Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth - and how it can help any organization thrive. In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up whom he´d just given $12.5 million, the biggest investment of his career. Larry Page and Sergey Brin had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy, and sky-high ambitions, but no real business plan. For Google to change the world (or even to survive), Page and Brin had to learn how to make tough choices on priorities while keeping their team on track. They´d have to know when to pull the plug on losing propositions, to fail fast. And they needed timely, relevant data to track their progress - to measure what mattered. Doerr taught them about a proven approach to operating excellence: Objectives and Key Results. He had first discovered OKRs in the 1970s as an engineer at Intel, where the legendary Andy Grove (´´the greatest manager of his or any era´´) drove the best-run company Doerr had ever seen. Later, as a venture capitalist, Doerr shared Grove´s brainchild with more than 50 companies. Wherever the process was faithfully practiced, it worked. In this goal-setting system, objectives define what we seek to achieve; key results are how those top-priority goals will be attained with specific, measurable actions within a set time frame. Everyone´s goals, from entry level to CEO, are transparent to the entire organization. The benefits are profound. OKRs surface an organization´s most important work. They focus effort and foster coordination. They keep employees on track. They link objectives across silos to unify and strengthen the entire company. Along the way, OKRs enhance workplace satisfaction and boost retention. In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Doerr, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003954/bk_peng_003954_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
So, what is an accelerator? And should you do one to grow your business? What´s an accelerator versus an incubator? How do you find a good one, get in, and make the most of it? If you´re running a program, how can you do that more effectively? Accelerate This! will cut through all the confusion so you can:Decide if you want to join a programLearn how to grow your idea into a businessCreate a program (or run yours better!) Accelerate This! covers the whole shebang, tip to tail, inside out, and outside in. We´ve collected quotes, insights, and best practices from the world´s best programs (Y Combinator, 500 Startups, Techstars, Cleantech Open, Google/Alphabet X, the Buckminster Fuller Institute, XPrize, Elemental Excelerator, Free Electrons, and a ton more), most interesting entrepreneurs (Justin Rosenstein, Casey Fenton, and more), gathered some of the most useful tools (Lean Startup, Four Steps to the Epiphany, and so on) and put it all together in a super not-boring format for you to learn, work smarter, and create change. The audiobook is authored by Ryan Kushner (the accelerator guru) and is full of anecdotes and perspectives from his experience working around the world in various industries and with hundreds of start-ups, corporate clients and accelerators, prizes, and incubators. Supported by New Energy Nexus (the global association of clean energy incubators and accelerators), the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the World Wildlife Fund, the audiobook takes a deep dive into clean energy/clean tech entrepreneurship as a test case for what accelerators can (and can´t) do. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brandon Bujnowski. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/129489/bk_acx0_129489_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Measure What Matters, written and read by John Doerr. Measure What Matters is a revolutionary approach to business that has been adopted by some of Silicon Valley´s most successful start-ups. It is a movement that is behind the explosive growth of Intel, Google, Amazon and Uber and many more. Measure What Matters is about using Objectives and Key Results (or OKRs) to make tough choices on business priorities. It´s about communicating these objectives throughout the company from entry level to CEO, and it´s about collecting timely, relevant data to track progress - to measure what matters. When Google first started out, its founders had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy and sky-high ambition but no business plan. John Doerr taught them a proven approach to operating excellence that has helped them achieve greatness. He has since shared OKRs with more than 50 companies with outstanding success. In this audiobook, Larry Page, Bill Gates, Bono, Sheryl Sandberg and many more explain how OKRs have helped them exceed all expectations and run their organisations with focus and agility. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jini Kim, Susan Wojcicki, Alex Garden, Andrew Cole, Cristos Goodrow, Patti Stonesifer, Mike Lee, Bono, William Davidow, Joseph Suzuki, Atticus Tysen, Brett Kopf, John Doerr, Julia Collins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/001876/bk_pauk_001876_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue, you´ll hear how WikiLeaks wants to undermine states and corporations by interfering with their ability to ´´think.