It’s almost that time of year. The mandatory two week shut down where you get to escape for a few weeks with your family. The problem is, often when we slow down from our daily routine we can get a little bored or find it hard to switch off. But not this summer. If you’re keen to keep growing your business while still managing to enjoy yourself this summer, this post if for you.
Here are 9 technology books every business owner should read over the Christmas break.
- Future Crimes:Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do about It by Marc Goodman
Technology surrounds us and one of the world’s leading security experts, Marc Goodman explains how everyone is vulnerable and could be taken advantage of. From identity theft to tracking people’s social media accounts to plot robberies, the book explores the grim reality of crime in an increasingly connected world. He also explores the dark side the Internet of Things has in store for us. This book isn’t all doom and gloom, but a call to action for us to start taking action to create technology that will improve humanity.
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
Vision is one thing. Making that vision happen is another. Elon Musk, one of the 21st century’s most daring entrepreneurs, spent 50 hours with author Ashlee Vance to reveal unknown facts about his difficult upbringing in South Africa right through to his rise to the top. Wildly driven and increasingly passionate, this book examine his vision for PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and Solar City. But it’s not all about the great times - discover how Musk was pushed out of PayPal, spent millions on rockets and electric cars and struggled with the death of his son. This book isn’t for the faint hearted!
- Countdown to Zero by Kim Zetter
Digital warfare is upon us. Countdown to Zero tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts. Top cybersecurity journalist, Kim Zetter, takes us through how the world’s first digital weapon Stuxnet, shutdown the centrifuges at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant. The book details how rather than simply hijacking targeted computers or stealing information from them, this weapon escaped the digital realm to wreak physical destruction on a nuclear facility. Its an eye opening book about how technology can be used in ways we couldn’t even imagine.
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs. How could we not put in something about Apple co-founder and one of our generation’s biggest digital disruptors? This biography was written based on a series of interviews with Jobs over decades. Accounts from his close friends, family and colleagues also give you a real sense of what Jobs was like as a person. This story of an incredibly talented, inspiring and enigmatic innovator will motivate you to understand more about technology and the world around us.
- How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
From start-up to world wide conglomerate and household name, this book details the rise of Google. The authors explain how the influence of three big changes - the internet, mobile, and cloud computing - has shifted the balance of power from companies to consumers. And they’re not shy about sharing the details behind their strategy, corporate culture, talent, communication, decision making, innovation and how they dealt with disruption. The ultimate book written by people who were not much different to you at some point, this is a must read this summer.
- Superintelligence: Paths, dangers and strategies by Nick Bostrom
Will machines surpass humans in general intelligence? And if they do, what happens then? How dangerous is it? Bostrom looks at the relationship between man and machine and how it’s evolving. The book lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.
He also did a great talk about it at Google.
- The Innovators: How a group of hackers, geniuses and geeks created the digital revolution by Walter Isaacson
This book, written by the author of the Steve Jobs biography, gives you insights into how the computer and the internet were born. The book examines the digital revolution and how innovation pushed everything forward. It answers questions like how did these disruptors turn their ideas into reality? Why did some fail and others make it? A fantastic read and great to keep the mind excited!
- Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull
Catmull, one of the three founders of Pixar, reveals the ideals and techniques, honed over years, that have made the company so widely admired - and so profitable. From the release of Toy Story to the production and launch of many more highly popular animated films such as Monsters, Inc. and Brave, this book gives unique insight into how technology and creativity need to coexist to create brilliance. Great for a light read and you’ll walk away wildly inspired.
- The Hard thing about hard things by Ben Horowitz
Silicone Valley CEO Ben Horowitz takes a unique spin on what it’s actually like to be the boss of a technology company. As a massive rap fan he includes lyrics of his favourite raps to talk about how he felt when he had to fire friends, poach the competition and do other hard tasks all CEOs deal with but don’t often discuss.
Leading a business is time consuming and it can be difficult to stay up to date with the latest developments in technology. But Christmas is the perfect time to get up to speed while also getting some much needed downtime. If you’re interested in technology and leadership, don’t miss out on the great speakers coming to CeBIT 2017. Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and chief executive of global security vendor Kaspersky Lab, and world-leading cybersecurity expert, is one of our incredible speakers that cannot be missed. Get your conference pass today!