The Business of Platforms: Strategy in the Age of Digital Competition, Innovation, and Power [Audiobook]
03 August 2019, 23:29
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8h 7m | 221.83MB
A trio of experts on high-tech business strategy and innovation reveal the principles that have made platform businesses the most valuable firms in the world and the first trillion-dollar companies.
Managers and entrepreneurs in the digital era must learn to live in two worlds - the conventional economy and the platform economy. Platforms that operate for business purposes usually exist at the level of an industry or ecosystem, bringing together individuals and organizations so they can innovate and interact in ways not otherwise possible. Platforms create economic value far beyond what we see in conventional companies.
The Business of Platforms is an invaluable, in-depth look at platform strategy and digital innovation. Cusumano, Gawer, and Yoffie address how a small number of companies have come to exert extraordinary influence over every dimension of our personal, professional, and political lives. They explain how these new entities differ from the powerful corporations of the past. They also question whether there are limits to the market dominance and expansion of these digital juggernauts. Finally, they discuss the role governments should play in rethinking data privacy laws, antitrust, and other regulations that could reign in abuses from these powerful businesses.
Their goal is to help managers and entrepreneurs build platform businesses that can stand the test of time and win their share of battles with both digital and conventional competitors. As experts who have studied and worked with these firms for some 30 years, this audiobook is the most authoritative and timely investigation yet of the powerful economic and technological forces that make platform businesses, from Amazon and Apple to Microsoft, Facebook, and Google - all dominant players in shaping the global economy, the future of work, and the political world we now face.
Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.
The Purpose Is Profit: The Truth About Starting and Building Your Own Business [Audiobook]
03 August 2019, 23:27
2019 | M4B@128 kbps | 7h 10m | 391.48MB
Do you feel the pull to start your own business?
Tired of working for others and dealing with office politics, eager for control and more money, Ed ''Skip'' McLaughlin certainly felt it. When he left his high-level corporate position to start not one but two new businesses, his colleagues' reaction was disbelief:
People told me I was crazy. ''You are going to fail!''
One of his businesses did fail, but the other thrived. Ed bootstrapped it into an Inc. 500 company and later sold it to a Fortune 100 company. Now, you can learn from his experience - what to do and what not to do - to create your own successful startup. The Purpose Is Profit eliminates the mystery of becoming an entrepreneur. You will learn:
- Why distinctive competence trumps passion
- Where and when to get funding without losing control
- How to build an entrepreneurial brand that lasts
- Why profit should be factored into every business decision
- How ethical behavior breeds trust and unlocks profit
As a bonus, The Purpose Is Profit includes two manuals:
- The Startup Roadmap details the 21 steps you should take to build a profitable business.
- The Startup Funding Guide delivers the tools you need to fund your business.
The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet [Audiobook]
03 August 2019, 23:14
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + PDF | 12h 39m | 690.33MB
"No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider."
Did you know that these 26 words are responsible for much of America's multibillion-dollar online industry? What we can and cannot write, say, and do online is based on just one law - a law that protects online services from lawsuits based on user content. Jeff Kosseff exposes the workings of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which has lived mostly in the shadows since its enshrinement in 1996. Because many segments of American society now exist largely online, Kosseff argues that we need to understand and pay attention to what section 230 really means and how it affects what we like, share, and comment upon every day.
The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet tells the story of the institutions that flourished as a result of this powerful statute. It introduces us to those who created the law, those who advocated for it, and those involved in some of the most prominent cases decided under the law. Kosseff assesses the law that has facilitated freedom of online speech, trolling, and much more.
No Stopping You: How to Win the Game of Life [Audiobook]
03 August 2019, 23:12
2019 | M4B@128 kbps | 11h 4m | 603.32MB
Why do some people succeed tremendously, feel very good about themselves, and simply can't wait for the next day?
While others have all the desire, smarts, talent, and motivation to greatly succeed, but something's missing....
To respected corporate leadership guru Dr. Roger Flax, the answer is simple: winning the game of life begins and ends with relationships.
No Stopping You! How to Win the Game of Life gives you the playbook, along with actionable tools to determine what makes people tick and how to win them over; how to establish instant rapport, trust, and credibility; and how to leverage those qualities into outstanding business and personal success, with strong and long-term "win-win" relationships.
