Mircea Scarlatescu's favourite books & reading habits
“Overnight success usually takes 15 years” – this is Mircea Scarlatescu‘s blog tagline and a thing I always try to remember when everyone else around me is looking for shortcuts.
Mircea is an online entrepreneur from Romania, with a web programming background. In 2003, he co-founded his first business, FYB (Fit Your Business), an agency specialized in web application developments.
123Flori.ro is his second startup, a floral arrangements online shop he founded in 2008. Specialized in flower delivery services delivered free of charge in Bucharest (Romania’s capital), it became one of the most important local players. In 2009, 123Flori.ro received a seed investment.
Read on to find out more about the books Mircea read and recommends:
¿Cuál es tu libro favorito y por qué? Negocios y no negocios, si es posible.
As a child I grew up dreaming after Jules Verne books. As a teenager I began reading lots of tech books (programming, algorithms and so on). Nowadays I tend to read history and economics books as well as entrepreneurship books.
I don’t really have some sort of Top10 of my books but I enjoy reading things my friends read and also things from people I get inspired by. But, to choose something, a very interesting business book is the E-Myth by Michael E Gerber and one non-business… I really enjoyed “De ce este Romania altfel?” by Lucian Boia.
¿Hubo algún momento, específicamente, en que algo que leíste en un libro te ayudó? ¿Me puedes decir al respecto?
Lately, parenting books told me that having a child is hard but amazing. I felt great knowing that others had gone through the same issues with young children and survived the experience. 🙂
¿Qué libros te impactaron más? (quizás cambió la forma en que ves las cosas, cambió drásticamente tu carrera profesional)
One changing point for me was reading Blog Marketing by Jeremy Wright lots of years ago. 😀 Made me rethink my entire online business orientation
¿Qué libros recomendarías a los jóvenes interesados en tu camino profesional? ¿Por qué? (sin límite de número aquí)
Muchos, pero aquí hay una lista corta, tanto para emprendedores como para líderes de equipo:
- El mito electrónico de Michael E. Gerber
- Cero a uno de Peter Thiel
- El Lean Startup de Eric Ries
- Scrum y XP desde las trincheras por Henrik Kniberg
- ReWork – Jason Fried
Me interesa saber más sobre sus hábitos de lectura. ¿Con qué frecuencia lees? ¿En qué formato?
Usually in the evening, at home, and Kindle 90% of time. I try to read more on weekends thus depending on the location I’m in.
¿Cómo haces tiempo para leer?
Harder and harder but I tend to try to read at least 30 minutes / day after my daughter gets to sleep at night.
Do you have a favorite place where you read or are you able to read just anywhere?
Depends on the location. When at home, reading next to my daughter is the best place to be
¿Tomas notas o tienes alguna otra técnica para conquistar el torrente de información?
Rarely, notes, Evernote.
¿Cómo eliges qué libros leer a continuación?
As any workaholic, I have a list. 😀
Do you prioritize those recommended by certain people? Is there anyone that you consider a book-recommendations guru?
Usually books recommended by my friends. But for example I’ve read books recommended by bloggers and journalists.
Links where you can follow Mircea Scarlatescu or find out more about his projects:
- Mircea’s blog: Scarlatescu.ro
- Mircea’s Twitter account
- Mircea’s LinkedIn account
- FYB (Fit Your Business)
Books mentioned by Mircea in this interview:
- The E-Myth – Michael Gerber
- Blog Marketing – Jeremy Wright
- Zero to One – Peter Thiel
- The Lean Startup – Eric Ries
- Scrum and XP from the Trenches – Henrik Kniberg
- ReWork – Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson