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Things you've done online: ordered a pizza, checked the weather, booked a hotel, and reconnected with long-lost friends. Now it's time to find out how these things work. Vinay Trivedi peels back the mystery of the Internet, explains it all in the simplest terms, and gives you the knowledge you need to speak confidently when the subject turns to technology. This revised seco Things you've done online: ordered a pizza, checked the weather, booked a hotel, and reconnected with long-lost friends. Now it's time to find out how these things work. Vinay Trivedi peels back the mystery of the Internet, explains it all in the simplest terms, and gives you the knowledge you need to speak confidently when the subject turns to technology. This revised second edition of How to Speak Tech consists of two parts: the first spells out the essential terms and technologies of Internet startups to get you up to speed on the jargon you need to know; the second is a primer on the latest tech trends, including the blockchain, augmented and virtual reality, Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. Neither the Internet nor the top tech trends are beyond anyone, given the right teaching. This book breaks down the major concepts and technologies of a modern app into bite-sized chapters, helping you understand topics that usually are not explained clearly and showing you that it's not rocket science. So go ahead, grab this book and start to speak tech. What You'll Learn Understand the basics of new and established technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), Internet of Things (IoT), software development, programming languages, databases, and more Listen intelligently and speak confidently when technologies are brought up in your business Be confident in your grasp of terms and technologies when setting up your own organization's application Who This Book Is For Students who want to understand different technologies relevant to their future careers at startups and established organizations, as well as business and other non-technical professionals who encounter and require an understanding of key technical terms and trends to succeed in their roles Reviews "Finally, a book non-techies can use to understand the web technologies that are changing our lives." Paul Bottino, Executive Director, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center, Harvard University "A great book everyone can use to understand how tech startups work." Rene Reinsberg, Founder, Celo; Former VP of Emerging Products, GoDaddy "Through the simplicity of his presentation, Vinay shows that the basics of technology can be straightforwardly understood by anyone who puts in the time and effort to learn." Joseph Lassiter, Professor of Management Science, Harvard Business School and Harvard Innovation Lab


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Things you've done online: ordered a pizza, checked the weather, booked a hotel, and reconnected with long-lost friends. Now it's time to find out how these things work. Vinay Trivedi peels back the mystery of the Internet, explains it all in the simplest terms, and gives you the knowledge you need to speak confidently when the subject turns to technology. This revised seco Things you've done online: ordered a pizza, checked the weather, booked a hotel, and reconnected with long-lost friends. Now it's time to find out how these things work. Vinay Trivedi peels back the mystery of the Internet, explains it all in the simplest terms, and gives you the knowledge you need to speak confidently when the subject turns to technology. This revised second edition of How to Speak Tech consists of two parts: the first spells out the essential terms and technologies of Internet startups to get you up to speed on the jargon you need to know; the second is a primer on the latest tech trends, including the blockchain, augmented and virtual reality, Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. Neither the Internet nor the top tech trends are beyond anyone, given the right teaching. This book breaks down the major concepts and technologies of a modern app into bite-sized chapters, helping you understand topics that usually are not explained clearly and showing you that it's not rocket science. So go ahead, grab this book and start to speak tech. What You'll Learn Understand the basics of new and established technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), Internet of Things (IoT), software development, programming languages, databases, and more Listen intelligently and speak confidently when technologies are brought up in your business Be confident in your grasp of terms and technologies when setting up your own organization's application Who This Book Is For Students who want to understand different technologies relevant to their future careers at startups and established organizations, as well as business and other non-technical professionals who encounter and require an understanding of key technical terms and trends to succeed in their roles Reviews "Finally, a book non-techies can use to understand the web technologies that are changing our lives." Paul Bottino, Executive Director, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center, Harvard University "A great book everyone can use to understand how tech startups work." Rene Reinsberg, Founder, Celo; Former VP of Emerging Products, GoDaddy "Through the simplicity of his presentation, Vinay shows that the basics of technology can be straightforwardly understood by anyone who puts in the time and effort to learn." Joseph Lassiter, Professor of Management Science, Harvard Business School and Harvard Innovation Lab

30 review for How to Speak Tech: The Non-Techie’s Guide to Key Technology Concepts

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aditi D

    "How to Speak Tech" is a well-written, captivating, and tremendously useful book. The story, the amount of information, and the level at which its told, I believe has met the need in our society to truly understand the basics of technology. This book proves you don't have to be a computer engineer to understand the basics of technology and the role technology has played in all sectors. Highly recommend this book to all! "How to Speak Tech" is a well-written, captivating, and tremendously useful book. The story, the amount of information, and the level at which its told, I believe has met the need in our society to truly understand the basics of technology. This book proves you don't have to be a computer engineer to understand the basics of technology and the role technology has played in all sectors. Highly recommend this book to all!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Powell Omondi

