Ryan Hoover is the founder of ,, a popular website where you can find the latest products for just about any need or want in your life. He is also working on ,, a community platform to find the best apps, products, and tips recommended by people you know. Prior, he created Startup Edition and was Director of Product at PlayHaven. Ryan was the contributing writer to the international bestseller, , by ,, and has written essays featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, Pando, Fast Company, and The Next Web. Fun fact: he doesn’t eat pancakes.

  • Crushing It!

    Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. By the end of this book, readers will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, Crush It! is the ultimate driver???s manual for modern business.

  • Difficult Conversations

    The 10th-anniversary edition of the , business bestseller-now updated with “Answers to Ten Questions People Ask”.,We attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day-whether dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, the organization that brought you , provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success. you’ll learn how to:

  • Fooled by Randomness

    is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb???s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don???t understand. The other books in the series are ,and ,., is the word-of-mouth sensation that will change the way you think about business and the world. Nassim Nicholas Taleb???veteran trader, renowned risk expert, polymathic scholar, erudite raconteur, and , bestselling author of ,???has written a modern classic that turns on its head what we believe about luck and skill.,This book is about luck???or more precisely, about how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. Set against the backdrop of the most conspicuous forum in which luck is mistaken for skill???the world of trading???, provides captivating insight into one of the least understood factors in all our lives. Writing in an entertaining narrative style, the author tackles major intellectual issues related to the underestimation of the influence of happenstance on our lives.,The book is populated with an array of characters, some of whom have grasped, in their own way, the significance of chance: the baseball legend Yogi Berra; the philosopher of knowledge Karl Popper; the ancient world???s wisest man, Solon; the modern financier George Soros; and the Greek voyager Odysseus. We also meet the fictional Nero, who seems to understand the role of randomness in his professional life but falls victim to his own superstitious foolishness.,However, the most recognizable character of all remains unnamed???the lucky fool who happens to be in the right place at the right time???he embodies the ???survival of the least fit.??? Such individuals attract devoted followers who believe in their guru???s insights and methods. But no one can replicate what is obtained by chance.,Are we capable of distinguishing the fortunate charlatan from the genuine visionary? Must we always try to uncover nonexistent messages in random events? It may be impossible to guard ourselves against the vagaries of the goddess Fortuna, but after reading , we can be a little better prepared.,Named by Fortune One of the Smartest Books of All Time,A Financial Times Best Business Book of the Year

  • Founders at Work

    For would-be entrepreneurs, innovation managers or just anyone fascinated by the special chemistry and drive that created some of the best technology companies in the world, this book offers both wisdom and engaging insights straight from the source.,Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now. What was it like when they were just a couple friends with an idea? Founders like Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail) tell you in their own words about their surprising and often very funny discoveries as they learned how to build a company.,Where did they get the ideas that made them rich? How did they convince investors to back them? What went wrong, and how did they recover? Nearly all technical people have thought of one day starting or working for a startup. For them, this book is the closest you can come to being a fly on the wall at a successful startup, to learn how it’s done. But ultimately these interviews are required reading for anyone who wants to understand business, because startups are business reduced to its essence. The reason their founders become rich is that startups do what businesses do create value more intensively than almost any other part of the economy. How? What are the secrets that make successful startups so insanely productive? Read this book, and let the founders themselves tell you.

  • High Output Management

    In this legendary business book and Silicon Valley staple, the former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel shares his perspective on how to build and run a company.,The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses???the art of the entrepreneur???can be summed up in a single word: managing. Born of Grove???s experiences at one of America???s leading technology companies, High Output Management is equally appropriate for sales managers, accountants, consultants, and teachers, as well as CEOs and startup founders. Grove covers techniques for creating highly productive teams, demonstrating methods of motivation that lead to peak performance???throughout, High Output Management is a practical handbook for navigating real-life business scenarios and a powerful management manifesto with the ability to revolutionize the way we work.

