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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Starfish and the Spider

Just finished another book - the Starfish and the Spider: the unstoppable power of leaderless organizations. The subtitle is a bit of a simplification - I think this book is really just more about the power of networks - they are more stable that centralized organizations. This topic is covered much better in other books - notably Mark Buchanan's book, Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks.

Even so, there were a few interesting tidbits - like how to fight a leaderless organization (like eMule). The benefits and problems associated with being one and how to find the middle ground to maximize profit - as Apple and Skype have done.

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