2016 Reading List

Books I think you should read.

November 25, 2016 - 2 minute read -

Smartcuts

By Shane Snow

This book mentions some pretty huge dogmas that most people live with and how we can “hack” our way around them. One of the most useful concepts I got out of it was the idea of the “hackers ladder” or how contrary to popular belief, successful people often take abnormal paths and leverage their breadth of experience to dominate in their profession.

Thinking Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

This book is a series of ah-ha moments all the way through. It’s a spectacular lesson in your own thinking that cannot be ignored. Through relevant examples, Kahneman forces you to think about the structure of your own thinking, the biases you have, and the statistical error you make on a daily basis.

Venture Deals

by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

This is one of the best books on venture capital. Brad and Jason do an amazing job dissecting the term sheet—what’s important and what isn’t. They use relevant examples to help entrepreneurs understand the economic impact of the term sheet and what to focus on when negotiating. For me, it was a great crash course on venture capital, and helped inspire me to go work for Brad and Jason at Foundry Group.

The Martian

by Andy Weir

The movie is great and the book is AMAZING. Don’t miss out.

The Hard Thing about Hard Things

by Ben Horowitz

Everything all other management books won’t tell you. Each chapter reads like a story with a valuable lesson as Ben details everything from taking a company public during the dot-com crash to firing top executives. It’s a fun read with some great take-aways.