Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

*Wall Street Journal bestseller *Next Big Idea Club selection--chosen by Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink, and Adam Grant as one of the "two most groundbreaking new nonfiction reads of the season" *Washington Post's "10 Leadership Books to Watch for in 2019" *Inc.com's "10 Business Books You Need to Read in 2019" *Business Insider's "14 Books Everyone Will Be Reading i *Wall Street Journal bestseller *Next Big Idea Club selection--chosen by Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink,...

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Title:Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
Author:Safi Bahcall
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Genres:Business
ISBN:1250185963
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries Reviews

  • Howard
    Apr 16, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

  • Nathan Albright
    May 21, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

  • H
    Jun 21, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

    How does a book by a second-generation physicist on the science of phase transition become a Wall Street Journal best seller, endorsed as a top business book by such familiar names as Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink? By presenting the simple proposition that group behavior can be transfo...

    This is a book on the ideas that get dismissed, then turn out to have huge impact. He approaches this like a physicist (which is his background), ordering the environment and structure of the organization and not like a psychologist (which is the overwhelmingly popular approach for aut...

    This is probably one of the best books I?ve read of 2019 so far. It was full of so much practical insight and lessons about life, business and relationships. He covered people like Steve Jobs, Edwin Land (founder of Polaroid) and many other people from history. He talked about ph...

    Interesting overall but a bit long and slow at some parts. After re-reading my highlights, I enjoyed the book even more. I loved the stories and history on Hollywood, Steve Jobs, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Walmart, IKEA, and Pan Am. Love your artists and soldiers equally, and cre...

    Very interesting theories and examples. One big takeaway is that to be innovative and successful you need two teams - one to focus on what?s tried and true (soldiers) and one to focus on the unexplored possibilities (explorers, aka R&D)- AND THOSE TEAMS NEED TO HAVE EQUILIBRIUM A...

  • Mehrsa
    May 05, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

  • Tom
    May 25, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

    How does a book by a second-generation physicist on the science of phase transition become a Wall Street Journal best seller, endorsed as a top business book by such familiar names as Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink? By presenting the simple proposition that group behavior can be transfo...

    This is a book on the ideas that get dismissed, then turn out to have huge impact. He approaches this like a physicist (which is his background), ordering the environment and structure of the organization and not like a psychologist (which is the overwhelmingly popular approach for aut...

    This is probably one of the best books I?ve read of 2019 so far. It was full of so much practical insight and lessons about life, business and relationships. He covered people like Steve Jobs, Edwin Land (founder of Polaroid) and many other people from history. He talked about ph...

    Interesting overall but a bit long and slow at some parts. After re-reading my highlights, I enjoyed the book even more. I loved the stories and history on Hollywood, Steve Jobs, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Walmart, IKEA, and Pan Am. Love your artists and soldiers equally, and cre...

    Very interesting theories and examples. One big takeaway is that to be innovative and successful you need two teams - one to focus on what?s tried and true (soldiers) and one to focus on the unexplored possibilities (explorers, aka R&D)- AND THOSE TEAMS NEED TO HAVE EQUILIBRIUM A...

    It is a challenge for an organization to be good at franchises (operations) and at loonshots (innovation). If in water, loonshots require a liquid state where they can dream and have flexibility. Operations and franchises might need a more solid state to obtain operational excellence. ...

    This book takes some core concepts of innovation management and maps them into the language of physics. I believe in the power of great metaphors as they can simplify some complex concepts and make them memorable and relatable. I think Safi stumbled on a diamond in a rough and was able...

    Loonshots is an engaging analysis of why some organizations nurture innovation while others seem to sabotage it. With a mix of history, organizational anthropology, psychology and even physics, Bacall makes the case for how culture and organizational structure affect innovation. He als...

    A must read. Safi Bahcall has done me, an entrepreneur, a solid. He's created the grand unified theory of innovation, culture, and management. The author with great narrative skill takes you through a history of world wars, visits the greats like Vannevar Bush, Theodore Vail, talks abo...

    Loonshots is an excellent book that makes important points and tells relevant stories well. Here are some reasons to read it. Bahcall tells business stories you don?t normally hear and tells them well. The insight that we often write things off to ?culture? that we could d...

    What I love about Loonshots is how Bachall makes success seem more tangible. He doesn?t settle for a fluffy concept like culture where the amount of good culture isn?t actually measurable. He forms the magic number and theorizes ways to increase it. What I didn?t like was whe...

    This is a good treatise on how to nurture an environment in a corporate or government setting that's conducive to generating "big ideas", or what the author calls "loonshots" (examples: the discovery of radar, statins, or targeted cancer treatments). Bahcall writes from experience work...

