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Paul Graham

Founder - Y combinator, Viaweb

What are some of the good books about Startups to read?

Paul Graham recommends:

  1. The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth: Eric Ries: 9781101903209
  2. In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives: Steven Levy: 9781416596585
  3. How To Win Friends and Influence People: Dale Carnegie: 9781439167342

Thomas Ptacek

Principal - Latacora

Essential books that every programmer should read

Thomas Ptacek recommends:

  1. The Algorithm Design Manual: Steven S S. Skiena: 9788184898651
  2. C Programming Language, 2nd Edition (8601410794231): Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie: Books
  3. Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides, Grady Booch: 8601419047741

Colin Percival

Founder & Developer - Tarsnap

How can I learn more about algorithms?

Colin Percival recommends:

  1. The Algorithm Design Manual: Steven S S. Skiena: 9788184898651
  2. Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition (The MIT Press): Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein: 8601419521876
  3. The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-4A Boxed Set: 8580001170602: Computer Science Books @ Amazon.com

Garry Tan

Co-founder - Initialized, Posthaven

I'm an engineer, how do I learn design?

Garry Tan recommends:

  1. About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design: Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin, Christopher Noessel: 8601416801131
  2. Needfinding: Design Research and Planning (4th Edition): Dev Patnaik: 9781974015580
  3. Dieter Rams: Ten Principles for Good Design: Cees W. De Jong, Klaus Klemp, Jorrit Maan, Erik Mattie: 9783791383668

Jessica Livingston

Partner - Y Combinator

The book that inspired me to write a book about startups

Jessica Livingston recommends:

  1. In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives: Steven Levy: 9781416596585
  2. The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing: Michael J. Mauboussin: 8601400713662
  3. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days: Jessica Livingston: 9781430210788

Justin Kan

CEO - Atrium

My favourite 3 books after Shogun

Justin Kan recommends:

  1. How To Win Friends and Influence People: Dale Carnegie: 9781439167342
  2. The Namesake: A Novel: Jhumpa Lahiri: 9780618485222
  3. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition: Robert B. Cialdini: 8580001041766

Patrick McKenzie

Principal - Kalzumeus

Personal finance, Business & Money books

Patrick McKenzie recommends:

  1. Lying for Money: How Legendary Frauds Reveal the Workings of the World: Dan Davies (author): 9781781259658
  2. Digitally Transforming the Mortgage Banking Industry: The Maverick's Quest for Outstanding Profit and Customer Satisfaction: James M Deitch: 9781985668171
  3. I Will Teach You To Be Rich: Ramit Sethi: 8601401218258

Thomas Ptacek

Principal - Latacora

An application security reading list

Thomas Ptacek recommends:

  1. The IDA Pro Book: The Unofficial Guide to the World's Most Popular Disassembler: Chris Eagle: 9781593271787
  2. Gray Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Reverse Engineers: 0689145719215: Computer Science Books @ Amazon.com
  3. Network Algorithmics, : An Interdisciplinary Approach to Designing Fast Networked Devices (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking): George Varghese: 9780120884773

Patrick McKenzie

Principal - Kalzumeus

Books you should read to help you understand Japan

Patrick McKenzie recommends:

  1. An Introduction to Japanese Society: Yoshio Sugimoto: 9780521705196
  2. Making Common Sense of Japan (Pitt Series in Policy and Institutional Studies): Steven R. Reed: 9780822955108
  3. Landed: The guide to buying property in Japan: Christopher Dillon: 9789881714732

Thomas Ptacek

Principal - Latacora

What are some of the modernist cooking that I can use?

Thomas Ptacek recommends:

  1. Ideas in Food: Great Recipes and Why They Work: Aki Kamozawa, H. Alexander Talbot: 9780307717405
  2. Maximum Flavor: Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook: Aki Kamozawa, Alexander H. Talbot: 9780770433215
  3. Modernist Cuisine at Home: Nathan Myhrvold, Maxime Bilet: 8601400369258

Thomas Ptacek

Principal - Latacora

$80 in books candidates received had one of the best ROIs

Thomas Ptacek recommends:

  1. Gray Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Reverse Engineers: 0689145719215: Computer Science Books @ Amazon.com
  2. The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications: Michal Zalewski: 8601200651461
  3. The Art of Software Security Assessment: Identifying and Preventing Software Vulnerabilities (Volume 1 of 2): Mark Dowd, John McDonald, Justin Schuh: 0785342444421

Michael Seibel

Partner - Y Combinator

Cook French cuisine like a Masterchef

Michael Seibel recommends:

  1. The French Laundry Cookbook (The Thomas Keller Library): Thomas Keller, Deborah Jones: 8580001056470
  2. Bouchon (The Thomas Keller Library): Thomas Keller: 9781579652395
  3. Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide (The Thomas Keller Library): Thomas Keller, Harold McGee: 8601200635027

Jacques Mattheij

Jacques Mattheij

Books that changed my life

Jacques Mattheij recommends:

  1. Last and First Men: Olaf Stapledon: 9781494840174
  2. Understanding Power: The Indispensible Chomsky: Noam Chomsky, John Schoeffel, R. Mitchell: 9781565847033
  3. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media: Edward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky: 9780375714498

Garry Tan

Co-founder - Initialized, Posthaven

How to be Jason Bourne and plan your emergency escape

Garry Tan recommends:

  1. Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life: Neil Strauss: 9780060898779
  2. DAEMON (Daemon Series) (9780451228734): Daniel Suarez: Books
  3. Freedom (TM) (Daemon Series) (9780451231895): Daniel Suarez: Books



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