How Tech and Business Are Shaping the Future, According to 5 New Books
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How Tech and Business Are Shaping the Future, According to 5 New Books

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How Tech and Business Are Shaping the Future, According to 5 New Books

Quick, how would you define the following terms: machine learning, blockchain, and an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). If you’re not exactly sure what these things are or how they work, you’re not alone. But the truth is, they’re beginning to shape our world—so if you’re interested in not just marveling at the future, but actively helping to create it, check out the five eye-opening reads below.

Learn something new every day with “Book Bites,” 15-minute audio summaries of the latest and greatest nonfiction. Get started by downloading the Next Big Idea App today!

The Everything Token Steve Kaczynski Scott Duke Kominers Next Big Idea Club

The Everything Token: How NFTs and Web3 Will Transform the Way We Buy, Sell, and Create

By Steve Kaczynski and Scott Duke Kominers

A Harvard Business School professor and a Web3 entrepreneur team up to demystify the coming digital revolution, showing how NFTs will transform our online and offline interactions. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-authors Steve Kaczynski and Scott Duke Kominers, in the Next Big Idea App

The Alternative Nick Romeo Next Big Idea Club

The Alternative: How to Build a Just Economy

By Nick Romeo

Many books have exposed what’s not working in our current system. A New Yorker journalist reveals something even more essential: the structure of a system that could actually work for everyone. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Nick Romeo, in the Next Big Idea App

Venture Meets Mission Arun Gupta Gerard George Thomas Fewer Next Big Idea Club

Venture Meets Mission: Aligning People, Purpose, and Profit to Innovate and Transform Society

By Arun Gupta, Gerard George, and Thomas J. Fewer

Venture Meets Mission argues that if Business, Government, and Society come together, rebuild trust, and collaborate, we have a generational opportunity to address societal challenges―climate change, cybersecurity, disease outbreaks, food insecurity, and education. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Arun Gupta, in the Next Big Idea App

Tech for Good Marga Hoek Next Big Idea Club

Tech for Good: Imagine Solving the World’s Greatest Challenges

By Marga Hoek

Tech for Good presents a unique perspective on how business can successfully apply advanced technologies in a purpose-driven manner while unlocking new markets and seizing business opportunities. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Marga Hoek, in the Next Big Idea App

The AI Playbook Eric Siegel Next Big Idea Club

The AI Playbook: Mastering the Rare Art of Machine Learning Deployment

By Eric Siegel

A bestselling author presents the gold-standard, six-step practice for ushering machine learning projects from conception to deployment, illustrating the practice with stories of success and of failure from UPS, FICO, and prominent dot-coms. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Eric Siegel, in the Next Big Idea App

The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes

“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.

But imagine for a moment: What if you could read a groundbreaking new book every day? Or even better, what if you could invite a world-renowned thinker into your earbuds, where they personally describe the 5 key takeaways from their work in just 15 minutes?

With the Next Big Idea App, we’ve turned this fantasy into a reality. We partnered with hundreds of acclaimed authors to create “Book Bites,” short audio summaries of the latest nonfiction that are prepared and read aloud by the authors themselves. Discover cutting-edge leadership skills, productivity hacks, the science of happiness and well-being, and much more—all in the time it takes to drive to work or walk the dog.

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The Next Big Idea App is free for anyone to try—and if you love it, we invite you to become an official member of the Next Big Idea Club. Membership grants you unlimited access to Book Bites and unlocks early-release, ad-free episodes of our LinkedIn-partnered podcast. You also gain entry to our private online discussion group, where you can talk big ideas with fellow club members and join exclusive live Q&A sessions with featured authors.

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For a more focused learning experience, we recommend a Hardcover or eBook Membership. Every few months, legendary authors and club curators Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink select two new nonfiction books as the must-reads of the season. We then send hardcover copies straight to your doorstep, or eBook versions to your favorite digital device. We also collaborate with the authors of selected books to produce original reading guides and premium video e-courses, 50-minute master classes that take you step by step through their most life-changing ideas. And yes, it’s all available through the Next Big Idea App.

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“My biggest Thank You is for the quality of book selections so far. I look on my shelf and see these great titles, and I find myself taking down one or two each month to reread an underlined passage. Full marks to all involved!” – Tim K.

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Whether you prefer to read, listen, or watch, the Next Big Idea is here to help you work smarter and live better. Wake up with an always-fresh Idea of the Day, the perfect shot of inspiration to go with your morning coffee. Then dive into one of our Challenges, hand-picked collections of Book Bites that form crash courses in subjects like communication, motivation, and career acceleration. Later, watch the playback of an interview with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Stanford psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt, or philosopher John Kaag. And be sure to check the “Events” tab in the app, so that you can join an upcoming live Q&A and personally chat with the next featured thought leader.

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