Books These Successful
Executives Say Inspired
Them the Most (24 to 27)
24. "Fight Club: A Novel" by Chuck Palahniuk
"Although hard to follow the stream-of-consciousness and, often times, difficult to discern an endgame in all of the chaos, there is an undercurrent of questioning rules and order. The best innovations have been created from translating chaos into an impactful solution."
--Zach Holmquist, CTO and cofounder of meeting room management and analytics solution Teem.
25. "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury
"This 63-year-old sci-fi story was a window into technology development. The world he described is amazingly alive today. We are mesmerized by screens with our 'friends' numbering in the thousands. We talk to them, read their posts, view their vacation photos and even know what they had for dinner. They are distant, yet provide intimacy at the same time. Google has already created the mechanical hound. Today, many of these gadgets have been created by and they are owned by today's most valuable companies. This book makes me excited and frightened at the same time."
--James Ontra, CEO of Shufflrr, a presentation management platform.
26. "The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail" by Clayton Christensen
"This book was fundamental in my success, as it provided me with a template to create innovative companies that would disrupt large, established players in the space, leaving them with only the choice to compete with me or acquire me."
-- Dr. David Albert, founder and chief medical officer of mobile electrocardiogram technology company AliveCor.
27. "Lee Kuan Yew, the Man and His Ideas" By Han Fook Kwang, Warren Fernandez and Sumiko Tan
"A resolute pragmatist, Lee Kuan Yew's strategic foresight and instinct for survival helped shape Singapore into a vibrant first world metropolis. His insights in this book have been an inspirational guide for me, but one quote in the chapter 'What's wrong with the Singapore worker' truly stands out for me: 'Unconsciously, we have entered into the free-spending consumer society of the West.... All the time their expectation goes up and up, believing that it is always going to be up the escalator.' In a nutshell, it describes modern day Singapore, but also teaches one about organization, the world and life in general."
--Deepak Ohri, CEO of lebua Hotels & Resorts, an international luxury brand that operates several five-star hotels, restaurants and bars across Europe and Asia.