Book Summaries

Joel Greenblatt: The Big Secret for the Small Investor

This post is a summary of my learnings from Joel Greenblatt’s latest book – The Big Secret for the Small Investor. The book is a perfect guide for the novice/amateur investor to understand why money managers won’t work for her,… Continue Reading →

‘Managing Humans’ by Michael Lopp

The book is a collection of thoughts from a Silicon Valley engineering manager, on software development, managing people, working with managers and shipping products. The content mostly rehashes his blog,, and that leads to the only valid criticism of this book… Continue Reading →

Chaos Monkeys: Gems from Antonio Martinez’s memoir

Advice/Truisms the book provides loud and clear Psychology / Social Dealings High-level decisions, in business or government, that affect thousands of people and millions in revenue, are made eventually on: Gut feel Residue of historical politics Persuasive messages (or the… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: Deep Work: Rules for focused success in a distracted world

Why deep work matters The ability to concentrate intensely and produce at an elite level is getting more and more valuable (as other jobs get outsourced and eliminated) at the same time that it is getting rarer (reduced attention span… Continue Reading →

The Snowball: Warren Buffett & The Business of Life – Book Review

The Snowball is the only ‘official’ Warren Buffett biography that was written with Buffett’s cooperation. Reading this book is an extreme form of dumpster-diving. You will find a few diamonds to hold on to for life, but that will need wading… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

Antifragile – a term used to mean the opposite of fragile, and denote things that gain from disorder, chaos, stressors. It is not the same thing as ‘robust’ or ‘resilient’. Fragile things are negatively impacted by uncertainty, stress. Robust things… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: Give and Take by Adam Grant

Reciprocity Styles: People can be classified based on reciprocity styles as givers (do more for others), matchers (operate on quid-pro-quo basis) and takers (look for personal gain at the expense of others). Success and Reciprocity Styles: There is a high correlation… Continue Reading →

Getting There: A Book of Mentors

This book is a collection of memoirs and life lessons from leaders in diverse fields, ranging from investing (Warren Buffett), art (Marina Abramovic), business (several) to academia (Nitin Nohria). The content is surprisingly fresh and different from what one may… Continue Reading →

Self-Efficacy: The exercise of control

Introduction This blog post is an attempt to condense some learnings on self-efficacy. Some of us have been introduced to the concept by this illuminating book – A Defining Decade by Meg Jay.  The internet unfortunately does not provide good content… Continue Reading →

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