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Posted by George Colony on May 14, 2015
Great books, from great clients... Forrester's Board of Clients were in Cambridge this week. This brilliant cross-section of our 2,400 clients tells us what we are doing right, what we can do better, and where we should go.
I always love the pre-meeting dinner. It typically turns into an intellecutal/techie slug-fest fueled by good wine. We did it this year in the restaurant where Mitch Kapor famously told Steve Jobs, "I'll make you a deal. You stay away from commenting on my dietary habits, and I will stay away from the subject of your personality."
Some random thoughts/conclusions from our discussion... Only one board member had a smart watch (not Apple), but 50% think they will wear one within two years. Moore's Law grinds onward, but corporate organization and culture lag dangerously far behind. Big companies must innovate outside of the core, but then must know how to successfully bring it back inside.
And over dessert we talked about our favorite book of the moment. This year there was a dystopian, sci-fi overtone. Here's the list:
The Circle, by David Eggers.
Nexus, by Ramez Naam
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown
I Am Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes
Us Conductors: A Novel, by Sean Michaels
Carter Beats the Devil, by Glen David Gold
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, by Simon Winchester
The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, by Michael Lewis
Starfire: A Novel, by Dale Brown
Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, by Ari Shavit
The Goldfinch: A Novel, by Donna Tartt
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, by Reza Aslan
The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World, by Andrew S. Winston
The Peripheral, by William Gibson
At least four of these will end up on my iPad this summer. Got any other suggestions? Post your book as a comment...