Pellucid’s goal is to streamline and elevate the pitchbook and client materials created by investment bankers and strategic advisors. To support this, a year ago, Fix The Pitch was launched to share first-hand stories of pitches, data visualization tips, and details of advanced financial analysis.
Below the Fix The Pitch authors share their reading lists. So check them out if you want to know more about data visualization, product design, behavior economics or are just looking for a good book for the holidays.
Adrian CrockettCEO & Co-founder
I always read anything by Daniel Pink. I find his balance of case studies, insights, and research results in new ideas and “aha!” moments. If new to his work, I recommend Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. It will likely make you rethink how you manage your team and in turn, what inspires you. His TED Talk is also worth checking out.
Jamie BallingallChief Scientist & Co-founder
I recently read Constructibility and mathematical Existence by Charles S. Chihara and Divine Proportions: Rational Trigonometry to Universal Geometry by N.J. Wildberger. Both have caused me to reexamine things I learned when first studying mathematics; all very abstract items such as what does it mean for something to exist? And are there things that cannot be constructed that nevertheless exist? For something a little lighter I regularly check in with Math with Bad Drawings.
Eric RattnerChief Content Officer & Co-founder
The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics, I consider this book to be an essential primer for any analyst entering investment banking for the first time without a strong data visualization background (which is pretty much most analysts). And for non-work-related reading, Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth is one of my favorite all-time novels. While a 1,000ish page book that describes itself as being about the building of a cathedral in 12th century England may not appeal to everyone, I believe anyone who gives it a chance will be more than pleasantly surprised. Plus, Oprah selected it for her book club in 2007, so you know it’s good.
Jennifer GiacobbeChief Customer Officer
I read a lot of pro-feminism articles and op-eds, especially the New York Times and the recent pieces by Sheryl Sandberg in the Wall Street Journal. As I’ve written about on Fix The Pitch, much progress has been made for gender equality in the workplace, but there is still a lot to be done and this begins with sharing ideas and conversations. When not trying to smash glass ceilings, I find anything by Jodi Picoult always worth a read, and any books that make me consider my biases and preconceptions. Oh and if you haven’t read The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver yet, this absolutely must be on your holiday reading list.
Patrick RyanChief Product Officer
I re-read The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman (also a Pellucid book club pick) every couple of years to be reminded that we are surrounded by design, even when we don’t notice, and it really matters if it’s effective. From a product perspective, it means to me that time spent thinking about design and user interaction is time well spent. The book I would recommend is Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational. It’s a fun read and drives home the point that people are strange and do strange things (even counter to their own best interests) and how those decisions impact economics. It reminds me that we’re creating a product for people. And people are weird.
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