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A Book Review: 02.02.2020: La notte che uscimmo dall’Euro


When I started this blog I took the decision to keep it linked to the professional side of my life, whereas others areas of my interests (politics, broader topics) are something that I normally cover in other domains. However this book by Italian journalist Sergio Rizzo, deserves some attention. For the non Italian readers, Sergio Rizzo is editor at La Repubblica, and author of numerous books on the issues that Italy has been facing over the past years. He has never been soft or careful with politicians, but with this book he goes full steam against the danger of just letting things “happen”. In the book he tells the story of a dystopian future where the two current parties leading the Italian Government, perpetrate the so called “Plan B” and force the exit of Italy from Euro over a weekend. The results are a disaster for the economy, obviously, despite the warnings of many, especially one part of the government persists in the plan. It’s not a story of the “good” and the “bad”, all …

A Book Review: ReWork, or the real power of Simplicity


I’ve just finished reading a book I got through the suggestions from Amazon. The title is ReWork and comes from the experience of Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, founders of  37signals, a small company that sits behind some very well known web-based applications such as BaseCamp, or technologies such as Ruby on Rails. The book has been really a great reading experience. Concise, interesting, filled with easy to implement tips. While reading it you have the clear feeling of noting many obvious things, usually a good sign when reading a Business Book. Yet, there’s something about this book that made me feel I should recommend its reading. First of all, the authors are very clear about their ideas about growth and size. What we all tend to consider a “must” in business terms, is considered as something that should not pursued at all costs. Based from their business experience, the key message they try to carry is that size is negative for businesses, especially in their initial phases, as it adds complexity and costs. A second …