The list author says: "The Singularity University Graduate Studies Program brings together a diverse group of the most accomplished experts in academics, business, and government with the top graduate and post graduate students and entrepreneurial leaders from around the globe for an intense 10-week summer experience. The program immerses students in an unparalleled learning environment to focus on solving the planet’s most pressing challenges using exponential & accelerating technologies.
The exponential growth of technology has had an equally dramatic effect on every facet of the business world. From the long tail reverberations of virtual goods, through the outsourcing of every aspect of creation and production, to the explosive development of personal brands and the potentially culture-changing introduction of microfinance, accelerating technologies are revolutionizing our global economic system.
The Finance, Entrepreneurship & Economics track at Singularity University covers the dramatic changes in business that have already been caused by accelerating technologies, and includes in-depth sessions on future economics, the essential tools of entrepreneurship, and advanced presentation and communications skills. Electives, coordinated with the technical tracks at SU, include topics chosen from among the following: understanding the new workforce and the concept of personal brands, private financing of space travel, the economics of knowledge, “green” financing through carbon cap & trade, virtual market economics, microfinance, the neuroscience of economic behavior, and the concept of money as information.
This list was the official pre-reading and reference list for the original Graduate Studies Program FEE track at Singularity University, prepared by Founding FEE Track Chair David S. Rose. Comments and suggestions regarding this list are always welcome, to david [at] rose [dot] vc."
"Chris Anderson has a definite knack for identifying critical, disruptive market trends, and then writing about them directly, cogently and with humor. This book was controversial when it came out, but his projections are much more right than they are wrong. This is stuff you NEED to understand to make sense of new business models."
"The social-enabled Web 2.0 is morphing so quickly in an age of exponentially developing technologies that virtually everything written about it is out of date before publication. This is a readable and useful introduction to the state of the world as of its publication date, and will help quickly get you up to speed and put many other things in perspective."
"Crowdsourcing, networking and online groups are fundamentally re-organizing the social order, and the effects are far-reaching in all spheres, including business. This readable work from influential pundit Clay (Here Comes Everybody) Shirky, synthesizes much of the current thinking on the subject."
"Written by a Yale law professor and published in 2007, this definitive (for its time...it was written pre-Twitter) tome is a comprehensive assessment of the original Web 2.0 technologies, and the way in which the ‘networked information economy’ relates profit- focused businesses and socially-derived projects in a changing society."
"It is simply not possible any longer to function effectively in designing, operating or investing in commercial enterprises unless you have a very good grounding in the seismic re-ordering of the world over the past few decades. This is my first choice book on the subject, newly updated for 2012."
"A highly readable, and also recommended, introduction to the seismic changes that globalization is having, particularly on the worlds of business and economics. A somewhat shorter and slightly more accessible alternative to Zakaria's "Post American World"."
"Short and readable, this very basic semi-economics introduction ties together themes from the books on globalization and evolving business models, to bring you up to speed on the concepts and terminology that will be useful in understanding the changes in the world of finance occasioned by such developments as the Long Tail, Web 2.0 and Globalization."
"For anyone considering starting his or her own business, this classic is an absolute must- read before you do anything. It lays out in explicitly stark terms the difference between “small business ownership” and “entrepreneurship”. After you finish this, you should have a pretty good feel for whether you have what it takes to create a high-growth business."
"Once you’ve read Gerber and decided that you really are an entrepreneur, next on your list should be Bo Peabody’s marvelous little book about the real world, and how not to confuse luck with smarts. I only wish that most of my CEOs had read this one."
"The central thesis in this highly readable book from SU speaker Bob Rice is that in a rapidly changing business environment, ‘cookbook’ answers no longer work. Three Moves Ahead gives business executives and entrepreneurs a framework for developing their overall business strategies in a world that is morphing faster than we can understand it."
"Written by a Harvard Business School professor, this provocative best-seller addresses some of the most crucial strategic issues that technology companies have to face, providing concrete examples of Schumpeter’s theory of ‘creative destruction’. It has spawned a whole series of advisory works on innovation (The Innovator's Solution, the Innovator's DNA, etc.)"
"The textbook on technology entrepreneurship, by one of the FEE Track Advisors (Byers). It integrates entrepreneurship and technology management with current examples of new technologies and an extensive suite of media resources, and details the critical differences between scientific ideas and true business opportunities."
"Based on my decades of investing in over 90 companies, with exits to Google, Facebook, Intel, Amazon and others, this is the first comprehensive instruction manual on angel investing. It is essential reading for anyone considering becoming an angel and extremely useful for entrepreneurs on the other side of the table, so you can understand what serious angels are thinking."
"This is one of the best books on the equity fundraising process. It is comprehensive, accurate and appropriately balanced between optimism and realism. If you are serious about getting funding for your enterprise, it will provide you with the background to ensure that you come across as an informed entrepreneur and not a clueless wannabe."
"Another excellent introduction and guided tour to the arcane world of raising venture capital, from a smart and literate VC. It provides excellent insights into the mind of the person on the other side of the table, and is a good source of "VC hacks"."
"Garr Reynolds has created THE book that for everyone who is even thinking about presenting. He has written and illustrated with stunning clarity the essence of what I and others have been preaching for years: visual clarity, simplicity, presence, planning and more. If you are even *thinking* about buying a book on presentation skills, this is it."
"Unlike Presentation Zen, this book is aimed directly at the CEO developing a fundraising pitch for a VC or angel road show. It is very, very thorough, and is a superb, logical, step-by-step guide to how you should sequence a pitch presentation. Use Jerry for content, and Garr for design."
"The world is divided into those who have somehow never heard of this book, and everyone else for whom it has achieved cult status. If you ever HAVE done, ARE doing, or WILL be doing any kind of chart, graph, or visual presentation of numbers, you MUST read this book. It is the classic in the field."
"Gladwell’s Outliers may be one of the most important books I’ve read in years. In concise, clearly-written prose, he analyzes, and makes brilliantly clear, what stands behind the extraordinary success of people such as Bill Gates, Mozart and the Beatles, who have achieved things well outside the norm of typical accomplishment."
"OK, so this was written before I was even born, and has nothing whatsoever to do with The Singularity or exponentially accelerating technologies. But it is one of the more seminal business books ever written, and once you read it you will NEVER again look at time management, the British Admiralty, a board meeting or a cocktail party in the same way."