P. T. Barnum’s Golden Rules For Making Money

P.T. Barnum wrote “The Art of Money Getting: The Golden Rules for Making Money” in 1880 at the age of 70 when he was already an accomplished businessman, politician, philanthropist, and author–after his hugely successful 1855 autobiography “The Life of P.T. Barnum: Written By Himself.”  Barnum’s 21 golden rules for making [...]

By |2016-06-21T13:37:02-08:00March 19th, 2016|Books, skmurphy|4 Comments

Anything You Want By Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers promises that his slim book “Anything You Want” is a one hour read that summarizes 10 years of his entrepreneurial experience into 40 lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur. It’s a practical book that’s well organized and easy to read. It took me much longer than an [...]

By |2019-03-27T20:29:00-08:00February 27th, 2016|Books, Founder Story|5 Comments

E-Book Summary For Lean Startup

Summer is almost over. If you have been putting off reading “The Lean Startup”  I have a time saving suggestion. If you have an hour and want to capture the gist I can recommend a good e-book summary for Lean Startup. If you have another hour I suggest a good [...]

By |2015-09-01T12:17:53-08:00August 25th, 2015|Books, skmurphy|2 Comments

Stiff by Mary Roach

Mary Roach’s Stiff offers a tour of the afterlife: she answers the question what happens to our bodies after we die. She explores funeral homes, autopsies, medical training, medical research, crash testing, body armor testing, cremation, brain death, natural decomposition, and organ transplants among other topics. Is is meticulously researched. [...]

By |2015-08-11T21:21:15-08:00August 9th, 2015|Books, skmurphy|0 Comments

Webinar Replay: You Need to Be a Little Crazy

This is a webinar replay that was recorded on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 with Massimo Paolini, Miles Kehoe, Dorai Thodla, and Sean Murphy discussing Barry Moltz’s “You Need to Be a Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business.” They share how they personally found the courage to [...]

A Serious Conversation Can Change Your Life

Theodore Zeldin gave a series of six lectures on conversation that were collected in slim book called “Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives.” I found it offered a number of insights on what is needed for a serious conversation. And since serious conversation is one of the primary tools [...]

Moon over Soho: Nature, Technology, Magic

Some extracts with commentary from Ben Aaronovitch’s “Moon over Soho.” It’s the second in his “Rivers of London” series of novels about Peter Grant, a London Police Constable and apprentice magician. I have selected them to revisit yesterday’s “Nature, Technology and Magic” post. […]

By |2019-04-14T14:51:35-08:00June 23rd, 2015|Books, skmurphy|1 Comment

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch infuses magic into the police procedural. The narrator is Peter Grant, a young London Metropolitan Police Constable newly apprenticed to a wizard. It’s a strangely compelling read that I could not put down until I finished it. The novel is deeply rooted in the [...]

By |2019-04-14T14:53:36-08:00May 31st, 2015|Books, skmurphy|3 Comments

Six Excerpts From “Carve the Sky”

Alexander Jablokov’s first novel, “Carve the Sky,” has a number of elegantly phrased observations and insights. It’s science fiction, set about four centuries hence in a world where humanity has survived a nuclear war and expanded into the Solar System at least as far as the Asteroid Belt. Here are [...]

By |2018-07-01T19:20:30-08:00January 11th, 2015|Books, Quotes, skmurphy|3 Comments
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