´´ You´ll learn how a new company is marrying credit cards with mobile phones. You´ll hear about one company that reflects the ambition of a whole generation of energy startups. You´ll learn why the Internet is no longer fast enough for Google. You´ll hear about the price you pay for using free Web services. And you´ll hear about the intriguing world of ´´check-in´´ games – which prods users to get out of the house and interact with people. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Mundt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/trev/110301/pe_trev_110301_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A detailed look at how economists shaped the world, and how the legacy continues. Trillion Dollar Economists explores the prize-winning ideas that have shaped business decisions, business models, and government policies, expanding the popular idea of the economist´s role from one of forecaster to one of innovator. Written by the former Director of Economic Research at Bloomberg Government, the Kauffman Foundation and the Brookings Institution, this audiobook describes the ways in which economists have helped shape the world - in some cases, dramatically enough to be recognized with a Nobel Prize or Clark Medal. Detailed discussion of how economists think about the world and the pace of future innovation leads to an examination of the role, importance, and limits of the market, and economists´ contributions to business and policy in the past, present, and future. Few economists actually forecast the economy´s performance. Instead, the bulk of the profession is concerned with how markets work, and how they can be made more efficient and productive to generate the things people want to buy for a better life. Full of interviews with leading economists and industry leaders, Trillion Dollar Economists showcases the innovations that have built modern business and policy. Listeners will: Review the basics of economics and the innovation of economists, including market failures and the macro-micro distinction Discover the true power of economic ideas when used directly in business, as exemplified by Priceline and Google Learn how economists contributed to policy platforms in transportation, energy, telecommunication, and more Explore the future of economics in business applications, and the policy ideas, challenges, and implications 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Ruen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021408/bk_adbl_021408_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:´´The Social(ist) Networks´´: China´s fake Facebooks – which started as mere copycats – and are now driving innovation in advertising, gaming and networking.´´Blown Away´´: YouTube´s CEO and his team have transformed Google´s Folly into a mind-blowing and lucrative global platform that is redefining the entertainment business. ´´Tilting at Windmills´´: A wind-turbine manufacturer´s plan to create more energy-conscious consumers. ´´The League of Extraordinary Nerds´´: The minds behind Syyn Labs are working on their biggest challenge yet – creating a business from their own techie passion projects. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/fast/110201/pe_fast_110201_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
More and more people believe that social networking on sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and now Twitter, make business sense. But how do you do it right without wasting tons of time and energy? Ann Evanston, MA, is a social psychologist who not only believes in online social networking, she´s lived by it and thrived by it. She is ranked number five of top influencers in the SF bay area on Twitter and has over one million Google-able hits. Over the last year she has received a book deal, six speaking engagements, and over $30,000 in closed business through social networking. Ann is faculty for the American Management Association, the sponsors of Edgewise. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Summers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/amai/000122/bk_amai_000122_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The case for paring diplomacy back to its essential elements. Stripped of the paraphernalia, what is it really about, and why does it still matter? The essential attributes are now thick skin, an open mind and a smartphone. In the next century, we will need to deal with the equivalent of social development of the last 43 centuries: like the change from cave paintings to the atom bomb. We will see the arrival of the digital native, the rebirth of the city-state, the battle for new energy, disappearing borders, disruption and diplomacy. So who will really be in charge of the 21st century? Will Google be the new emperors? How do you influence the future? In The Naked Diplomat, Tom Fletcher - an experienced foreign representative - explores the core principles of a progressive 21st-century foreign policy: how to balance interventionism and national interest, use global governance structures to achieve national objectives and explore representative international systems. Reevaluating the core question for diplomacy - who do we represent? - Fletcher discusses smart power, soft power and the new interventionism alongside lessons from our most notorious leaders and diplomats - Talleyrand, Kissinger, Mandela and the Kennedys. Offering real-world examples of how diplomacy is having a significant impact on people´s lives and why it will continue to do so, this is the refreshed case for diplomacy in the digital century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002439/bk_hcuk_002439_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.