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Alexis Kerry Ohanian, also known by the username kn0thing, is an American Internet entrepreneur and investor. He is best known as the co-founder and executive chairman of the social news website
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The Hot Hand
The Mystery and Science of Streaks
Ben Cohen - Mar 10, 2020
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A brilliant and buoyant investigation into the existence (or not) of streaks, from a rising star at the Wall Street Journal.For decades, statisticians, social scientists, psychologists, and economists (among them Nobel Prize winners) have spent massive amounts of precious time thinking about whether streaks actually exist. After all, a substantial ...
Alexis Ohanian
Dec 06, 2020
Such a great book. I recall first learning about the "hot hand fallacy" in a cog sci class in college. Something about it just didn't feel right - if you've played any basketball, you've seen the hot hand and even experienced it yourself. This is a riveting story     source
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Slaughterhouse-Five
A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Kurt Vonnegut - Jan 12, 1999 (first published in 1969)
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Slaughterhouse-Five is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about World War II experiences and journeys through time of a chaplain's assistant named Billy Pilgrim. It is generally recognized as Vonnegut's most influential and popular work. Vonnegut's use of the firebombing of Dresden as a central event makes the novel semi-autobiographical, because h...
Alexis Ohanian
Sep 03, 2020
ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS. ORDERED.     source
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James Altucher
Who
Geoff Smart - Sep 30, 2008
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In this instant New York Times Bestseller, Geoff Smart and Randy Street provide a simple, practical, and effective solution to what The Economist calls "the single biggest problem in business today" unsuccessful hiring. The average hiring mistake costs a company $1.5 million or more a year and countless wasted hours. This statistic becomes even mor...
Alexis Ohanian
Jul 16, 2020
Great book!     source
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Noah Kagan
Influence
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Robert B. Cialdini - Aug 07, 2008 (first published in 1984)
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Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a sales...
Alexis Ohanian
May 03, 2020
Great recommendations and I'd also add Influence in order to navigate the world with heightened awareness for how we're always being influenced/manipulated.     source
Indistractable
How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Nir Eyal - Sep 10, 2019
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You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you're about to get back to work, a colleague taps you on the shoulder to chat. At home, screens get in the way of quality time with your family. Another day goes by, and once again, your most important personal and profess...
Alexis Ohanian
Feb 26, 2020
Another must-read/listen from ⁦@nireyal⁩ (Hooked before that) I was vigorously nodding along to parts of this book. A great foundation for bringing intention and focus to your work- and home-life. Recommending to everyone at ⁦@Initialized⁩ as well as our founders     source
Little Leaders
Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison)
Vashti Harrison - Dec 05, 2017
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Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Tru...
Alexis Ohanian
Feb 25, 2020
For those of talk asking about the book title     source
The Great CEO Within
The Tactical Guide to Company Building
Matt Mochary - Dec 05, 2019
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Matt Mochary coaches the CEOs of many of the fastest-scaling technology companies in Silicon Valley. With The Great CEO Within, he shares his highly effective leadership and business-operating tools with any CEO or manager in the world. Learn how to efficiently scale your business from startup to corporation by implementing a system of accountabili...
Alexis Ohanian
Dec 06, 2019
It's a really great book     source
Permanent Record
Edward Snowden - Sep 17, 2019
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Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intellig...
Alexis Ohanian
Oct 30, 2019
Nice surprise this week from #EdSnowden. Reading with gusto over the holiday and especially reflecting on this note--true friendship is the best investment one can make.     source
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Super Pumped
The Battle for Uber
Mike Isaac - Sep 03, 2019
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In June 2017, Travis Kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of Uber, was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant. Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world, yet for many came to symbolize everything wrong with Silicon Valley.Award-winning New York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac’s Super Pumped pre...
Alexis Ohanian
Oct 10, 2019
Good read, @MikeIsaac 👍     source
Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Matthew Walker - Jun 19, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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“Why We Sleep is an important and fascinating book…Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.” —Bill Gates A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and po...
Alexis Ohanian
Jul 29, 2019
One of the best and most important books I've read this year.     source
Daemon
Daniel Suarez - Dec 29, 2009 (first published in 2006)
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A high-tech thriller for the wireless age that explores the unthinkable consequences of a computer program running without human control—a daemon—designed to dismantle society and bring about a new world orderTechnology controls almost everything in our modern-day world, from remote entry on our cars to access to our homes, from the flight controls...
Alexis Ohanian
Oct 31, 2018
Got a ton of these for the @Initialized office because @garrytan is a fan. Books smell good.     source
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