Build (Lead Title): An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making
Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making
Everyone deserves a mentor.
An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making: For every career crisis, every fork in the road, you need someone to talk to. Someone who’s been there before, who knows exactly how wobbly and conflicted you feel, who can give it to you straight:
Here’s how to think about choosing a job.
Here’s how to be a better manager.
Here’s how to approach design.
Here’s how to start a company.
Here’s how to run it.
Tony Fadell learned all these lessons the hard way. He spent the first 10 years of his career in Silicon Valley failing spectacularly, and the next 20 building some of the most impactful devices in history – the iPod, iPhone, and Nest Learning Thermostat. He has enough stories and advice about leadership, design, startups, mentorship, decision making, devastating screwups, and unbelievable success to fill an encyclopedia.
So that’s what this book is. An advice encyclopedia. A mentor in a box.
But Tony’s doesn’t follow the standard Silicon Valley credo that you have to radically reinvent everything you do. His advice is unorthodox because it’s old school. Because it’s based on human nature, not gimmicks.
Tony keeps things simple: he just tells you what works. He gives you exactly what you need to make things worth making.
Top Reviews: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2022
As a product designer and advisor to start ups myself, there was so much truth in this, backed up by real stories from the coal face, explaining the good and the bad. All from one of the best in the business.
This is a book I will recommend to all my customers and mentees.
I tend to avoid books like this as they are usually written by people who have never ‘done it’ and regurgitate war stories or academic theory. But this one is written by a person who has been at the centre of development of some of the most iconic products of the last 50 years. It is a great insight into these processes.
But for me the real lessons are the what went wrong ones, and how to deal with challenge. The Nest smoke alarm flame being a perfect example.
All in all a great book that I will continue to dip into again and again.
Highly recommended to anyone with any interest in product development and growing a business.
(An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making) Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2022
(An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making) Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 June 2022
If you are good at building things, you’ll get to a point where that skill and drive won’t cut it. You’ll run into walls at various points that you can’t overcome by working the same way but harder.
This book helps you anticipate these walls, and gives you a way over them. If you look at the way it’s structured, and even the cover art, it’ll be clear that one of the key messages is that what got you here ain’t gonna get you there, and shows you when and how to change your approach.
That, along with the great stories and that proceeds are going to be invested in fixing our climate, are a enough reason to get this mentor-in-a-book. Tony is the real deal and writes from experience, which feels rare these days.
(An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making) Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2022
I was curious by this book as I had saw a 1hr fireside video by Tony. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who’s debating buying it.
In fact, this book made me go out and buy a notebook to write down some of the tips he mentions!
(An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making) Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 June 2022
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Publisher : Bantam Press (10 June 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 416 pages
ISBN-10 : 1787634116
ISBN-13 : 978-1787634114
Item Weight : 490 g
Dimensions : 15.3 x 3 x 23.4 cm
Country of Origin : India