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Ben Tossell

Head of Platform - Earnest Capital

I love a story. My favourite biographies & autobiographies.

Ben Tossell recommends:

  1. Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs: Ken Kocienda: 9781250194466
  2. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike: Phil Knight: 9781501135927
  3. Who Is Michael Ovitz? (9781591845546): Michael Ovitz: Books

Ben Tossell

Head of Platform - Earnest Capital

3 books I love that I re-read over and over

Ben Tossell recommends:

  1. Principles: Life and Work: Ray Dalio: 9781501124020
  2. Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking: Shane Snow: 9780062560759
  3. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (8601400995709): Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace: Books

Eric Willis

Author of The Product Hunt Effect.

Books that influenced my approach to building products

Eric Willis recommends:

  1. Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant: W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne: 0884791291577
  2. The Daily Drucker: 366 Days of Insight and Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done: Peter F. Drucker: 0000060742445
  3. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers: Ben Horowitz: 8601404235832

Hiten Shah

Co-founder - FYI, Product Habits, Crazy Egg

Books that will help you think how to scale your business

Hiten Shah recommends:

  1. Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist (9781118443613): Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson, Dick Costolo: Books
  2. Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors: Brad Feld, Mahendra Ramsinghani: 9781118443668
  3. The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing: A guide to growing more profitably (9781138737518): Thomas T. Nagle, Georg Müller: Books

Hiten Shah

Co-founder - FYI, Product Habits, Crazy Egg

Building the product that your customers love

Hiten Shah recommends:

  1. Lean Customer Development: Building Products Your Customers Will Buy: Cindy Alvarez: 9781492023746
  2. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership: Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison, Craig Walsh: 8601400965511
  3. The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!: Josh Kaufman: 9781591846949

Hiten Shah

Co-founder - FYI, Product Habits, Crazy Egg

Books that will help you think better about your startup idea

Hiten Shah recommends:

  1. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: Carol S. Dweck: 9781400062751
  2. A Technique for Producing Ideas: James Webb Young: 9781477428696
  3. Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters (9780307886231): Richard Rumelt: Books

Hiten Shah

Co-founder - FYI, Product Habits, Crazy Egg

Books for lifelong learners

Hiten Shah recommends:

  1. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas: Warren Berger: 9781632861054
  2. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles: Steven Pressfield, Shawn Coyne: 8601420220232
  3. Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking: Shane Snow: 9780062560759

Bram Kanstein

Co-founder - Venture Minds

3 must read books for creating success in life & business

Bram Kanstein recommends:

  1. How To Win Friends and Influence People: Dale Carnegie: 9781439167342
  2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change: Stephen R. Covey: 9781476740058
  3. Think and Grow Rich: Napoleon Hill: 9780785833529

Bram Kanstein

Co-founder - Venture Minds

Indispensable resources for corporate innovation

Bram Kanstein recommends:

  1. The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth: Eric Ries: 9781101903209
  2. Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer): Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, Gregory Bernarda, Alan Smith, Trish Papadakos: 8601410712150
  3. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers (9780470876411): Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur: Books

Jack Smith

Co-founder - Vungle, Shyp

Books that helped me realize the traits of successful people

Jack Smith recommends:

  1. Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (99U): 99U, Jocelyn K. Glei: 8601200603859
  2. Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking: Shane Snow: 9780062560759
  3. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success: Adam Grant: 9780315782143

Jack Smith

Co-founder - Vungle, Shyp

From startup to scaleup | 5 books you ought to read

Jack Smith recommends:

  1. The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you: Rob Fitzpatrick: 9781492180746
  2. High Growth Handbook: Elad Gil: 9781732265103
  3. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers: Ben Horowitz: 8601404235832

Jack Smith

Co-founder - Vungle, Shyp

Must-read business books for startup founders

Jack Smith recommends:

  1. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Good to Great): Jim Collins, Jerry I Porras: 9780060516406
  2. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers: Ben Horowitz: 8601404235832
  3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't (8601300383743): Jim Collins: Books

Chris Messina

Hashtag inventor

Books in Hashtag inventor's cocktail recipe shelf

Chris Messina recommends:

  1. Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails: David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald: 8601411347504
  2. 901 Very Good Cocktails: A Practical Guide: 9780615708492
  3. The Aviary Cocktail Book: Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, Allen Hemberger, Sarah Hemberger, Micah Melton: 9780692898376

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ancient Civilizations Books

recommends:

  1. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (9781508475095): Benjamin Franklin: Books
  2. The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History: Revised Edition (Hist Atlas) (9780140512496): Colin McEvedy, David Woodroffe: Books
  3. The New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History: Revised Edition (9780140513486): Colin McEvedy, John Woodcock: Books

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

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

Humanities Books

recommends:

  1. The Principia : Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy: Isaac Newton: 9781490592152
  2. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership: Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison, Craig Walsh: 8601400965511
  3. Winning: Jack Welch, Suzy Welch: 8601400694756



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