XAnge Favorite Books for Smart Beach Reading

At XAnge, we are already feeling the sand under our feet: it’s time to share our annual summer beach reads!

Here is a list of XAnge’s team favorite books to put your teeth into while keeping your brain on… or impressing your fellow sunbathers!

We also have a great article on Quantum Computing if you need more entertainment (find it here!). For summer bookworms, last year’s list is also available here.

PERSONAL GROWTH

Emotional Intelligence (Daniel Goleman)

A must read if you haven’t read it yet. With more than 5 million copies sold, this book reveals how emotional intelligence impacts our relationships and behaviors and how we can improve our emotional skills to better succeed in our work and personal lives.

Outliers: The Story Of Success (Malcolm Gladwell)

By examining individuals who have achieved a high level of success, Malcolm Gladwell shows that success is less likely to come from extraordinary abilities than from high work and external factors such as culture or family.

Principles: Life and Work (Ray Dalio)

Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares his advices to make better decisions. His principles are hints to transform decision making into an easy process.

FUTURISM

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future (Kevin Kelly)

An optimistic guide to understand the inevitable technological trends that are already in motion today and that will drive the next 30 years.

Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment (Yanis Varoufakis)

A fascinating behind-the-scenes account exposing what is going on in the corridors of the European Union, as experienced by the former Minister of Finance of Greece.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (J.D. Vance)

J.D. Vance, Investor in the Silicon Valley, grew up in the American “rustbelt” in Ohio. His life depicts the struggles of the white American working class. The loss of the American dream for a large segment of the country explains the appeal of President-elect Donald Trump.

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos (Christian Davenport)

The new space race is happening on the private sector with The Space Barons spending billions of dollars to commercialize the universe.

Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies (Calestous Juma)

Understanding the roots of resistance to new technologies allows us to manage public expectations, hopes and fears towards new tech. This book then depicts policy strategies for inclusive innovation to reduce the risks and maximize the benefits of new technologies.

VC STUFF

The Intelligent Investor (Benjamin Graham)

Afraid of losing it all? Benjamin Graham gives the lessons he learned as a young investor who had to deal with substantial losses during the economic crash in the 1920s’.

The Sales Acceleration Formula (Marc Roberge)

Mark worked as SVP of Worldwide Sales and Services for software company HubSpot. He was able to scale HubSpot on 60 countries. His book presents his roadmap and advices for customer acquisition and retention.

Investing with Impact (Jeremy K. Balkin)

At XAnge, we are investors seeking to improve the world and society. We are passionate about tech entrepreneurs who do good. Jeremy K. Balkin was nicknamed the « Anti-Wolf of Wall Street » by the Huffington Post. He is challenging popular misconceptions, by demonizing a capitalist system that may also be the secret to saving the world.

All the XAnge team wishes you a very happy and well-deserved summer break!

By Guillaume Meulle, Guilhem de Vregille, Bernhard Schmid, Bastian Hinterramskogler, Solène Brodu and Léa Philippot

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