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Ben Lang

Serial Hunter. Forbes 30 Under 30 Israel 2016.

3 must read books for young entrepreneurs

Ben Lang recommends:

  1. Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You'll Ever Need: Harvey Mackay: 8601400554951
  2. Never Get a "Real" Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke: Scott Gerber: 9780470643860
  3. Smarter, Faster, Cheaper: Non-Boring, Fluff-Free Strategies for Marketing and Promoting Your Business: David Siteman Garland: 9780470647929

Chris DiBona

Director, Open Source - Google

Comics, comics, comics...

Chris DiBona recommends:

  1. DMZ Vol. 1: On the Ground (9781401210625): Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli, Brian Azzarello: Books
  2. Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile: Bill Willingham, Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton, Sherilyn van Valkenburgh: 9781563899423
  3. Powers Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl? (9781582401836): Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming: Books

Chris DiBona

Director, Open Source - Google

Recipes from Wolseley, Pizzeria Beddia & Italian South

Chris DiBona recommends:

  1. Pizza Camp: Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia: Joe Beddia: 9781419724091
  2. Food of the Italian South: Recipes for Classic, Disappearing, and Lost Dishes: Katie Parla, Chris Bianco: 9781524760465
  3. Breakfast at the Wolseley: Recipes from London's Favorite Restaurant: A.A. Gill: 9781468308365

Parisa Tabriz

Browser Boss

Cybersecurity books recommended by security princess

Parisa Tabriz recommends:

  1. Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition (0689145714418): Jon Erickson: Books
  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

Kevin Fox

Designer of Gmail

Great books to gift to your favourite UI/UX designer

Kevin Fox recommends:

  1. About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design: Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin, Christopher Noessel: 8601416801131
  2. Microinteractions: Full Color Edition: Designing with Details: Dan Saffer: 8601400897638
  3. Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter): Steve Krug: 9780321965516

Andrew Ng

Founder & CEO - Landing AI

Books about mindset, motivation and success

Andrew Ng recommends:

  1. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: Carol S. Dweck: 9781400062751
  2. So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love: Cal Newport: 8601420220263
  3. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work (9780307956392): Chip Heath, Dan Heath: Books

Andrew Ng

Founder & CEO - Landing AI

Learn deep learning, and how AI impacts economy & society

Andrew Ng recommends:

  1. Architects of Intelligence: The truth about AI from the people building it: Martin Ford: 9781789131512
  2. Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series): Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, Aaron Courville: 9780262035613
  3. The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies: 0884313097076: Business Development Books @ Amazon.com

Andrew Ng

Founder & CEO - Landing AI

Books for entrepreneurs wanting to do something innovative

Andrew Ng recommends:

  1. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers: Ben Horowitz: 8601404235832
  2. Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition (Collins Business Essentials): Geoffrey A Moore: 9780062353948
  3. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses (9780307887894): Eric Ries: Books

Peter Norvig

Director of Research - Google

Books you can read to teach yourself programming

Peter Norvig recommends:

  1. Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science, 3rd Ed.: John Zelle: 9781590282755
  2. Concepts, Techniques, and Models of Computer Programming (The MIT Press): Peter Van Roy, Seif Haridi: 9780262220699
  3. How to Design Programs: An Introduction to Programming and Computing (The MIT Press): Matthias Felleisen, Robert Bruce Findler, Matthew Flatt, Shriram Krishnamurthi: 9780262534802

Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré

B2B SaaS Consultant, Top Product Hunter

Inspirational Books for Hands-on Startup founders

Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré recommends:

  1. Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer): Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, Gregory Bernarda, Alan Smith, Trish Papadakos: 8601410712150
  2. Dear Client: This Book Will Teach You How to Get What You Want from Creative People: Bonnie Siegler: 9781579658335
  3. Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World (9780735213326): Rand Fishkin: Books

Ryan Hoover

Founder - Product Hunt

Great books for designers to build compelling products

Ryan Hoover recommends:

  1. Mindful Design: How and Why to Make Design Decisions for the Good of Those Using Your Product: Scott Riley: 9781484242339
  2. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products: Nir Eyal, Ryan Hoover: 9781591847786
  3. The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses (8601300089522): Jesse Schell: Books

Ryan Hoover

Founder - Product Hunt

Books that can help introverts and inspire conversation

Ryan Hoover recommends:

  1. Taking the Work Out of Networking: An Introvert's Guide to Making Connections That Count: Karen Wickre: 9781501199271
  2. Wall and Piece: Banksy: 8601404344732
  3. The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose: Richard Betts, Crystal English Sacca, Wendy MacNaughton: 9780544520608

Alexis Ohanian

Co-founder - Initialized, Reddit

Books you should read if you like food, science & humour

Alexis Ohanian recommends:

  1. Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants: The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman: 9781449427702
  2. The Hungry Scientist Handbook: Electric Birthday Cakes, Edible Origami, and Other DIY Projects for Techies, Tinkerers, and Foodies: Patrick Buckley, Lily Binns: 9780061238680
  3. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions: Randall Munroe: 4708364246039

Alexis Ohanian

Co-founder - Initialized, Reddit

Biographies, incl. the book that inspired the birth of Reddit

Alexis Ohanian recommends:

  1. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike: Phil Knight: 9781501135927
  2. Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Revised Edition (9781591848349): Zack O'Malley Greenburg, Steve Forbes: Books
  3. Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture (9780812972153): David Kushner: Books

Ben Tossell

Head of Platform - Earnest Capital

Reading list for building your community

Ben Tossell recommends:

  1. The Art of Community: Building the New Age of Participation: Jono Bacon: 9781449312060
  2. Community: The Structure of Belonging: Peter Block: 9781523095568
  3. The Culting of Brands: Turn Your Customers into True Believers: Douglas Atkin: 9781591840961

Ben Tossell

Head of Platform - Earnest Capital

Must read books for people working on side projects

Ben Tossell recommends:

  1. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days eBook: Jessica Livingston: Kindle Store
  2. Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking eBook: Shane Snow: Kindle Store
  3. Startup Growth Engines: Case Studies of How Today’s Most Successful Startups Unlock Extraordinary Growth eBook: Sean Ellis, Morgan Brown: Kindle Store

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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