Some of the books I've recently read and one-to-two sentences of how I felt about them. Most recently read first.
By: Mike Smerklo
Without a doubt, one of the realest, no BS takes about entrepreneurship. He doesn't make it seem glamorous, but he does make it seem fulfilling. And his stories about the early days (dot-com bubble, working with Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, and growing a company through the dot-com bust) are great. Read this for our Founders Book Club, where author Mike Smerklo joined us.
By: Stephen A. Schwarzman
I've never read anything by Steve Schwarzman, but I came away from this one fully impressed. He clearly watered down some of the controversial topics (as to be expected), but nonetheless his track record at Blackstone is enviable.
By: Sonke Ahrens
This was one of the weirder books I've read in a while. Found it from the #RoamCult, and, yeah, it was weird. I guess I learned some things about good note-taking, but if you're not super into that sort of thing, skip this.
By: Caldwell Esselstyn Jr
With a family history of heart disease, understanding prevention is something I take seriously. This was interesting, though light on science and lacking moderation of all sorts.
By: George Black
Yellowstone is one of the best places on Earth. This book was a really interesting read into the early days of American exploration.
By: John Gierach
I read this as an a little hype for our summer trip to our cabin in Montana. What an enjoyable read.
By: Cal Newport
This is mostly stuff you know: focus on providing yourself time to do the work you need to do. But that's easier said than done, which is why we co-founded and invested in Motion.
By: Buster Benson
Buster is a friend from Amazon days so I was really excited to read this. In today's world, we're not so good at disagreeing... can we do it better?
The Mom Test
By: Rob Fitzpatrick
I was skeptical, but this was a really useful guide to asking great questions to properly validate an idea.
By: Annie Duke
Changed the way I think about probabilistic decision-making. Loved it.
eBoys: The True Story of the Six Tall men Who Backed eBay, Webvan, and Other Billion-Dollar Start-ups
By: Randall E. Stross
Oldie but goodie. A profile of Benchmark from the go-go days of the dot-com bubble.
By: Gina Keating
Loved it. Read it for Founders Book Club, and it was excellent. Netflix is a remarkable company with a remarkable story.
By: Vincent J. Cannato
Given our current immigration climate, I felt this was an important read. It was very dense, so I bored of it, but it was certainly informative and carried some narrative violations on both sides.
By: David Epstein
I liked this book. I like to believe I'm a better generalist than specialist, so this was a good confirmation bias that it's okay to be that way.