  • Hooked

    How do successful companies create products people can???t put down?,Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us?Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) by explaining the Hook Model???a four-step process embedded into the products of many successful companies to subtly encourage customer behavior. Through consecutive ???hook cycles,??? these products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back again and again without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging., is based on Eyal???s years of research, consulting, and practical experience. He wrote the book he wished had been available to him as a start-up founder???not abstract theory, but a how-to guide for building better products. , is written for product managers, designers, marketers, start-up founders, and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behavior.,Eyal provides readers with:,When you reach for your phone, does your finger ever reach for Instagram or Twitter without you consciously meaning to? This is the power of habit-forming products. The world’s most successful digital products, like smartphones, social media platforms, apps, websites, make us form these habits.,What made the iPhone the , in the world? Why does the average person check their smartphone is ,? As of the fourth quarter of 2019, Facebook has almost ,. What is it about these products? According to ,, it’s because they make use form habits, wedge themselves into our lives, and offer variable rewards., is a behavioural design and consumer psychology expert with a focus on helping businesses change user behaviour and retain customers. , is a distillation of his knowledge, after years of research and working with clients. It’s a fascinating read and insight into why we do the things that we do. , explores the , that makes these products so successful, with practical insights to create user habits that stick.

  • Ikigai

    *Los Angeles Times bestseller*,???If hygge is the art of doing nothing, ikigai is the art of doing something???and doing it with supreme focus and joy.??? ???New York Post,Bring meaning and joy to all your days with this internationally bestselling guide to the Japanese concept of ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy)???the happiness of always being busy???as revealed by the daily habits of the world???s longest-living people.,What???s your ikigai?,???Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.??? ???Japanese proverb ,According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai???a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese village with the world???s longest-living people, finding it is the key to a happier and longer life. Having a strong sense of ikigai???the place where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect???means that each day is infused with meaning. It???s the reason we get up in the morning. It???s also the reason many Japanese never really retire (in fact there???s no word in Japanese that means retire in the sense it does in English): They remain active and work at what they enjoy, because they???ve found a real purpose in life???the happiness of always being busy.,In researching this book, the authors interviewed the residents of the Japanese village with the highest percentage of 100-year-olds???one of the world???s Blue Zones. Ikigai reveals the secrets to their longevity and happiness: how they eat, how they move, how they work, how they foster collaboration and community, and???their best-kept secret???how they find the ikigai that brings satisfaction to their lives. And it provides practical tools to help you discover your own ikigai. Because who doesn???t want to find happiness in every day?

  • Indistractable

    You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you’re about to get back to work, a colleague taps you on the shoulder to chat. At home, screens get in the way of quality time with your family. Another day goes by, and once again, your most important personal and professional goals are put on hold.,What would be possible if you followed through on your best intentions? What could you accomplish if you could stay focused and overcome distractions? What if you had the power to become “indistractable”?,International best-selling author, former Stanford lecturer, and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal, wrote Silicon Valley’s handbook for making technology habit-forming. Five years after publishing Hooked, Eyal reveals distraction’s Achilles’ heel in his groundbreaking new book. ??,In ,, Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more. ??,Eyal lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. Indistractable reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us.

  • Little Moments of Love

    meets , in this sweet collection of comics about the simple, precious, silly, everyday moments that make up a relationship.,What began as stray doodles on scraps of paper became an internet sensation when Catana Chetwynd???s boyfriend shared her drawings online. Now, Catana Comics touches millions of readers with its sweet, relatable humor. , collects just that ??? the little moments that are the best parts of being with the person you love.

  • Management Information Systems

    Drawing from the latest developments and practices from the field, MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 7e provides a clear emphasis on the business and management elements of information technology. The book offers the most current coverage available, including expanded discussions of social networking, IT security, mobile computing, and much more. From overviews of the information age to online business and business intelligence, readers gain a sound balance of the technical and business elements of information technology. In addition, numerous business cases integrated throughout enable readers to apply what they learn to real-world practice–equipping them with skills they can immediately put into action in the business world.