Listening to No Stopping You! is like a one-on-one private session with the highly sought-after expert Dr. Flax, who covers how to:
- Effectively communicate with impact, power, clarity
- Drive towards desired, mutually-beneficial outcomes and results
- Persuade, influence, inspire, motivate, and develop all types of people
- Read people quickly, and adapt your communication style effectively and appropriately
- And make things happen
Flax has lived this dream, winning the game many times over, and has shared his insights and strategies with thousands of people for five decades - in seminars, workshops, international presentations, motivational speeches, and through major media. Now it's time for you to learn to apply these powerful, innovative insights and tools, firsthand.
This audiobook gives you actionable tools and techniques that you can apply immediately. It's a hands-on, all-in-one playbook and toolbox that gives you strategies and game plans to accomplish your goals.
When you do, there's no stopping you! And you're well on the way to winning the challenging, and very exciting, game of life!
Revolutionary: George Washington at War [Audiobook]
03 August 2019, 23:10
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12h 52m | 353.81MB
From an acclaimed military historian, a bold reappraisal of young George Washington, an ambitious if reckless soldier destined to become the legendary general who took on the British and, through his leadership, defined the American character.
How did George Washington become an American icon? Robert L. O'Connell, the New York Times best-selling author of Fierce Patriot and The Ghosts of Cannae, introduces us to Washington before he was Washington: a young soldier champing at the bit for a commission in the British army, frustrated by his position as a minor Virginia aristocrat. Fueled by ego, Washington led a disastrous expedition in the Seven Years' War, but then the commander grew up. We witness George Washington take up politics and join Virginia's colonial governing body, the House of Burgesses, where he became ever more attuned to the injustices of life under the British Empire and the paranoid, revolutionary atmosphere of the colonies. When war seemed inevitable, he was the right man - the only man - to lead the nascent American army.
We would not be here without George Washington, and O'Connell proves that Washington the general was at least as significant to the founding of the United States as Washington the president. He emerges here as cunning and manipulative, a subtle puppeteer among intimates, and a master cajoler - but all in the cause of rectitude and moderation. Washington became the embodiment of the Revolution itself. He draped himself over the revolutionary process and tamped down its fires. As O'Connell writes, the war was decisive because Washington managed to stop a cycle of violence with the force of personality and personal restraint.
In his trademark conversational, witty style, Robert L. O'Connell has written a compelling reexamination of General Washington and his revolutionary world. He cuts through the enigma surrounding Washington to show how the general made all the difference and became a new archetype of revolutionary leader in the process. Revolutionary is a masterful character study of America's founding conflict filled with lessons about conspiracy, resistance, and leadership that resonate today.
The Washington War: FDR's Inner Circle and the Politics of Power That Won World War II [Audiobook]
03 August 2019, 23:09
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 19h 34m | 537.91MB
A Team of Rivals for World War II - the inside story of how FDR and the towering personalities around him waged war in the corridors of Washington, DC, to secure ultimate victory on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific.
The Washington War is the story of how the Second World War was fought and won in the capital's halls of power - and how the United States, which in December 1941 had a nominal army and a decimated naval fleet, was able in only 30 months to fling huge forces onto the European continent and shortly thereafter shatter Imperial Japan's Pacific strongholds.
Three quarters of a century after the overwhelming defeat of the totalitarian Axis forces, the terrifying, razor-thin calculus on which so many critical decisions turned has been forgotten - but had any of these debates gone the other way, the outcome of the war could have been far different: The army in August 1941, about to be disbanded, saved by a single vote. Production plans that would have delayed adequate war matériel for years after Pearl Harbor, circumvented by one uncompromising man's courage and drive. The delicate ballet that precluded a separate peace between Stalin and Hitler. The almost-adopted strategy to stage D-Day at a fatally different time and place. It was all a breathtakingly close-run thing, again and again.
Renowned historian James Lacey takes listeners behind the scenes in the cabinet rooms, the Pentagon, the Oval Office, and Hyde Park, and at the pivotal conferences - Campobello Island, Casablanca, Tehran - as these disputes raged. Here are colorful portraits of the great figures - and forgotten geniuses - of the day: New Dealers versus industrialists, political power brokers versus the generals, Churchill and the British high command versus the US chiefs of staff, innovators versus entrenched bureaucrats...with the master manipulator, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, at the center, setting his brawling patriots one against the other and promoting and capitalizing on the furious turf wars.
Based on years of research and extensive, previously untapped archival resources, The Washington War is the first integrated, comprehensive chronicle of how all these elements - and towering personalities - clashed and ultimately coalesced at each vital turning point, the definitive account of Washington at real war and the titanic political and bureaucratic infighting that miraculously led to final victory.
