Recap of the business books that we have read
Shoedog: Autobiography of Phil Knight, founder of Nike
The lean startup, Eric Ries:
How to build a startup, the antifragile way
Ben Horowits The Hard thing about hard things helps throw light at the challenges a CEO goes through.
The Messy Middle - Scott Belsky: Talks about stuff between the most romantic parts of a venture, from starting in a garage or college dorm to successfully doing a multi-billion dollar IPO.
Obviously Awesome - April Dunford
positioning framework that actually works, because she sees that positioning is often misunderstood, and can be really powerful, especially for saas startups
Hooked - Nir Eyal
how to build habit-forming products
Venture Deals - Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson
Good Strategy, Bad Strategy - Richard Rumelt
Strategy =/= ambitious goal setting, vision, charisma
Good strategy identifies the key challenge to overcome
Good strategy includes actions to take to overcome
- The Lean Startup
- Venture Deals
Wildcard: The 7 habits of highly effective people by stephen covey
What to expect on the next season - Human Body series
If our bodies could talk by James Hamblin
If our bodies could talk is a guide that tackles about different human stories
James Hamblin, a doctor and a journalist at Atlantic, created a video turned into a book that respond to the common medical questions of people. Endless curiosity lead us to seek new knowledge especially when it comes to our body. If our bodies could talk, a guide that tackles and give clarity how human treat his body and how it should be. Author dropped some of the frequently asked questions such as:
• Can I "boost" my immune system?
• Does caffeine make me live longer?
• Do we still not know if cell phones cause cancer?
• How much sleep do I actually need?
• Is there any harm in taking a multivitamin?
• Is life long enough?
It focuses on body functions starting with the body’s superficial parts — eyes, and skin. Then, body actions such as eating, feeling, drinking, and even dying. His approach is interesting and straightforward. He intends to inform the reader’s to live a healthy lifestyle and worry less about the things that don’t matter. His context explain the misconceptions versus marketing-based facts.
WHY WE SLEEP by Matthew Walker
Why we sleep, a New York times bestseller written by Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience and has contributed over 100 scientific studies. Why we sleep thoroughly explain the essence of sleep. It is described as one of the most important activity that people shouldn’t take advantage because it has a short and long-term effect on our physical, mental, and emotional health. Since most people are sleep- deprived, Matthew clearly states that it can linked to serious health diseases such as cancer, diabetes and even death.
Part 1: This Thing Called Sleep
- To sleep
- Caffeine, Jet Lag, and Melatonin: Losing and Gaining Control of Your Sleep Rhythm
- Defining and Generating Sleep
- Ape Beds, Dinosaurs, and Napping with Half a Brain: Who Sleeps, How Do We Sleep, and How Much?
- Changes in Sleep Across the Life Span
Part 2: Why Would You Sleep?
- Your Mother and Shakespeare Knew
- Too Extreme for the Guinness Book of World Records
- Cancer, Heart Attacks, and a Shorter Life Part 3: How and Why We Dream
- Routinely Psychotic
- Dreaming as Overnight Therapy
- Dream Creativity and Dream Control
Part 4: From Sleeping Pills to Society Transformed
- Things That Go Bump in the Night
- iPads, Factory Whistles, and Nightcaps
- Hurting and Helping Your Sleep
- Sleep and Society: What Medicine and Education Are Doing Wrong; What Google and NASA Are Doing Right.
- A New Vision for Sleep in the Twenty-First Century
Part 5: Twelve Tips for Healthy Sleep
Basically, Walker aims to warn us about lack of sleep and beauty of dreams that will give you longevity.
Breath by James Nestor
Breath, written by James Nestor, author and journalist who has written for New York Times, BBC, National Public Radio, gives you a transformation that changes your body and mind. It all starts with breathing. It is one of the underrated body activities yet the pillar of healthy lifestyle. Nestor stated that to breathe is not just taking the air in and letting it out, it has an art. He reveal the basic truth how the art of breathing occurs. There are many ways to breathe — the 5.5 symmetry, 5.5 second inhales followed by 5.5 second exhales which equals to 5.5 breaths a minute is the most efficient breathing rhythm. When your heartbeat speeds up, exhale slowly. To exhale is a parasympathetic response which calms your mental state. The misconception of being “less nature, more nurture” is far from truth. Workout exercises can increase your lung’s capacity. He used free divers as an example, diving down thousands of feet, made their lungs larger. Nose breathing is always better than mouth breathing. It lowers your blood pressure, heart rate and helps preserve memories that keep your body balanced.
Lifespan by David. A Sinclair
Lifespan written by David Sinclair, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School. In this book, author explains why an individual undergo aging. Aging causes stem cell loss and genetic instability. Through his research, David created a theory that aging is a “loss of information” based by the Mathematical Theory of Communication by Claude Shannon. In this theory, there are two types that transmits information — digital and analog. Analog is continuous and interrupted by a noise while digital is discrete. Both serve as the genetic and epigenetic code respectively which distinguishes which genes are present in the cell. David concluded that noise destroys the gene expression and other processes which results to malfunctioning and aging of an individual. This self-help books is somehow a wake-up call for everyone about how the science of aging takes place.
GUT by Giulia Enders
Gut, sold over million copies written by Giulia Enders, two-time scholarship winner of the Heraeus Foundation. Author states that treating your guts well, will treat your body well in return. She wants the readers to explore how digestive system works and explains step by step. From a food which enters the mouth to gastric bubble to stomach to small intestine. Ender shows also microbes as part of the process and also produce nutrients that is being absorbed by our body. These bacteria occupy space and latch at specific locations. She also shares how important cleanliness is, the best position to defecate, vomiting and washing of fruits and vegetables. Her book serve as a good source and a user-friendly type which can be useful to anyone.
Burn Herman Ponser
Burn, written by Herman Pontzer, anthropologist at Duke University. This book is an eye-opener who loves to exercise and lose weight, be physically fit. Pontzer shows how metabolism works and manage our desired weight. He implies that exercising doesn’t burn your calories, diet does. He said “Use diet to watch your weight, and exercise for everything else”. Pontzer believes that we’re not in control of our metabolism but you have control on your diet. His observation states that the more you exercise, more your body manage energy. Exercise will lead you a healthy well-being but doesn’t give you’re body huge changes. He also offers explanations about the role of foods is essential in maintaining your desired body status and won’t lead you on overconsume.
Death by food Pyramid Denise MInger
Nutrition, written by Denise Minger,. A book that reveals the truth about nutrition. Her book needs an extensive reading in order to absorb the content because it contains a lot of data that will surely serve as your primary source in terms of your human nutrition. It is divided into three major parts — Shady Politics, Slippery Science, and New Geometry. Minger exposed the politics that led the USDA Food Pyramid of Nutrition that is responsible in promoting agriculture problems. She describes how low-fat diet is important in improving one’s nutrition. She even debunked the early research due to poor methodology. Being aware about nutrition will become very useful instead of being dependent on doctors. She gave tips on how to evaluate who to trust and who to recognize as an authority. She also gave an overview about “muscle meats” and how to cook meats to lessen the carcinogenic properties.
Whether you’re a beginner, athlete, professional, nutrionist, this is perfect for everyone.
- If our bodies could talk (James Hamblin)
- Why We Sleep (Matthew Walker)
- Breath (James Nestor)
- Lifespan (Dr a Sinclair)
- Gut (Julia Enders)
- Burn (Herman Ponser)
- Death by food pyramid (Denise Minger)