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On My Shelf with João Fernandes — Product Owner at Mindera (Porto)

About me

Since I remember I was extremely keen on building things. Time had passed by and here am I building products. What a ride it has been, from an Engineering degree to a Post Grad in Product Innovation and now a Master's Degree in Economics and Innovation. I truly believe that the will to continuously learn new things and being curious are superpowers, which will allow you to improve every single day. LinkedIn

On my shelf


A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

My opinion

On Sapiens Yuval takes you into an amazing journey where it’s possible to understand why and how we are here at this moment. An extremely multidisciplinary book, ranges from politics to economics, to science, history, and much more.

464 pages, Harper 2015

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Elon Musk

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

My opinion

That was a special book because it was a source of motivation and inspiration for me. Elon Musk is the kind of guy that builds the future by himself. He wanted a more sustainable world, he built Tesla. He wanted to build a place on a different planet to save our species, he built SpaceX. He wants to understand better how our brain works through AI, he built NeuraLink.

400 pages, Ecco 2015

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How to Win Friends and Influence People

by Dale Carnegie

My opinion

This book is a must-read. It really touched me the extremely easy way that Dale Carnegie used to explain his way to see things, his sensibility to understand people, and how to improve our relations. The book is well structured enough for, in the end, the reader has been able to be immersed in his advice.

320 pages, Simon & Schuster 2009

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Rich Dad Poor Dad

What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
by Robert T. Kiyosaki

My opinion

This book showed me how important is the way we look at life and how our “circle” can have an extremely high impact on our lives. Through his “rat race” life, he was able to completely make the point that the lack of financial literacy is avoiding us to step up financially. I also found out really cool the different perspectives between the Rich and the Poor dad.

336 pages, Plata Publishing 2017

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Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund & Ola Rosling

My opinion

Through a visual perspective about the problem and representing them with the help of graphs, Hans Rosling was able to “demystify” and put in perspective how we look at the problem. The message on this book was “We are not in a perfect situation but we are getting better”. This is a book that will change the way how you think about the world's biggest problems.

352 pages, Flatiron Books 2020

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The Lean Product Playbook

How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback
by Dan Olsen

My opinion

Dan Olsen was able to cover the end to end process of building a product, providing a lot of insights and sharing his learnings in his past experiences, which make this book a great addition to the shelf. The book is full of rich real-life examples which will turn easy to understand and implement the methodology.

336 pages, Wiley 2015

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With the PM Library, we help you explore new books and topics around tech, business and design because we believe reading is essential to building better products and growing in our careers. We are a team of dedicated product people based in Barcelona, London and Munich.

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