Category Archives: Reviews

Book Review – Zero to One

By | January 3, 2015

I enjoyed Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, by Peter Thiel, more than I expected. It’s a good complement to The Hard Thing about Hard Things. Zero to One provides more guidance on what makes a startup idea more likely to be viable, while THTAHT focuses more on how… Read More »

Book Review – The Hard Thing about Hard Things

By | December 18, 2014

Ben Horowitz has assembled a great collection of hard fought knowledge for future founding CEOs. I took away a lot from this book, despite neither being a CEO nor planning to be one. Anyone who intends to take a leadership role in a company, especially in high tech, should read it. The advice on hiring… Read More »

Book Review – Creativity, Inc.

By | December 14, 2014

Creativity, Inc. is both a great insider’s look at the history of Pixar and a primer on how to nurture and manage a creative culture. An added bonus is new insight, at least for me, into the complex intellectual force that was Steve Jobs. It’s now hard to imagine that Pixar struggled as a company,… Read More »

Book Review – Complications

By | November 23, 2014

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande is a very engaging and enjoyable book about Gawande’s experiences as a medical resident, grouped by chapters on fallibility, mystery and uncertainty. In many of the cases, mystery and fear of fallibility contribute greatly to the uncertainty. As with some other specialized fields, outsiders… Read More »

Book Review – Catastophic Care

By | July 28, 2014

In “Catastophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know About Health Care Is Wrong”, David Goldhill does a very good job of laying out many of the biggest issues in US health care pricing, a field I actually happen to know a lot about. From his experience running a company and being on the board… Read More »

Book Review – Nothing to Envy

By | November 11, 2013

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea is a fascinating book on a topic that I previously knew almost nothing about. Barbara Demick very much deserved the National Book Award Finalist award. I first found out about this book when I went to the Goodreads office in San Francisco for a talk on their… Read More »

Book Review – Lean In

By | March 21, 2013

After finishing Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In, I was surprised by the disconnect with some of the early criticism I had read. I actually thought Sandberg wrote a lot about her personal life and greatly appreciated her experience and co-workers at Google. She also clearly admitted she is in a place of… Read More »

Quantum of Winter Solstice

By | November 29, 2008

I went to the gorgeous Grand-Lake Theatre in Oakland tonight with wife and friends to see Quantum of Winter Solstice. I was totally expecting an educational film on astronomy, so the guns, car chases and boring villains were quite the surprise. However, I did take solace in the kick-out-the-jams performance of the organ player who… Read More »

Best of the East Bay

By | July 13, 2008

Last Friday my wife and I celebrated our 15th anniversary by going to Linden Street Brewery for their Friday afternoon open house and then the Oakland Museum of California for the Best of the East Bay party. Both were excellent. Some of our friends brought a penne pasta salad with fresh-grated parmesan and grilled tri-tip… Read More »

Shiner and Independence Brewing

By | May 18, 2008

I have fond memories of Shiner Bock from when I lived in Austin, and I always have a bottle or two when I go back to visit my brother. I agree with Stan at Appellation Beer that while Shiner doesn’t make the greatest of beers, they are better than a lot of people give them… Read More »