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
15 books on this list
In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), opening up about his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing,...
This book is also recommended byBill GatesWarren BuffettJoe WeisenthalRob PaoneTren GriffinZak KeeferShashi Bellamkonda
“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...
One of the best and most important books I've read this year. – source
Alexis OhanianJul 29, 2019
This book is also recommended byBill GatesManu GinobiliJason FriedTrevor NcubeSanjay BakshiPreston PyshJoe KunkleBryan Johnson
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...
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
Alexis OhanianOct 30, 2019
Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce ...
Made my co-founder and me think, 'Well, if these guys could do it, why can’t we?' – source
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...
Good read, @MikeIsaac 👍 – source
Alexis OhanianOct 10, 2019
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...
For those of talk asking about the book title – source
Alexis OhanianFeb 25, 2020
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...
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
Alexis OhanianMay 03, 2020
This book is also recommended byGuy KawasakiNaval RavikantScott AdamsDerek SiversMax LevchinJames AltucherTobi LutkeNoah KaganSamy KamkarTrevor SumnerCharlie Munger
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...
It's a really great book – source
Alexis OhanianDec 06, 2019
Named a Best Book of 2018 by the Financial Times and Fortune, this "thrilling" (Bill Gates) New York Times bestseller exposes how a "modern Gatsby" swindled over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs in "the heist of the century" (Axios).Now a #1 international bestseller, BILLION DOLLAR WHALE is "an epic tale of white-collar crime on a global sc...
An incredible story... If you need some billionaires to despise--look no further than these charlatans. – source
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...
Got a ton of these for the @Initialized office because @garrytan is a fan. Books smell good. – source
Alexis OhanianOct 31, 2018
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...
Great book! – source
Alexis OhanianJul 16, 2020
This book is also recommended byNoah Kagan
Now available in paperback--with a new preface and interview with Jessica Livingston about Y Combinator!Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now. What was it like when they were just a c...
A bunch of really great interviews Jessica did with a bunch of just OGs of entrepreneurship. – source
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...
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
Alexis OhanianFeb 26, 2020
Discover the Swedish ethos of balanced living with this little book of Lagom. The Swedish concept of Lagom (pronounced "lah-gom") roughly translates to "not too little, not too much, just right." This charming book introduces readers to a new way of balanced living that promises happiness and sustainability in work and in life. Lagom provides simpl...
An intimate and profound reckoning with the changes buffeting the $2 trillion global advertising and marketing business from the perspective of its most powerful players, by the bestselling author of GoogledAdvertising and marketing touches on every corner of our lives, and the industry is the invisible fuel powering almost all media. Complain abou...
One of the best books I've read this year. #Frenemies kept getting recommended to me by people I respected and it didn't disappoint. Not enough people in tech/SF will read this book for the exact reason why is so important to read--our industry (and esp… – source
Alexis OhanianJul 25, 2018
This book is also recommended byDavid Armano