Audiobook rec: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future is Ashlee Vance’s biography of Elon Musk, published in 2015. The book traces Elon Musk’s life from his childhood up to the time he spent at Zip2 and PayPal, and then onto SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Audiobook available on Storytel, Audible, among other places.
Silicon Valley is renowned for its striking number of businesses which have grown from garage start-ups into global giants; Apple, Cisco, Google, HP and Intel to name a few. But what is the secret to their outstanding success? Hoffman and Yeh explain that it’s simple: they’ve learnt how to blitzscale. Featuring case studies from numerous prominent tech businesses such as AirBnB and WeChat, this book offers a specific set of practices for catalysing and managing dizzying growth in bourgeoning start-ups. Available on Storytel, Audible, among other places.
In just a decade and half Jack Ma, a man who rose from humble beginnings and started his career as an English teacher, founded and built Alibaba into the second largest Internet company in the world. The company’s $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the world’s largest, valuing the company more than Facebook or Coca Cola. Alibaba today runs the e-commerce services that hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend on every day, providing employment and income for tens of millions more. A Rockefeller of his age, Jack has become an icon for the country’s booming private sector, and as the face of the new, consumerist China is courted by heads of state and CEOs from around the world. Available on Stoytel, Audible and other places.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a memoir by Haruki Murakami in which he writes about his interest and participation in long-distance running. The book is translated by Philip Gabriel. Murakami started running in the early 1980s and since then has competed in over twenty marathons and an ultramarathon. Audioook available on Storytel, Audible and other places.
The sensational true story of murder, madness, glamour, and greed that shook the Gucci dynasty, now fully updated with a new afterword. The book is soon to be a major motion picture from director Ridley Scott, starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver. Available on Storytel, Audible, and other places.
A book perfect for listening through as an audibook. A fascinating story about the one and only Hunter Harrison and how he during half a century changed the American railroad industry.
The inside story of the first four historic flights that launched SpaceX – and Elon Musk – from a shaky startup into the world’s leading edge rocket company. Drawing on access and exclusive interviews with dozens of former and current employees – engineers, designers, mechanics and executives, including Elon Musk – Eric Berger tells the story of this foundational generation that transformed SpaceX into the world’s leading space company. Available on Audible.
“My Life and Work” is the autobiography of Henry Ford. Written in conjunction with Samuel Crowther, “My Life and Work” chronicles the rise and success of one of the greatest American entrepreneurs and businessmen. Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company will forever be identified with early 20th century American industrialism. Available on Audible.
The extraordinary inside story of how Instagram became the world’s most successful app. In just 10 years, Instagram has gone from being a simple photo app to a $100-billion company. The journey has involved ground-breaking innovations, a billion-dollar takeover and clashes between some of the biggest names in tech. But it’s a story that has never been told – until now.
The audibook is available on Audible, among other places.
An audiobook about the life of Aristotle Onassis. From his beginnings as a young man born in Smyrna, Turkey, to becoming a larger-than-life shipping magnate and one of the world’s richest men.
The audiobook can be found at Audible or Storytel.