FNB's CEO recommends these four books for your summer reading list
Business Insider South Africa asked the CEO of FNB, Jacques Celliers, for his recommended reading list for the upcoming holiday season.
It is dominated by titles that focus on the digital landscape - which is clearly top of mind for Celliers after FNB launched a number of initiatives in this space over the past year. These include, among other things, allowing clients to open accounts with selfies and biometric systems assisting unbanked customers. Recently the banks disrupted the real estate industry, by allowing customers to buy and sell homes to each other through its app.
Here are the books that shaped his thinking:
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson
This book focuses on how digital technology is driving the reinvention of our lives and economy.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab
Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, argues that we are at the beginning of a revolution that is primarily changing the way we live, work and relate to one another.
Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy - And How to Make Them Work for You by Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne, and Sangeet Paul Choudary
Platform Revolution is the first authoritative, fact-based book on how to disrupt and create platform models for businesses, says Celliers. "The authors have studied and researched industry leaders like Uber, Airbnb, Amazon, Apple just to mention a few. As a result, the research enabled them to provide a practical guide on how to start and run a successful platform business."
"I highly recommend this book," he added.
The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway
This book offers great insights on how the four companies (Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google) infiltrate our lives so completely that they are almost impossible to avoid, says Celliers. "More importantly, can anyone challenge them?"
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