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Tampa Bay Tech Leaders Tech Reading List and Podcast Recommendations

Full Stack Talent - Tech Leaders Reading List and Podcast Recommendations

One of the questions we love asking our Tech Leaders is if they have any book or podcast recommendations. This has allowed us to put together an amazing tech reading list, filled to the brim with what Tampa’s best entrepreneurs read and listen to. We hope this tech reading list will bring you ideas of what book to pick up next!

Full Stack Talent - Tech Reading List - Books

Books

Recommended by Stu Sjouwerman of KnowBe4:

The Sales Acceleration Formula, by Mark Roberge.
Positioning, by Al Ries, Jack Trout.
Customer Success, by Nick Mehta, Dan Steinman, Lincoln Murphy.
The Copywriter’s Handbook, by Robert W. Bly.
Valley Speak, by Rochelle Kopp, Steven Ganz.
UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence, by Richard Stiennon.
Fanatical Prospecting, by Jeb Blount.
A Data-Driven Computer Security Defense, by Roger Grimes.
Predictable Revenue, by Aaron Ross.
SPIN Selling, by Neil Rackham.
REWORK, by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson.
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, by Jim Collins, Jerry I. Porras.
Smart Business: What Alibaba’s Success Reveals about the Future of Strategy, by Ming Zeng.
Measure What Matters, by John Doerr.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, by Jacko Willink, Leif Babin.
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, by Chris Voss, Tahl Raz.
“If you want to be successful and continue advancing your career, you too should make a habit of continued learning! The following books are highly relevant to our organization and industry. In fact, you will find our business is modeled after quite a few of the highly successful organizations mentioned in these books. Reading these will give you the background on why we do things the way we do at KnowBe4.” -Stu

Recommended by Scott Conlon of MyArea Network:

Exponential Organizations, by Salim Ismail.

Recommended by James Gress of Accenture:

DevOps for the Modern Enterprise: Winning Practices to Transform Legacy IT Organizations, by Mirco Hering. “Great book from an architect’s point of view, and someone that has implemented a number of transformations.” -James

Recommended by Simon Coombes of Gooee:

Non-tech: Prisoners of Geography, by Tim Marshall. “This isn’t tech-related, but sometimes I need a break, and this book was very interesting.” -Simon

Recommended by Jeff Fudge of High Tech Connect:

AI Superpowers, by Kai-Fu Lee. “It’s a good look at the differences between China and the US in terms of how we are approaching AI.” -Jeff

Recommended by Richard Munassi of Tampa Bay WaVE:

Venture Deals, by Brad Feld.
The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries.
“These two books are critical for every startup.” -Richard

Recommended by Samyr Qureshi of Knack:

Zero to One, by Peter Thiel.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin S. Sharma.

Recommended by Tony DiBenedetto:

The Servant, by James C. Hunter.

Recommended by Jack Berlin of Accusoft:

Start with Why, by Simon Sinek.
Five Temptations of a CEO, by Patrick Lencioni.
Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni.
The Ideal Team Player, by Patrick Lencioni.
“These are great reads for CEOs and senior managers.” -Jack

Non-tech: No Man’s Land, by David Baldacci.

Recommended by Scott Price of A-LIGN:

Measure What Matters, by John Doerr. “This book changed our company.” -Scott

Recommended by Jesse Curry of Haneke Design:

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, by Philip E. Tetlock.
Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience, by Jeff Gothelf.
Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy, by Miyamoto Musashi. “This book is super dope.” -Jesse
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R. Covey. “A staple.” -Jesse
Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code, by Martin Fowler. “On the programming side, this is the best book ever.” -Jesse

Non-tech:
The Great Train Robbery, by Michael Crichton.

Recommended by Michael Adams of Proximity Innovations:

The Corporate Mystic, by Gay Hendricks.
Seven Secrets of the Corporate Mystic, by Gay Hendricks.

Recommended by Kristen Duell of Savii:

The Dichotomy of Leadership, by Jacko Willink, Leif Babin.
Start with Why, by Simon Sinek.
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, by Jim Collins, Jerry I. Porras.
Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, by Patty McCord.
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a complex world, by General Stanley McChrystal.

Recommended by Joy Randels:

The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday.
Profit First, by Mike Michalowicz.
SPIN Selling, by Neil Rackham.
Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss.

