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Adrienne Porter Felt is an engineering manager at Google, where she works on making Chrome easy to use. Currently, Adrienne leads Chrome’s data science and next generation user teams. Previously, Adrienne worked on usable security and HTTPS adoption, earning her recognition as one of MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35. Most of her academic publications are on usable security for browsers or smartphones. Adrienne earned her PhD from UC Berkeley, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.
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The Sparrow
A Novel
Mary Doria Russell - 1996-09-09
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In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet that will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. ...
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@DavidDLaCroix a great recommendation! this book is what prompted the question—it's so breathtaking that I couldn't believe I'd never heard of it before and i wonder what other gems I'm missing      source
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The Carpet Makers
Andreas Eschbach - 2013-07-30 (first published in 1995)
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Since the time of pre-history, carpetmakers tie intricate knots to form carpets for the court of the Emperor. These carpets are made from the hairs of wives and daughters; they are so detailed and fragile that each carpetmaker finishes only one single carpet in his entire lifetime.This art descends from father to son, since the beginning of time it...
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@bthewirz I adore this book, one of my favorites      source
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Neal Stephenson - 2016-05-17
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What would happen if the world were ending?A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature co...
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@susanthesquark Seveneves -- such a unique book that has stuck with me but also was too much detailed hard science for me to want to do it again      source
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The Culture Map
Erin Meyer - 2016-01-05 (first published in 2014)
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Whether you work in a home office or abroad, business success in our ever more globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences and decode cultures foreign to your own. Renowned expert Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain where people from starkly different backgrounds ...
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The Culture Map by Erin Meyer. For those who work across cultural differences. Although the book traffics heavily in generalizations and stereotypes, it can act as a tool for reflection about your communication style & those around you.      source
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Faster, Higher, Farther
The Volkswagen Scandal
Jack Ewing - 2017-05-23
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A shocking exposé of Volkswagen’s fraud by the New York Times reporter who covered the scandal.In mid-2015, Volkswagen proudly reached its goal of surpassing Toyota as the world’s largest automaker. A few months later, the EPA disclosed that Volkswagen had installed software in 11 million cars that deceived emissions-testing mechanisms. By early 20...
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Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal by Jack Ewing. Ewing tells the story of VW, and how it culminated in Audi engineers installing devices to defraud an environmental agency. It shows how corporate incentives can lead to unethical behavior.      source
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Smartest Guys in the Room
The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron
Bethany McLean - 2003-10-13
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There were dozens of books about Watergate, but only All the President's Men gave readers the full story, with all the drama and nuance and exclusive reporting. And thirty years later, if you're going to read only one book on Watergate, that's still the one. Today, Enron is the biggest business story of our time, and Fortune senior writers Bethany ...
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The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. Another illustration of how a company culture can become home to unreasonably aggressive and unethical business practices.      source
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The Innovator's Dilemma
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
Clayton M. Christensen - 2016-01-05 (first published in 1997)
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The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller—one of the most influential business books of all time—innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding com...
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The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M Christensen. A classic book on innovation, focusing on how large companies can be "disrupted" by new technologies.      source
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The Manager's Path
A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change
Camille Fournier - 2017-04-11
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Managing people is difficult wherever you work, but the tech industry as a whole is pretty bad at it. Tech companies in general lack the experience, tools, texts, and frameworks to do it well. And the handful of books that share tips and tricks of engineering management don t explain how to supervise employees in the face of growth and change.In th...
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The Manager's Path by Camille Fournier. An experienced engineering manager describes the core roles, relationships, and responsibilities of TLs, TLMs, and engineering managers. A strong recommendation for any new or mid-career engineering leader.      source
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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
A Leadership Fable
Patrick Lencioni - 2002-04-10 (first published in 1998)
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In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of t...
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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. A classic book that talks about how to recognize and resolve dysfunctional team relationships. You can get most of the value from the framework at the end, but the case study helps to remember it.      source
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High Output Management
Andrew S. Grove - 1995-08-29 (first published in 1983)
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The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. In High Output Management, Andrew S. Grove, former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel, shares his perspective on how to build and run a company. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s le...
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High Output Management by Andy Grove. The famed Intel exec describes his approach to running a tech company. This book has been foundational within Silicon Valley; it's worth reading to understand the origin of many modern tech management practices.      source
The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
City in the Middle of the Night by Anders
Severance by Ling Ma
Sapience by Alexis Lantgen
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina by Monica Brown
Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House? by Tom O'Connor