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Thomas Davenport – Keeping Up With the Quants

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/THOMAS_DAVENPORT.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:49 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSListen to the Author Click the banner to buy the book. Thomas Davenport and Jinho Kim – Keeping Up with the Quants: Your Guide to Understanding and Using Analytics Why Everyone Needs Analytical Skills Welcome to the age of data. No matter your interests (sports, movies, politics), your industry (finance, marketing, technology, manufacturing), or the type of organization you work for (big company, nonprofit, small start-up)—your world is awash with data. As a successful manager today, you must be able to make sense of all this information. You need to be conversant with analytical terminology and methods and able to work with quantitative information. This book promises to become your “quantitative literacy” guide—helping you develop the analytical skills you need right now in order to summarize data, find the meaning in it, and extract its value. In Keeping Up with the Quants, authors, professors, and analytics experts Thomas Davenport and Jinho Kim offer practical tools to improve your understanding of data analytics and enhance your thinking and decision making. You’ll gain crucial skills, including: • How to formulate a hypothesis • How to gather and analyze relevant data • How to interpret and communicate analytical results • How to develop habits of quantitative thinking • How to deal effectively with the “quants” in your organization Big data and the analytics based on it promise to change virtually every industry and business function over the …

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David S. Rose – Angel Investing

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/DAVID_S_ROSE.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:49 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSListen to the Author Click the banner to buy the book. David S. Rose – Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups Every year in America, over 600,000 new businesses start up and hire their first employees. Many will fail, but some of them will become the legendary businesses of the future, transforming industries and making millions for the angel investors who helped fund them in their early days. Angel investing, once the exclusive province of multi-millionaire high-rollers, has now entered the mainstream, with more than $20 billion being invested annually by individual investors in the US alone. Contrary to popular belief, access to these high risk/high return investments—and success in startup investing—doesn’t have to be a matter of luck or connections. Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups shows how smart investors with the right strategy and a long-term perspective can achieve annual returns of 25 percent or more from a well-designed angel portfolio. Written by David S. Rose, the founder of Gust—the global platform that powers the world of organized professional angel investing—Angel Investing is a comprehensive, entertaining guide that walks readers through every step of the way to becoming a successful angel investor. It is illustrated with stories from among the 90+ companies in which David has invested during a 25 year career as one of the …

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Christian Rudder – Dataclysm

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/CHRISTIAN_RUDDER-09-21-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSListen to the author. Click the banner to buy the book. Christian Rudder – Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) Our personal data has been used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us stuff we don’t need. In Dataclysm, Christian Rudder uses it to show us who we truly are. For centuries, we’ve relied on polling or small-scale lab experiments to study human behavior. Today, a new approach is possible. As we live more of our lives online, researchers can finally observe us directly, in vast numbers, and without filters. Data scientists have become the new demographers. In this daring and original book, Rudder explains how Facebook “likes” can predict, with surprising accuracy, a person’s sexual orientation and even intelligence; how attractive women receive exponentially more interview requests; and why you must have haters to be hot. He charts the rise and fall of America’s most reviled word through Google Search and examines the new dynamics of collaborative rage on Twitter. He shows how people express themselves, both privately and publicly. What is the least Asian thing you can say? Do people bathe more in Vermont or New Jersey? What do black women think about Simon & Garfunkel? (Hint: they don’t think about Simon & Garfunkel.) Rudder also traces human migration over time, showing how groups of people move from certain small towns to the same …

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Nathan Furr – The Innovator’s Method

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/NATHAN_FURR-09-14-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Click the banner to buy the book. Nathan Furr, The Innovator’s Method: Bringing the Lean Start-up into Your Organization Have you ever come up with an idea for a new product or service but didn’t take any action because you thought it would be too risky? Or at work, have you had what you thought could be a big idea for your company—perhaps changing the way you develop or distribute a product, provide customer service, or hire and train your employees? If you have, but you haven’t known how to take the next step, you need to understand what the authors call the innovator’s method—a set of tools emerging from lean start-up, design thinking, and agile software development that are revolutionizing how new ideas are created, refined, and brought to market. To date these tools have helped entrepreneurs, designers, and software developers manage uncertainty—through cheap and rapid experiments that systematically lower failure rates and risk. But many managers and leaders struggle to apply these powerful tools within their organizations, as they often run counter to traditional managerial thinking and practice. Authors Nathan Furr and Jeff Dyer wrote this book to address that very problem. Following the breakout success of The Innovator’s DNA—which Dyer wrote with Hal Gregersen and bestselling author Clay Christensen to provide a framework for generating ideas—this book shows how to make those ideas actually happen, to commercialize them for success. …

