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Online book stores in Malaysia

If you are looking for books, you can go to any of the following online book stores (that cover Malaysia delivery)


  1. (free delivery if order rm120 and more, rm80 for members)
  3. (free delivery for order rm200 and more)
  4. (free delivery for order rm150 and more)
  6. (free delivery within west malaysia)
  7. (used books sell, exchange etc)

Out of Malaysia (but deliver to Malaysia

  1. (free shipping worldwide and the price is good)

My personal notes on Rework book


Rework is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It is short, simple, easy to read and most importantly very straight to the point and full of easy-to-follow advice.

Below are some key points that I would always want to remind myself about the lessons from the book.


  1. On Go
    1. Make a dent in the universe
    2. Start making something
    3. Start a business, not a start-up
  2. On productivity
    1. Interruption is the enemy of productivity
    2. Quick wins
  3. On progress
    1. Embrace constraints
    2. Start at the epicenter
    3. Be a curator
    4. Launch now
  4. On promotion
    1. Build an audience
    2. Out-teach your competition
    3. Drug dealers get it right
    4. Marketing is not a department

There are few other sections like Takedown, hiring, damage control, culture etc.

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Full list of chapters:


  • The new reality


  • Ignore the real world
  • Learning from mistakes is overrated
  • Planning is guessing
  • Why grow?
  • Workaholism
  • Enough with “entrepreneurs”


  • Make a dent in the universe
  • Scratch your own itch
  • Start making something
  • No time is no excuse
  • Draw a line in the sand
  • Mission statement impossible
  • Outside money is Plan Z
  • You need less than you think
  • Start a business, not a start-up
  • Building to flip is building to flop
  • Less mass


  • Embrace constraints
  • Build half, not half-ass
  • Start at the epicenter
  • Ignore the details early on
  • Making the call is making progress
  • Be a curator
  • Throw less at the problem
  • Focus on what won’t change
  • Tone is in your fingers
  • Sell your by-products
  • Launch now


  • Illusions of agreement
  • Reasons to quit
  • Interruption is the enemy of productivity
  • Meetings are toxic
  • Good enough is fine
  • Quick wins
  • Don’t be a hero
  • Go to sleep
  • Your estimates suck
  • Long lists don’t get done
  • Make tiny decisions


  • Don’t copy
  • Decommoditize your product
  • Pick a fight
  • Underdo your competition
  • Who cares what they’re doing?


  • Say no by default
  • Let your customers outgrow you
  • Don’t confuse enthusiasm with priority
  • Be at-home good
  • Don’t write it down


  • Welcome obscurity
  • Build an audience
  • Out-teach your competition
  • Emulate chefs
  • Go behind the scenes
  • Nobody likes plastic flowers
  • Press releases are spam
  • Forget about the Wall Street Journal
  • Drug dealers get it right
  • Marketing is not a department
  • The myth of the overnight sensation


  • Do it yourself first
  • Hire when it hurts
  • Pass on great people
  • Strangers at a cocktail party
  • Resumes are ridiculous
  • Years of irrelevance
  • Forget about formal education
  • Everybody works
  • Hire managers of one
  • Hire great writers
  • The best are everywhere
  • Test-drive employees


  • Own your bad news
  • Speed changes everything
  • How to say you’re sorry
  • Put everyone on the front lines
  • Take a deep breath


  • You don’t create a culture
  • Decisions are temporary
  • Skip the rock stars
  • They’re not thirteen
  • Send people home at 5:00
  • Don’t scar on the first cut
  • Sound like you
  • Four-letter words
  • ASAP is poison


  • Inspiration is perishable


  • About 37signals
  • 37signals products

Lean Startup Notes

Some points from Lean Startup book


1. Eliminate uncertainty

Using the Lean Startup approach, companies can create order not chaos by providing tools to test a vision continuously.

2. Work smarter not harder

The question is not “Can this product be built?” Instead, the questions are “Should this product be built?” and “Can we build a sustainable business around this set of products and services?”

3. Develop an MVP

A core component of Lean Startup methodology is the build-measure-learn feedback loop.

  1. The first step is figuring out the problem that needs to be solved and
  2. then developing a minimum viable product (MVP) to begin the process of learning as quickly as possible.
  3. Once the MVP is established, a startup can work on tuning the engine.

4. Validated Learning




The rate of growth of any startup or business depends on three things:

  1. the profitability of each customer,
  2. the cost of acquiring a new customer,
  3. and repeat purchase rate of existing customers


Engine of growth

  • sticky – attract and retain customers for long term (e.g. telco)
  • viral – customer MUST tell others to use/buy when they are using. (e.g. hotmail, tupperware)
  • paid – how much to acquire a new customer

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