October readings

These are some books I read in October 2018.

1. Jesse: The Man Who Outran Hitler
The book is an autobiography of Jesse Owens. It talks about his struggles, success, and stardom. Jesse Owens was the first American black athlete to win multiple gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Germany.

2. Great Ceos Are Lazy: How Exceptional Ceos Do More in Less Time
In his book, Jim Schleckser writes about how laziness coupled with a focus makes a CEO successful.

3. Monetizing Innovation: How Smart Companies Design the Product Around the Price
Madhavan Ramanujam has been in the industry for long. In this book, he shares his wisdom on pricing products. He talks about various categories and strategies to follow in pricing software product. His piece of advice on pricing before a product is what summarizes the book.

4. A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs
Tren Griffin was part of VC industry. These days he works at Microsoft. The book summarizes learning from 25 investors in Venture Capital ecosystem. Convexity and not following the herd in picking startup was the core wisdom shared by most folks.

Note: Tren Griffin is donating all the earnings from this book to an NGO.

5. Software Project Survival Guide
Steve Mcconnell shares his wisdom on project management in this book. If you are a project manager and worried about product timelines and shipping features, this book is for you.

6. On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
Seneca was a stoic philosopher. He was an advisor to Nero, one of the cruelest emperor of Rome. In this book, he talks about the importance of using our valuable time. According to Seneca, our time is short. We should use our time more wisely. Time should get priority than money or other material wealth.