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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.