Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson are co-founders of Kitty Hawk, the flying car company

From Kitty Hawk’s website:

Do you dream of flying?

So do we.

For years, our team members have dedicated themselves to inventing world-changing technologies. We’ve learned that to create something that the world has never seen, we have to set aside convention and reimagine everything. That spirit of innovation led us to design and build cars that drive themselves, a human-powered helicopter, an operational airplane with flapping wings, and the fastest bicycle on earth.

When we set out to build the Flyer, we wanted to engineer a personal aircraft that’s easy to fly and accessible for all. We imagined simple controls and advanced electronic capabilities so that you could learn to fly it safely in minutes. We also wanted it to be 100% electric, and take off and land vertically. The Flyer would be so compact that it could fit comfortably in a garage.

And now it’s here.

We unveiled our first working prototype of the Flyer in April 2017. It’s an Ultralight vehicle under Part 103 of the FAA regulations, and you don’t need a pilot’s license to operate it. As you can see, it’s a bit rough around the edges, but we were so excited to show you its capabilities that we couldn’t wait until we finished its design. The consumer version will be available by the end of this year. Until then, follow us social media as we make all our flying dreams come true.

See you in the sky,

Todd Reichert, Cameron Robertson, and the Flyer Team

Nick Riggle’s book at Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur called “Nick Riggle’s new book … a roadmap to achieving awesomeness.” Check out “10 Quotes to Help You Not Suck and Be Awesome, According to an Awesomeness Expert.”

What’s better than being excellent? Apparently it’s being awesome. And we’ll stop you right there: these words are not interchangeable. At least according to Nick Riggle, a philosopher and author of the new book, On Being Awesome. []

WATCH: Nick Riggle on the importance of ‘being awesome’

Nick was a guest on CBS San Diego discussing his new book.

Nick Riggle dropped out of high school to become a professional skater. After participating in stunt shows and competitions – including three ESPN X Games appearances – Nick then went on to get a Ph.D in Philosophy. Now in his new book, the USD professor is helping people make promising connections and find the meaning of “awesome.” []

Listen to Bhu Srinivason on NPR

Bhu was a guest on WAMU’s 1A show discussing his new book Americana: A 400-Year History Of American Capitalism. They also featured an excerpt of the book at their site; read and listen here.

Bhu Srinivasan came to this country as a wide-eyed eight-year-old, his head filled with all the possibilities America evoked. His educated parents had found upward mobility to be unachievable in India. Now an entrepreneur who remains fascinated by American innovation and industry, Srinivasan has written a narrative history of the U.S. economy.

Bhu Srinivasan’s new book is out now

Bhu Srinivasan’s Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism is available now. In connection with the release, Bhu has made a series of videos at Also, the book received a glowing review in The Economist.

BHU SRINIVASAN’S new book, “Americana”, is a delightful tour through the businesses and industries that turned America into the biggest economy in the world. Not only is the book written in a light and informative style, it is cleverly constructed. Each chapter has a theme—tobacco, cotton, steam, oil, bootlegging, mobile telephones and so on—and these themes are organised to lead the reader through a chronological history of the American economy. []

Bob Sutton in the Washington Post

Correspondng with the release of Bob Sutton’s new book, WaPo presents “A field guide to jerks at work.”

Ten years ago, the typically ­sober and staid management book genre welcomed an off-color title to its shelves. Despite a name unable to be printed in a family newspaper, Stanford professor Robert Sutton’s “The No A–hole Rule” became a runaway bestseller, selling 800,000 copies and sparking translations into languages including Polish and Japanese.

It was based on a simple idea, brought to life by crude language but grounded in academic research, corporate case studies and an entirely relatable idea: Companies that adopt a no-jerks policy simply perform better.

But if that book was largely written for managers and human resources wonks as a warning against hiring creeps, Sutton’s newest one is for the rest of us who actually have to deal with them. Over the past decade, Sutton says, he’s gotten emails — 8,000, he estimates — asking for advice about coping with jerks on the job.[]