    There is a lot of information provided in this book that one needs to ponder on. However, it might be too technical for someone without an IT background despite the fact that it is meant for those with non-techies. This book will be very beneficial to one with a deep interest in pursuing an IT career or involved in IT management positions but with a limited knowledge on tech.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    An approachable overview of tech concepts. It provides a little more depth than Swipe to Unlock. For example, it explains the difference between programming languages. I’d recommend starting with Swipe to Unlock and then reading this to cement the knowledge.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patryk

    The book is really helpful in understanding the bacic terms used in the IT industry.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Being an established system Admin/Engineer. This book was way too basic for my taste.

  6. 5 out of 5

    George Rodriguez

    You can’t turn around today without reading, hearing (or in this case writing about) Big Data, web applications or Social Media. If you are an anointed one working in Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley or Silicon “add your local landmark of choice”, understanding technology is like understanding how to breathe - you just do it. For the rest of us luckily there are books like Vinay Trivedi’s How to Speak Tech. Vinay is clearly a techie, but he also understands that what is taken for granted in some quar You can’t turn around today without reading, hearing (or in this case writing about) Big Data, web applications or Social Media. If you are an anointed one working in Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley or Silicon “add your local landmark of choice”, understanding technology is like understanding how to breathe - you just do it. For the rest of us luckily there are books like Vinay Trivedi’s How to Speak Tech. Vinay is clearly a techie, but he also understands that what is taken for granted in some quarters might as well be quantum mechanics in others. Using the idea of what a non-techie might face when trying to get their company or team to build an internet application from scratch, Vinay walks us uninitiated through everything from front-end development (the stuff we see when we cruise the web), back-end development (how all that goodness comes from servers to our eyeballs) and associated issues like debugging, scalability and internet security. The book is a quick read and will give any interested reader a basic primer on internet technology and build processes. Although minor grammar and editorial mistakes mar some chapters, the overall usefulness of the book for non-techies cannot be overstated. I’m glad I read it and I’m sure those looking to get educated on the web would find value as well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Beck

    This is a goodreads firstread. I always hate giving a bad rating on a first read book. I mean, it took time and money to get a book to someone who acted interested in their work. And I did give it a try. For months I read a page or two at a time, and within a few words I would start day dreaming. So finally today I sat down and skimmed the last half of the book. To Trivedi's credit, he did try to "dumb" things down for me. Giving analogies and even graphs that should easily represent what he was This is a goodreads firstread. I always hate giving a bad rating on a first read book. I mean, it took time and money to get a book to someone who acted interested in their work. And I did give it a try. For months I read a page or two at a time, and within a few words I would start day dreaming. So finally today I sat down and skimmed the last half of the book. To Trivedi's credit, he did try to "dumb" things down for me. Giving analogies and even graphs that should easily represent what he was tying to explain in laymen's terms. But to no avail. I simply cannot learn computers from a book. I would say that if you are in an environment that uses the "tech" lingo, and you want to better acquaint yourself with what all the computer guys are talking about, this is your book. I caught on to a few things, and I did learn a thing or two, but not what I should have.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This book works really well, until the back end. I could follow most of this, and understand the flow and process, up and until we got into the final publishing and debugging process. Neither seemed horribly difficult, but it just got too short in the explanations from where the book started off. If you've never done tech work but have a reason to understand what is being discussed, I'd say this is worth some of your time. This book works really well, until the back end. I could follow most of this, and understand the flow and process, up and until we got into the final publishing and debugging process. Neither seemed horribly difficult, but it just got too short in the explanations from where the book started off. If you've never done tech work but have a reason to understand what is being discussed, I'd say this is worth some of your time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    The author attempts to simply the workings of the internet and websites for people without technical training. It does provide good information for those with a grasp of modern communicating via social media but is a little confusing that need it in a CSL [computer as a second language] format. Overall, the work would help understand the internet and creating websites for the non-geek. A good overall tool to begin learning the internet. This was a free review copy from the author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brent Jaye

    Solid inch deep and a mile wide view of technology in business

  11. 5 out of 5

    Samson

    Meh

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thu-Hong

    Brief overview into the tech world. I would recommend it for an intro. Not the most engaging or simple to go through.

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    Scott

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anca Danciu

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    Carol

  16. 5 out of 5

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    Jackson Matos

  18. 4 out of 5

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    Jyoti

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liza Anikeyeva

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Longhurst

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Ade

  30. 4 out of 5

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