Books

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Designing Data-Intensive Applications
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future


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The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter
liked it
Although the book is not well structured and not quite convincing, it still brings up an interesting idea: it's the experience that matters, not the format. In the past few decades, digital products brought us much better experiences ove...
Designing Data-Intensive Applications
it was amazing
This must be the best computer science book in 2017, and for sure Top 5 in last five years. It covers one of the most important parts of software engineering nowadays: data. Most of systems we are building are not computing intensive but...
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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
it was ok
The general idea of this book is that you have no control over anything so just be chill and follow your true heart and listen to the voice of that spiritual creativity. While I disagree because she is living in such a elitist utopia. S...
Lean in for Graduates: With New Chapters by Experts, Including Find Your First Job, Negotiate Your Salary, and Own Who You Are
really liked it
The main idea of this book is to encourage young adults to participate more into the important decision making around them. Young adults need to overcome their impostor syndrome and keep leaning in even when they are not fully prepared b...
AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
really liked it
Dr. Li made a great summary of AI landscape in both China and US. He compares these two nations in various aspect like regulation, research, work ethics, etc deeply. It would be a great introductory book for those who don’t know about Ch...
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
it was ok
There're some interesting scientific observations about human's mind. For example, will power is just like other physical energy, which means it's also finite and needs rest and training like muscle. And also instead of saying no to your...
Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising
it was ok
The author said there was a short an cheaper version of this book, and I recommend you to buy that instead of this one. The whole book can be 1/2 short (although it’s already a short book) and still express the same meaning. It make sens...
Man's Search for Meaning
it was amazing
A short but astonishing read. Dr Frankl might be one of the most legendary people in 20th centuries. Among all the survivors from the concentration camp, he is the most educated and knowledgeable person and he has tons of training about ...
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
it was amazing
Magnificent. When I read the first 2/3 of the book, I thought it's merely a detailed narrative about the history of Theranos and Elizabeth. Although I'm impressed by the abundant details that the author collected from tons of interview...
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