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Tren Griffin is a senior director of strategy at Microsoft Corp., focusing on software platforms and business models. Nights and weekends, he transforms into a voracious reader and writer about business and investing.
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Information Rules
A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy
Carl Shapiro - 1998-11-19
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Learn how to navigate the new economy with Information Rules. Authors Shapiro and Varian apply classic economic concepts to the information age and provide insight for managers looking to develop effective strategies. Discover how to evaluate the consequences of pricing, protecting, and planning new versions of information products, services, and systems to succeed in the information technology industry. This is the ultimate guide to winning moves in the information economy.
Tren Griffin
@JeffreyTowson Microsoft also has a chief economist. The teams interact. He trained many people at Berkeley in the software industry. Hal's book Information Rules is foundational. His work on network effects was seminal. This lecture by Hal is one of my favorites.      source
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Warren Buffett
Inside the Ultimate Money Mind
Robert G. Hagstrom - 2021-03-09
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Learn the philosophies behind Warren Buffett's successful investment decisions with Warren Buffett: Inside the Ultimate Money Mind by Robert G. Hagstrom. This deep analysis breaks down Buffett's essential wisdom, which he calls a Money Mind, into a way of thinking about financial issues and a mindset for investing in today's fast-paced stock markets. In this thinking book, Hagstrom explains the contributions of self-reliance, stoicism, rationalism, and pragmatism to intelligent investments, and outlines the building blocks of a Money Mind. Discover the defining traits of successful active management and see the surprising aspects of a Money Mind, including its contributions to sportsmanship, teaching, and art. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to incorporate the principles of a Money Mind in their pursuit of a life of value.
Tren Griffin
I also read in galley format: "Warren Buffett: Inside the Ultimate Money Mind" My back book cover blurb: "Robert Hagstrom’s books always enable readers to think about the world in new ways." Tren Griffin, author, Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor      source
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M. Mitchell Waldrop - 1993-09-01 (first published in 1992)
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Explore the fascinating world of complexity and how seemingly unrelated phenomena are linked through the science of this intricate system. From the sudden disappearance of ancient species to the organization of galaxies, discover how single elements spontaneously come together to form complicated structures. Join the scientific luminaries at The Santa Fe Institute, including Nobel Laureates Murray Gell-Mann and Kenneth Arrow, as they make groundbreaking discoveries that could change the face of science forever. Brimming with insights, this book by M. Mitchell Waldrop takes you on an engaging journey into the scientific revolution of complexity.
Tren Griffin
Bill Gurley: "My favorite book of all time is a book called 'Complexity.' It’s an analysis of multi-variable nonlinear systems and how they behave. And that includes things like stock market, weather or pandemics."      source
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The Innovative University
Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out
Clayton M. Christensen - 2011-07-26
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Innovating higher education: This book explores how universities can respond to disruptive innovation, using Harvard and BYU-Idaho as examples. It offers hope and insights on how traditional universities can change for the future, including dealing with faculty, enrollment, retention, and campus facilities. It breaks down a strategic model for economic vitality and uncovers how universities can thrive by building on their strengths while breaking with tradition.
Tren Griffin
@JohnArnoldFndtn @Jesse_Livermore Read Clayton's book and you learn four years for a college degree was chosen because Harvard needed the money years ago. There's no reason other than that for the degree to require four years.      source
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How Nature Works
the science of self-organized criticality
Per Bak - 1996-08-29
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Explore the science of self-organized criticality and discover a new way of understanding nature. This theory explains the complex patterns found throughout the natural world and delves into the fundamental question of why nature is complex, not simple. With applications ranging from the study of black holes to the evolution of life, this groundbreaking theory reveals how catastrophes can occur without any external triggers. How Nature Works is the first book to delve into this fascinating subject, presenting a simple yet profound idea and its impact on our understanding of the world around us.
Tren Griffin
@m_farda Read the papers and the book. The sand pile is a metaphor. Self organized criticality applies in biology. Look at the book title:      source
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Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Robert B. Cialdini - 2006-12-26 (first published in 1984)
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Discover the science of compliance in this captivating book that uncovers the factors that influence people to say "yes" to a request. Scholarly research is combined with real-life techniques and strategies gathered from sales, fundraising, advertising, and other positions that commonly use compliance tactics. The author has organized the tactics into six categories based on psychological principles: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity. Widely used in both classes and the business world, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the power of persuasion.
Tren Griffin
@m2jr Robert Cialdini’s book “Influence”      source
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Expectations Investing
Reading Stock Prices for Better Returns
Alfred Rappaport - 2003-02-18 (first published in 2001)
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Unlock the secret to identifying value-price gaps in the stock market with Expectations Investing. Authors Rappaport and Mauboussin provide readers with everything they need to utilize the discounted cash flow model while suggesting a new approach: start by estimating the expectations embedded in a company's stock price. Learn how to trace the process of value creation and assess the likelihood of expectations revisions with the "expectations infrastructure" framework. Whether you're an investor or a manager, Expectations Investing will give you a new way to evaluate and improve your approach to the stock market.
Tren Griffin
1/ One of the most influential books I have read about investing is "Expectations Investing" by Rappaport and Mauboussin. A revised edition is coming soon. The book's focus on identifying value-price gaps based on cash flow was immediately attractive to me.      source
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The Misbehavior of Markets
A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence
Benoit Mandelbrot - 2004-08-03 (first published in 1997)
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Discover a groundbreaking new way to understand the behavior of financial markets in this fascinating book by one of the most influential mathematicians of the century. Using fractal geometry, the author breaks down the complexities of stock prices and currency exchange rates into simple formulae, exposing the volatile and dangerous properties that have never before been accounted for. This is the foundation for a new science of finance that will upend what you think you know about investing.
Tren Griffin
I met Mandelbrot only once at this lecture at before he passed away in 2010. He wrote the book "The Misbehavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence." I suggest you read this book for yourself (even though it is not an easy book to read).      source
Explore the wireless revolution from every angle with this insightful analysis. From applications to technology, economics to system engineering, experience a comprehensive look at the impact of wireless access on the local telephone network.
Tren Griffin
3/ The book in the last tweet came out in 1988 and another one from the same author in 1991 (below). These books and others plus reading lots of papers helped me learn about the relationship between the technology and the business. That was a specialty I decided to develop.      source
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Digital Cellular Radio
George Calhoun - 1988-07-01
Get ahead of the curve with Digital Cellular Radio! This comprehensive guide explores the history, current state, and future of the mobile phone industry, with a focus on the fast-evolving technology of digital cellular radio. Stay informed and up-to-date with this must-read for tech enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.
Tren Griffin
3/ The book in the last tweet came out in 1988 and another one from the same author in 1991 (below). These books and others plus reading lots of papers helped me learn about the relationship between the technology and the business. That was a specialty I decided to develop.      source
Range by David Epstein
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
The Outsiders by William N. Thorndike
Competitive Strategy by Michael E. Porter
Les Schwab Pride in Performance by Les Schwab