Non-tech:
The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand.
“I read something every morning for 10-15 minutes before starting work that has nothing to do with my business or industry because it make me think and opens my mind. I learned this trick from a conversation I had with Jeff Hoffman :-) It works for me because I suck at meditation.” -Joy

Recommended by Daniel James Scott of Tampa Bay Tech:

Dream Teams, by Shane Snow.
Not A Book, But An Email: The Hustle

Recommended by Brian Kornfeld of Synapse:

High Commitment, High Performance, by Michael Beer.
Made to Stick, by Chip Heath.
The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries.

Recommended by Toni Warren of Suncoast Developers Guild:

Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg.
David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell.
Radical Candor, by Kim Scott.

Recommended by Ingrid Harb of LaunchCode / Women Ambassadors Forum:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson.

Recommended by Michael Ferris of Abacode:

The Power of Positive Thinking, by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.

Recommended by Michael French of ConnectWise:

The Ideal Team Player, by Patrick M. Lencioni.
Start with Why, by Simon Sinek.
Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek.
Drive, by Daniel Pink
When, by Daniel Pink.

Non-tech:
A Song of Ice and Fire, by GRR Martin.

Recommended by Sara Margulis of Honeyfund:

Atomic Habits, by James Clear. “That book really educates you on why you behave the way you do, the things that you don’t think about, how those things tie into your environment, and what you can do to change your habits easily.” -Sara
The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries.
Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert T. Kiyosaki.

Recommended by R. Grant Baxley of TeleVoIPs:

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni. “That was one that helped me pinpoint potential problem areas to avoid.” -Grant

Full Stack Talent - Tech Reading List - Podcasts

Podcasts

Recommended by Simon Coombes of Gooee:

This Week In Startups, by Jason Calacanis.

Non-tech: Who The Hell Is Hamish, by The Australian.

Recommended by Kiki Roeder of Punctuate, Startup Sisters USA, and Women Who Code Tampa:

Masters of Scale, by Reid Hoffman.

Recommended by James Gress of Accenture:

Agile Amped, by Solutions IQ. “They will be at DevOpsDays Tampa Bay :)” -James

Recommended by Samyr Qureshi of Knack:

How I Built This, by NPR.

Recommended by Jack Berlin of Accusoft:

Growth Through Acquisition with Jack Berlin, CEO of Accusoft. :D

Recommended by Kristen Duell of Savii:

The Tim Ferriss Show. “My recent favorites are #361: Jim Collins: A rare interview with a Reclusive Polymath – it starts out a little slow, but stick with it because it will blow your mind, and #362: Graham Duncan: Talent is the best asset class.” -Kristen.
The GaryVee. “For when I am looking for short little nuggets of knowledge. I don’t always agree with him, but I love adding his perception into my wheelhouse.” -Kristen

Non-tech:
The Joe Rogan Experience. “He can get some amazing guests that cover an unending array of subjects.” -Kristen
Hardcore History, by Dan Carlin. “Because sometimes you just need a break from work, and this is a great way to learn/relearn our world history.” -Kristen

Recommended by Joy Randels:

The Cyberwire.
A16Z, by Andreessen Horowitz.
On the Record, by NPR.
Beyond the Business Suit, by Kailei Carr.
The Tim Ferriss Show, by Tim Ferriss.
How I Built This, by NPR.

Recommended by Daniel James Scott of Tampa Bay Tech:

Revisionist History, by Malcolm Gladwell.

Recommended by Michael O’Rourke of Pocket Network:

Stratechery.

Non-tech:
Binge Mode, by The Ringer.

Recommended by Scott Conlon of MyArea Network:

Masters of Scale, by Reid Hoffman.

Recommended by Marcus Session of HCAA:

TED Talks Technology, by TED.

Recommended by Anthony Quartararo of Spatial Networks:

CageyJames & GeoBabbler, by James Fee and Bill Dollins. “It’s just two geeks talking about technology – pretty geeky stuff. I like listening to it even though I understand only about half of what they’re talking about. [Laughter]” -Tony
The Mappyist Hour, by Todd Barr.
SOFspot, by Stu Bradins.

Recommended by Sara Margulis of Honeyfund:

School of Greatness, by Lewis House.

Recommended by John Oakes of Revenue Management Solutions:

The Daily, by the New York Times.