  • Steve
    May 26, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

    How does a book by a second-generation physicist on the science of phase transition become a Wall Street Journal best seller, endorsed as a top business book by such familiar names as Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink? By presenting the simple proposition that group behavior can be transfo...

    This is a book on the ideas that get dismissed, then turn out to have huge impact. He approaches this like a physicist (which is his background), ordering the environment and structure of the organization and not like a psychologist (which is the overwhelmingly popular approach for aut...

    This is probably one of the best books I?ve read of 2019 so far. It was full of so much practical insight and lessons about life, business and relationships. He covered people like Steve Jobs, Edwin Land (founder of Polaroid) and many other people from history. He talked about ph...

    Interesting overall but a bit long and slow at some parts. After re-reading my highlights, I enjoyed the book even more. I loved the stories and history on Hollywood, Steve Jobs, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Walmart, IKEA, and Pan Am. Love your artists and soldiers equally, and cre...

    Very interesting theories and examples. One big takeaway is that to be innovative and successful you need two teams - one to focus on what?s tried and true (soldiers) and one to focus on the unexplored possibilities (explorers, aka R&D)- AND THOSE TEAMS NEED TO HAVE EQUILIBRIUM A...

    It is a challenge for an organization to be good at franchises (operations) and at loonshots (innovation). If in water, loonshots require a liquid state where they can dream and have flexibility. Operations and franchises might need a more solid state to obtain operational excellence. ...

    This book takes some core concepts of innovation management and maps them into the language of physics. I believe in the power of great metaphors as they can simplify some complex concepts and make them memorable and relatable. I think Safi stumbled on a diamond in a rough and was able...

    Loonshots is an engaging analysis of why some organizations nurture innovation while others seem to sabotage it. With a mix of history, organizational anthropology, psychology and even physics, Bacall makes the case for how culture and organizational structure affect innovation. He als...

  • Emily
    Apr 29, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

  • Dolly
    Feb 24, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

  • Chia Evers
    Mar 25, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

  • Daniel
    May 05, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

  • Scott Wozniak
    Apr 28, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

    How does a book by a second-generation physicist on the science of phase transition become a Wall Street Journal best seller, endorsed as a top business book by such familiar names as Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink? By presenting the simple proposition that group behavior can be transfo...

    This is a book on the ideas that get dismissed, then turn out to have huge impact. He approaches this like a physicist (which is his background), ordering the environment and structure of the organization and not like a psychologist (which is the overwhelmingly popular approach for aut...

  • Ali
    Feb 22, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

  • Peter Tillman
    Jun 14, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

  • Mart
    May 01, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

  • Soundview Executive Book Summaries
    May 09, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

    How does a book by a second-generation physicist on the science of phase transition become a Wall Street Journal best seller, endorsed as a top business book by such familiar names as Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink? By presenting the simple proposition that group behavior can be transfo...

  • Ethan
    May 19, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

  • Dennis
    May 04, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

    How does a book by a second-generation physicist on the science of phase transition become a Wall Street Journal best seller, endorsed as a top business book by such familiar names as Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink? By presenting the simple proposition that group behavior can be transfo...

    This is a book on the ideas that get dismissed, then turn out to have huge impact. He approaches this like a physicist (which is his background), ordering the environment and structure of the organization and not like a psychologist (which is the overwhelmingly popular approach for aut...

    This is probably one of the best books I?ve read of 2019 so far. It was full of so much practical insight and lessons about life, business and relationships. He covered people like Steve Jobs, Edwin Land (founder of Polaroid) and many other people from history. He talked about ph...

    Interesting overall but a bit long and slow at some parts. After re-reading my highlights, I enjoyed the book even more. I loved the stories and history on Hollywood, Steve Jobs, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Walmart, IKEA, and Pan Am. Love your artists and soldiers equally, and cre...

    Very interesting theories and examples. One big takeaway is that to be innovative and successful you need two teams - one to focus on what?s tried and true (soldiers) and one to focus on the unexplored possibilities (explorers, aka R&D)- AND THOSE TEAMS NEED TO HAVE EQUILIBRIUM A...

    It is a challenge for an organization to be good at franchises (operations) and at loonshots (innovation). If in water, loonshots require a liquid state where they can dream and have flexibility. Operations and franchises might need a more solid state to obtain operational excellence. ...

    This book takes some core concepts of innovation management and maps them into the language of physics. I believe in the power of great metaphors as they can simplify some complex concepts and make them memorable and relatable. I think Safi stumbled on a diamond in a rough and was able...

