In an effort to stay on top of things in our industry, Prolific Ps love reading up on anything and everything related to the mobile and tech world, often sharing interesting pieces with other members of the team. We sifted through everything we could find on the internet and picked some of our favorite reads this month.
Here are some thoughts on leadership, innovation and success in the tech, media and creative industries.
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
By Walter Isaacson
Read by Courtney Starr
A book that tells the story of the innovators who created the computer and the Internet. It offers a very different perspective on innovation than one might usually find, and gives a historical look at innovation rather than just the modern day version. Plus, it places a lot of emphasis on collaboration, rather than heralding singular individuals, which is something we champion at Prolific as well.
Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)
By Chade-Meng Tan
Read by Chelsea Fischbach
Author Chade-Meng Tan is a Google veteran who shares secrets behind the employee mindset at this tech giant. The book looks at how to apply mindfulness training to the workplace (and also to your personal life), based on the program developed at Google, to ultimately achieve greater levels of happiness, productivity and creativity.
By Ed Catmull
Read by Bailey Bennett
Come for stories about Woody and Buzz, stay for the invaluable wisdom on management, leadership and team-building. The book is written by Disney/Pixar President Ed Catmull, a man who has been with Pixar since the very beginning, and details everything he’s learned along the way. Catmull writes on the challenges of maintaining Pixar’s notoriously creative and unique working environment, and shares the struggles and celebrations of building one of the greatest studios in the world.
The Man Who Broke the Music Business
By Stephen Witt
Read by David Reyneke
A fascinating profile of a man named Lydell Glover: quite possibly the man who broke the music industry. Working out of the PolyGram compact-disk manufacturing plant in the 90s, Glover was one of the first to leak music illegally, burning CDs from the plant and selling them to hungry music fans. The piece details his choices and actions and explains how things have gotten where they are today, with no artist and no album safe from piracy.
Apple Watch: The Definitive Review
By Nilay Patel
Read by All of us
Yes, we have a little Watch fever here. As mobile app people, we’re all very curious to see what the Apple Watch is all about, and we’ve already ordered a few for ourselves to try out. Although there’s always the chance that the Watch goes down the same path as Google Glass, we’re very excited about the possibilities and see the chance for a bright future for these small, powerful devices. Check out this “definitive” review and decide for yourself.