Books Reviewed by Ron Conway

High Output Management

- August 29, 1995

The president of Silicon Valley's Intel Corporation sets forth the three basic ideas of his management philosophy and details numerous specific techniques to increase productivity in the manager's work and that of his colleagues and subordinates The president of Silicon Valley's Intel Corpor... Read More

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

- February 26, 2013

The definitive history of America’s greatest incubator of innovation and the birthplace of some of the 20th century’s most influential technologies “Filled with colorful characters and inspiring lessons . . . The Idea Factory explores one of the most critical issues of our time: What causes innov... Read More

Talking to Humans: Success starts with understanding your customers

- September 23, 2014

Talking to Humans is a practical guide to the qualitative side of customer development, an indispensable skill for vetting and improving any new startup or innovation. This book will teach you how to structure and run effective customer interviews, find candidates, and turn learnings into action.... Read More

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories

- October 8, 2002

A collection of short fiction explores the complexities of human relationships and emotions in stories about a housekeeper entering old-maidhood whose life is transformed by a practical joke and a lifelong philanderer who finds the tables turned. A collection of short fiction explores the comple... Read More

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days

- March 11, 2009

Now available in paperback—with a new preface and interview with Jessica Livingston about Y Combinator! Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are cele... Read More

The Four Steps to the Epiphany

- July 17, 2013

The bestselling classic that launched 10,000 startups and new corporate ventures - The Four Steps to the Epiphany is one of the most influential and practical business books of all time. The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup approach to new ventures. It was the first book to of... Read More

Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul

- March 29, 2011

Describes how the CEO of Starbucks gained new insights into leadership upon resuming his position eight years after stepping down, a comeback he accepted to restore the company's performance and sustainability values. Describes how the CEO of Starbucks gained new insights into leadership upon re... Read More

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Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

- November 5, 2013

A behind-the-scenes portrait of the influential news and networking company traces its rise from a failed podcasting business to a multi-billion-dollar giant, recounting the high-stakes power struggles, betrayed friendships and global influences that shaped its evolution. 75,000 first printing. ... Read More

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Product Design for the Web: Principles of Designing & Releasing Web Products

- November 8, 2013

Web designers are no longer just web designers. To create a successful web product that's as large as Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest–or even as small as a tiny app–you need to know more than just HTML and CSS. You need to understand how to create meaningful online experiences so that users... Read More

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Gates of Fire

Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, That here, obedient to their laws, we lie. Nearly 2,500 years ago, in 480BC, at a bleak pass in a far-flung corner of eastern Greece, three hundred Spartan warriors faced the army of Xerxe "From the Paperback edition. Read More

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Historical Fiction