Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stress Test by Tim Geithner

Few people were closer to the action in the recent financial crisis than Tim Geithner. First as New York Fed President while Bush was in charge, and then as Obama's Treasury secretary, Geithner was perhaps the most influential government policy maker during the crisis. In Stress Test, he describes the events he faced in his roles and how he believes he helped reduce the economic fallout from what could have been another depression.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Zero To One

Peter Thiel co-founded Paypal, and was also the first outside investor in Facebook. Just doing one of those things is bound to make someone rich; Thiel, on the other hand, has gone on to do much more. In his book, Zero To One, he shares his thoughts on what he believes makes for a successful business.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Strayer Emerges From The Dust

When an entire industry takes it on the chin, the babies often get thrown out with the bathwater. As such, it can pay dividends to find the strong, quality companies that are likely to emerge from the rubble. I can't think of a better example to illustrate this than Strayer University.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Make It Stick

How I wish I had access to the contents of this book earlier in my life. It would have saved me countless hours during formal education. In Make It Stick, Peter Brown shares the scientifically asserted techniques to help you learn faster and more effectively.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Alco-Stores Bites The Dust

I've had a few people ask me about ALCO Stores (ALCS) recently, so I thought I would answer the questions here. ALCS used to be a net-net that eventually ended up chewing through all its assets and finally declared bankruptcy. I haven't followed it very closely over the last year, but even so I think there is a lot to be learned from this situation.

How Google Works

Eric Schmidt was Google's CEO from 2001 to 2011, which was a period of stunning growth for the technology behemoth. In How Google Works, he discusses the aspects of the company that he believes contributed to its success.

Monday, October 20, 2014

100 To 1 In The Stock Market

While the book's title is horrible, it accurately describes what the book is about. In 100 To 1 In The Stock Market, Thomas Phelps makes a case for how and why you should focus on a particular set of stocks, as they have the potential to return 100 times your investment.

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