How Tech Is Helping Tech CEOs Conquer Their Summer Reading Lists

As tech CEOs throughout the land prepare for their summer vacations, a concurrent ritual is selecting and packing “good reads.” Ah, but which ones? This year, thanks to two Tech CEOs, resolving that dilemma will be much easier.


The first Tech CEO author you’ve heard of: Bill Gates. OK, technically Bill’s no longer a Tech CEO, but even the youngest millennial who can spell Microsoft knows that he has been; plus, he’s still on Microsoft’s Board and is a Technology Advisor there. The second is Chris Dyer, the founder and CEO of PeopleG2 (and a long-time and amazingly accomplished ABL Organization Tech Member). Chris is also a SCRUM Master, which partially explains how he can run a very successful human capital due diligence service, host the weekly TalentTalk Radio Show, lead two monthly Book Clubs (from which his recommendations emanate), be an outstanding presenter, and fit in time to write The Power of Company Culture (more on that later).


Here are Chris Dyer’s favorites from his recent Book Clubs – attended by other Tech CEOs and senior Human Capital execs: Autobiography/How-to: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, by Ben Horowitz (who, with his venture capitalist partner Marc Andreessen, was ranked as #1 on CNET’s most influential investors list), and The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, by Michael Lewis (recounts the collaboration between Nobel Laureates Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, whose work created the field of behavioral economics and revolutionized Big Data studies); Non-Fiction: How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, by Jordan Ellenberg (“The Freakonomics of math – a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands”), Lying, by Sam Harris (who concentrates his prose on “white” lies, because they’re the ones good people tell while imagining that they are being good in the process – but aren’t), and Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, by Oliver Sacks (the neurologist author of Awakenings delivers a “must-read for true music lovers [who also love to read]”).


Bill Gates recently shared in a Time magazine column that the following books “pushed me out of my own experiences” and “made me question my own thinking about how the world works.” Here are his five recommendations: Continue Reading Post