This Week's Dom's Digest

I hope you've had an amazing January so far.

I honestly can't believe that next week we'll be in February - where have the weeks gone!

I've got three really great digests this week to introduce, but before that I want to make sure that you were aware of my "half a day for half price" promotion...

Basically, if you do need a little help getting things turbo charged in your business before February rolls around, then you can take advantage of a half day consulting session with me, for half price.

Kind of a January sale...

I sent out an email yesterday and 13 people took up the offer, so I've only got a few left. But if you're interested in an award winning serial entrepreneur working with you in your business, then this is your ideal opportunity.

Just reply back and let me know you're interested and I'll arrange a call to discuss the details and ensure we're a good fit.

On to this week's Dom's Digest, packed with some useful gadgets, books and documentaries. Take a look below and enjoy.


Audiobook Worth Listening 

Chaos Monkeys - Inside the Silicon Valley Money Machine By: Antonio Garcia Martinez

Chaos Monkeys is an adrenaline-fuelled exposé of life inside the tech bubble. It lays bare the secrets, power plays and lifestyle excesses of the visionaries, grunts, sociopaths, opportunists and money cowboys who are revolutionising our world.

Written by startup CEO and industry provocateur Antonio García Martínez, this is Liar's Poker meets The Social Network.

Computer engineers use 'chaos monkey' software to wreak havoc and test system robustness. Similarly, tech entrepreneurs like Antonio García Martínez are society's chaos monkeys - their innovations disrupt every aspect of our lives, from transportation (Uber) and holidays (Airbnb) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder) - all in search of the perfect business miracle.

If you want an insight into how the big Silicon Valley companies work and think, then this book should be on your reading list.


Documentary On Under Delivering 

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened on Netflix.

This behind-the-scenes documentary chronicles the disastrous Fyre Festival, a failed "music experience" that left fans and workers demanding answers.

This is a masterclass in marketing over substance and the dire results when it all gets found out.

I literally felt for all the customers who were sold a pack of lies. 

This intriguing and gobsmacking documentary is definitely worth a watch, if only to prove the point that hype sells but never delivers.


Gadget for Alexa On The Go

Roav VIVA, by Anker, Alexa-Enabled 2-Port USB Car Charger for In-Car Navigation, Hands-Free Calling and Music Streaming.

I’m a big fan of Alexa, the Amazon voice assistant who is at the centre of our smart home. Although now my 3 year old has mastered the commands, nothing is safe!

I use Alexa for lots of tasks, from reading audiobooks, booking meetings and controlling appliances.

And this device now adds it to our cars.

It works by connecting to an app on my phone (which does the processing) and allows me to do all the same things I use Alexa for in the home, but whilst on the road.

Really useful for noting down that task you remember whilst driving or turning the heating on before I get in.


As always, I love getting your feedback on Twitter and email. Did you have a favourite from the list? Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for me to try?

Don’t be shy, let me know. Just send a tweet to @dcb_jones with #DomsDigest at the end so I can find it or you can email me at dominicj@barttech.co.uk to get in touch.

Have a great week!

Dominic Jones

I'm a proud father, husband, huge James Bond fan, lover of fast cars and prolific buyer of technology gadgets. I started my first business when I was 21, learning the harsh way how to become successful. Through hard work, dedicating myself to learning and persistent focus I created one of the fastest growing computer services businesses in the UK.