth considering is The Art of Strategy. I can't recommend it personally, since I haven't read it yet, but it's the one I purchased when I decided I wanted to get a popular account of game theory. It's supposed to be good.

u/RedneckBob · 2 pointsr/Entrepreneur

When I find myself in this position (which I'm currently in after burning 18 months and a big chunk of cash on my last startup only to have it fail), I usually slink off, lick my wounds, do a lot fo reading and then approach my next project feeling a little more educated, refreshed, and ready.

Some suggestions if I may:

u/smoktimus_prime · 2 pointsr/RationalPsychonaut

A good book:

I don't think there's an "equilibrium" - I think there's chaotic directionality. I think equilibrium is just a human concept that attempts to circumscribe "action-reaction".

I'm not sure how I can elaborate really; I just don't agree with the premise. That equilibrium exists outside of anything but physical systems in regards to things like air pressure. IMO, this is really sort of mental detritus from Zoroastrian/Judeo-Christian concepts of Good/Evil. The desire for cosmic justice is strong, but I don't think it exists outside of the context of human consciousness.

The short version might be that you ask:

>Do you think humans are out of equilibrium?

And to begin a serious conversation, the question is simply: out of equilibrium with what? Why? How?

u/strategyguru · 2 pointsr/math

I have written about game theory for 7 years at an introductory level and tried to make it interesting:

I'm also currently reading through all of the classics and popular books on the topic. I am working on a guide to resources: books, websites, videos, courses. Suggestions welcome.

I do recommend Game Theory 101 like others here. I've also written a short ebook with one reviewer saying "Possibly the best of the short introductions to game theory." (The Joy of Game Theory)

u/tripsd · 2 pointsr/FloridaGators

I assume you don't want a college textbook on game theory? I might be able to dig up some old PDF notes from Rush's (the long time professor of Microeconomics, if you didn't attend UF) class on intro game theory stuff. Here are a couple books that looked accessible:

Introducing Game Theory: A Graphic Guide

The Joy of Game Theory

Disclaimer, I have not read either of these.

u/kingnemo · 2 pointsr/Christianity

Although I agree with you and not so much the OP, I want to toss in an idea for pondering. Do you believe in consciousness? I believe I'm self-aware but its a metaphysical belief science can't prove. Science tells me I'm an electrochemical state machine, which I fully believe. In theory, a world could exist identical to ours with evolved two-legged creatures, TVs, even the internet but completely lacking consciousness. How would we explain this concept to such foreign creatures? I'm not setting out to prove the existence of God but trying to highlight most of us have beliefs without absolute proof.

I didn't cook this up on my own, I just read Rober Wright's Nonzero. It wasn't as good as The Moral Animal but makes an intereseting case for deism.

u/Daleth2 · 1 pointr/occult

> the process of creating a resume is a time honored and accepted rite for the attainment of employment

This x 1000. Your whole post is excellent advice. One thing the OP might want to send out an intent for is some guidance on creating a great resume.

And I would also MASSIVELY recommend the following books, which most libraries either have on hand or can order in (for free). If you can only get one, I'd go with the first one.

So Good They Can't Ignore You, by Cal Newport

What Color is Your Parachute, by Richard N. Bolles (don't worry if the library copy is a few years old, the publishers update it every year but it doesn't actually change that much)
Sample, etc.:

Be What You Are, by Paul Tieger, Barbara Barron and Kelly Tieger
Sample, etc.:

u/smartnotclever · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

Sort of a tough question since it depends tremendously on the type of work you're doing, the audience you're targeting, their purchase and research patterns, etc. Have you developed any kind of a business plan to help define those variables?

The Business Model Generation handbook ( is a solid reference for laying out a framework to help answer those questions and start narrowing down toward a GTM strategy. I've used it working with a number of startups and still reference it in a lot of my work with Fortune 500 companies.

