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Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries
Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries
by Peter Sims
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little Bets should be a must read for every young person, April 20, 2011
At the essence of this book, Peter Sims breaks down how in fact successful companies and people ultimately achieve success. What is a little bet? It's exactly what it sounds like -- taking small bets or low-risk actions to discover, develop and test an idea. Most people never talk about the process in which people undergo to see an idea come to fruition. And by process, I mean the failures that they encounter along the way, which contribute significantly towards their success.

In Little Bets, you would be surprised to learn about some of the people and companies that adhere to this principle of continuously testing their ideas, launching them into the world, iterating upon them, and figuring out what works and what doesn't. For example, did you know that renowned American comedian Chris Rock experiments with all of his new material in public venues, with audiences of around 50 people to test their reactions to see what sticks and what doesn't? Pixar, the animation studio's motto is "going from suck to nonsuck". Pixar's chief creative officer John Lasseter expresses his perfectionism as "we don't actually finish our films, we release them." Frank Gehry, a Canadian American Pritzker Prize-winning architect applies the same principles when thinking about design. The list goes on and on.

This is why I believe Little Bets should be a must read for everyone, especially young people who are not traditionally taught to experiment with things, fail at them, and see what works and what doesn't. Peter has expressed one main life long lesson in this book that's supported with in-depth examples and research -- and it's to make little bets.


The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
by David Kirkpatrick
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Insightful Account of the True Facebook Story, June 23, 2010
I've just finished reading The Facebook Effect, and it was like a movie I didn't want to end. I'm considering reading it again. As a budding internet startup entrepreneur, learning from major successes, such as Facebook, is incredibly valuable. The problem is, where can you learn about the juicy details that essentially positioned a company like Facebook to be so ubiquitous? Details such as:

- how Facebook gained so much traffic early on
- how they scaled the site school by school
- the major decisions Mark and his team grappled with at every stage
- the strategy and thought process that went through Zuckerberg's mind
- how they raised their first dollar of investment
- what sort of information did they pitch their first professional investors
- etc...

It includes everything that an internet startup entrepreneur would want to know, encapsulated in one of the world's most fascinating phenomenon -- The Facebook Effect.

Enjoy.
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