- We have been inspired by Helmes article about books. So that our team decided to make the favorite books list of worldwide IT professionals, such as Sheryl Sandberg, Tim Cook, Larry Page, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. These people have contributed dramatically to the world of innovations and information technologies. And, who knows, maybe the mentioned books can enrich your work, encourage or even change your life. Let’s dive into the list!
Bossypants is an autobiographical book of an American comedian Tina Fey. This New York Times bestseller is full of the personal life stories, work experience and management tips. It has been written in so light way. “It’s hilarious as well as important. Not only did I laugh on every page, but I was nodding along, highlighting and dog-earing like crazy“. – says Sheryl Sandberg.
This book tells us about how the tech industry approaches building products and businesses. Companies of every size get used to elaborate business plans or bring the project to perfection. But the author advocates that for tech, a better way to improve a product is to introduce it to the market and get customers feedback, so you can learn and then iterate. According to Sheryl Sandberg, “Facebook figured out this approach long ago. We even have posters all over our buildings that remind people, “Stay Focused & Keep Shipping.””
Nikola Tesla was a revolutionary scientist who forever changed the scientific fields of electricity and magnetism. One of his the most popular invention is the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. “History buffs, science enthusiasts, backyard inventors, and anyone who has ever dared to dream big will find the life of Nikola Tesla, written in his own words, engaging, informative, and humorous in its eccentricity”,- says the Larry Page about this autobiography.
A New York Times bestseller includes life stories of this century’s greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original. Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, has written about his outrageous adventures, his ideas discussion with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek, etc. As it was said by Larry Page – “In short, here is Feynman’s life in all its eccentric—a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.”
Cloud Atlas is made up of six inter-related stories set in different times and places. According to Bill Gates, this book is a touching and clever novel about moral choices. It shows us two sides of people: they can be self-centered and bad, but at the same time there are lot of kind and supportive people. Don’t forget to watch a movie based on this novel, with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in the lead roles.
Bill Gates has no trouble finding books or articles written by smart economists, but sometimes he worries about economic methods and their effect on people lives. The authors of the Good Economics for Hard Times are honest about the limits of economics and don’t oversimplify it. Bill Gates admires “their experimental approach to assessing the merits of different approaches to fighting poverty”, so that is why this book in his list. In 2019, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo won the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.
Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell By Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan Eagle
According to Tim Cook, Bill’s passion for innovation and teamwork was a gift to Apple and the world. Trillion Dollar Coach has captured his tireless spirit, so this book is a great and expiring example for the future generations.
Tim Cook mentioned this book, because he likes to read and know more about people, their thoughts, philosophy and motivation. His trip to India and Gandhi museum inspired him to know more about Gandhi and gave him some food for thoughts.
Atlas Shrugged is a novel that includes elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance. It contains Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism in any of her works of fiction. Steve Jobs mentioned it as one of the most impressive and useful books that he has ever read. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in one of his interviews said about Jobs: “I think Atlas Shrugged was one of his guides in life.”
This book was published in 1997, by the Harvard professor and businessman Clayton Christensen. It expands on the concept of disruptive technologies. In his book Clayton Christensen demonstrates how successful companies can do everything in a right manner and still lose their market leadership or fail, as new competitors rise and take over the market. He described two key parts of this dilemma. This book helped Steve Jobs to realize Apple’s problems and solve them during the hard times.