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Brian Burke – Gamify

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/BRIAN_BURKE-09-21-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Click on the banner to buy the book. Brian Burke – Gamify: How Gamification Motivates People to Do Extraordinary Things In Gamify: How Gamification Motivates People to Do Extraordinary Things, Burke draws on Gartner’s proven research methodology and unique access to a broad swath of enterprise managers, thought leaders, top analysts, and vendors to provide an objective view of what is happening in gamification. Burke cuts through the hype surrounding this important nascent technology to provide unbiased and practical analysis and advice to businesses and public sector organizations. One of the key strengths of the book is the sheer number of examples and mini-case studies that Burke provides. For any person who wants to know more about gamification and whether it is relevant to their situation, Gamify is the first book they should reach for.

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Zachary Karabell – The Leading Indicators

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Laurence Kotlikoff – The Clash of Generations

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/LAURENCE_KOTLIKOFF-09-07-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSListen to Laurence Kotlikoff in an interview with Sinclair Noe recorded 09-05-2014. To find out more about the book or to purchase the book, click the bannner. The Clash of Generations: Saving Ourselves, Our Kids, and Our Economy The United States is bankrupt, flat broke. Thanks to accounting that would make Enron blush, America’s insolvency goes far beyond what our leaders are disclosing. The United States is a fiscal basket case, in worse shape than the notoriously bailed-out countries of Greece, Ireland, and others. How did this happen? In The Clash of Generations, experts Laurence Kotlikoff and Scott Burns document our six-decade, off-balance-sheet, unsustainable financing scheme. They explain how we have balanced our longer lives on the backs of our (relatively few) children. At the same time, we’ve been on a consumption spree, saving and investing less than nothing. And that’s not to mention the evisceration of the middle class and a financial system that has proven it can’t be trusted. Kotlikoff and Burns outline grassroots strategies for saving ourselves–and especially our children–from what could be a truly catastrophic financial collapse.

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Michael Silverstein – The $10 Trillion Prize: Captivating the Newly Affluent in China and India

Listen to the interview with the author and then click on the banner for more information or to buy the book. Meet your new global consumer You’ve heard of the burgeoning consumer markets in China and India that are driving the world economy. But do you know enough about these new consumers to convert them into customers? Do you know that: • There will be nearly one billion middle-class consumers in China and India within the next ten years? • More than 135 million Chinese and Indians will graduate from college in this timeframe, compared to just 30 million in the United States? • By 2020, 68 percent of Chinese households and 57 percent of Indian households will be in the middle and upper classes? • The number of billionaires in China has grown from 1 to 115 in the past decade alone? In The $10 Trillion Prize, bestselling author Michael J. Silverstein and his The Boston Consulting Group colleagues in China and India provide the first comprehensive profile of the emerging middle class, primed to transform the global marketplace. Already the world’s biggest buyers of cars, mobile phones, appliances, and more, these consumers are eager for more products and services. In fact, it’s estimated that by 2020, consumers in China and India will generate about $10 trillion of total annual revenue for companies selling to them. This book explains who these consumers are—what they buy and why, how they think and shop, and how their needs and tastes are …

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Megan McArdle – The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/MEGAN_MCARDLE.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSListen to the author, then click on the banner for more information or to buy the book. For readers of Drive, Outliers, and Daring Greatly, a counterintuitive, paradigm-shifting new take on what makes people and companies succeed Most new products fail. So do most small businesses. And most of us, if we are honest, have experienced a major setback in our personal or professional lives. So what determines who will bounce back and follow up with a home run? If you want to succeed in business and in life, Megan McArdle argues in this hugely thought-provoking book, you have to learn how to harness the power of failure. McArdle has been one of our most popular business bloggers for more than a decade, covering the rise and fall of some the world’s top companies and challenging us to think differently about how we live, learn, and work. Drawing on cutting-edge research in science, psychology, economics, and business, and taking insights from turnaround experts, emergency room doctors, venture capitalists, child psychologists, bankruptcy judges, and mountaineers, McArdle argues that America is unique in its willingness to let people and companies fail, but also in its determination to let them pick up after the fall. Failure is how people and businesses learn. So how do you reinvent yourself when you are down? Dynamic and punchy, McArdle teaches us how to recognize mistakes early to channel setbacks into …

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Greg Mckeown – Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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