Archive for the 'Books' Category



Author: David Whitehouse
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publish year: 2012
ISBN: 9781847679826
Pages: 297

Every family has a story, Mal was ours.

Not bad for a first novel. Keep them coming…

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Ray on October 1st 2013 in Books

The Signal and The Noise

The art and science of prediction   

Author: Nate Silver
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish year: 2012
ISBN: 9781846147524
Pages: 544
The signal and the noise

The chances of me reading this book again are slim. The book really takes of in chapter 8 (at which point you’re already halfway through the book).
A bit less verbose would suit this book well. It would surely boost the relevance of the information.
If Nate was able to convey the same message, but using only half the volume, I definitely recommend reading it.

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Ray on September 5th 2013 in Books

Commerciële intelligentie

het geheim van winstgevend freelancen   

Author: Robert Elsing
Publisher: CocoBooks
Publish year: 2013
ISBN: 9789079142156
Pages: 127
Commerciële intelligentie

Simple, nice…

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Ray on August 8th 2013 in Books

Man’s search for meaning


Author: Viktor E. Frankl, Viktor Emil Frankl, Viktor E. Frankl
Publisher: Rider
Publish year: 2004
ISBN: 9781844132393
Pages: 156
Man's Search for Meaning

Definitly worth reading.

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Ray on July 11th 2013 in Books

Thinking, Fast and Slow


Author: Daniel Kahneman
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish year: 2012
ISBN: 9780141033570
Pages: 512
Thinking, fast and slow

Be ready to use a dictionary. It is not easy reading, but the information is very valuable.
Probably have to read it twice to get a good grip on the topic.

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Ray on May 16th 2013 in Books

The Lean Startup

How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses   

Author: Eric Ries
Publisher: Crown Business
Publish year: 2011
ISBN: 9780307887894
Pages: 336
The Lean Startup

Excellent reading. It provided me with great new insights on business growth models and how to analyse data. Terms like vanity-data and pseudo-science have made it to my library and I am afraid I’ll have to use the frequently.

Shame on me for not reading the book any earlier.

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Ray on April 29th 2013 in Books

Help, ik heb mn vrouw zwanger gemaakt!


Author: Kluun
Publisher: Uitgeverij Podium
Publish year: 2004
ISBN: 9789057592386
Pages: 144
Help, ik heb mijn vrouw zwanger gemaakt!

Funny: for sure. I wouldn’t expect anything else from Kluun, but I wouldn’t call it a master piece. I guess it is okay’ish.

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Ray on January 17th 2013 in Books

Super freakonomics

global cooling, patriotic prostitutes, and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance   

Author: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish year: 2009
ISBN: 9780060889579
Pages: 270

Facts, stats and scientific research. Lovely anecdotes about the field of microeconomics.

However, due to the great diversity of topics and stories, the book fails to make a clear point…except the we are ofter fooled by our own interpretation.

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Ray on December 30th 2012 in Books

Grow Up


Author: Ben Brooks
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publish year: 2011
ISBN: 9780857861870
Pages: 240
Grow up

Hopefully Ben Brooks will write another one like this and allows himself to grow as a writer.

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Ray on November 11th 2012 in Books

All Marketers are liars

the power of telling authentic stories in a low-trust world   

Author: Seth Godin
Publisher: Portfolio
Publish year: 2009
ISBN: 9781591843030
Pages: 220
All marketers are liars

Most certainly worth reading a second or third time. Especially when you’re an entrepreneur and facing launching a new product.

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Ray on October 16th 2012 in Books