How to Speak Tech: The Non-Techie's Guide to Key Technology Concepts
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Things you've done online: ordered a pizza, checked the weather, booked a hotel, and reconnected with long-lost friends. Now it's time to find out how these things work. Vinay Trivedi peels back the mystery of the Internet, explains it all in the simplest terms, and gives you the knowledge you need to speak confidently when the subject turns to technology.
This revised second edition of How to Speak Tech employs the strategy of the popular first edition: through the narrative of setting up a fictitious startup, it introduces you to essential tech concepts. New tech topics that were added in this edition include the blockchain, augmented and virtual reality, Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence.
The author's key message is: technology isn't beyond the understanding of anyone By breaking down major tech concepts involved with a modern startup into bite-sized chapters, the author's approach helps you understand topics that aren't always explained clearly and shows you that they aren't rocket science.
So go ahead, grab this book, start to "speak tech," and hold your own in any tech-related conversation
What You'll Learn
- Understand the basics of new and established technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), Internet of Things (IoT), software development, programming languages, databases, and more
- Listen intelligently and speak confidently when technologies are brought up in your business
- Be confident in your grasp of terms and technologies when setting up your own organization's application
Who This Book Is For
Students who want to understand different technologies relevant to their future careers at startups and established organizations, as well as business and other non-technical professionals who encounter and require an understanding of key technical terms and trends to succeed in their roles
"Finally, a book non-techies can use to understand the technologies that are changing our lives." Paul Bottino, Executive Director, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center, Harvard University
"A great book everyone can use to understand how tech startups work." Rene Reinsberg, Founder at Celo; Former VP of Emerging Products, GoDaddy
"Through the simplicity of his presentation, Vinay shows that the basics of technology can be straightforwardly understood by anyone who puts in the time and effort to learn." Joseph Lassiter, Professor of Management Science, Harvard Business School and Harvard Innovation Lab
Vinay Trivedi works in technology investing with experience from Blackstone Private Equity, SoftBank Vision Fund, and Romulus Capital. He angel invests out of an ESG-oriented pre-seed fund that he co-founded called Freeland Group. His experience also includes product management at Citymapper and Locu, two venture-backed startups in London and Boston, respectively.
Vinay serves on the Steering Committee of Startup in Residence (STiR), a program spun out of the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation that connects startups with government agencies to develop technology products that address civic challenges. He has also worked with the New York City Mayor's Office of the CTO on its NYCx Moonshot Challenge Initiative.
Vinay studied at Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA) and Harvard University (AB Honors in Computer Science), where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and as a John Harvard Scholar, Weissman Scholar, and Detur Book Prize Winner.