Technology

Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on technology, the internet, search, social media, blogging, IT, e-commerce and more.

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    Viral Loop

    by Adam L. Penenberg
    Item #: 3211
    Many of the most successful Web 2.0 companies, including MySpace, YouTube, eBay and Twitter are prime examples of what journalist Adam Penenberg calls a “viral loop” –– to use it, you have to spread it. All kinds of businesses –– from the smallest start-ups to nonprofit organizations to the biggest multinational corporations –– can use the paradigm-busting power of viral loops to enable their business through technology.
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    Trust Agents

    by Chris Brogan, Julien Smith
    Item #: 3208
    Trust agents aren’t necessarily marketers or salespeople; they’re digitally savvy people who use the Web to humanize businesses using transparency, honesty, and genuine relationships. As a result, they wield enough online influence to build up or bring down a business’s reputation. This book will show you how to build profitable relationships with trust agents, or become one yourself.
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    What Would Google Do?

    by Jeff Jarvis
    Item #: FBR0609
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    In a book that’s one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse pioneers Google –– the fastest growing company in history –– to discover forty clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.
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    Groundswell

    by Charlene Li, Josh Bernoff
    Item #: FBR0808
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    The groundswell is defined as a social trend in which people are using technologies to get what they need from each other instead of from companies. The authors explain the groundswell and then lay out basic tools to understand it. The final section of Groundswell shows how you can successfully make use of the groundswell within your company now and in the future. Solid research backs up this timely book.
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    Six Pixels of Separation

    by Mitch Joel
    Item #: 32AATFS
    In Six Pixels of Separation, digital marketing expert Mitch Joel integrates digital marketing, social media, personal branding and entrepreneurship in a clear, entertaining and instructive way that everyone can understand and apply. Through the use of timely case studies and fascinating stories, he offers a complete set of the latest tactics, insights and tools that will empower you to reach a global audience and consumer base — and, best yet, you can do this pretty much for free.
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    The Change Function

    by Pip Coburn
    Item #: 2828
    Known for writing some of the liveliest reports on Wall Street, Coburn has identified how some technologies are blockbusters (such as the iPod), while others are losers from the starting gate (like the video phone). The Change Function writes off the “build it and they will come” mentality that so many technology companies adhere to, and shows that technology demands a change in habits—more specifically it demands a change in consumers, who are often uninterested in trading in the norm
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    Naked Conversations

    by Shel Israel, Robert Scoble
    Item #: 2819
    Scoble and Israel argue that every business can benefit from smart "naked" blogging, whether the company is a small town plumbing operation or a multinational fashion house. By ignoring the “blogosphere” you ignore what others are saying about you, they write. The authors have assembled an enormous amount of information about blogging: from history and theory to comparisons among countries and industries. They also lay out the dos and don'ts of the medium and include extensive statistics, case s
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    The Search

    by John Battelle
    Item #: 2811
    In The Search, journalist and Wired co-founder John Battelle reveals exactly how Google triumphed over its rivals. He also digs into the big picture of how search engines are changing the way we shop, find entertainment, screen potential dates, hunt for jobs, and do just about everything else. This summary draws on more than 350 interviews with major players from Silicon Valley to Seattle to Wall Street, including Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, CEO Eric Schmidt and more.
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    Does IT Matter?

    by Nicholas Carr
    Item #: 2624
    In a May 2003 article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “IT Doesn’t Matter,” Nicholas G. Carr introduced the idea that information technology (IT) does not provide a competitive advantage to companies in a strategic manner. In Does IT Matter?, Carr argues that IT has become a commodity, and because the very nature of strategy requires differentiation, IT cannot possibly qualify. IT can be used to supplement and improve strategy implementation, but it is not the foundation of a com
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