Every week, CIO Journal offers a glimpse into the mind of the CEO, whose view of technology is shaped by stories in management journals, general interest magazines and, of course, in-flight publications
Books Bill Gates loved in 2018. The Microsoft Corp. co-founder’s annual roundup of top reads is a mixture of Silicon Valley standards, including “21 Lessons for the 21st Century,” by favored futurist Yuval Noah Hararii, “Bad Blood,” the WSJ reporter John Carreyrou’s look at the rise and fall of Theranos, and “The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness,” by Andy Puddicombe, the voice of the Valley’s favorite mindulness app, and their favorite Brit … after Jony Ive.
Startups are no longer cool? Stephen Harrison, a writer at the Atlantic and part-time MBA student, says startups have lost their “it” factor among the youthfully ambitious. “When I check on my peers’ start-up proposals after a few weeks, I often find that their ideas have been abandoned, and that my classmates are focused on their steady corporate jobs,” he writes. If he’s right, expect repercussions. “An economy dominated by older incumbent firms may be less likely to achieve consistently strong rates of growth.”
“You’ve Got Mail” and internet nostalgia. Consider this: Once upon a time Hollywood made a film where people looked forward to getting emails and “the worst-case scenario of meeting someone online is that they just happen to be someone whose corporate ideologies you disagree with.” Buzzfeed’s Scaachi Koul explicates the 1998 rom-com currently on endless repeat this holiday season.