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Follow the Geeks: 10 Digital Innovators and the Future of Work Paperback – January 20, 2016
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About the Author
LYNDSEY GILPIN is a cleantech and environmental journalist. She's an award-winning long form writer who has had bylines in The Atlantic, TechRepublic, Grist, Forbes, and more. JASON HINER is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet at CBS Interactive. He's an award-winning journalist and editor who has a passion for the power of a well-told story.
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I've recently added podcasting to my list of online media. So, the user supported efforts of Tom Merritt was appreciated as well. So many nuggets and rich stories. I don't want to give away the book as I'm sure you'll find inspiration and maybe a roadmap to entrepreneurship.
Cons: The form the book is written in is not chronological (for each story), but jumps all over. This makes it a bit hard to follow at times, but I still don't regret buying the book.
The stories in this book are really great for those who have been in similar situations, or follow the same vocations the subjects talk about. It's very positive and enlightening.
The best aspect is learning the history of how they became the beloved geeks we have gotten to know through our screens and headphones. From the pioneering veterans like Om Malek and Leo Laporte, to today's most charismatic, energetic and deeply intelligent stars like Lisa Bettany, Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt.
There's a heartwarming element to each of these well researched and delightfully written meetups: you recognize some of yourself in all of them. What separates these pioneers of what some call the "new media" from the ways of old is their honesty, their humility, and their unabashed joy about being able to connect to you, their audience.
Many of us grew up with them, many of us enjoy their work on a daily, or even way more than daily basis (thank you, Twitter!) and we may feel at times like we know them, because they share so much... but in this book they reveal so much more. Gilpin & Heiner are clearly fellow travelers, and while the book is called Follow The Geeks, after reading it we feel like we've been alongside them and gotten to really know them. And for those in the reading audience who aspire to become leaders and communicators of the next generation of passionate geeks (you know who you are) there is much advice and wisdom here.
I've listened to almost 300 audible books and this is the first time I've been so put off that I'm not sure I can finish it. It actually makes me crabby. I'm seriously considering just buying the kindle version.
Sorry, I know I seem to be alone in this opinion but I don't know how.