u/CSMastermind · 1 pointr/AskComputerScience

Entrepreneur Reading List

  1. Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble
  2. The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
  3. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
  4. The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
  5. The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win
  6. Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers into Friends and Friends into Customers
  7. Ikigai
  8. Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition
  9. Bootstrap: Lessons Learned Building a Successful Company from Scratch
  10. The Marketing Gurus: Lessons from the Best Marketing Books of All Time
  11. Content Rich: Writing Your Way to Wealth on the Web
  12. The Web Startup Success Guide
  13. The Best of Guerrilla Marketing: Guerrilla Marketing Remix
  14. From Program to Product: Turning Your Code into a Saleable Product
  15. This Little Program Went to Market: Create, Deploy, Distribute, Market, and Sell Software and More on the Internet at Little or No Cost to You
  16. The Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully
  17. The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
  18. Startups Open Sourced: Stories to Inspire and Educate
  19. In Search of Stupidity: Over Twenty Years of High Tech Marketing Disasters
  20. Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup
  21. Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business
  22. Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed
  23. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days
  24. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
  25. Eric Sink on the Business of Software
  26. Words that Sell: More than 6000 Entries to Help You Promote Your Products, Services, and Ideas
  27. Anything You Want
  28. Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers
  29. The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business
  30. Tao Te Ching
  31. Philip & Alex's Guide to Web Publishing
  32. The Tao of Programming
  33. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
  34. The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity

    Computer Science Grad School Reading List

  35. All the Mathematics You Missed: But Need to Know for Graduate School
  36. Introductory Linear Algebra: An Applied First Course
  37. Introduction to Probability
  38. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  39. Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers Through Society
  40. Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery
  41. What Is This Thing Called Science?
  42. The Art of Computer Programming
  43. The Little Schemer
  44. The Seasoned Schemer
  45. Data Structures Using C and C++
  46. Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs
  47. Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
  48. Concepts, Techniques, and Models of Computer Programming
  49. How to Design Programs: An Introduction to Programming and Computing
  50. A Science of Operations: Machines, Logic and the Invention of Programming
  51. Algorithms on Strings, Trees, and Sequences: Computer Science and Computational Biology
  52. The Computational Beauty of Nature: Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation
  53. The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine
  54. Computability: An Introduction to Recursive Function Theory
  55. How To Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method
  56. Types and Programming Languages
  57. Computer Algebra and Symbolic Computation: Elementary Algorithms
  58. Computer Algebra and Symbolic Computation: Mathematical Methods
  59. Commonsense Reasoning
  60. Using Language
  61. Computer Vision
  62. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  63. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

    Video Game Development Reading List

  64. Game Programming Gems - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  65. AI Game Programming Wisdom - 1 2 3 4
  66. Making Games with Python and Pygame
  67. Invent Your Own Computer Games With Python
  68. Bit by Bit
u/trobrock · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

Upwork is a great place to start to sell your CAD skills as a freelancer, either to get cash flow to support your future plans or to be your primary source of income.

As far as resources goes on the how to start something. I found "The Startup Owner's Manual" ( and "Business Model Generation" ( both have very boring titles, but great content and guided both myself and my co-founder down the road of finding our business idea and launching it. We are now a $5M a year business.

u/amazon-converter-bot · 1 pointr/FreeEBOOKS

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u/BehemothTheCat · 1 pointr/econometrics

Honestly, I don't think there's a lot of good books written on pricing and bundling yet. Power Pricing is good Nagel, Hogan, Zale is also good, but neither are too technical because... you know... marketing.

On the stats side, depending on what kind of shop you're with and what data you have, you'll be estimating demand curves, and doing conjoint analysis. Those are still state of the art afaik.

u/Bloodberry525 · 1 pointr/AmItheAsshole

NTA In the kindest way possible, perhaps you could suggest she read a book on how to be a conversationalist. My first boss out of college suggested I do this, since I worked in a field that required a lot of socializing and networking. I forget which book I read, but it was something like How To Talk to Anyone or The Art of Talking to Anyone. I hope she doesn’t take offense because everyone needs to work on something, no one is perfect. It’s understandable that she would be nervous meeting her bf’s parents. But there are simple rules in talking to people that she could easily learn and practice from reading a book.

u/sfsellin · 1 pointr/fatFIRE

I think you should check out “before the exit”. It’s incredibly dead on for the decisions your bouncing around in your head. Before The Exit: Thought Experiments For Entrepreneurs

u/Refolution · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

I got a lot from Business Model Generation.

u/Creativator · 1 pointr/urbanplanning

That is precisely it. The laws of scaling work that way. It's also the case that as population increases, average wealth increases.

There is a great book about this phenomenon:

u/rebel581 · 1 pointr/DebateAnAtheist

There's actually a book I saw recently about miracles where the author makes the claim that, statistically, miracles are very common. I haven't read the book sop I can't give a personal anecdote, but here's the link.

Now supernatural miracles still haven't been proven to ever happen, but this is something you can show to someone who says God works miracles in their life.

