2572 books total
Chattermill uses artificial neural networks that learn from your data and help you make more customer-centric decisions. We first learned about it from a Sifted article about Europe’s top tech entrepreneurs.
Mikhail has a background in economics and tech. He took his BA in Economics from University of Cambridge, and has a Master’s in Management and Regulation of Risk from London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to founding Chattermill in 2015, he worked as a banker, data analyst, consultant, developer and software engineer.
From our interview you’ll find out what books helped him fall in love with economics and learn to see the world in a different way, those that affected how he runs his company, and stories that put his experience in context. Mikhail also talks about the common myths related to AI. Enjoy!
It’s always hard to choose a favourite book, but if I had a gun to my head, I’d probably choose Shoe Dog by Phil Knight in the business category and Moonwalking with Einstein in Non-Business (but still non-fiction) category. I like both of these because of fantastic story-telling quality and insights relevant to what I do in business and in life more generally.
So many times! A few books had a dramatic impact on how I work day to day (eg. Deep Work, Influence, Rework etc), others affected how I run the company (Play Bigger, Zero to One, The Hard Thing About Hard Things). Still others are very useful stories that put your experience in context (Shoe Dog, Bad Blood, Masters of Doom).
I’d have to say, Freakonomics. Back when it came out I wanted to do economics but for the wrong reasons. This book helped me fall in love with the subject and learn to think about the world in a slightly different way. Influence by Robert Cialdini is a close second.
These days I do most of my long form reading through audiobooks on the way to and from work, at lunch etc. Audible has been a godsend for me. Sometimes I would just walk around a town (especially on trip) listening to a book. Occasionally, I would also read an e-book on Kindle. I’ve completely given up paper books at this point. Short form reading (articles, blog posts etc) I read on iPad, typically before bed, saving them to Pocket.
No, never have. I don’t necessarily remember every little detail, but the important stuff seems to stay in your memory. If I had more time, I’d like to write book reviews to highlight the most important stuff.
Typically, I rely on recommendations from people I trust. These most often come via podcasts, interviews and blog posts, but occasionally in person too.
I don’t really agree with the premise. I think people are a bit too eager to over-optimise learning, be hyper efficient at it. But a lot of learning is the same as it ever was. And it’s not always a good idea to learn faster. You need to read, particularly read books, and more specifically, old books. You need to apply the knowledge to internalise the lessons. School’s main job in my opinion is to not make learning boring, so people continue with it afterwards.
I am just finishing The Five Dysfunctions of A Team by Patrick Lencioni. It’s a rare combination of a book. Full of valuable, practical ideas and yet hard to put down. I can’t wait to apply the learnings with my team.
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