They make great presents, but books are deceptively difficult to give: You don’t want to buy some random bestseller off the front table at Barnes and Noble, but wander very far into the store and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with options. To lend a hand, we’ve combed through this year’s techie-targeted releases (and tossed in a couple of old favorites, as well).
It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It
Want some career advice from Sheryl Sandberg? Good news for those of you without an in–the Facebook COO has written a book about women and leadership. AllThingsD reports that Ms. Sandberg has signed a deal with the publisher Knopf, for something titled Lean In. It’s due to hit shelves sometime in 2013–presumably in the spring, so every single woman graduating from anything anywhere in America can receive a gift copy.
Perhaps we now have yet another reason she insists on leaving work at 5:30 on the dot every day?
It's a Zuck Zuck Zuck Zuck World
Katherine Losse started at Facebook in 2005–before the NewsFeed, before the arrival of Sheryl Sandberg, and long before the Zuck quite mastered proper corporate executive behavior. Things were so fast and loose that, during orientation for her user-support gig, she was given a master password allowing her to access any user’s profile and personal information. Nor was there anyone handling potential HR crises like a male employee who apparently went around proposing threesomes to women in the office.
Ms. Losse details these antics in her new book, The Boy Kings, about her time at the social network. Curious to hear more, we reached out for an interview. She didn’t seem too keen to dish on Zuck beyond what she’d already included in the book (more’s the pity), but she did have some stuff to say about where social networking is headed, why Facebook was so damn fratty, and what it was like being a humanities girl in a programmer’s castle.
What was the most challenging part of your role as Mark’s personal writer?
According to a tweet sent out a few moments ago by @CNBC, Facebook has officially named COO Sheryl Sandberg to its board of directors. The Facebook team confirmed the move on their press page. We’d hasten to congratulate the social network on this one, but then we remember that she should’ve been on the board in the first place. C’est la vie.
But maybe the move will satisfy the woman’s group Ultraviolet, which previously held protests to pressure the company into adding a woman to its all-male board. (Turnout was slim.) The group also posted a petition back in April with the same goal.