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Summer Reading for Legal Tech Pros

By William Vogeler, Esq. on June 23, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

How many programmers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

None. It's a software problem.

If that didn't make you smile, then you are not a programmer. But if you find pleasure in reading tech stuff -- even books that talk around the subject -- then you might enjoy this list of summer reading for legal tech pros:

"Future Crimes"

FBI futurist Marc Goodman unfolds the future of crime, a world where data and identity matter as much as money and goods. Criminals use new digital technologies to scour the planet, and authorities see each security incident as an isolated crime. The author explores criminal possibilities that not even the Minority Report imagined, and it is not so far away.

"The Inevitable"

It's happening; AI is changing everything. This book, "The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future," is a must-read. Author Kevin Kelly, former executive editor of Wired magazine, shows how technology and trends today have already paved the way forward.

"The Innovator's Dilemma"

While most people look ahead for the future, Clayton M. Christensen found it in the past. In his updated book, "The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail," the Harvard business professor revisits observations from 1997 that have proven to be true today. If you really want to understand tech startups, start here.

"Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World"

Wharton professor Adam Grant tells stories about leaders who thumbed their noses at the status quo and thrived. He talks about how to procrastinate well, why the "first-mover advantage" is not real, and how doubt can be valuable motivation. His book helps readers recognize great ideas, even when they do not seem to be.

"Chaos Monkeys"

Author Antonio Garcia Martinez offers a reality check for every tech entrepreneur who claims to be "changing the world." It offers stories from leading companies like Facebook, but also less successful companies. "Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley" reminds us that most companies, even in Silicon Valley, fail.

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