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The Code
Margaret O’Mara
Technology
History
General
A story on how the Silicon Valley came to be- the pivotal players, companies, and of course Stanford.
Homo Deus
Yuval Noah Harari
General
History
Philosophy
Genealogy + exploratory story on the future of humans and society by diving into the past 70,000 years. Predictions include IoT, Dataism, The Useless Class, and more.
Liminal Thinking
Dave Gray
Self-Improvement
Business
Liminal thinking is a way to create change by understanding, shaping, and reframing beliefs. This book dives into frameworks you can use rebuild the way you think about problems and develop ideas.
Think Like a Rocket Scientist
Ozan Varol
Self-Improvement
Business
Frameworks from Rocket Science that can be used to make leaps in business and life. You can learn how to frame failures as wins, mishaps as puzzles, and more.
F*ck your Feelings
Ryan Munsey
Self-Improvement
Feelings are usually the main reason we can’t get anything done. This books lays out a framework for you to ignore your feelings and progress your decision making based on your key values
The Personal MBA
Josh Kaufman
Business
An MBA wrapped up into a book. Not the networking but the material.
Platform Revolution
Geoffrey G. Parker, Mashall W. Van Alstyn
Business
Technology
General
Platforms are becoming the dominant business model and revolutionizing business. Yet there is little understanding to what makes them up. Platforms create value for consumers around information and this book analyzes what makes the succesful ones succeed - facebook,netflix, abnb
The Entrepreneurs Faces
Jonathan Littman, Susanna Camp
General
Business
Dynamic story of 10 entrepreneurs that spin up their own idea into a successful business. The book identifies the different type of entrepreneurs and why they’re successful: Maker, Leader, Conductor, Guardian, Accidental, Visionary, Athlete, Outsider, Collaborator, and Evangelist.
Critique of Violence
Walter Benjamin
General
Philosophy
The question is how violence and law relate to one another? A critique of this concept,this is Benjamin’s political demand for a revolution: “the existence of violence outside the law, as pure immediate violence”. A manual to why one must refute law that is demoralizing and challenges man’s natural freedoms.
Lord of Flies
William Golding
Fiction
General
A simplistic story that dives into the nature of humans - savage and brutal. A group of young boys find themselves on a deserted island so they have to create their own society - with no adults.
The Mindful Athlete
George Mumford
Self-Improvement
Frameworks that athletes like Michael Jordan and other elite athletes have used to achieve their success. Full of techniques that train your mind to using its superpowers and reaching performance.
The Lean Startup
Eric Reis
Business
Technology
The startup bible. Rethinking the way people look at businesses, creating cultures and environments that insist on testing rapidly, to identify and validate value and growth hypothesis — to uncover how to turn a company vision into a sustainable business model.
The Undercommons
Fred Moten, Stefano Harney
History
Politics
Philosophy
A paper that analyzes the space found in the relationship between people who have been denied resources, and who are joined not by the common use or ownership of space, but by belonging within the community of those who have been excluded = undercommons. The commons as a place of communal investment and benefit is a concept that has come in and out of popular imagination = commons.
Never Split the Difference
Chris Voss
Self-Improvement
General
Written by a former FBI hostage negotiator - this book gives you the framework and techniques you can apply to negotiate for your life. Learning how to listen, mirror, empathize, and clarify are key tactics you can use to get what you want in life.
Enders Game
Orson Scott Card
Fiction
Self-Improvement
A story about compassion ,humanity, and ruthlessness. Ender is a genius, he’s been recruited by the army to fight against the buggers (aliens). He quickly rises through the ranks and finds problems as he moves up.
Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies
Reid Hoffman, Chris Yeh
Business
Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
Kim Scott
Self-Improvement
The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done
Stephen Denning
Business
Chaos Monkeys - Revised Edition: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
Antonio Garcia Martinez
Business
Technology
Politics

Okay - now go. Pick 3 and read within the next 3 months.


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