viernes, 24 de mayo de 2013

Book Review: StartUp Nation

Well, the book is very interesting but unfortunately not for their clues or inspiration about startups creation. Instead, it contains interesting details about the history of Israel.

I found very interesting the details about agriculture revolution, where the authors settle the base of the innovation, and social experiences such as the kibbutzs.

Undoubtedly, the foundation of the country was a very risky challenge, solved with agile and entrepreneurial  approach. Nonetheless, there are many others books about this topic and thus, the I missed more about actual entrepreneurship in Israel nowadays.

Attempting to explain historically the development of the entrepreneurship in Israel, the authors introduce uncertainties and at the end, I thought that Israel's miracle could be explained with Black Swan Theory.

I found very interesting, or I would say, also funny, a few stereotypes about Israelites such as chuptzpah, davka or bitzu'ist. But I am not sure if this descriptors are totally replicable.

Therefore if you know about a more rigorous book about innovation and technological transference in Israel, I will more than happy to know it.

lunes, 13 de mayo de 2013

Book Review: Warped Passages

Sólo quiero estar en mi matadero, en mi vertedero, sólo quiero descansar [...]  Si me dices que no, si me dices que no, nuestra vida esta doblada
-- Kaluza-Klein
Libro excepcional, repleto de extrañas sensaciones. Particular matadero clandestino, compacto y conexo, de estilo psicotrópico mas que matemático.

Versión matemática del The man who mistook his wife for a hat de Oliver Sacks, de pasmosa sencillez y vertiginosas provocaciones.

Solo eché de menos un poco más de formalismo, o al menos, una recopilación bibliografía.