  • Mindful Design

    Learn to create seamless designs backed by a responsible understanding of the human mind. This book examines how human behavior can be used to integrate your product design into lifestyle, rather than interrupt it, and make decisions for the good of those that are using your product.,Mindful Design introduces the areas of brain science that matter to designers, and passionately explains how those areas affect each human???s day-to-day experiences with products and interfaces. You will learn about the neurological aspects and limitations of human vision and perception; about our attachment to harmony and dissonance, such as visual harmony, musical harmony; and about our brain???s propensity towards pattern recognition and how we perceive the world cognitively.,In the second half of the book you will focus on the practical application of what you have learned, specific to interaction and interface design. Real-world examples are used throughout so that you can really see how design is impacting our everyday digital experience.,Design is a responsibility, but not enough designers understand the human mind or the process of thought. This book explores the key factors involved and shows you how to make the right design choices.

  • Secrets of Sand Hill Road

    What are venture capitalists saying about your startup behind closed doors? And what can you do to influence that conversation?,If Silicon Valley is the greatest wealth-generating machine in the world, Sand Hill Road is its humming engine. That’s where you’ll find the biggest names in venture capital, including famed VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, where lawyer-turned-entrepreneur-turned-VC Scott Kupor serves as managing partner.,Whether you’re trying to get a new company off the ground or scale an existing business to the next level, you need to understand how VCs think. In Secrets of Sand Hill Road, Kupor explains exactly how VCs decide where and how much to invest, and how entrepreneurs can get the best possible deal and make the most of their relationships with VCs. Kupor explains, for instance:,Filled with Kupor’s firsthand experiences, insider advice, and practical takeaways, Secrets of Sand Hill Road is the guide every entrepreneur needs to turn their startup into the next unicorn.

  • Taking the Work Out of Networking

    The former Google executive, editorial director of Twitter and self-described introvert offers networking advice for anyone who has ever cancelled a coffee date due to social anxiety???about how to nurture a vibrant circle of reliable contacts without leaving your comfort zone.,Networking has garnered a reputation as a sort of necessary evil in the modern business world. Some do relish the opportunity to boldly work the room, introduce themselves to strangers, and find common career ground???but for many others, the experience is often awkward, or even terrifying.,The common networking advice for introverts are variations on the theme of overcoming or ???fixing??? their quiet tendencies. But Karen Wickre is a self-described introvert who has worked in Silicon Valley for 30 years. She shows you to embrace your true nature to create sustainable connections that can be called upon for you to get???and give???career assistance, advice, introductions, and lasting connections.,Karen???s ???embrace your quiet side??? approach is for anyone who finds themselves shying away from traditional networking activities, or for those who would rather be curled up with a good book on a Friday night than out at a party. For example, if you???re anxious about that big professional mixer full of people you don???t know, she advises you to consider skipping it (many of these are not productive), and instead set up an intimate, one-on-one coffee date. She shows how to truly make the most out of social media to sustain what she calls ???the loose touch habit??? to build your own brain trust to last a lifetime.,With compelling arguments and creative strategies, this new way to network is perfect not only for introverts, but for anyone who wants for a less conventional approach to get ahead in today???s job market.

  • The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

    The coauthors are mathematics professors. Burger teaches at Wiliams College; Starbird at The University of Texas at Austin. Here, they ???reveal the hidden powers of deep understanding (earth), failure (fire), questions (air), the flow of ideas (water), and the quintessential element of change that brings all four elements together. By mastering and applying these practical and proven strategies, readers develop better thinking habits and learn how to create their own successes.???,Brilliant people aren’t a special breed–they just use their minds differently. By using the straightforward and thought-provoking techniques in “The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking,” you will regularly find imaginative solutions to difficult challenges, and you will discover new ways of looking at your world and yourself–revealing previously hidden opportunities.,The book offers real-life stories, explicit action items, and concrete methods that allow you to attain a deeper understanding of any issue, exploit the power of failure as a step toward success, develop a habit of creating probing questions, see the world of ideas as an ever-flowing stream of thought, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change. No matter who you are, the practical mind-sets introduced in the book will empower you to realize any goal in a more creative, intelligent, and effective manner. Filled with engaging examples that unlock truths about thinking in every walk of life, “The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking” is written for all who want to reach their fullest potential–including students, parents, teachers, businesspeople, professionals, athletes, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners.,Whenever you are stuck, need a new idea, or want to learn and grow, “The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking” will inspire and guide you on your way.