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u/algerhung · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

Hi, I would like to suggest two books as following. I'm interested in some business field, so theses are my recommendations, enjoy~

1)the inevitable- kevin kelly

2)Why Nudge?- Cass R. Sunstein

u/spacebe · 1 pointr/PostCollapse

I don't assume everything will be gone forever, but many will be, at least, very uncomfortable (water, food, shelter, safety, will be difficult) for months or longer. That's enough for me to give post collapse consideration.

Regarding the continuation of ideas, however, I'm currently reading a heady book, NonZero by Robert Wright. Its about how ideas survive collapse, and more on history/philosophy than survival skills for postcollapse.

u/ejpusa · 1 pointr/entertainment

Holly Mother of God. :-)

"Dancing with the Stars and The Voice" ? Yipes!

How about Silicon Valley, Dark Mirror, and a dash of Dark Matter?

I bounce between Greenpoint and Manhattan. There is not a soul here that has "Network" TV anywhere in their world. Not a soul. It's gone. We use cable for only one thing. Just internet. Google is putting up 1gb/s access points all over the city. Totally free. Like to ditch my cable when they get one closer to my apt.

But what is back, BIG TIME? Books and paper. Everywhere. :-) And Voice (Alexa on Echo) is the craze.

You might really enjoy this book. We're all devouring it now (well 2 here for u).



> That's nothing new. If you knew the industry you know that almost everyone is freelance and they moved on to new gigs the moment they wrapped the season finale of Vinyl.

Yes, but a few years back for sure, it would have been "you're stealing my show!", now it's "totally cool dude." Big change there.

u/fuzzo · 1 pointr/PhilosophyofScience

the moral animal and non-zero by robin wright.

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u/Bullermann · 1 pointr/Reddit_startup
  1. Make sure that you know your competitor(s):

  2. Try to describe your idea/vision in 1 sentence.

  3. I assume you wrote your business plan. A bit outdate but still a great idea:

    Good Luck and please update this thread.

u/chalk_city · 1 pointr/Seattle

Geoffrey West talks about this kind of thing in “Scale”

u/Ohthere530 · 1 pointr/TrueAtheism

I believe that there are objectively good tricks for getting along well in communities.

This is, in part, what Game Theory studies. There are win-win ways of interacting that are mathematically, provably, better — at least in the long run — than zero-sum or negative-sum interactions.

In the book Nonzero, the author Robert Wright talks about how civilizations become more successful as they figure out how to implement more and more positive-sum (win-win) ways of interacting.

u/ocamlmycaml · 1 pointr/AskSocialScience

"The Art of Strategy" by Dixit and Nalebuff presents a very accessible approach to game theory. (

"Economic Fables" by Rubinstein is a combined memoir and text on game theory methodology that's a fun read. (

u/banduzo · 1 pointr/IntellectualDarkWeb

I read this. Haven't read much into Game Theory besides this book, but it's probably a more general overview of Game Theory with real life examples.

u/archie35c · 1 pointr/theydidthemath

Like it says in the screen grab you get about one billion, like all mammals.

u/OtmHanks · 1 pointr/xboxone

Currently reading a book about this subject ( and apparently instant-access is going to replace ownership in the long term. It's happening now with entertainment media (Spotify, Netflix, EA Access), cars (Uber, Lyft) and may happen with much bigger things like shelter, food etc.

u/vogt4nick · 1 pointr/math

The improbable isn't that rare. That's the core concept to grasp. I'm pretty confident there's a pop-science book about this exact concept if you want some light reading.

Found it. It's The Improbability Principle. I haven't read the book, but plenty of buyers seem happy with it.

u/SimpleMetrics · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

Here's a few I recommend:

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing:

The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing:

[This one isn't technically a marketing book I guess, but it's a very (very!) good way to think about packaging and pricing. And I think marketing is one large component of that process and think it is a must-read.]

Purple Cow:

[This one is a lighter read but still a goodie]

u/redditcodephp · 1 pointr/startups

Hi Jawilson2, here's a few books I've read in the past that helped prime me. I guess at the minimum these books helped me understand who was a bullshitter and who wasn't when they claimed they "knew the business side."

Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur - Fund raising basics. Key if you ever plan to raise money. You'd be stupid to try without reading this first.

Business Model Generation - This book helps you think through the business model issues most "hacker" type entrepreneurs skip. Makes you think more holistically.

