What Deborah Tannen taught me about conversation & interruption

I was recently invited to attend a charity event in Washington DC. Dinner was a catered affair of 300 with a few senators & Muhammad Yunus there to talk about micro financing. After dinner we broke up into some smaller groups, and had great conversations into the night. It was interesting to me as I …

Can entrepreneurs learn from how science beat Cholera?

When I picked up Johnson’s book, I knew nothing about Cholera. Sure I’d heard the name, but I didn’t know what a plague it was, during the 19th century. Johnson’s book is at once a thriller, of the deadly progress of the disease. But in that story, we learn of the squalor inhabitants of victorian …

5 things I learned from Gif Constable about Talking to Humans

I was just scanning through AVC.com, Fred Wilson’s popular blog, and hit on a post about great reading material. In it was mentioned a free e-book by Gif Constable called Talking to Humans. Gif developed the Lean Launchpad curriculum, taught at Stanford, UC Berkeley, Columbia, UCSF, NYU & now hundreds of other universities worldwide. Join …

5 Things I just learned from James Turnbull about Docker

Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I just got my hands on a copy of James Turnbull’s new book The Docker Book. It’s an excellent introduction to Linux containers & the powerful things you can do with them. It’s 335 pages covering all the introductory topics to get you up and …

Do we need another book on communicating?

Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I had to ask the question. There are so many books on communicating & presenting affectively, it begs the question, what can this book do that others haven’t? While it’s a fair question, I don’t necessarily think it stands with peers. That said it’s a …

Is Dave Eggers right about the risks of social media?

I have to admit, though Egger’s is a pretty famous author, I wasn’t familiar with his work. I do however read AVC regularly, the writing of renowned VC & Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson. So when one of the commenters pointed to the book as a great read I grabbed a copy on my …

5 Things Frans Johansson says about innovation

You may not have heard of Medici before, but you’ve probably heard of the renaissance. The medici family hosted the round tables, the meetups, the social gatherings & mixers. They brought diverse artisans engineers & thinkers together, and the world hasn’t been the same since! b>Join 16,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. …

Lulzsec, Anonymous and the sorry state of internet security

If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years, you might not have heard of Anonymous, the headline grabbing hacker group that’s famous for attacking citibank, ebay, Sony, the FBI, CIA and the websites of various world governments. Parmy Olson takes us on a ride, through tales that are riveting, and quite …

25 Rumsfelds Rules for Startups

Join 12,100 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. While we are still deep in the woods of a government shutdown, I thought it would be interesting to sum up some of our former Defense Secretary’s words of wisdom. Rumsfeld may not have done everything right, but some of his quotes are priceless. What’s …

30 Days of Aspirin for your Ailing Management Headaches

Take Two & Call Me In the Morning I like a book like Gerry Czarnecki’s even if I can’t pronounce his name. He’s laid out things for readers, a very busy bunch who are going to have trouble finding time in their day to read, but can sorely use the advice. Organized into 30 daily …