Technology and Business
High Growth Handbook by Elad Gil (September 2018). If you aspire to build a high-growth company read this early on. If you’re lucky enough and good enough to scale, read it again. I only read it after I screwed stuff up in the scaling phase and have learned some great stuff that I’m applying now. Thanks for writing this, Elad!
History and Culture of Technology and Innovation
Valley of Genius by Adam Fisher (July 2018). Wonderful history of Silicon Valley. Must read for anyone who wants to get in touch with each era starting with Ampex. Written in a very unconventional style – threw me off balance at first but I learned to like it.
History, Science, Culture, Politics, Society, Future
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari (Summer 2016). So good at setting the broad historical, economic, and political context through human history that I started using it to teach my five year old about the world.
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan (July 2018). Fascinating view into the mind and what happens when your ego dissolves. Wasn’t interested in reading a book about LSD and shrooms but it’s great.
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker (September 2018). You really do need 8 hours and sleep and this book will tell you why and how. I changed my habits immediately after reading this book and I’m sleeping longer and feeling better because of it.