Includes a bonus PDF of a who's who of the Washington Warriors.
Confirmation Bias: Inside Washington’s War Over the Supreme Court, from Scalia’s Death to Justice Kavanaugh [EPUB]
03 August 2019, 23:07
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 006286291X | 6.36MB
The Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times presents a richly detailed, news-breaking, and conversation-changing look at the unprecedented political fight to fill the Supreme Court seat made vacant by Antonin Scalia's death—using it to explain the paralyzing and all but irreversible dysfunction across all three branches in the nation's capital.
The embodiment of American conservative thought and jurisprudence, Antonin Scalia cast an expansive shadow over the Supreme Court for three decades. His unexpected death in February 2016 created a vacancy that precipitated a pitched political fight. That battle would not only change the tilt of the court, but the course of American history. It would help decide a presidential election, fundamentally alter longstanding protocols of the United States Senate, and transform the Supreme Court—which has long held itself as a neutral arbiter above politics—into another branch of the federal government riven by partisanship. In an unprecedented move, the Republican-controlled Senate, led by majority leader, Mitch McConnell, refused to give Democratic President Barak Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, a confirmation hearing. Not one Republican in the Senate would meet with him. Scalia's seat would be held open until Donald Trump's nominee, Neil M. Gorsuch, was confirmed in April 2017.
Carl Hulse has spent more than thirty years covering the machinations of the beltway. In Out of Order he tells the story of this history-making battle to control the Supreme Court through exclusive interviews with McConnell, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and other top officials, Trump campaign operatives, court activists, and legal scholars, as well as never-before-reported details and developments.
Richly textured and deeply informative, Out of Order provides much-needed context, revisiting the judicial wars of the past two decades to show how those conflicts have led to our current polarization. He examines the politicization of the federal bench and the implications for public confidence in the courts, and takes us behind the scenes to explore how many long-held democratic norms and entrenched, bipartisan procedures have been erased across all three branches of government.
The White Lotus War: Rebellion and Suppression in Late Imperial China [EPUB]
03 August 2019, 23:06
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0295745452 | 25.34MB
The White Lotus War (1796–1804) in central China marked the end of the Qing dynasty's golden age and the fatal weakening of the imperial system itself. What started as a local rebellion grew into a serious political crisis, as the central government was no longer able to operate its military machine.
Yingcong Dai's comprehensive investigation reveals that the White Lotus rebels would have remained a relatively minor threat, if not for the Qing's ill-managed response. Dai shows that the officials in charge of the suppression campaign were half-hearted about the fight and took advantage of the campaign to pursue personal gains. She challenges assumptions that the Qing relied upon local militias to exterminate the rebels, showing instead that the hiring of civilians became a pretext for misappropriation of war funds, resulting in the devastatingly high cost of the war. The mishandled demilitarization of the militiamen prolonged the hostilities when many of the dismissed troops turned into rebels themselves. The war's long-term impact presaged the beginning of the disintegration of the Qing in the mid-nineteenth century and eruptions of the Taiping Rebellion and other uprisings.
The White Lotus War will interest students and scholars of late imperial and modern Chinese history, as well as history buffs interested in the warfare of the early modern world.
Enjoy Sex (How, when and if you want to): A Practical and Inclusive Guide [EPUB]
03 August 2019, 18:23
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 1785780808 | 0.39MB
Plenty of books on sex suggest that it has to be done in a certain way, or in a certain kind of relationship, or with certain people. This isn't that kind of book.
Enjoy Sex is a truly practical, friendly guide through the confusing, and sometimes alarming, world of sex and sexuality. Its radical approach puts your experience at the heart of the book, and invites you to explore what might be enjoyable to you.
With the authors' engaging and thoughtful style, the book challenges the messages we receive about 'normal' sex, looks at how to understand and care for yourself, delves into ideas of pleasure for different bodies, ages and tastes, explores relationships, and tackles the tricky topics of communication and consent.
So, throw out the rule book and learn to listen to your own desires. This may just be the most helpful book about sex ever.
Scapegoat: A History of Blaming Other People [EPUB]
03 August 2019, 12:34
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1590207165 | 0.26MB
We may have come a long way from the days when a goat was symbolically saddled with all the iniquities of the children of Israel and driven into the wilderness, but has our desperate need to absolve ourselves by pinning the blame on someone else really changed all that much?
