Vincenzo Ruggiero, CEO of Prospect.io, Shares an Emotional, Entertaining, Educational Book List
Today’s book-talk is all about Vincenzo Ruggiero’s favorite reads. He is the founder & CEO of Prospect.io, a SaaS startup that aims to help businesses grow by innovating the way sales are made. Prospect.io was born back in 2015, with the purpose of helping B2B sales through a tool that finds and verifies e-mail addresses, job titles, phone numbers of the prospects, etc. The ultimate goal is to help save the time it takes to browse web pages for contact info and saving them in different locations. Vincenzo is a web entrepreneur, designer and web developer, based in Brussels, Belgium. He`s been in the entrepreneurial scene for quite some time and gathered a great amount of experience with businesses. He previously founded companies such as Postpone, a task management app, and Expiry.io, a tool that helps people connect stay on track with their Stripe payments. Our interview with Vincenzo revealed a diverse list of books, some emotional, some entertaining, and some straight-on educational.
What’s your favorite book and why? Business and non-business, if possible.The Son by Michel Rostain. This book is about a dad that tragically lost his son due to a virulent strain of meningitis. Not a very happy book but when I read it I was completely overwhelmed with emotions. Definitely a book to read. American Desperado by Jon Roberts and Evan Wright. This book is so great, so entertaining! If you like the mafia and drug stories (I do) you’ll love it! Business: Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. Probably the best business book that has been written. It’s so concise and so smart while being so easy to read. You can read it over and over again and the advices that are exposed will always blow your mind :)
What books had the biggest impact on you? (perhaps changed the way you see things, dramatically changed your career path)Again, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson with their first book, Getting Real. I’m a product creator (I’m a developer and I love design and UX). Everything in this book shaped the way I see my job as a product builder. "Less is more” and "Keep It Stupid and Simple” (KISS) are 2 mottos from that book I use everyday for almost 10 years!
What books would you recommend to youngsters interested in your professional path? Why? (no number limit here)
- Rework, Getting real and Remote - The combo from Fried and DHH.
- Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso.
- From Impossible To Inevitable by Aaron Ross & Jason Lemkin.
- How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
- Predictable Revenue by Aaron Ross.
- Content Machine by Dan Norris.
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance.
- Contagious by Jonah Berger.
I’m interested in finding out more about your reading habits. How often do you read? In what format?I read on Kindle, 1 book per 2 weeks.
How do you make time for reading?I cut-off TV / "news reading" and replace it by reading books (one of the best decision you can take).
How do you choose what books to read next?Word of mouth - Amazon Suggestions.
Do you prioritize the books recommended by certain people? Is there anyone that you consider a book-recommendations guru?Not really, except my wife maybe :)
Last question: what book are you currently reading and what are you expecting to gain from it?I’m reading “The world Without Us”. I don’t really expect anything when reading, I just like it and I know only good things will come from it :) Links where you can follow Vincenzo Ruggiero or find out more about his projects:
- The Son by Michel Rostain
- American Desperado: My Life--From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset by Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
- Rework by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
- Getting Real by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson, Matthew Linderman
- Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
- #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
- From Impossible To Inevitable: How Hyper-Growth Companies Create Predictable Revenue by Aaron Ross, Jason Lemkin
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into a Sales Machine with the $100 Million Best Practices of Salesforce.com by Aaron Ross, Marylou Tyler
- Content Machine: Use Content Marketing to Build a 7-Figure Business With Zero Advertising by Dan Norris
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
- Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger