2572 books total
Daniel Büttner is the co-founder and CEO of Lofelt, a German startup that’s pioneering the new wave in natural haptics.
Through advanced high-definition haptic technology, Lofelt is building a natural connection between people and their digital devices, and enhances the user experience of some of the most popular consumer devices around the world. By using the physics of sound waves and giving us a new way to interact with machines, it creates a deep immersive experience with music, movies and games.
Prior to co-founding Lofelt in 2014, Daniel worked at Ableton for almost 8 years and held various roles, such as Product Specialist, Lead Sound Designer, Head of Sound Team, and Product Owner.
He has a Master’s Degree in Music from NYU and Bachelor’s of Arts in Music from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
In our interview, Daniel talks about his favorite books on analytical methodology and problem-solving, how the future of music might look like, and more.
I wouldn’t consider any business books being part of my “favorites” library. Cormac McCarthy is one of my favorite authors, specifically The Border Trilogy. In my previous life, when I studied music, my favorite was Thomas Bernhard’s Der Untergeher (The Loser).
A few years ago, I became really absorbed in analytical methodology and problem-solving: the 5-Why and Toyota’s A3 approach. One of the books, Managing to Learn: Using the A3 Management Process to Solve Problems, Gain Agreement and Lead, contained a story of a Japanese supervisor / mentor and how he was guiding his junior colleague in his thought process to solve a complex problem without ever dictating his actions. The story was told from the student and the mentor’s perspective simultaneously – so you could perceive the story from both angles. During that period, I learned a lot about the importance of determining a root cause to a problem before jumping to a conclusion.
Thinking, Fast And Slow by Daniel Kahneman. It’s an amazing life’s work of a Nobel Prize winner and the insights into human bias are fascinating. To me, this is the modern continuation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.
I don’t have books specific to my career path. There are a couple of books that inspired me or gave ignition to a new thought process:
I also came across two children’s books I appreciate:
Wütend and Fortunately, which is essentially telling the story of the up-and-down life of an entrepreneur. Whenever I get a chance, I read those books to my kids.
There is no simple answer. There are times when I read a lot, and times where I don’t read, or only short abstracts like Blinkist. I read on both Kindle and paper. I like listening to music while reading, specifically music that fits to the mood of the book.
Yes, lots of notes. I try to write down anything that I find useful. It’s more the process of writing it down and giving it thought, extra time and attention than finding or reading those notes again later.
In the coming years, digital music making and production will break out of the computer toward a modular approach with smart hardware devices that integrate and connect seamlessly, while offering dedicated haptic interfaces for multimodal augmented feedback. As part of that trend, music and other forms of entertainment will continue to evolve into immersive experiences. As a result, even more of the senses will be engaged and utilize the powerful ways in which we take in information.
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