Charlie Campbell highlights the plight of all those others who have found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, illustrating how God needs the Devil as Sherlock Holmes needs Professor Moriarty or James Bond needs "Goldfinger."
Scapegoat is a tale of human foolishness that exposes the anger and irrationality of blame-mongering while reminding readers of their own capacity for it. From medieval witch burning to reality TV, this is a brilliantly relevant and timely social history that looks at the obsession, mania, persecution, and injustice of scapegoating.
Turncoat: Benedict Arnold and the Crisis of American Liberty [EPUB]
03 August 2019, 12:32
2018 | EPUB | ISBN: 030021099X | 7.6MB
Why did the once-ardent hero of the American Revolutionary cause become its most dishonored traitor?
General Benedict Arnold’s failed attempt to betray the fortress of West Point to the British in 1780 stands as one of the most infamous episodes in American history. In the light of a shining record of bravery and unquestioned commitment to the Revolution, Arnold’s defection came as an appalling shock. Contemporaries believed he had been corrupted by greed; historians have theorized that he had come to resent the lack of recognition for his merits and sacrifices. In this provocative book Stephen Brumwell challenges such interpretations and draws on unexplored archives to reveal other crucial factors that illuminate Arnold’s abandonment of the revolutionary cause he once championed.
This work traces Arnold’s journey from enthusiastic support of American independence to his spectacularly traitorous acts and narrow escape. Brumwell’s research leads to an unexpected conclusion: Arnold’s mystifying betrayal was driven by a staunch conviction that America’s best interests would be served by halting the bloodshed and reuniting the fractured British Empire.
Me, Me, Me: The Search for Community in Post-war England [EPUB]
03 August 2019, 12:31
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0198779534 | 4.33MB
Many commentators tell us that, in today's world, everyday life has become selfish and atomised--that individuals live only to consume. But are they wrong?
In Me, Me, Me, Jon Lawrence re-tells the story of England since the Second World War through the eyes of ordinary people--including his own parents-- to argue that, in fact, friendship, family, and place all remain central to our daily lives, and whilst community has changed, it is far from dead.
He shows how, in the years after the Second World War, people came increasingly to question custom and tradition as the pressure to conform to societal standards became intolerable. And as soon as they could, millions escaped the closed, face-to-face communities of Victorian Britain, where everyone knew your business. But this was not a rejection of community per se, but an attempt to find another, new way of living which was better suited to the modern world.
Community has become personal and voluntary, based on genuine affection rather than proximity or need. We have never been better connected or able to sustain the relationships that matter to us. Me, Me, Me makes that case that it's time we valued and nurtured these new groups, rather than lamenting the loss of more 'real' forms of community--it is all too easy to hold on to a nostalgic view of the past.
Unzip Your Genes: 5 Choices to Reveal a Radically Radiant You [Audiobook]
03 August 2019, 01:49
2019 | MP3@64 kbps | 6h 25m | 176.64MB
This guide will show you how to take your health into your own hands. You will no longer sit on the sidelines - instead you can play an active and empowered role in the state of your own health. This book will help you:
- Understand how the environment and your genes interact.
- Learn how to use your own genetic information to your advantage.
- Create an actionable plan based on your genomics to radically transform your health and improve your vitality.
- Discover how to improve your health span and lead a productive, happy, and healthy life.
Dr. Jennifer Stagg is an experienced physician and expert in precision medicine - an emerging approach for disease prevention that takes into account an individual's genes, environment, and lifestyle. In Unzip Your Genes, Dr. Stagg provides insight on how you can take practical steps that can radically transform the state of your health and well-being.
The Neuroscience of Everyday Life [TTC Audio]
03 August 2019, 01:48
Course No 1540 | 2019 (2010) | M4B@64 kbps + PDF Guidebook | 17h 55m | 492.7MB
Your nervous system is you. All the thoughts, perceptions, moods, passions, and dreams that make you an active, sentient being are the work of this amazing network of cells. For many centuries, people knew this was true. But no one was sure how it happened. Now, thanks to the exciting new field of neuroscience, we can chart the workings of the brain and the rest of the nervous system in remarkable detail to explain how neurons, synapses, neurotransmitters, and other biological processes produce all the experiences of everyday life, in every stage of life.
From the spectacular growth of the brain in infancy to the act of learning a skill, falling in love, getting a joke, revising an opinion, or even forgetting a name, something very intriguing is going on behind the scenes.
