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It is apparent that new credentials are required for informed citizenship and economic participation in a society transformed by the Internet and technology. These ubiquitous forces have revolutionized how we conduct business, communicate with each other, organize our lives, order our food, plan our weddings, file our taxes, purchase our wardrobes, and much more. Technology is no longer important only to tech companies; it is shaping and disrupting every industry. No longer do just technologists require tech knowledge. It is becoming more and more evident that computers, the Internet, and coding need be incorporated into mandatory instruction at schools alongside reading and math.

Most businesses, organizations, policy makers, and economists understand that innovation is closely linked to technology. Innovation is highly dependent on investment, well-funded research, and an educated population. The US government has launched several initiatives in partnership with US companies to jumpstart science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs in recognition of the fact that no country can maintain prominence in the world unless it leads in STEM.

How to Speak Tech is one effort in a larger movement to promote tech education and innovation, so I hope you find the book informative!

About the Author

Vinay Trivedi is an entrepreneur, investor, and tech enthusiast. He has a background in venture capital and private equity and has worked in product marketing, growth, and analytics at Locu, a venture-backed technology startup acquired by GoDaddy. Prior to Locu, he served as a team member on a TED fellow-led education technology challenge called 'Future of the Book' and founded a national non-profit organization called SeniorLink, a youth volunteer agency for teaching seniors about computers and the Internet.

Passionate about supporting innovation, Vinay is actively involved in The Blackstone Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative to help strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems around the US, consults and volunteers at youth mentor programs, and helps promote STEM education initiatives and public policy in New York.

Vinay earned the Congressional Award Gold Medal in Washington, DC for his work in technology education and community service. He received his A.B. (Honors) in Computer Science from Harvard University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and as a John Harvard Scholar, Weissman Scholar, and Detur Book Prize Winner.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (December 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430266104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430266105
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vinay Trivedi is an entrepreneur, investor, and tech enthusiast. He has a background in venture capital and private equity and has worked in product marketing and analytics at Locu, a venture-backed technology startup acquired by GoDaddy. Prior to Locu, he served as a team member on a TED fellow-led education technology challenge called 'Future of the Book' and founded a national non-profit organization called SeniorLink, a youth volunteer agency for teaching seniors about computers and the Internet.

Passionate about supporting innovation, Vinay is actively involved in The Blackstone Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative to help strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems around the US, consults and volunteers at youth mentor programs, and helps promote STEM education initiatives and public policy in New York.

Vinay earned the Congressional Award Gold Medal in Washington, DC for his work in technology education and community service. He received his A.B. (Honors) in Computer Science from Harvard University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and as a John Harvard Scholar, Weissman Scholar, and Detur Book Prize Winner.

http://www.vinaytrivedi.com/
http://www.speakingtech.com/

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ajitha Joseph on May 16, 2014
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My take on this book could be over simplified as I am (as the book suggests) a complete non-techie. It is the first "technical" book I have read. Contrary to my misgivings about not being able to get through it, I was pleasantly surprised. For those of you who are not familiar with any IT terms viz., CSS, HTML, DBMS, etc., this book demystifies some of the jargon. Helps you understand the complicated business of coding, web development, database management etc. Recommended for novices and beginners
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Rodriguez - Nonfiction Author of Simple Time Management Tips on April 1, 2014
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You can’t turn around today without reading, hearing (or in this case writing about) Big Data, web applications or Social Media.

If you are an anointed one working in Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley or Silicon “add your local landmark of choice”, understanding technology is like understanding how to breathe - you just do it.

For the rest of us luckily there are books like Vinay Trivedi’s How to Speak Tech. Vinay is clearly a techie, but he also understands that what is taken for granted in some quarters might as well be quantum mechanics in others.

Using the idea of what a non-techie might face when trying to get their company or team to build an internet application from scratch, Vinay walks us uninitiated through everything from front-end development (the stuff we see when we cruise the web), back-end development (how all that goodness comes from servers to our eyeballs) and associated issues like debugging, scalability and internet security.

The book is a quick read and will give any interested reader a basic primer on internet technology and build processes. Although minor grammar and editorial mistakes mar some chapters, the overall usefulness of the book for non-techies cannot be overstated.

I’m glad I read it and I’m sure those looking to get educated on the web would find value as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm333 on February 28, 2014
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I was searching for an easy to understand book explaining some basic tech/internet concepts, and I came across "How to Speak Tech" in the "Suggested Reading" view. I had an interview with a tech company (non-technical position, of course) a few weeks ago, and had wanted to learn some basics about technology. It definitely helped me be a more competitive candidate during the interview.

Upon reading it, I was thoroughly impressed by Trivedi's ability to simplify complex concepts. I haven't read any authors who explained Cloud computing and Databases as well as you did. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an easy to read book to brush up on their tech knowledge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Flatow on February 4, 2015
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I absolutely love this book. It was recommended to me when I was talking to a programmer about specific issues I was having. I've read the thing twice already and refer back to it a lot. For anyone who needs to understand tech lingo and concepts in lay terms there is no better reference. Your "tech anxiety" will be cured.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Wineberg TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 10, 2014
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When I got my first computer in 1980, I became obsessed. Not just with the games I could now play (all night), but about every aspect. I learned every chip on the motherboard, and all the performance data. As time went on, computers improved and got infinitely more complicated, like cars. You used to be able fine tune a car’s performance. Now it’s all obscured by electronic components and software. So with the the computer. You really don’t need to know what chipset has been replaced by an ASIC that does ten times as much in a twentieth of the space. So why do we need to know how the plumbing of the internet works?

There are two important reasons. How To Speak Tech demonstrates the current state of complexity and the choices that still need to be made on a daily basis if you are working with tech (as opposed to working in tech, where one should already have internalized all of this and far more). Because it’s actually still early days, and there are weaknesses, ambiguities and forks in the road. It’s in the news all the time, and we need to be able to nod our heads knowingly when we read about it. Even just as consumers, we need to know about security, spam, and theft as we roam the internet, and why it’s taking so long for that stupid page to refresh.

Second, and far more important, are working relationships. There is little more frustrating to techies than a marketing person who has zero understanding of what they can and cannot do – all while making huge demands of them. I leaped over everyone because I could understand what they told me, was able to talk to them in their language, and make suggestions that impressed them because I knew what I was saying. I bridged the engineering-marketing gap.
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As a finance student trying to learn more about the tech sector, this book serves as a great primer. There are few typos in the books. But overall, the language is simple and the materials are easy to understand. It's a short book of IT 101, and you get to learn something about different programming languages, what are front-end, back-end, and database, debugging process, etc. Any finance/business major who wants to get into technology banking or work in a startup should read this book. The book doesn't have any graphics, but the author recommended "How The Internet Works" if you want further details. That book covers a lot more topics with graphics, and I'd recommend it after you finish "How to Speak Tech."
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