These books enlightened readers on the role of microchips in geopolitics, the trials, tribulations, and growth of the venture capital industry, thoughts on the United States’ role in the world, the role of entrepreneurshipStrategy
As 2023 begins, here is a look back at my thoughts on the best technology books from 2022. These books enlightened readers on the role of microchips in geopolitics, the trials, tribulations, and growth of the venture capital industry, thoughts on the United States’ role in the world, the role of entrepreneurship across the country, and the wisdom of quitting, among other topics. Enjoy!
Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology, by Chris Miller
From home appliances to national military systems, the modern world depends on microchips. In his book, economic historian Chris Miller analyzes the history of the chip’s rise and the increasingly complex geopolitical power struggle to control its future.
The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future, by Sebastian Mallaby
It’s no secret that innovation has been influenced largely by the venture capital community, through both its successes and its failures. Sebastian Mallaby presents a candid account of the VC industry through the lens of some of the most well known investors in the space, weaving together a story of a booming industry that has driven technological innovation for over half a century and exploring how it will evolve in the years to come.
Adrift: America in 100 Charts, by Scott Galloway
Facing an unprecedented global pandemic, impending economic headwinds and a growing political divide, many are wondering what the future holds, and how the nation got to where it is today. New York University Professor Scott Galloway’s latest book addresses this through 100 charts that explore the history of the United States and attempts to answer the question “what happened?” Galloway speaks to topics ranging from socio-economic conditions to the erosion of trust in the federal government and the military-industrial complex.
The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything, by Matthew Ball
The metaverse is quickly becoming commonplace in the lexicon of technology and business leaders, but many are stumped as to what it actually means, let alone how it can be leveraged to provide value to their organizations. In Matthew Ball’s latest book, he demystifies metaverse and explains the path ahead.
True North: Leading Authentically in Today’s Workplace, Emerging Leader Edition, by Bill George and Zach Clayton
Long gone are the days of “command and control” leadership, argue former Medtronic CEO Bill George and tech entrepreneur Zach Clayton in their latest book. Today, leadership is defined by someone’s authenticity and ability to be real in the workplace. The authors challenge readers to look inward at their true selves (their “True North”), follow a defined leadership purpose (their “North Star”), and navigate difficult business decisions through empathy, passion, and courage.
The Rise of the Rest: How Entrepreneurs in Surprising Places are Building the New American Dream, by Steve Case
Historically, 75% of venture capital investment in the United States has gone to companies located in only three states: California, Massachusetts, and New York. This inspired Revolution LLC CEO Steve Case to expand the reach of venture capital and provide visibility, opportunity, and funding to startups in other parts of the country. His latest book tells the stories of the startups he met during his visits to these cities and the entrepreneurs who view their location as an advantage rather than a hindrance.
Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away, by Annie Duke
Committing to an idea, company, or role is usually seen as a virtue among business professionals, but sometimes the best course of action is simply to walk away. Annie Duke draws on anecdotes from industry leaders, prominent entertainers, and successful entrepreneurs to illustrate how quitting has helped those individuals in their careers, and shares tools to help others use quitting as a path to greater success.
Intended Consequences: How to Build Market-Leading Companies with Responsible Innovation, by Hemant Taneja and Kevin Maney
Social responsibility is a key consideration for many businesses, but without a business model to back it, a company’s mindset on responsible innovation means little. In their latest, venture capitalist Hemant Taneja and columnist Kevin Maney lay out the new rules leaders should follow to enhance social good and address the complex social problems of today. Using KCIs, key consequence indicators, they provide a framework companies can use to tie explicit value to innovation’s social impact.
Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making, by Tony Fadell
From the iPod and the iPhone to the Nest thermostat, Tony Fadell has led product development teams that have created some of the most recognizable innovations. Through personal anecdotes and insights drawn over the course of his career, Tony explains the history behind some of these influential devices and shares advice for business leaders on everything from getting startup funding to navigating difficult relationships at work.
Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential, by Tiago Forte
At a time when it can seem harder than ever to organize and prioritize the many activities we are involved in, remember what is important, and remain productive, productivity consultant, Tiago Forte, offers tools to use in the digital age to reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed and to accomplish more. He offers pathways to developing a “second brain,” shorthand for a personal system of knowledge management.
Peter High is President of Metis Strategy, a business and IT advisory firm. He has written three bestselling books, including his latest Getting to Nimble. He also moderates the Technovation podcast series and speaks at conferences around the world. Follow him on Twitter @PeterAHigh.