Book Review: The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar

November 27, 2006 - Get free updates of new posts here

I read this book about 2 weeks ago and bought it right away for 2 close friends. This was a great book by an active person in “The Valley” and knows what it takes to make a successful company. Randy Komisar wrote a captive read that highlights how the right passion with a successful team can make something succeed.

The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living

Book highlight includes:

  • Randy Komisar’s experience being a virutal ceo and working with many companies including Tivo.
  • An interesting tale of an entrepreneur pitching Komisar and getting tons of different advice on how to improve his business plan.
  • Highlights the importance of passion over getting a job wage.
  • The meaning of the deferred life plan.

Noah’s Recommendation: Buy it. As said in the Amazon reviews, this is a great book for an airplane trip. I would say it is better for the aspiring entrepreneur over someone learning for new tricks on managing there business.

Bonus material, listen to Komisar’s Venture Voice Interview.

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4 responses to “Book Review: The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar

  1. Victoria Reply

    I’ve been looking for books to add to my holiday break reading list. “The Monk and the Riddle” sounds like it will round off my list quite nicely. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Berry Reply

    For whatever reason I ordered this book (used from Amazon- $5.45 after shipping!. Kind’ve funny because the cover says something about, “While making a living.” I assume he’s talking about “while working for someone else.” I have not done that in four years and oh I hope I never have to again! I could not imagine having a boss– I prefer to have hundreds of bosses who go by the name of “Customer.”

    Besides, being self employed means you get to choose which 70 hours a week you work.

    Thanks for the reccomendation.


  3. Berry Reply

    Got this book in and read it.

    Thank You Randy Komisar and Kent Lineback– what an incredibly good book.

    I took alot from the book- especially the distinction between drive and passion.

    Page 83: “Passion pulls you toward something you cannot resist. Drive pushes you towards something you feel compelled or obligated to do.”

    Randy does not set out to teach lessons in this book. He tells a story, several stories, his story, and the lessons you learn from these stories is where the value lies. It’s like Aesop’s Fables of Silicon Valley.

    I read it in just a few hours- the first time I’ve finished a book that quick in a long time.

    Buy it.