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Booklog

Some of the books I've recently read and one-to-two sentences of how I felt about them. Most recently read first.

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Mr. Monkey and Me: A Real Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs

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.

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What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence

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.

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How to Take Smart Notes

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.

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Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

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.

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Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone

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.

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A Fly Rod of Your Own

By: John Gierach

I read this as an a little hype for our summer trip to our cabin in Montana. What an enjoyable read.

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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success In A Distracted World

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.

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Why Are We Yelling: The Art of Productive Disagreement

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?

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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.

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Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

By: Annie Duke

Changed the way I think about probabilistic decision-making. Loved it.

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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.

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Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs

By: Gina Keating

Loved it. Read it for Founders Book Club, and it was excellent. Netflix is a remarkable company with a remarkable story.

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American Passage: The History of Ellis Island

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.

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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

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.