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Summer Reads From Tech CEOs

Vivek Ravisankar, the co-founder and CEO of HackerRank: “I’d recommend leaders read The Score Takes Care of Itself. In business and in life, people too often focus on the outcome, and don’t think as much about the work it takes to get to the outcome. I’ve learned that when you perfect the process and do the job to the best of your abilities, the outcome, as Walsh says in this book, takes care of itself. His book also speaks to authenticity and great leadership – every leader must walk their own path, and be themselves along the way. Steve Jobs didn’t get to where he is by trying to be Bill Gates, just as Jeff Bezos didn’t try to be Steve Jobs. When I feel low or unsure of my own journey, I revisit the introduction to the book, and feel better.”

Microserfs

Christian Lanng, the co-founder and CEO of Tradeshift: “For an inspiring read about innovation, dive into Microserfs by Douglas Couplan this summer. Set in the early 1990s, the book follows six programmers working under Bill Gates on the Microsoft campus, who eventually move to Silicon Valley. The book does a great job of capturing the excitement and wonder of the bubbling tech industry ahead of the dot.com boom in the late 90s.

“I first read this book as a teenager. I was a troublemaker without a plan, but knew I wanted to make a difference in the world. After devouring this book cover-to-cover, I realized for the first time that business could be exciting and could offer a real opportunity to change the status quo. Less than two years later, I started my first company. I wasn’t afraid to fail anymore.”

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