25 Books to Read for Technology Lovers
Whether you are just on the lookout for good reads or looking for ideas and inspirations, here are some of the must-read books for your reading list.
1. Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built
Author: Duncan Clark
Highlights: This book provides a glimpse into how Chinese magnate Jack Ma, a former teacher from modest background, built Alibaba and how it has evolved into one of the most successful companies in the world.
2. Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
Authors: Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
Highlights: Algorithms to Live By offers insights into the practical applications of the principles of computer science and how they can be used in everyday life.
3. Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry
Author: Marc Benioff and Carlye Adler
Highlights: Founder and CEO of salesforce.com Marc Benioff shares insights into how creating and using new business technology. This book also offers practical guides on innovation, starting a business and making it thrive in the constantly changing economic climate.
4. Chaos Monkeys: Inside the Silicon Valley Money Machine
Author: Antonio Garcia Martinez
Highlights: This book takes a look into life in the Silicon Valley and provides a glimpse into how tech innovators can change different facets of life through disruption.
5. Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon
Author: Kim Zetter
Highlights: Countdown to Zero Day tells offers a behind-the-scene story of the virus, which became known as Stuxnet, that wreaked havoc into Iran’s nuclear plans.
6. Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-up Bubble
Author: Dan Lyons
Highlights: What happens when a veteran magazine writer in his fifties loses his job and makes a career change by working for a tech start-up? Disrupted by Dan Lyons offers a hilarious and thought-provoking take into the challenges of working in that environment.
7. From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know About the Internet
Author: John Naughton
Highlights: From being the newest innovation, the internet continues to evolve even to the point that many now take it for granted. In this book, John Naughton delves into the internet’s continual development and offers insights into how to make the most of existing technologies around us.
8. Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World
Author: Marc Goodman
Highlights: Drawing from his experiences working in law enforcement and counterterrorism, global security expert Marc Goodman offers insights into digital crimes.
9. How Google Works
Author: Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
Highlights: Company executives Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg shares insights into Google’s history as well as the strategies and philosophies that make it thrive today.
10. Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies
Author: Calestous Juma
Highlights: Innovation and Its Enemies is a book that takes a look into several centuries’ worth of technology history. It shows what may seem like a constant conflict between the need to innovate and the desire to maintain the status quo.
11. Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company
Author: Andrew S. Grove
Highlights: Former Intel CEO Andrew S. Grove shares his strategy, which he coins as Strategic Inflection Point, and how it has helped him navigate the challenges of managing a business and ensuring that it thrives even during the most difficult times.
12. Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free Or Lock Us Up
Author: Philip N. Howard
Highlights: Philip N. Howard offers a view on the future of the Internet of Things and how it shapes our world.
13. Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship
Authors: Maynard Webb and Carlye Adler
Highlights: Founder of Webb Investment Network and former COO of eBay Maynard Webb offers ideas on how to make best use of technology to transform the way we work
14. Rise of the Machines: The Lost History of Cybernetics
Author: Thomas Rid
Highlights: Rise of the Machines takes a look back into the beginnings of cybernetics, its evolution over time, and its potential impact on the future of things.
15. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Author: Nick Bostrom
Highlights: In this book, author Nick Bostrom delves into the complexities and potential pitfalls of creating artificial intelligence.
16. Steve Jobs
Author: Walter Isaacson
Highlights: This best-selling book by Walter Isaacson offers a glimpse into the life of Steve Jobs — from co-founding Apple to some of his greatest ventures and accomplishments.
17. The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
Author: Ray Kurzweil
Highlights: Artificial intelligence expert Ray Kurzweil shares insights into the fast-paced growth of technology and how it is shaping our future.
18. The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
Author: Kevin Mitnick
Highlights: The Art of Invisibility shares practical tips and guides on how to stay safe online.
19. The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution
Author: T.R. Reid
Highlights: In this book, author T.R. Reid tells the story of the two men who invented the silicon microchip that gave birth to the digital age.
20. The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World
Author: David Kirkpatrick
Highlights: This book provides an intimate look into the founding of Facebook and its game-changing effect on how people use the Internet.
21. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There are No Easy Answers
Author: Ben Horowitz
Highlights: Co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz Ben Horowitz offers insights, lessons, and advice in building and managing a startup.
22. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
Author: Kevin Kelly
Highlights: Founding editor of Wired magazine Kevin Kelly offers a guide to the twelve technological imperatives that will change the way people live.
23. The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood
Author: James Gleick
Highlights: Science writer James Gleick explores information, communication, and information theory — the three ideas that are shaping the future.
24. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
Author: Walter Isaacson
Highlights: This book takes a look into the works of several innovators and explores the traits that made them visionaries and disruptors.
25. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Author: Eric Ries
Highlights: The Lean Startup shares ideas on how entrepreneurs innovate, build, and run startups.