Bookicious

Book recommendations from founders & makers

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Rollo Wenlock — CEO and video guy @ Wipster
Why only men?
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@rollowenlock Hi there Rollo!

It's true, Bookicious need women collections too. I am adding them really soon. Thanks for the feedback!
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@rollowenlock Just added a collection of Marissa Mayer. Feel free to suggest another female founders or entrepreneurs and I will add them too!
Nick Zieber — Consultant - Xpand, Hong Kong
@maurosicard @rollowenlock Add Danielle Morrill
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@nzieber @rollowenlock Done! Just added Danielle Morrill!
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Jack Smith — Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@maurosicard @rollowenlock now that is taking on board user feedback and implementing fast ;) implemented in <1 hour from suggestion
Joost Schuur — Product manager, Playmob
@nzieber @rollowenlock Maybe randomize the order? Now it looks like two token women were just added to the bottom (it's obviously an evolving collection, so kudos for reacting this fast). A bit more racial diversity would be good too.
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@joostschuur @rollowenlock Will randomize the order in some minutes, thanks for the feedback. Also, feel free to suggest another founder :)
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@joostschuur Just made a new commit and added Keith Rabois collection, and also randomized the female founders collections :)
Rollo Wenlock — CEO and video guy @ Wipster
@maurosicard something to be aware of.
Armando Osuna — Head of Accounts (USA) AppsFlyer
@rollowenlock maybe other ethnicities too..
Tony Hue — Community Manager, Disqus
@maurosicard Hmmm not seeing "Bobbie Had a Nickel" in this collection...;) http://www.bookicious.com/mariss... http://www.businessinsider.com/m...
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@tonykhue I am adding it tomorrow morning, thank you for the suggestion ;)
Clément — Co-founder, Nalyze
Not cool @MauroSicard :( it's just a bad copy of my product "Bookstck" hunted a month ago.
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Jack Smith — Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@clemkn that seems very rude to me to describe this project as a "bad" copy; in fact this site seems like a nice design and minimalistic. You should also appreciate that your site doesn't seem to be being updated - you still only have 6 authors even a month later.

The fact is that collecting books of famous entrepreneurs is not an original concept; rather than trying to claim that someone shouldn't compete with you and describing their work as "bad", I'd suggest contributing more effort towards your project to make it succeed more. On the internet, there are many competing projects taking similar approaches (see Digg, Reddit, Voat etc); what defines which one succeeds comes down to many factors: e.g. who can keep their servers up, who can keep innovating, who can create a sense of community etc. An idea is worthless, it's all about execution.
Clément — Co-founder, Nalyze
@_jacksmith I know an idea is worthless blablabla... we have the same readings. I congratulate him, same design and no source. Also, he simply took books already on Bookstck without add others. While if he had tried to find, he would have found a lot (I hadn't put everything). Well played!
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Jack Smith — Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@clemkn in fairness, checking again on my desktop; you are right that it's not cool that the starting book collections are quite identical to yours (same authors and books), it should have been easy to find others. @maurosicard do you have any comment ?
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@_jacksmith @clemkn Before Bookstck was launched, I was also planning and prototyping Bookicious.

When It launched, It helped me a bit of research, so thats true I took some books from there. Anyway, I added another collections too, and this week I was going to submit even more.

If its true Bookstck helped me to save time on research, I am not trying to copy it. Sorry If you feel like that, in this moment I am improving collections and adding more books so you won't feel its a copy.

P.S.: I am adding the sources right now so give me some minutes and its done :)
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Jack Smith — Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@maurosicard @clemkn I hope that you can both maintain your projects. Mauro's angle seems that there are lots more collections being added fast. Clément - your one seems to showcase individual books better (which I also think is interesting - which books multiple people recommend etc)
Dean Levitt — Founder, Teacup Analytics
@_jacksmith Great refereeing there Jack! :)
Rollo Wenlock — CEO and video guy @ Wipster
@_jacksmith beautifully said
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Jack Smith — Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
This seems like a very nicely designed site and it's always very interesting to see which books prominent people recommend. @maurosicard : where did you source the book recommendations from? Is it just like personal blog posts etc where these founders have mentioned liking these books?
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@_jacksmith Hi there Jack, thanks for the comment!

I found recommendations mainly in blog posts and tweets. As I plan to add more collections, I am thinking in sending out an email to some entrepreneurs asking for their recommendations.
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Jack Smith — Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@maurosicard @_jacksmith it could be great if you could show the source of where you found each book recommendation
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@_jacksmith Done. Just added sources to the collections. Thanks for the feedback Jack!
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Jack Smith — Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@maurosicard awesome! maybe something for later; but it'd be also cool if you could pull in what the person had said about them.

e.g. here: http://abovethecrowd.com/2015/07...

Bill Gurley says:
"Last year I was turned on to an amazing book by Jonathan Gottschall titled The Storytelling Animal. Gottschall explains how storytelling plays a critical role in each and every human’s life. The purpose of a presentation deck is to enable entrepreneurs to effectively tell the story of their business."

him saying it's amazing could sway me more than if he just thinks it's pretty good.
Erik van Mechelen — Novelist
@maurosicard @clemkn

(adding on to what @_jacksmith said...)

Curated lists with context is neat concept. The context of not only Where an influential person mentioned the text but also what they learned from it (and even better, How it altered their thinking or decision-making model or personal framework) would be useful, too.

When people ask me what I'm reading I usually link them my Scribd collections, my Goodreads profile, or my Degreed.com pathway on fiction, depending on what they are looking for and their progress in business or life.

What my lists lack is the Why behind me reading a specific book at a specific time, my purpose for reading, and my takeaways (at the time, and later on, since texts tend to plant seeds which later bloom with the appropriate angle of the sun)--for this reason, I've enjoyed commentary that Bill Gates provides on Gates Notes (http://www.gatesnotes.com/Books) or Derek Sivers on his personal site (https://sivers.org/book).

Since advice is tricky, I'm still looking for the best way to recommend books and discover the right books at the right time. No easy task with thousands of years of texts available in fiction and non-fiction.

Love this start!
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
Hi there :)

I am the maker of Bookicious, I am a 18 years old entrepreneur and as I love reading so much I decided to create a series of book collections from successful entrepreneurs.

I am planning to expand Bookicious a lot, as I am adding a lot of new collections this week. Feel free to suggest any entrepreneur or category.

Any feedbacks and opinions are well received. Thank you!
Ilyass — PhD student the day, @nalyze_ the night
@maurosicard Hey there ! Reputation is key. Yourself, you are a brand, we are going to remember your brand and its characteristics. This is not the only thing you will ever do on the web, but the next time I'll see your name on a product, I'll remember that it's from the guy who created a product that really looked like another product, which also happened to be featured on the same curating website some time ago. I am not sure such a brand characteristic is the best one to carry around. I think you could have used an audio book angle (featuring the same books buy as audio books), made it about women and minorities only (which the other website terribly lacked), or any kind of differentiation that makes your work original and removes that "hum already seen that somewhere....".
Hope to see you soon around soon !
Nick Zieber — Consultant - Xpand, Hong Kong
After 5 minutes using this product, I really like it. I could see it in other categories like music. What songs influenced certain musicians etc.
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@nzieber Thanks, I am happy you liked it. I am adding Danielle Morrill very soon so feel free to check it out in some minutes :)
This is what I had in mind when I create topshelfie.co (a source of a couple of your lists). Didn't have the time to build it out, but happy to see someone else running with this idea! How do you plan on sourcing these lists?
Alan Hurt — Engitrepresigner
I am now ruined! This has to be one of the best product I have seen come out of Product Hunt. The initial application is spot on and you can take this up so many other verticals - it's a winner! Great job mate.
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@alanaut24 I am happy you liked it Alan! Thanks for your support!
Guillermo Díaz S. — Founder #700
Kudos for the great work @maurosicard!. I'm always looking for new books (or audiobooks). I will really love to see a ranking for the "most recommened book / audiobook" among founders (more content focused info, you know what I mean). Keep the hard work, and extra kudos for the fast updates!.
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@guillermodiaz Thanks for the feedback Guillermo! I will work as soon as possible on implementing that features :D
Steve RAFFNER — Innovation Agent, my friends call me "Q"
A book is a gift you can open again and again, I discovered new gifts, thank you for this :)
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@steveraffner Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. I am happy you liked it :)
Jimmy Mackin — Partner at Curaytor
It would be very cool to add historical figures reading lists.

Well done.
Erik van Mechelen — Novelist
@jimmymackin Agreed! Example it is well-known that Napoleon read Pierre-Simon Laplace's "Mécanique Céleste" ... Napoleon was apparently interested in fields outside of military.
Sad to see a real copy of Bookstck ... No more features and same books :/ Even if there is a good design
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Jack Smith — Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@piaarre the founder has already addressed in the comments above and the site actually now has a larger and more diverse author collection.
Boris Pfeiffer — Founder, CEO Riddle.com
Love the idea and also your design. I read lots of biographies of founders and they all tend to mention books that influenced them. I always mean to check these out but than forgot the book names by the time I am back at my desk. Your site solves an actual problem - thank you :). In addition to blog posts and tweets, you should check out biographies or have readers submit books that they found referenced.
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@bopfger Great you liked it!

Thanks for the advice, as you say, I am looking for more sources of information for the books :)!
Michael Tyrimos — Founder, Tech Strategist, Developer
this is great @maurosicard
thanks for sharing @_jacksmith
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@michaeltyrimos Thank you! I am happy you liked it!
Marvin Ryan Vista — UX designer
Any epub reader suggestions for iOS besides iBooks and Marvin? I'm still waiting on the outcome of Readmill's acquisition by Dropbox.
Marc Montagne — Founder, Toolwatch.io
I like the design and the idea, good job ! I was wondering if there was a way of setting up this kind of website easily as I seem to be coming accross a lot of these recently ? (It's not a critic, I really love them!)
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@marcaime Great that you liked it Marc!

I think that the difficulty of building something like this varies depending mainly on the stack, because for example building with WordPress may be easier than coding from zero.

If you have any opinion or feedback feel free to tell me :)
Ramy — Front-end web dev & side project addict
@maurosicard @marcaime What did you build this with?
Marc Montagne — Founder, Toolwatch.io
@ramykhuffash @maurosicard I was gonna ask the same question !
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@marcaime As it is an MVP, it's only plain HTML/CSS/JS, but I am starting to make a CMS for this project with Ruby on Rails :)
Adi Dax — CEO, Vivid Planet Software
Very nice, minimalistic, information centered design. Gets to the point directly - and somehow my mouse cursor was magically attracted by Marc Adreessens head shape :)
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@adidax Thanks for the feedback Adi! If you have any other suggestions or want to recommend an author, feel free to tell me!
Pawel Janiak — I love making tools
Good job on launching @maurosicard - how do you determine which books are recommended by each of the listed founders? It would be interesting to see, once you have a large enough sample size, which are the most popular books.
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@cynicalgrinch @cynicalgrinch At the end of the books you can find the "Source" button and there you can see sources of the books :)

Also will add the most popular books, as some other also suggested that feature. Thanks a lot for commenting and for your feedback!
Rob Williger — CMO MapFig, Copywriting for Non-Mktrs
I like your site and congrats on getting it launched.
Kumar Thangudu — Founder at quickleads.io
Would be cool if you added Elizabeth Holmes.
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@datarade Added. Thanks a lot for your feedback!
Kumar Thangudu — Founder at quickleads.io
Also Maurice Hilleman.
Erik van Mechelen — Novelist
Oh, and I added it to my Writing and Reading collection! (http://www.producthunt.com/@deci...)
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Mauro Sicard — Bookicious.com
@decision_ Great! Thank you very much for the support :) !
Klaas Joosten — CEO ZEEF
Indeed looks like a lot of other people are doing the same. Still is nice to know that people have the same idea. I have my own list of recommended books: https://zeef.com/profile/klaas.j... (This is my list of books you need to read! ;-) ) ranked on best to read first. A list of recommended books is nothing new but it looks nice. good luck.
Rahul M — Tagsdock
@maurosicard The site design is neat and love it :) . And I believe you're aware that we can get to know about people suggestions for books via Facebook too. Eg: https://www.facebook.com/zuck/books
Nihal Fares — Co-founder & Chief of Product, Eventtus
Love it! I would love also to see Brian Chesky added to the list.
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