Completed Books (January 2017)

By Macleod Sawyer - Monday, February 6, 2017

Every month I’m going to start listing every book that I complete. Last month includes 12 books that I started and finished in no particular order.

Inventing The Future: Postcapitalism and A World Without Work by Nick Srnicek

This book surprised me, it’s well written and well thought out. I have always believed that we are well on the path to postcapitalist system. Capitalism is creating socialism to keep itself alive, it’s a great book that goes deeper into the concept and shows several different sides of the growth and change that the world will have from it.

Reform or Revolution by Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg day was last month, and I wanted to have a refresher. Went to a local indie punk remembrance day with fellow like-minded people over at a place called Backspace that was absolutely phenomenal.

Delivering Happiness: A Path To Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

Focusing on customer service is the most important part of any business, without it your company will fail. Tony Hsieh shows how focusing on customer service grew Zappos from nothing to over a billion dollars in sales in 8 years because of it.

Rework by Jason Fried

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Quite potentially the greatest and most riveting book I have ever read. Look through the history of humankind all the way from the beginning, not just biologically, but also environmentally, politically, and more. Will read again, and write a full review since it was that amazing.

Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson

Title is pretty self explanatory.

How To Make A Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Space Flight by Julian Guthrie

How To Win Friends & Influence People By Dale Carnegie

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller by Ron Chernow

Started and finished this book in one day. All 1000+ pages. Read it on and off throughout the day and enjoyed every bit of it. There’s a lot to learn about one of the most powerful tycoons of the 1800’s.

The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and The Rise of Free Culture On The Internet by Justin Peters

Aaron Swartz is one of my biggest role models and has been for about five years. I already knew nearly everything in this book, but it showed so many different view points and everything that surrounded Aaron and his life, not just his success’. R.I.P. Aaron.

The Code of The Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom

Didn’t make it quite all the way through this one, it’s pretty hard of a read and will have to reread this one quite a bit.

About the author

Macleod Sawyer is the twenty-year-old founder and CEO of Sawyer Innovations [Si], and their new product OpenLeaf - A self-watering automated plant growth system.

Previously, he was the CEO/Founder of Activity+ (acq. '14) & IdeaDrops/Goodplatform (acq. '17).

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