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Sim Shagaya, Founder of Konga.com Lists His 13 Favourite Books

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1.  Marketplace 3.0: Rewriting the Rules of Borderless Business by Hiroshi Mikitani

This is about the building of Rakuten – Japan’s ecommerce juggernaut

2.  The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

3. . Alibaba by Shiying Liu and Martha Avery

4. . Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut by James Marcus

The history of Amazon told from an employee’s perspective

5. One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon by Richard Brandt

6. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

In this book, the author [and founder of Zappos] tells the story of the fashion ecommerce company.

7. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

8. Sam Walton: Made in America by Sam Walton and John Huey

9. The Fortunes of Africa by Martin Meredith

10. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New technologies Cause New Firms to Fail by Clayton M. Christensen

Sim says it’s the only real “theory” in business about disruption.

11. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, Or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

12. The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age by William Rees-Mogg and James Dale Davidson

For Sim, it’s a book that fundamentally changed his understanding of nation states, patriotism and nationalism.

13. Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford

This is the book he was reading at the time he sent in his recommendations. It’s about what technology foretells for employment. He says that “If you think economic growth equals higher employment, think again! Technology destroys jobs. Scary stuff.”

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