I really enjoyed the beginning chapters, recounting the early days of Research In Motion’s (RIM) early wins and battles with the likes of Palm and U.S. Robotics.
The story turns dark and unfortunate as the iPhone is released and Android handsets begin to sweep the globe. It is a scary example of the cutthroat nature of business, especially in technology companies.
Many of us “have no idea how our behavior is coming across to the people who matter.”
Our business book club read What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith.
The book cover, with a picture of the author.
The author is an executive coach with lots of blue chip performance experience.
This book inspired a lot of self-reflection and follow-up discussion. We talked about our entrepreneurial triggers, our weaknesses, and things we can improve in our communication styles. We recommend this book.
“Netflix was playing to win, versus playing to not lose.”
How do we all lose faster, so that we can win overall?
Our business book club enjoyed Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs by Gina Keating.
Netflixed hardcover. Derek Halpern picked this book. He always buys the physical copy.
The book includes anecdotes and depth about the very early days of Netflix. We get to ride along as Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings created an online DVD store, basically before DVDs were even for sale.