History and Writing
Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom
How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World
Hardcover ISBN: 0470740140
“If you want to understand why Wikipedia is changing the world, this book is a must read.” Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia “This book is a must read for all - social activists, politicians or managers - who have an interest in understanding how our society is morphing.” Professor C.K. Prahalad, #1 Management Guru and author of Competing for the Future Synopsis The rise of social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo is changing the way we see ourselves, how we interact with each other, how we work and how we do business on a daily basis. Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom explores the powerful forces driving the social networking revolution, the impact of these profound changes, and the far reaching consequences of social networking. Detailing the way social networks affects both individuals and societies as a whole, the book offers a detailed focus on the ways social networking affects the world of business and work. The generation entering the workforce today - and entering boardrooms everywhere - is fully engaged with social networking and its uses. Rather than feeling threatened and paranoid, today's business leaders need to understand this phenomenon, accept that it won't go away, and embrace its power in the world of business. Excerpts from Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: “Your next CEO’s most impressive job credential might be status as an online gladiator, honing valuable leadership skills mercilessly slaying mortal enemies on World of Warcraft. Why not, the skills necessary to hack your way to the top levels of virtual games – especially a killer instinct – are excellent pre-requisites for managing complex organisations.” ***** “Many senior managers mistakenly believe Enterprise 2.0 is a product, like the latest Microsoft office suite. They don’t realise that Enterprise 2.0 is not a cost centre, but a “state of mind” – a revolutionary new way of managing companies and conducting business. Web 2.0 tools have no regard for “organisational boundaries, hierarchies, or job titles”. Try telling a senior executive that, henceforth, there will be no job titles, reporting lines, and organisational boundaries in the company – and watch the reaction closely.” ***** “When someone calls a meeting, he or she is asserting authority over those who are invited to attend. Meetings are exclusive and closed. In most corporations, who gets invited to a meeting – and who does not – sends a signal about who’s ‘in the loop’. Meetings are a form of social grooming inside organisations. Meetings impose vertical authority. They establish status hierarchies. The Enterprise 2.0 model is feared in corporations because it threatens status hierarchies.” ***** “Harnessing the dynamism of horizontal networks, Web 2.0 social media are bypassing institutional forms of social organisation and directly empowering people. This book has attempted to tell that story with illustrations, which, we hope, have offered intriguing and instructive insights into the powerful transformations we described. What has interested us most, indeed, is the transformative impact – or “e-ruptions” – of Web 2.0 social media on the three dynamics that gave this book its structure: identity, status and power.” About the Authors:Matthew Fraser, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at INSEAD and teaches at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. A recognised media industries expert, he also has long experience as a journalist, including weekly columnist, national television host, and Editor-in-Chief of Canada’s national daily newspaper, the National Post. Soumitra Dutta, PhD., is Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Business and Technology at INSEAD. He is faculty director of elab@INSEAD, a center of excellence in the digital economy working in collaboration with organisations such as SAP and Intel. His research has been showcased in the international media such as CNN, CNBC, and the BBC. He is a fellow of the World Economic Forum.
The New New Thing
A Silicon Valley Story
Hardcover ISBN: 0393048136
Tells the unlikely story of Silicon Valley through the life of one of its great achievers--Jim Clark, who founded Silicon Graphics and Netscape and may be on the verge of another trillion-dollar company
The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0812928512
Drawing on exclusive interviews with industry insiders, a journalist looks at the corporate intrigues, personality conflicts, and serious mistakes that led to the tumultuous fall of Apple from the pinnacle of the business world. 50,000 first printing. Tour.
Change Reality Screens
Paperback ISBN: 1579510841
This timely book, Timothy Leary's "cyberpunk manifesto," is his future-vision of the emergence of a new humanism with an emphasis on questioning authority, independent thinking, individual creativity, and empowerment via computers and brain technologies. Cyberpunks brings together some of Leary’s most provocative writings, along with selections from interviews and conversations with a variety of writers and thinkers. Individual chapters include “How I Became an Amphibian,” “Personal Computers; Personal Freedom,” and “Navigational Game Plane.” “How to Boot Up Your Bio-Computer” typifies Leary’s outrageous yet surprisingly grounded ideas, linking pagan, nature-based rituals with a “collective boot-up” of the brain through stimulation from certain natural plants. Together, these pieces describe a new breed of human being who embraces technology, uses it to revolutionize communication and evade and annoy Big Brother, while at the same time achieving personal success, attaining political power, and above all, having fun.
Man Who Knew Too Much
Alan Turing And the Invention of the Computer
Paperback ISBN: 0393329097
Outlines the Bletchley Park mathematician's efforts to launch artificial intelligence innovations, describing his thwarted attempts to gain support for a programmable calculating machine, his contributions to cracking the Nazi Enigma code during World War II, and how the revelation of his homosexuality led to his tragic imprisonment and suicide. Reprint.
How to Do Everything iPod & iTunes
Paperback ISBN: 0071786740
Get the most out of your iPod and iTunes Fully revised throughout, How to Do Everything: iPod and iTunes, Sixth Edition covers the iPod classic, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle as well as the latest version of iTunes. Find out how to easily load music, podcasts, and video, customize settings, enhance audio quality, manage your iTunes library, convert file formats, recover data, and much more. This step-by-step guide helps you maximize the versatile features of your iPod and iTunes. - Configure iTunes and load your iPod with music, video, and photos - Enhance your iPod with accessories such as speakers, cases, adapters, stands, docks, and radio transmitters - Use your iPod as a home stereo and car stereo - Learn how to make music sound great in iTunes and on your iPod - Create high-quality AAC, MP3, or Apple Lossless Encoding files from CDs, vinyl, or other sources - Buy and download content from the iTunes store or find free songs online - Create video files that work with the iPod classic - Sync your iPod with multiple computers - Use your iPod as an external drive or backup device - Recover songs and videos from your iPod - Troubleshoot problems with your iPod or iTunes
The Accidental Billionaires
The Founding of Facebook: a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal
Paperback ISBN: 0307740986
NATIONAL BESTSELLER NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, "THE SOCIAL NETWORK," starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Rashida Jones; directed by David Fincher Exuberant and revealing, The Accidental Billionaires is a fast-paced, inside look at a story of fortune gained and innocence lost, and how a company that was created to bring people together ultimately tore two friends apart. In 2003, Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergrads and best friends looking for a way to stand out among the university’s elite and competitive student body. Then one lonely night, Zuckerberg hacked into the campus computer system to pull off a prank that crashed Harvard’s network. This stunt almost got him expelled, but it also inspired Zuckerberg to create Facebook, the social networking site that has since revolutionized how people around the world communicate. With Saverin’s funding their small start-up quickly went from their college dorm room to Silicon Valley. But different ideas about Facebook’s future tested Zuckerberg and Saverin’s relationship, which then spiraled into out-and-out warfare. Soon, the collegiate exuberance that marked their collaboration fell prey to the adult world of venture capitalists, lawyers, and big money.