Books We Pretend To Read

Books We Pretend To Read

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Those that work in Silicon Valley know that there are some books that everyone is all but required to read: The Lean Startup, The Innovators Dilemma & The 4-hour Work Week are a few. The books change with the seasons, yet somehow CEOs chug through 60 books a year, while you’re just trying to get your product shipped on time. That’s where we come in! Chuck and Gunnar work in the tech world but in different areas (Engineering vs Product). We read each book & bring our own views/background to the conversation. Joining us each episode is a subject matter expert on each topic we cover.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Jun 1 • 70 min
The anti-self-help book that’s sold over 6 million copies and holds the world record for most F-bombs in a single book (okay not sure if that last part is true). The Subtle Art of Not Giving a <beep> is a book that covers how we should live our lives…
PART2: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (with guest Kevin Goodman)
Apr 17 • 72 min
In episode 7 of Books We Pretend to Read Podcast our hosts continue our conversation with industry veteran: Kevin Goodman. Kevin is a founder of multiple companies that went on to be acquired. RTO Software, acquired by VMware, and most recently FSLogix…
PART1: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (with guest Kevin Goodman)
Mar 22 • 64 min
In episode 6 of Books We Pretend to Read Podcast our hosts bring in industry veteran: Kevin Goodman. Kevin is a founder of multiple companies that went on to be acquired. RTO Software, acquired by VMware, and most recently FXLogix acquired by Microsoft.…
1984 by George Orwell
Feb 14 • 70 min
Continuing with our theme of non-business books about technology we dial the clock back to 1948, the year George Orwell wrote the prophetic book: 1984. Who hasn’t heard that “Big Brother Is Watching” or that we live in a Orwellian Society. Yet these…
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
Jan 8 • 88 min
In our first non-business management book, we cover Bad Blood, the story of how one of Silicon Valley’s biggest unicorns was built on a web of lies. Soon to become what’s sure to be an Oscar nominated film staring Jennifer Lawrence, get up to speed and…
The 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss (with guest Maria Abernathy)
Dec 1, 2018 • 68 min
Escape the 9-5, live anywhere and join the new rich so says the author of this month’s book “The 4-hour Workweek”. A book rich in borrowed wisdom, that quotes the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and any other name that will grab a headline, but does…
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries (with guest Jim Flannery)
Nov 1, 2018 • 56 min
In this episode we cover the book that changed how software companies build product, interact with customers and measure success: The Lean Startup. A staple of MBA students, product managers and every startup company trying to build the next big thing.…
Future Crimes by Marc Goodman (with guest Christian Hyatt)
Oct 1, 2018 • 70 min
Who’s watching you right now? Future Crimes, by Mark Goodman, digs deep into the dark areas of the Internet, where crime is rampant and criminals are using the newest techniques to thwart companies and governments. Privacy is dead. Nothing is secure. And…