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law - Basics about legal issues you should be aware exist. I haven't read through it all at once, but it's a good guide when I run up against areas I'm murky on.

u/AppleGuySnake · 1 pointr/videos

I actually read this book a while back, so I understood the concept of a Nash Equilibrium in general, just not the example you gave. I'll admit that most of it didn't stick since I skimmed over much of the math. I think it was just the way you worded it. I thought you meant steal wasn't a dominant strategy at all, but you meant it was weakly dominant.

u/AbuMurtadAlBengali · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

It's almost definitely just a coincidence. I bought this book recently and it explains the math behind coincidences and why they're actually very very common.

u/mhornberger · 1 pointr/DebateReligion

>I often question whether nonphysical things can exist...

I phrase it differently--what reason do I have to think nonphysical things do exist? I can't know that something invisible, magical, undetectable can't exist, since I'm not omniscient. That doesn't mean "hmm maybe there are invisible genies." We have to remember that not knowing that something can't exist isn't an argument for it existing. Me not having a reason to think a given thing exists doesn't mean I'm declaring that it doesn't exist, nor am I "dismissing" the idea for all time. I just want to know what reason I have, at present, to think it actually exists.

>Darth Vader, for example, is something that does not exist.

Well, he's known to be a fictional character. But how about the chupacabra? Unicorns? Both were (or are, by some) thought to be real. We have reported sightings. I can't know for sure they aren't real, but I can ask if we have ample reasons to consider them real.

> One of the most common arguments for gods I see is that of experience.

Experiences are interpreted. So though we may say "People experienced God," what that means is that people had an experience that they interpreted as being God. The basis for that interpretation, the tenability of their inference, should be critically examined.

>Someone has an idea or is inspired out of nowhere, against any meaningful material connection (such as Jung's synchronicity).

There are different ways to frame that, though. Jung saw deep meaning in coincidences. But when we see meaning in coincidences, the meaning is provided by our own interpretation. The meaning is in us, not in the coincidence. And much of that meaning is, in my experience, due to us underestimating how probable coincidences really are.

>Could this not be evidence of nonphysical effects on nonphysical aspects of ourselves

What reason is there to think it is? Coincidences happen. They are shocking and eerie only to the extent that we are ignorant of statistical thinking. When we learn about statistical thinking or skepticism in general we learn that coincidences should be expected.

u/Eris_Omniquery · 1 pointr/occult

Trump's 'Mental Impairment Means He Cannot Think Strategically or in Abstract Terms,' Claims Professor of Psychiatry

Daily reminder that game theory is the abstract science of strategy. The Right plays checkers (King me KING ME KING ME KING ME!) while the left plays trans-dimensional Go. That's just Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny which can be read by someone who cannot hear.

However your problem has made me consider adding subtitles to my videos to increase accessibility. Thanks <3

u/jesus_ismexican · 1 pointr/smallbusiness

michael porter has classic books. Also try business model generation.

u/argleblarg · 1 pointr/AskReddit

See also Robert Wright's books The Moral Animal and Nonzero. I can't recommend that guy's stuff enough.

u/rootb33r · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing. It's kind of a textbook, but we read it in one of my pricing classes for my MBA, and it was awesome.

I've also heard this is a good one: Power Pricing

I would try out some consumer behavior books also. I don't have any recommendations there, but since pricing involves a lot of psychology it's a good path to walk down :)

u/onetruejp · -1 pointsr/

We can all see the sky is blue - that's not special. And it doesn't carry the implication that "the system is not that complicated" - think about what lies beyond all that blue.

Your first sentence is pretty interesting. i read a book, Nonzero that basically asserts that this has been the teleology of all of human existence. That this is, indeed, an almost necessary condition for the growth of human society.

u/LTTimeStar · -2 pointsr/Rainbow6

You've made very apparent that reading is a difficult task for you. I play on both consoles.

Time is a direct correlation to money, I think there a book for dummies that might shed some light for you. Here's a link for it on amazon, it comes in paper back.

If they truly wanted us in the dark and wanted to cash-out, then why would they even bother with this subreddit? Why even have a pro league? Why would Ubisoft employees interact on podcasts? Its ignorant to even think they would leave us in the dark on every subject. Not to mention it's a horrible business model, we essentially are clients to Ubisoft. We buy and play their games.

u/Carl_Vincent_May_III · -2 pointsr/sorceryofthespectacle

No it isn't, it's senseless insanity. Find out why the Christian Illuminati death cultists are such ignorant assholes.

Christians are the most retarded people on the planet. They could all be exterminated with no net loss, but in fact a net gain.

u/aerovado · -3 pointsr/Austin

You may need this before trying to argue about operating a small-medium sized business.

And an economics 101 book might help too.

When you're done we can meet for coffee and see if you understand how the real world works.