design

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The Laws of Simplicity

Thoughtfully reduce size, features, and time to move towards simplicity. Simplicity and complexity need each other. Some things cannot be simplified. The Laws of Simplicity (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) is a collection of principles which point towards simplicity. Author John Maeda includes examples from design, education, business, and life (messy closets) in this book which encourages

product mgmt

product managers

Product Leaders on Product Management

In Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love author Jon Kolko includes interviews with six product leaders who give their perspective on design and product management. The interviews are a treasure trove of opinions and insight on product design, development, and management from people who have built great products.         Joe Gebbia, co-founder and Chief

innovation

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The other side of innovation

Innovation is hard and ideas only get you up one side of the mountain. You still have to go over the other side to reach your goal by executing well. Vijay Govindarajan‘s four books cover different aspects of successful innovation that begins in established organizations (versus startups). In The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the

business

differentiation

Being Different

There are three patterns brands can follow to escape the gravity of hyper-mature categories. Reverse brands, breakaways, and hostile brands can all energize brand loyalty by breaking with the herd. True differentiation is a mindset and a commitment to engage with consumers as real people. In the second half of Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd Youngme Moon provides

differentiation

Being Different

There are three patterns brands can follow to escape the gravity of hyper-mature categories. Reverse brands, breakaways, and hostile brands can all energize brand loyalty by breaking with the herd. True differentiation is a mindset and a commitment to engage with consumers as real people. In the second half of Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd Youngme Moon provides

software platforms

Software platforms: redefining the basis of competition

Competition in the software sector is moving from individual products and services to platform ecosystems. Five key trends are pushing companies to platform strategies. Platform Ecosystems: Aligning Architecture, Governance, and Strategy by Amrit Tiwana describes the dynamics that are driving the new basis of competition in software. This is one of the few books in-depth available

business model

platform value proposition

The Value Proposition of Platforms

Each participant in a platform ecosystem gains access to a unique value proposition. Platform owners, application developers, and end users all benefit from the power of the platform. Platform Ecosystems: Aligning Architecture, Governance, and Strategy by Amrit Tiwana covers all aspects of software platforms and is written in clear and succinct style. It’s hard to find books

startup

Zero-to-One

Finding Secrets

To build a great company, one that solves a new problem, take a contrarian approach to commonly held business wisdom. Seek out secrets to which others are blind. Build a monopoly; direct competition will lead to conformity and erode all profits. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future isn’t a

pricing

the price is right

Finding the right price

Pricing with Confidence lists ten rules for pricing strategy success. The first two, replacing the discounting habit with healthy arrogance about your value and understanding the value you provide to your customers, underpin the other eight. Since the first step to finding a solution to any problem is defining the problem, Holden and Burton begin with

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