The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace [Audiobook]
03 August 2019, 01:46
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8h 46m | 239.29MB
The essential guide for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and employees looking to navigate today's multigenerational workplace, which spans more generations than ever before.
Millennials have only just begun their reign as the largest generation in the workplace. But they are not alone. For the next decade at least, these young professionals will be working side by side with more established generations, including the baby boomers, who are working longer than ever, and an entirely new group coming up, generation Z.
This means within any organization, any team, any meeting, any marketing opportunity, you may find any combination of generations. Each of these age groups has its own attitude, expectations, and professional style. To lead and succeed in any organization today, you must adapt to how millennials work while continuing to accommodate their older colleagues and paying attention to the next generations coming up. The Remix shows you how to adapt and win through proven strategies that serve all generations' needs.
As the leading expert on generations in the workplace, Lindsey Pollak combines the most recent data from a variety of authoritative sources with her own original research as well as detailed case studies from her Fortune 500 clients. Pollak outlines the ways businesses, executives, midlevel managers, employees, and entrepreneurs can handle situations that may arise when diverse styles clash and provides clear strategies to turn generational diversity into business opportunity.
Generational change is impacting all industries, all types of organizations, and all leaders. The Remix is an essential listen for anyone who wants to survive and thrive today and into the future.
Living an Orgasmic Life: Heal Yourself and Awaken Your Pleasure [Audiobook]
03 August 2019, 01:45
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 6h 59m | 383.33MB
Overcome your discomfort.
Living an Orgasmic Life is written for anyone who finds sex challenging or feels uncomfortable with their sex life. Women who are alienated from their erotic side due to sexual abuse or trauma will find a healing balm here. Women who can't surrender into pleasure, can't sustain intimacy, or want to reclaim and feel empowered in their sexuality will greatly benefit from this book.
Awaken your sexuality.
Challenges with sexuality are all too common in our society and not frequently discussed in an open and thoughtful manner. In Living an Orgasmic Life, Xanet Pailet explores the many reasons that cause women to disconnect from their sexuality including: shame, body image issues, sexual abuse and trauma, physical wounding, and fears of intimacy. She teaches practical advice and tools to help women awaken to their sexuality in a healthy way and reclaim their libido.
Add sex back into your marriage.
The number of reported sexless marriages has quadrupled in the last 20 years. Living an Orgasmic Life is filled with lessons and practical exercises that can take your sex life from non-existent or mediocre to fulfilling on every level.
Why I Don't Work Here Anymore: A Leader's Guide to Offset the Financial and Emotional Costs of Toxic Employees [Audiobook]
03 August 2019, 01:43
2019 | M4B@64 kbps | 4h 14m | 115.44MB
You have likely heard stories from friends, family members, and colleagues who quit a job because of a toxic person - an individual who belittles, shames, humiliates, or bullies. You may not have realized that these individuals not only take their tolls on our emotional psyches, but also the financial outcomes of their organizations. Through this book's many case examples, as well as evidence-based practices and templates, each chapter singles out one main issue and how to resolve it with respect and clarity.
Dr. Kusy presents concrete practices that will restore civility and respect into your organization. Some of these practices include:
- Calculating the real financial cost of toxic people in your organization
- Providing direct and respectful feedback to a toxic peer, direct report, and even your boss
- Replacing traditional exit interviews with a method for dealing with toxic chameleons who "knock down and kiss up"
- Hiring, engaging talent, and even firing people based on a new approach to values-based performance management
You will emerge with a newfound understanding that restores personal well-being and increased financial performance.
The Little Book of Valuation: How to Value a Company, Pick a Stock and Profit [Audiobook]
03 August 2019, 01:42
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 4h 49m | 262.97MB
An accessible and intuitive guide to stock valuation.
Valuation is at the heart of any investment decision, whether that decision is to buy, sell, or hold. In The Little Book of Valuation, expert Aswath Damodaran explains the techniques in language that any investor can understand, so you can make better investment decisions when reviewing stock research reports and engaging in independent efforts to value and pick stocks.
In this audiobook, Damodaran distills the fundamentals of valuation, without glossing over or ignoring key concepts, and develops models that you can easily understand and use. Along the way, he covers various valuation approaches from intrinsic or discounted cash-flow valuation and multiples or relative valuation to some elements of real-option valuation.
Written with the individual investor in mind, this reliable guide will not only help you value a company quickly, but will also help you make sense of valuations done by others or found in comprehensive equity research reports.