  • Markus
    Apr 04, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

  • Dave
    Mar 28, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

  • Rob Delwo
    May 07, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

  • Venky
    May 03, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

  • Matt Cannon
    Apr 05, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

    How does a book by a second-generation physicist on the science of phase transition become a Wall Street Journal best seller, endorsed as a top business book by such familiar names as Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink? By presenting the simple proposition that group behavior can be transfo...

    This is a book on the ideas that get dismissed, then turn out to have huge impact. He approaches this like a physicist (which is his background), ordering the environment and structure of the organization and not like a psychologist (which is the overwhelmingly popular approach for aut...

    This is probably one of the best books I?ve read of 2019 so far. It was full of so much practical insight and lessons about life, business and relationships. He covered people like Steve Jobs, Edwin Land (founder of Polaroid) and many other people from history. He talked about ph...

  • Ann (thebookisbetterann)
    May 27, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

  • Ronald J.
    May 24, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

  • Jose Miguel Porto
    Jun 16, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

    How does a book by a second-generation physicist on the science of phase transition become a Wall Street Journal best seller, endorsed as a top business book by such familiar names as Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink? By presenting the simple proposition that group behavior can be transfo...

    This is a book on the ideas that get dismissed, then turn out to have huge impact. He approaches this like a physicist (which is his background), ordering the environment and structure of the organization and not like a psychologist (which is the overwhelmingly popular approach for aut...

    This is probably one of the best books I?ve read of 2019 so far. It was full of so much practical insight and lessons about life, business and relationships. He covered people like Steve Jobs, Edwin Land (founder of Polaroid) and many other people from history. He talked about ph...

    Interesting overall but a bit long and slow at some parts. After re-reading my highlights, I enjoyed the book even more. I loved the stories and history on Hollywood, Steve Jobs, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Walmart, IKEA, and Pan Am. Love your artists and soldiers equally, and cre...

    Very interesting theories and examples. One big takeaway is that to be innovative and successful you need two teams - one to focus on what?s tried and true (soldiers) and one to focus on the unexplored possibilities (explorers, aka R&D)- AND THOSE TEAMS NEED TO HAVE EQUILIBRIUM A...

    It is a challenge for an organization to be good at franchises (operations) and at loonshots (innovation). If in water, loonshots require a liquid state where they can dream and have flexibility. Operations and franchises might need a more solid state to obtain operational excellence. ...

  • Rohit Nallapeta
    Apr 02, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

    How does a book by a second-generation physicist on the science of phase transition become a Wall Street Journal best seller, endorsed as a top business book by such familiar names as Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink? By presenting the simple proposition that group behavior can be transfo...

    This is a book on the ideas that get dismissed, then turn out to have huge impact. He approaches this like a physicist (which is his background), ordering the environment and structure of the organization and not like a psychologist (which is the overwhelmingly popular approach for aut...

    This is probably one of the best books I?ve read of 2019 so far. It was full of so much practical insight and lessons about life, business and relationships. He covered people like Steve Jobs, Edwin Land (founder of Polaroid) and many other people from history. He talked about ph...

    Interesting overall but a bit long and slow at some parts. After re-reading my highlights, I enjoyed the book even more. I loved the stories and history on Hollywood, Steve Jobs, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Walmart, IKEA, and Pan Am. Love your artists and soldiers equally, and cre...

    Very interesting theories and examples. One big takeaway is that to be innovative and successful you need two teams - one to focus on what?s tried and true (soldiers) and one to focus on the unexplored possibilities (explorers, aka R&D)- AND THOSE TEAMS NEED TO HAVE EQUILIBRIUM A...

    It is a challenge for an organization to be good at franchises (operations) and at loonshots (innovation). If in water, loonshots require a liquid state where they can dream and have flexibility. Operations and franchises might need a more solid state to obtain operational excellence. ...

    This book takes some core concepts of innovation management and maps them into the language of physics. I believe in the power of great metaphors as they can simplify some complex concepts and make them memorable and relatable. I think Safi stumbled on a diamond in a rough and was able...

    Loonshots is an engaging analysis of why some organizations nurture innovation while others seem to sabotage it. With a mix of history, organizational anthropology, psychology and even physics, Bacall makes the case for how culture and organizational structure affect innovation. He als...

    A must read. Safi Bahcall has done me, an entrepreneur, a solid. He's created the grand unified theory of innovation, culture, and management. The author with great narrative skill takes you through a history of world wars, visits the greats like Vannevar Bush, Theodore Vail, talks abo...

  • Aaron Mikulsky
    May 08, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

    How does a book by a second-generation physicist on the science of phase transition become a Wall Street Journal best seller, endorsed as a top business book by such familiar names as Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink? By presenting the simple proposition that group behavior can be transfo...

