How to Speak Tech

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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.

First launched and showcased at SXSW in 2014, How to Speak Tech is back. This revised second edition employs the strategy of the popular first edition: through the narrative of setting up a fictitious startup, it introduces you to essential tech concepts. New tech topics that were added in this edition include the blockchain, augmented and virtual reality, Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence.

The author’s key message is that technology isn’t beyond the understanding of anyone! By breaking down major tech concepts involved with a modern startup into bite-sized chapters, the author’s approach helps you understand topics that aren’t always explained clearly and shows you that they aren’t rocket science.

So go ahead, grab this book, start to “speak tech,” and hold your own in any tech-related conversation!


Timeline - Where We’ve Been (Back to top)

  • 1st Edition Released 2014
    Presentation and Book Signing at SXSW
  • Book Tour 2014-2015
    One highlight - introducing Ben Horowitz of a16z at a shared book event in NYC
  • Our First Podcast 2015
    How to Speak Tech was featured on its first podcast
  • Teaching 2015-2016
    Began teaching and mentoring students at coding bootcamp classes in NYC
  • Thousands of Copies Sold
    Also found in several high schools and universities in the US and Europe
  • 2nd Edition is here! 2019
    Launched at SXSW 2019

Amazon Reviews - What They’ve Said (Back to top)

“But I soon realized that Vinay's genius is to explain technical details very quickly. This isn't a dumbed-down, overly superficial summary; it's a cheat sheet for people in positions of authority who should understand the technical aspects of Internet development, but don't.”

“The book is a quick read and will give any interested reader a basic primer on internet technology and build processes.”

“As a finance student trying to learn more about the tech sector, this book serves as a great primer.”

“If you are looking for a book for dummies, this is the one. Explanations are simple and easy for anyone.”

“great primer. this book offers the right level of detail across the right scope to orient the non-technical reader.”

“I absolutely love this book. It was recommended to me when I was talking to a programmer about specific issues I was having. I've read the thing twice already and refer back to it a lot. For anyone who needs to understand tech lingo and concepts in lay terms there is no better reference. Your "tech anxiety" will be cured.”

“I was searching for an easy to understand book explaining some basic tech/internet concepts, and I came across "How to Speak Tech" in the "Suggested Reading" view. I had an interview with a tech company (non-technical position, of course) a few weeks ago, and had wanted to learn some basics about technology. It definitely helped me be a more competitive candidate during the interview.

“I highly recommend this book!”

“If you're thinking about building a technical product, whether website or app, How to Speak Tech will teach you the concepts you need to know, the terms to speak intelligently, and the ability to build the right team to get it all done.”

Upon reading it, I was thoroughly impressed by Trivedi's ability to simplify complex concepts. I haven't read any authors who explained Cloud computing and Databases as well as you did. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an easy to read book to brush up on their tech knowledge!”

“Really helpful for understanding tech language as a non tech person.”

“Trivedi's eloquent yet casual way of explaining complex concepts like databases, APIs, front end frameworks, and more makes it easy for anyone to pick up and read. Technology no longer is in the hands of few. It is now a part of everyone's daily lives and saying up-to-date has never been more important. This book is an easy, quick way to get you up to speed.”


TABLE OF CONTENTS - What’s Inside (Back to top)

  • Introduction

  • Chapter 1: The Internet

  • Chapter 2: Hosting and the Cloud

  • Chapter 3: The Back End: Programming Languages

  • Chapter 4: The Front End: Presentation

  • Chapter 5: Databases: The Model

  • Chapter 6: Leveraging Existing Code: APIs, Libraries, and Open-Source Projects

  • Chapter 7: Software Development: Working in Teams

  • Chapter 8: Software Development: The Process

  • Chapter 9: Software Development: Debugging and Testing

  • Chapter 10: Attracting and Understanding Your Users

  • Chapter 11: Performance and Scalability

  • Chapter 12: Security

  • Chapter 13: Mobile Basics

  • Chapter 14: The Internet of Things

  • Chapter 15: Artificial Intelligence

  • Chapter 16: The Blockchain

  • Chapter 17: Virtual and Augmented Reality