1. Blockchain For Dummies by Manav Gupta

Blockchain For Dummies, 2nd IBM Limited Edition, equips you with an understanding of what blockchain is, how it works, and how it can enhance your business and the industry in which it operates. You learn the fundamentals of blockchain and how this technology revolutionizes transactions and business networks. You also discover the important difference between “blockchain” and “blockchain for business” and what makes blockchain an ideal solution for streamlining business networks.
You find out about Hyperledger, a Linux Foundation project, designed to help advance technology and thought leadership of cross-industry blockchain technologies. You learn about Hyperledger Fabric, an open-source framework, and the instrumental role it plays in developing a blockchain for business. Finally, you find out everything you need to spin up a blockchain network today.

2. The Robot and I: How New Digital Technologies Are Making Smart People and Businesses Smarter by Automating Rote Work

Robby the Robot. Optimus Prime. C-3PO. Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 (a.k.a. “The Terminator”). Cute, helpful or just plain terrifying, these are what come to mind when the word “automation” is invoked: classic interpretations of humanoid robots that replace people to do “things” better (or sometimes worse) than we can.
Of course, the most common real-world robots are the ones that make cars, unload ships, assemble any number of products or even vacuum floors. But our latest research reveals that an entirely different scenario is emerging, in which humans are working smarter with sophisticated software to automate business tasks, which, in turn, is generating rich process data that drives meaningful insights, value and outcomes for businesses.

3. 50 Startup Founders Reveal Why Their Startups Failed by Thomas Oppong

Failure sucks. Startups are dying in numbers every year. Greater percentage of them shutdown and the founders move on to something else. The good thing is that most entrepreneurs don’t give up that easily. You can easily start a new business but maintaining it is where the real deal is. These reasons are common with failed startups or those that are about to die: we need more money, we need more traction, we need growth, we need to start making money or else…, we don’t have enough buzz, we have management issues and founders have lost interest in the idea. Startups need to have the same kind of urgency to get things off and working as soon as possible, otherwise doomsday will be closer than they think. The money of your customers is the life-blood of your business. Not the money of investors. Not the money of your family or friends. Without paying customers, your startup starves, suffocates and eventually dies by suicide.