    This is a book on the ideas that get dismissed, then turn out to have huge impact. He approaches this like a physicist (which is his background), ordering the environment and structure of the organization and not like a psychologist (which is the overwhelmingly popular approach for aut...

    This is probably one of the best books I?ve read of 2019 so far. It was full of so much practical insight and lessons about life, business and relationships. He covered people like Steve Jobs, Edwin Land (founder of Polaroid) and many other people from history. He talked about ph...

    Interesting overall but a bit long and slow at some parts. After re-reading my highlights, I enjoyed the book even more. I loved the stories and history on Hollywood, Steve Jobs, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Walmart, IKEA, and Pan Am. Love your artists and soldiers equally, and cre...

  • Wally Bock
    May 20, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

    How does a book by a second-generation physicist on the science of phase transition become a Wall Street Journal best seller, endorsed as a top business book by such familiar names as Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink? By presenting the simple proposition that group behavior can be transfo...

    This is a book on the ideas that get dismissed, then turn out to have huge impact. He approaches this like a physicist (which is his background), ordering the environment and structure of the organization and not like a psychologist (which is the overwhelmingly popular approach for aut...

    This is probably one of the best books I?ve read of 2019 so far. It was full of so much practical insight and lessons about life, business and relationships. He covered people like Steve Jobs, Edwin Land (founder of Polaroid) and many other people from history. He talked about ph...

    Interesting overall but a bit long and slow at some parts. After re-reading my highlights, I enjoyed the book even more. I loved the stories and history on Hollywood, Steve Jobs, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Walmart, IKEA, and Pan Am. Love your artists and soldiers equally, and cre...

    Very interesting theories and examples. One big takeaway is that to be innovative and successful you need two teams - one to focus on what?s tried and true (soldiers) and one to focus on the unexplored possibilities (explorers, aka R&D)- AND THOSE TEAMS NEED TO HAVE EQUILIBRIUM A...

    It is a challenge for an organization to be good at franchises (operations) and at loonshots (innovation). If in water, loonshots require a liquid state where they can dream and have flexibility. Operations and franchises might need a more solid state to obtain operational excellence. ...

    This book takes some core concepts of innovation management and maps them into the language of physics. I believe in the power of great metaphors as they can simplify some complex concepts and make them memorable and relatable. I think Safi stumbled on a diamond in a rough and was able...

    Loonshots is an engaging analysis of why some organizations nurture innovation while others seem to sabotage it. With a mix of history, organizational anthropology, psychology and even physics, Bacall makes the case for how culture and organizational structure affect innovation. He als...

    A must read. Safi Bahcall has done me, an entrepreneur, a solid. He's created the grand unified theory of innovation, culture, and management. The author with great narrative skill takes you through a history of world wars, visits the greats like Vannevar Bush, Theodore Vail, talks abo...

    Loonshots is an excellent book that makes important points and tells relevant stories well. Here are some reasons to read it. Bahcall tells business stories you don?t normally hear and tells them well. The insight that we often write things off to ?culture? that we could d...

  • Dan Gibson
    May 09, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

  • Anthony Lam
    Jun 10, 2019

    I guess this is the new "disruption" book (even though he articulates the differences quite convincingly). Bahcall posits a theory of loonshots using a few emblamatic examples (actually the same ones everyone uses). This is sort of my fundamental problem with these sorts of books--they...

    Loonshots is a thought-provoking blend of history, physics, and business which seeks to explain group decision-making about "loonshots". I am a social scientist so the idea of thinking about group behavior through the lens of phase transitions (think ice to water or water to ice) was f...

    You would imagine that the first time someone presented the idea of using a beam to detect ships and airplanes, or a drug to reduce cholesterol, or a drug to kill tumors by choking their blood supply, there would be wild jubilation welcoming such a world-shaking breakthrough. Aaaand y...

    A cool and very readable account of technical history, innovation, and project management. I liked the author?s breezy, conversational style. He opens with Vannevar Bush just before WW2, starting a predecessor to DARPA, which wasn?t a big favorite of the prewar US military. But he ...

    1. New ideas are fragile and require tremendous amount of protection all the way from the top. 2. World War 2: The German U-boats were sinking Allies ships. Radar saved the day, letting pilots find them in all weather. However the military did not like Radar, at least in its original...

    Was skeptical with the bombastic title at first, but this book shines as it recounts many notable inventions across industries and the multiple failures that preceded their eventual success. ...

    a dynamite book. brilliantly written. good ideas. safi bahcall is a great story teller, and these tales are well worth telling. ...

