Disrupt or Die: What the World Needs to Learn from Silicon Valley to Survive the Digital Era Kindle Edition
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--Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO, Kraft Group, Owner of the New England Patriots
"The old saying that 'those who can, do, while those who can't, teach or write books' doesn't apply to Jed. He has a proven track record of bringing digital transformation to market. In this book, he teaches invaluable lessons and insights gleaned from the front lines of innovation."
--David Cheriton, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Stanford; Cofounder, Arista; First Investor, Google
"Jed is an impressive CEO, visionary, executor, and technologist. Disrupt or Die unlocks Jed's strategy and techniques for leading in an age of rapid disruption. This is the digital playbook of our time."
--David Castellani, SVP and Business Information Officer, New York Life
"Jed has spilled Silicon Valley's magic beans in Disrupt or Die. Every CEO in the world needs to read this book."
--Jyoti Bansal, Founding CEO, AppDynamics (Acquired by Cisco for $3.7 billion)
"The most compelling book I've ever read on technology disruption."
--Chris Laping, Best-Selling Author, People Before Things
From the Back Cover
Businesses big and small need a revolutionary, not evolutionary, digital strategy. Thankfully, serial entrepreneur and CEO Jedidiah Yueh has compiled an arsenal of essential frameworks to help companies survive and thrive in the digital era.
With more than twenty years of experience as a digital disruptor, Yueh provides business owners and executives with the critical insights into why current efforts are failing and the tools to build digital products for sustainability, profitability, and survival.
Whether you're an experienced executive, working in a startup, or just interested in technology, this book will help you reap the benefits of the digital renaissance instead of suffering from a digital apocalypse.
- Publisher : Lioncrest Publishing (October 2, 2017)
- ASIN : B0764P22R1
- File size : 7513 KB
- Publication date : October 2, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 284 pages
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Best Sellers Rank: #756,117 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While this book is only around 200 pages, Jed’s direct and prescriptive approach delivers a plethora of insightful and actionable information. If, like me, you are a big fan of the rule of 3’s, you will be quite happy with how Jed lays out the framework for evaluating ideas, leadership compositions, and even ownership makeup. Jed applies his formulas to some of the world’s biggest companies and even applies them to failed companies in an effort to eliminate survivorship bias, a common flaw in most business books. Something else I particularly enjoyed, was Jed directly challenges some of business world’s current darlings: Lean Startup, Culture Hype, and even Mark Zuckerberg.
Jed doesn’t mince words and pulls no punches. If you are someone who wants to turn a great idea into a great company, then read this book before you waste any more time. Jed doesn’t paint a magical world of “anyone can succeed if they just do X,Y,Z.” Instead Jed attacks the process and lays out direct guidance on how to evaluate whether your idea is even worthwhile. Jed also walks the reader through how to keep evaluating that idea until she finds the right combination of market, time to value, and value differentiation that will increase her chances of being successful.
I highly recommend this read to anyone interested in entrepreneurship and being a part of forming something great. The overall theme I gathered from this book, is that if you want to disrupt the world, you must first be ready to disrupt yourself.
If I were to ask for the CliffsNotes from a seasoned Silicon Valley startup veteran, this would be it. Conveniently organized into three parts;The Idea, The Build, and The Scale - one learns the impact of how fast ordinary ideas can become extraordinary companies, potentially displacing many of the legacy pillars in business today. It will make you look differently through a competitive lens as to how the Amazons, Googles, Ubers, etc. will have an impact on your future business strategy... and existence.
Yueh’s storytelling hits the mark on the three qualities I find most important for a book in this space. Claims are backed by supporting metrics, complex concepts made simple through analogies, and I take away actionable lessons.
Highly recommended. Easy read (~ 3 hours).
As I was reading the book, it dawned on me that Jedidah was disrupting the "business management" book genre. Jim Collins' classic leadership book "Good to Great" and other genre defining books for their time such as Malcolm Gladwell's "Tipping Point" and books and articles by Peter Drucker were seminal for their time but Jedidiah writes a very compelling argument that while the "Good to Great" generation was defined by a "Level 5 - humble servant leader" the current technology titans have anything but the qualities outlined in Collin's book.
The disruptive aspect that Jedidiah brings to the genre is that he is has woven practical and actionable advice in addition to his leadership insights all throughout the book. He gives the reader all of the frameworks he used for success and personalizes in such a way that you are with him as he recalls building Avamar (sold to EMC for $165 million in cash) and Delphix (where he is founder and Chairman). He takes you through the journeys of founders and their companies (Bezos-Amazon, Brin/Page-Alphabet, Jobs-Apple to name a few). Jedidiah explains his views on the transition from the "humble servant leader" of the "Good to Great" era to what three traits are a requirement for the technology innovation leader of today and tomorrow. (you will need to read the book to see what the three traits are). The books is well written and concise with a logical layout which can be used to actually build real products (any product not just technology).
Jedidiah has an authentic voice in his writing style and pulls no punches. Readers make be taken aback that he actually contradicts many of the popular innovation methodologies that have been embraced in recent years. He skewers "the Lean Startup Method" as well as the "Innovator's Dilemma" but he takes the time to explain why those methods have limited utility but also why relying them alone often ends in failure giving example after example along the way.
True to form, after giving you all of his frameworks and insights, he ends the book with his own altruistic call to action. Seeking hope for the next generation of innovation leaders.
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Note: I'm slightly biased as I work for Delphix but would find this an interesting read all the same.