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How to Speak Tech

The Non-Techie’s Guide to Key Technology Concepts


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Vinay Trivedi
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  17. Back Matter
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About this book


“Finally, a book non-techies can use to understand the technologies that are changing our lives.” Paul Bottino, Executive Director, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center, Harvard University

“A great book everyone can use to understand how tech startups work.” Rene Reinsberg, Founder at Celo; Former VP of Emerging Products, GoDaddy


“Through the simplicity of his presentation, Vinay shows that the basics of technology can be straightforwardly understood by anyone who puts in the time and effort to learn.” Joseph Lassiter, Professor of Management Science, Harvard Business School and Harvard Innovation Lab

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.

This revised second edition of How to Speak Tech 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: 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!


Augmented Reality Virtual Reality Internet of Things Blockchain Cryptocurrencies HTML CSS Programming Languages Database Security Cloud API Open-Source

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.NewtownUSA

About the authors

Vinay Trivedi works in technology investing with experience from Blackstone Private Equity, SoftBank Vision Fund, and Romulus Capital. He angel invests out of an ESG-oriented pre-seed fund that he co-founded called Freeland Group. His experience also includes product management at Citymapper and Locu, two venture-backed startups in London and Boston, respectively.

Vinay serves on the Steering Committee of Startup in Residence (STiR), a program spun out of the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation that connects startups with government agencies to develop technology products that address civic challenges. He has also worked with the New York City Mayor's Office of the CTO on its NYCx Moonshot Challenge Initiative.

Vinay studied at Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA) and Harvard University (AB Honors in Computer Science), where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and as a John Harvard Scholar, Weissman Scholar, and Detur Book Prize Winner.

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