    One might be forgiven for nursing a genuine assumption that the most famous ?Bush? surname belongs to one of two men, both of whom happened to be the Presidents of the United States of America at different intervals. Safi Bahcall, a second-generation physicist (the son of two ast...

    Full disclosure?I did some of the research for Loonshots, so I know the book (and the author) quite well. That said, it's a fascinating mix of history, science, technology, and organizational management (and never did I think to use the words "fascinating" and "organizational managem...

    A little wonky at times (although I find most business books are, so I might not be the right audience), but about 2/3 of the way through, it hit an interesting rhythm with helpful (to me) insights on the construction of teams and how to encourage innovation in an organization without ...

    "I'm still amazed by how often large companies compensate junior or mid-level employees on company earnings. If your project can move earnings by no more than a tiny fraction of a percent, how does a company-earnings bonus motivate you? You might as well put your energy into twiddling ...

    I read Loonshots as part of The Next Big Idea Bookclub and watched the accompanying videos on Teachable. I found the book to be very interesting, but some of the ideas and concepts were a little over-my-head, especially the concept that you should only have 150 connections because that...

    This book is an "S-type loonshot" to use its own jargon - it synthesizes management paradigms that have already been out there for a while, into a more practical and useful whole. One of the most enjoyable and useful management (and history!) books I've read in the recent past. ...

    I LOVED the stories of invention that the author used to prove his point. It was so refreshing to read about great inventors from the pre-internet era have the lessons applied to the modern era of business. ...

    Loonshots was a fair book, but not overly great. The author did a poor job defining his terms, particularly the P-type definition was weakly delivered. Ultimately, the book reads like a dissertation that received encouragement from colleagues. The message was decent, just not overly we...

    Like most of these self development bestsellers it has a lot of fluff and tge first half of the book is spent on telling enterantaining historical anecdotes. But I enjoy a good story, the second part is a change of pace and it has a few good points so I'd not hesitate to recommend this...

    Moonshot: An ambitious and expensive goal Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged. The most important breakthroughs are loonshots. Large groups are needed to translate these into technologies that win wars, products, or strategies ...

    In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, a far higher view than I have myself, and wants to make a point that the problems with institutions are not so much about culture but about structure, comparing institut...

    How does a book by a second-generation physicist on the science of phase transition become a Wall Street Journal best seller, endorsed as a top business book by such familiar names as Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink? By presenting the simple proposition that group behavior can be transfo...

    This is a book on the ideas that get dismissed, then turn out to have huge impact. He approaches this like a physicist (which is his background), ordering the environment and structure of the organization and not like a psychologist (which is the overwhelmingly popular approach for aut...

    This is probably one of the best books I?ve read of 2019 so far. It was full of so much practical insight and lessons about life, business and relationships. He covered people like Steve Jobs, Edwin Land (founder of Polaroid) and many other people from history. He talked about ph...

    Interesting overall but a bit long and slow at some parts. After re-reading my highlights, I enjoyed the book even more. I loved the stories and history on Hollywood, Steve Jobs, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Walmart, IKEA, and Pan Am. Love your artists and soldiers equally, and cre...

    Very interesting theories and examples. One big takeaway is that to be innovative and successful you need two teams - one to focus on what?s tried and true (soldiers) and one to focus on the unexplored possibilities (explorers, aka R&D)- AND THOSE TEAMS NEED TO HAVE EQUILIBRIUM A...

    It is a challenge for an organization to be good at franchises (operations) and at loonshots (innovation). If in water, loonshots require a liquid state where they can dream and have flexibility. Operations and franchises might need a more solid state to obtain operational excellence. ...

    This book takes some core concepts of innovation management and maps them into the language of physics. I believe in the power of great metaphors as they can simplify some complex concepts and make them memorable and relatable. I think Safi stumbled on a diamond in a rough and was able...

    Loonshots is an engaging analysis of why some organizations nurture innovation while others seem to sabotage it. With a mix of history, organizational anthropology, psychology and even physics, Bacall makes the case for how culture and organizational structure affect innovation. He als...

    A must read. Safi Bahcall has done me, an entrepreneur, a solid. He's created the grand unified theory of innovation, culture, and management. The author with great narrative skill takes you through a history of world wars, visits the greats like Vannevar Bush, Theodore Vail, talks abo...

    Loonshots is an excellent book that makes important points and tells relevant stories well. Here are some reasons to read it. Bahcall tells business stories you don?t normally hear and tells them well. The insight that we often write things off to ?culture? that we could d...

    What I love about Loonshots is how Bachall makes success seem more tangible. He doesn?t settle for a fluffy concept like culture where the amount of good culture isn?t actually measurable. He forms the magic number and theorizes ways to increase it. What I didn?t like was whe...