Books I Read

Leonard Wong
4 min readFeb 7, 2019

Last Updated: 02 May 2020


  1. Brotopia : breaking up the boys’ club of Silicon Valley (ISBN: 0735213534) [Emily Chang]
  2. Tall order : the Goh Chok Tong story, Volume 1 (ISBN: 9789813276130)[Peh Shing Huei]
  3. Hit refresh : the quest to rediscover Microsoft’s soul and imagine a better future for everyone (ISBN: 978–0062652508) [Satya Nadella, with Greg Shaw and Jill Tracie Nichols]
  4. ASKING WHY (ISBN: 978–9814827003) [Ho Kwon Ping]
  5. AI superpowers : China, Silicon Valley, and the new world order (ISBN: 978–1328546395) [Kai-Fu Lee]


  1. Connect the dots : leadership lessons in a start-up world (ISBN: 0008297037) [John Chambers with Diane Brady]
  2. Bloomberg by Bloomberg (ISBN: 978–1119554264) [Michael R. Bloomberg]
  3. Transforming NOKIA: The Power of Paranoid Optimism to Lead Through Colossal Change (ISBN: 978–1260128727) [Risto Siilasmaa with Catherine Fredman]
  4. The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy (ISBN: 978–0544952669) [Leigh Gallagher]
  5. The Google Story (2018 Updated Edition): Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time (ISBN: 978–0385342735) [David A. Vise and Mark Malseed]
  6. The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google (ISBN: 978–0552173438) [Scott Galoway]
  7. Onward: How Starbucks Fought for its Life without Losing its Soul (ISBN:978–1605292885) [Howard Schultz with Joanne Gordon]
  8. Winning (ISBN:978–0060759384) [Jack Welch with Suzy Welch]
  9. Lehman Brothers: A Crisis of Value (ISBN:978–1784993405) [Oonagh McDonald]*
  10. Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products (ISBN:978–1591846178) [Leander Kahney]
  11. From the Ground up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America (ISBN: 978–0525509448) [Howard Schultz]
  12. Lean In for Graduates: With New Chapters by Experts, Including Find Your First Job, Negotiate Your Salary, and Own Who You Are (ISBN: 978–0385353670) [Sheryl Sandberg]
  13. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy (ISBN: 978–1524732684) [Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant]
  14. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (ISBN: 978–0593070475) [Brad Stone]
  15. The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World (ISBN: 978–0316388399) [Brad Stone]
  16. Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs (ISBN: 978–0525536222) [John Doerr]
  17. Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level (ISBN: 978–0525537601) [Leander Kahney]
  18. The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You (ISBN: 978–0735219564) [Julie Zhuo]
  19. Wise Guy: Lessons from a Life (ISBN: 978–0525538615) [Guy Kawasaki]
  20. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity (ISBN: 978–1250103505) [Kim Scott]
  21. How Google Works (ISBN: 978–1455582341) [Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg]
  22. Be At the Table or Be on the Menu a Singapore Memoir (ISBN: 978–9814642064) [S Jayakumar]
  23. Neither Civil Nor Servant : The Philip Yeo Story (ISBN: 978–9814642637) [Peh Shing Huei]
  24. Straight Talk for Startups: 100 Insider Rules for Beating the Odds — From Mastering the Fundamentals to Selecting Investors, Fundraising, Managing Boards, and Achieving Liquidity (ISBN: 978–0062869067) [Randy Komisar & Jantoon Reigersman]
  25. Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell (ISBN: 978–0062839268) [Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg & Alan Eagle]
  26. The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World (ISBN: 978–1250313577) [Melinda Gates]
  27. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be (ISBN: 978–1400201655) [Rachel Hollis]
  28. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals (ISBN: 978–1400209606) [Rachel Hollis]
  29. Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It (ISBN: 978–0593083581) [Scott Kupor]
  30. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. (ISBN: 978–1785042140) [Brené Brown]
  31. The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company (ISBN: 978–0399592096) [Robert Iger]
  32. Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber (ISBN: 978–0393652246) [Mike Isaac]
  33. Tech Titans of China: How China’s Tech Sector is challenging the world by innovating faster, working harder, and going global (ISBN: 978–1529374490) [Rebecca A. Fannin]
  34. Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age (ISBN: 978–1984877710) [Brad Smith AND Carol Ann Browne]
  35. That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea (ISBN: 978–0316530200) [Marc Randolph]
  36. For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity (ISBN: 978–1250196248) [Liz Plank]
  37. Outspoken: Why Women’s Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free (ISBN: 978–0062879349) [Veronica Rueckert]
  38. The First Wave (ISBN: 978–9814845427) [Loke Hoe Yeong]
  39. Diplomacy: A Singapore Experience (ISBN: 978–9814827546) [S Jayakumar]
  40. Pedra Branca: Story Of The Unheard Cases (ISBN: 978–9814827157) [S Jayakumar, Tommy Koh & Lionel Yee]
  41. Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took On Silicon Valley’s Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime (ISBN: 978–0525573920) [Julian Guthrie]
  42. The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity (ISBN: 978–1541773752) [Amy Webb]
  43. Know My Name: A Memoir (ISBN: 978–0735223707) [Chanel Miller]


  1. Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape (ISBN: 978–0062209740) [Peggy Orenstein]
  2. This is what Inequality Looks Like (ISBN: 978–9811437496) [Teo You Yenn]
  3. Sex Object: A Memoir (ISBN: 978–0062435095) [Jessica Valenti]
  4. My Story (ISBN: 978–1250055453) [Elizabeth Smart]
  5. Girls Will be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently (ISBN: 978–1409148746) [Emer O’Toole]
  6. Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life (True Crime Memoir, Cult Books) (ISBN: 978–1452184265) [Sarah Edmondson with Kristine Gasbarre]
  7. Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick (ISBN: 978–1250159076) [Wendy Wood]
  8. Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be Understood) (ISBN: 978–1785042188) [Thomas Erikson]
  9. Fifty Secrets of Singapore’s Success (ISBN: 978–9814827751) [Tommy Koh]
  10. Trailblazer: The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform for Change (ISBN: 978–1984825193) [Marc Benioff & Monica Langley]
  11. No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram (ISBN: 978–1982126803) [Sarah Frier]
  12. Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber (ISBN: 978–0525560128) [Susan Fowler]
  13. Start by Believing: Larry Nassar’s Crimes, the Institutions that Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster (ISBN: 978–0316532150) [John Barr & Dan Murphy]
  14. Samsung Rising: The Inside Story of the South Korean Giant That Set Out to Beat Apple and Conquer Tech (ISBN: 978–1101907252) [Geoffrey Cain]



Leonard Wong

SMU Final🎓 | Tech Technologist👨🏻‍💻 | Developer⚒ | (Un)qualified Analyst for everything🤷🏻‍♂️ | Writings are my own opinion😬