Bookshelf: March 1, 2013

The Entrepreneurial Instinct

By Monica Mehta (March 1, 2013) - "More than half a million new businesses are launched annually, and the numbers rise each year. What does it take to launch a successful start-up? It's not a matter of education, IQ, money, or even a great business plan. The instincts that enable entrepreneurs to take risks for gain and profit from ideas -- without plans, pedigree or even formal business training -- are part of every individual's psychological makeup. The Entrepreneurial Instinct offers much-needed techniques for using our innate capabilities to make more with less. Now is the time to learn what you're made of. Now is the time to make your move. Now is the time to tap into your Entrepreneurial Instinct and create your own story of small business success. (McGraw-Hill Ryerson)


By Gavin Newsom (March 1, 2013) - "By integrating democratic government with cutting-edge American innovation, the lieutenant governor of California charts a bright future for open-source America. Citizenville is the story of how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American democracy. As social networking and smart phones have changed the way we communicate with one another, these technologies are also changing our relationship with government. In a world where people can do anything at the touch of a button-shop, communicate, do research, publish a blog, transfer money-government cannot keep functioning in a twentieth-century mind-set. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom explores the many ways in which technology can transform government and empower citizens: Opening up vast troves of government data, then letting people create apps to use them wisely. Citizenville shows that the only way Americans can secure their future is by reinventing their relationship to government, just as they have countless times before. (Penguin)