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Steven Jay Sinofsky is a former President of the Windows Division at Microsoft from July 2009 until his departure on November 13, 2012. He was responsible for the development and marketing of Windows, Internet Explorer, and online services such as and SkyDrive
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Normal Accidents
Living with High-Risk Technologies
Charles Perrow - 1999-10-17 (first published in 1984)
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Explore the social side of technological risk with this compelling book. The author argues that complex systems make accidents inevitable, and that traditional safety precautions can actually create new categories of accidents. By analyzing the two dimensions of risk - complex versus linear interactions and tight versus loose coupling - this book provides an insightful framework for understanding risks and the organizations that manage them. A must-read for anyone interested in technology and its impacts on society.
Steven Sinofsky
@venuv62 Love this book!      source
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To Engineer Is Human
The Role of Failure in Successful Design
Henry Petroski - 1992-03-31 (first published in 1985)
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This thought-provoking book delves into the world of engineering successes and failures. From the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Henry Petroski reflects on the deep connections between science and everyday life. To Engineer Is Human explores our notions of progress and perfection, and offers fascinating case studies that will keep you engaged and enlightened. With a refreshingly human approach to the engineering ethos, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the fascinating reality of design.
Steven Sinofsky
In his book, “To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design”, Henry Petroski tells the story of several awful failures. In doing so he connects the desire for perfection and the reality of progress. A must read.      source
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The Machiavellians
Defenders of Freedom
James Burnham - 1988-06-01 (first published in 1943)
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Discover a classic work of political theory and practice, delving into the ideas of modern Machiavellians such as Mosca, Sorel, Michels, and Pareto. James Burnham's keen analysis highlights the truth about politics and the importance of preserving political liberty. Learn about Burnham, an American political theorist, and his path from radical activism to conservatism, as he became a leading voice in the conservative movement.
Steven Sinofsky
20/ The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom by James Burnham a must read book that I feel presents the most prescient description of where we are today and why and where we are heading. Really fascinating. Also, former Trotskyite.      source
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The End of History and the Last Man
Francis Fukuyama - 2006-03-01 (first published in 1992)
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This thought-provoking read by a renowned author challenges readers to ponder the future of human progress, ethics, and war. With an analysis on religious fundamentalism, politics, and scientific advancements, this book offers insightful commentary for our modern world. Originally published in 1992, this updated classic remains relevant in today's society.
Steven Sinofsky
12/ The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama from 2006. It became trendy to use a few examples to disprove FF’s whole thesis, but only if you had not really read the book. It seems to hold up even better these days.      source
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Marc Andreessen
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The Nineties
A Book
Chuck Klosterman - 2022-02-08
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The Nineties: a captivating, humorous reckoning with the decade that transformed American history. Chuck Klosterman expertly covers everything from politics to pop culture to race and class, exploring the greatest shift in human consciousness of any decade. Klosterman's multi-dimensional masterpiece offers a smart and delightful synthesis of the era's films, music, sports, TV, and social changes, making it a must-read book.
Steven Sinofsky
5/ The Nineties: A Book Chuck Klosterman needs no introduction. If you lived it, reminds us of what made the decade great even as we thought it would be a zero. If you didn’t, then read this to see what we mean by “here we are now, entertain us”      source
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Chris Fralic
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The Man from the Future
The Visionary Life of John von Neumann
Ananyo Bhattacharya - 2023-02-21 (first published in 2021)
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Uncover the incredible impact of one man on everything from smartphones to nuclear weapons. Born in Budapest in 1903, John von Neumann was a math prodigy who made groundbreaking contributions to quantum mechanics and helped design the atom bomb. His influence extended to Cold War geopolitics, economic theory, and even the first programmable digital computer. Follow author Ananyo Bhattacharya on a journey through von Neumann's life and discover the untold story of the man who shaped our century.
Steven Sinofsky
Strong recommendation for this book: THE MAN FROM THE FUTURE: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann By Ananyo Bhattacharya @Ananyo // Super interesting and fun read      source
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Expert Political Judgment
How Good Is It? How Can We Know?
Philip E. Tetlock - 2006-08-20 (first published in 2005)
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Explore the qualities of good judgment in predicting future events with this expert analysis of why many experts are often wrong in their forecasts. Looking at arguments about the complexity of the world and the success of different thinking styles, the author provides a clear and well-researched guide on how to evaluate expert opinion. Whether you are an academic or a corporation seeking to develop standards for judging expert decision-making, this book is an invaluable resource.
Steven Sinofsky
@pmarca @sriramk @aarthir @GoodTimeShowAS @pmarca book #1 on predictive markets and why listening to experts in times of dramatic change might not be prudent. Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? - New Edition by ... via @amazon      source
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Marc Andreessen
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The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk
Justin Tosi - 2020-05-01
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This book delves into the prevalent issue of grandstanding in public discourse today. The authors explain how we make bold claims and exaggerate to appear morally superior and how this behavior is detrimental to meaningful discourse. Supported by research in psychology, economics, and political science, the authors offer insight on why we grandstand and how to avoid it. With contemporary examples spanning the political spectrum, they suggest ways to re-build a public square worth participating in.
Steven Sinofsky
Super interesting book. If there was to be something like a social network participants manual then this would contribute a good deal. Moral grandstanding is part of human nature but can be counterproductive. Lots to think about. @JustinTosi @BrandonWarmke      source
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A Mind at Play
How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age
Jimmy Soni - 2017-07-18
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Discover the story of Claude Shannon, the brilliant mind behind the Information Age, in this elegantly written biography by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman. Shannon was a groundbreaking polymath who created the first wearable computer, outsmarted Vegas casinos, and wrote the seminal text of the digital revolution. With unique access to Shannon's family and friends, A Mind at Play reveals the remarkable human behind some of the most important contributions to our modern world.
Steven Sinofsky
PS/ Jimmy’s last book (co-author w/ Rob Goodman) was also fantastic—“A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age” Perhaps enjoy this podcast we did together:      source
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Play Nice But Win
A CEO's Journey from Founder to Leader
Michael Dell, James Kaplan - 2021-10-05
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"Play Nice But Win" is the gripping tale of how the founder and CEO of one of America's biggest tech companies, Michael Dell, fought to launch, keep, and transform his company. Dell takes us on a journey through the highs and lows of Dell Technologies' evolution in a rapidly changing industry, filled with competitors who became friends, foes, or both. With sincerity and humor, "Play Nice But Win" reminds us that technology is ultimately about people and their potential, and it takes a leader to build something that lasts.
Steven Sinofsky
@rebootdude The audio book is fantastic because of Michael’s narration. I got the printed book because it has some wonderful photos in it.      source
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The Chinese Typewriter
Thomas S. Mullaney - 2017-08-08
Rawhide Down by Del Quentin Wilber
DEC Is Dead, Long Live DEC by Edgar H. Schein
Married to the Mouse by Richard E. Foglesong
Memories that Shaped an Industry by Emerson W. Pugh
IBM's 360 and Early 370 Systems by Emerson W. Pugh