Category Archives: We Read It So You Don’t Have To

We Read It So You Don’t Have To: Capital and Ideology

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Thomas Piketty?

Don’t get what he’s saying?  

Not sure you care?

Zach, who is back, and Maddie, who has never left tell us what is important about the writings of this economist

Or maybe not.  

Dr. Piketty wrote one of the more controversial book of the past 10 years.  Maddie will tell you why.  

And “R” makes and appearance.  But not “G”.

 

Cast:

  • Zoe Anastassiou – Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Noah Masur – Zach, who is back
  • Skippy – Himself

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We Read It So You Don’t Have To: Innovators Dilemma

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Life is busy.

There’s no time to read. 

Or view YouTube videos.  

Or even listen to podcasts. 

So Maddie, the 8 year old entrepreneur an Bix, the Master Scrum Master, give you a thorough overview of Clayton Christensen’s masterwork, the Innovators Dilemma.  

It is perhaps the most influential business book of our age.  It was the centerpiece of the late Dr. Christensen’s career.  It’s important cultural icon.

And, of course, Bix hasn’t read it.  

And Maddie has read it too well. 

Cast:

  • Zoe Anastassiou – Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Ron Bianchi – Bix the Master Scrum Master
  • Skippy – Himself

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We Read It: The Great Convergence

hwms.coverart  Globalization.  It seems to be a term  of another era.  Simpler.  Less chaotic.  Quieter, perhaps.  Civil, if that remains a relevant concept. In this episode, we return to that idea as part of our recurring series “We Read It So You Don’t Have To.”  Specifically, we look at the role of technology in linking national economies together.  Our intrepid reviewing team considers The Great Convergence by Richard Baldwin. Cast:
  • Penelope Othmar, Principle of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School of Disruptive Innovation   –  Debbon Ayer
  • Sulley from PR & Policy  – Josh LaForce
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The Second Machine Age: We Read It So You Don’t Have To

hwms.coverartYou’ve intended to read The Second Machine Age, by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAffee but just haven’t found the time.  It’s an important book, to be sure, and explains a lot about the future of work.  But it’s fat.  And it’s say on your Amazon wish list for what, three years? This is how we can help.  Sulley from our Policy Office and Maddie, our in house entrepreneur have carefully read the book (more or less) and present a detailed and careful summary for your edification.  Remember, we read it so you don’t have to. Cast:
  • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Sulley from the Policy Office – Josh LaForce
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Cyberspace as Frontier: John Perry Barlow

hwms.coverart He is remembered as as the founder of the Electronic Freedom Foundation. Or, alternatively, as a lyricist for the Grateful Dead and link between counterculture and technology. However, John Perry Barlow was the writer that argued that cyberspace was a frontier and that settling that frontier would require more thought that we were prepared to give. Cast:
  • Evelyn the Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
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We Read It So You Don’t Have To: Internet as Defense Technology

hwms.coverart Was the Internet designed to withstand a nuclear attack? Common story. Is it true? Rohit and Penelope Othmar explore the origins of the Internet when they review the book Imagineers of War by Sharon Weinberger, a book that discusses the history of ARPA, the Advanced Research Projects Agency.    The answer is not as straightforward as we might like. Featuring:
  • Debbon Ayer as Penelope Othmar, Principle of the Lillian Moller School for Disruptive Innovation
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT
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We Read It So You Don’t Have To: The Golden Passport

hwms.coverart Who better to review a book about Harvard Business School than two generations of Entrepreneurs? Vinny the CTO brings the expertise of success. He founded SidePocket in the 1980s and led it to a brilliant, albeit short, life. Maddie brings the perspective of hard experience. She is the founding CEO of WatcherDogz, which is her second company. Between the two of them, they debate the question, “Why is Harvard Business School like a squirrel?” [17610] Cast:

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur: Zoe Anastassiou

Mr. Skippy: Himself

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The Threat of Automation

hwms.coverart We Read It So You Don’t Have to. There is so much new information published every day that one person can’t possible read it all much less get any perspective on it. Take Automation, Autonomous Cars, Machine Learning. All of these technologies pose new challenges to the organization and at the same time, they represent forces that are quite old. In this episode, we take a look at a new book on these topics, Industry 4.0, and an old one Automation. [17605] Cast:

Sullivan from the Policy Office: Josh LaForce

David Alan Grier

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