On My Shelf with Alexander Hipp — Product Manager at N26

About me

Hi, my name is Alex, and I’m currently based in Barcelona, working as a Product Manager at N26, building the first global mobile bank the world loves to use. I believe that reading is one of the best ways to improve yourself and learn about Product Management. I started with The PM Library to help the PM community out there to explore new books and content.

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PM-related Books I’m currently reading.

The Captain Class

The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams
by Sam Walker

My opinion

Since I’m a huge sports enthusiast, I had to read this book. Sam Walker gives excellent insights into how the sixteen most dominant teams in sports history had one thing in common: Each employed the same type of captain — a singular leader with an unconventional set of skills and tendencies. As a product manager and lateral leader of your team, you can apply so much from this book to your daily behaviour. Great to open the tech-defined horizon.

“The book taught me that there’s no cookie-cutter way to lead. Leading is not just what Hollywood tells you. It’s not the big pregame speech. It’s how you carry yourself every day, how you treat the people around you, who you are as a person.”
— Mitchell Trubisky, quarterback, Chicago Bears

368 pages, Random House Trade Paperbacks 2018

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by Nick Bostrom

My opinion

The rise of AI is one of the most discussed topics at the moment. Bostrom outlines what it would mean for humanity to invent a superintelligent machine capable of things far beyond the ability of a human and what could happen if everything goes wrong.

352 pages, Oxford University Press 2014

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Elon Musk

Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance

My opinion

The most inspiring book that I read in 2018. Undoubtedly, Elon Musk is one of the most powerful and influential businessmen and inventors of our time. In this book, you will get to know a completely different side of him. He grew up in South Africa as a shy child who devoured books, became part of the Paypal Mafia in Silicon Valley and is currently trying to get the first humans onto mars.

416 pages, Ecco 2017

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More learnings from my 2018 reading list

The Mythical Man-Month

Essays on Software Engineering
by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

My opinion

This classic from 1995 is one of the most read books about software development of all time. Although the book is 24 years old, the anecdotes couldn’t be more relevant. Programming languages, titles and technology might change, the people and problems are somehow still similar.

336 pages, Addison-Wesley Professional 1995

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The Upstarts

How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
by Brad Stone

My opinion

Founding a company is hard, disrupting a market even harder. This book teaches you a lot about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. The Upstarts is the definitive story of two new titans of business and a dawning age of tenacity, conflict and wealth. The book shows the upcoming of the most radical companies in Silicon Valley; you discover how it all happened and what it took to change the world. The founding and early years are explained very well and detailed.

384 pages, Little, Brown and Company 2017

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