  • The Art of Game Design

    Anyone can master the fundamentals of game design???no technological expertise is necessary. , shows that the same basic principles of psychology that work for board games, card games and athletic games also are the keys to making top-quality video games. Good game design happens when you view your game from many different perspectives, or lenses. While touring through the unusual territory that is game design, this book gives the reader one hundred of these lenses???one hundred sets of insightful questions to ask yourself that will help make your game better. These lenses are gathered from fields as diverse as psychology, architecture, music, visual design, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, writing, puzzle design, and anthropology. Anyone who reads this book will be inspired to become a better game designer???and will understand how to do it.

  • The Courage to Be Disliked

    Reading this book could change your life.,The Courage to Be Disliked, already an enormous bestseller in Asia with more than 3.5 million copies sold, demonstrates how to unlock the power within yourself to be the person you truly want to be.,Is happiness something you choose for yourself? The Courage to Be Disliked presents a simple and straightforward answer. Using the theories of Alfred Adler, one of the three giants of nineteenth-century psychology alongside Freud and Jung, this book follows an illuminating dialogue between a philosopher and a young man. Over the course of five conversations, the philosopher helps his student to understand how each of us is able to determine the direction of our own life, free from the shackles of past traumas and the expectations of others.,Rich in wisdom, The Courage to Be Disliked will guide you through the concepts of self-forgiveness, self-care, and mind decluttering. It is a deeply liberating way of thinking, allowing you to develop the courage to change and ignore the limitations that you might be placing on yourself. This plainspoken and profoundly moving book unlocks the power within you to find lasting happiness and be the person you truly want to be. Millions have already benefited from its teachings, now you can too.

  • The Courage to be Happy

    The author team behind worldwide bestseller , return with the must-have companion volume. In ,, Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga again distil their wisdom into simple yet profound advice to show us how we, too, can use twentieth-century psychological theory to find true happiness.

  • The Four Steps to the Epiphany

    The bestselling classic that launched 10,000 startups and new corporate ventures – The Four Steps to the Epiphany is one of the most influential and practical business books of all time. ,The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup approach to new ventures. It was the first book to offer that startups are not smaller versions of large companies and that new ventures are different than existing ones. Startups search for business models while existing companies execute them. ,The book offers the practical and proven four-step Customer Development process for search and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture. Rather than blindly execute a plan, The Four Steps helps uncover flaws in product and business plans and correct them before they become costly. Rapid iteration, customer feedback, testing your assumptions are all explained in this book. ,Packed with concrete examples of what to do, how to do it and when to do it, the book will leave you with new skills to organize sales, marketing and your business for success. ,If your organization is starting a new venture, and you’re thinking how to successfully organize sales, marketing and business development you need The Four Steps to the Epiphany. ,Essential reading for anyone starting something new.

  • The Great CEO Within

    Matt Mochary coaches the CEOs of many of the fastest-scaling technology companies in Silicon Valley. With The Great CEO Within, he shares his highly effective leadership and business-operating tools with any CEO or manager in the world. Learn how to efficiently scale your business from startup to corporation by implementing a system of accountability, effective problem-solving, and transparent feedback.,Becoming a great CEO requires training. For a founding CEO, there is precious little time to complete that training, especially at the helm of a rapidly growing company. Now you have the guidance you need in one book.

  • The Innovator’s Dilemma

    Named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors. A Wall Street Journal and Businessweek bestseller. Named by Fast Company as one of the most influential leadership books in its Leadership Hall of Fame. An innovation classic. From Steve Jobs to Jeff Bezos, Clay Christensen???s work continues to underpin today???s most innovative leaders and organizations.,The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world???s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller???one of the most influential business books of all time???innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right???yet still lose market leadership. Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. No matter the industry, he says, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know how and when to abandon traditional business practices. ,Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, The Innovator???s Dilemma gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. Sharp, cogent, and provocative???and consistently noted as one of the most valuable business ideas of all time???The Innovator???s Dilemma is the book no manager, leader, or entrepreneur should be without.