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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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Shoe Dog
A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight (May 01, 2018)
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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,...
Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
by Matthew Walker (Jun 19, 2018)
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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
Permanent Record
by 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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Masters of Doom
How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
by David Kushner (May 11, 2004)
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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 ...
Alexis Ohanian
Made my co-founder and me think, 'Well, if these guys could do it, why can’t we?'     source
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Super Pumped
The Battle for Uber
by 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
Little Leaders
Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison)
by 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
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
by Robert B. Cialdini (Aug 07, 2008)
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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
The Great CEO Within
The Tactical Guide to Company Building
by 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
Billion Dollar Whale
The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World
by Bradley Hope (Oct 22, 2019)
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Categories: NonfictionBusiness
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...
Alexis Ohanian
An incredible story... If you need some billionaires to despise--look no further than these charlatans.     source
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by Daniel Suarez (Dec 29, 2009)
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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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by 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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Founders at Work
Stories of Startups' Early Days
by Jessica Livingston (Sep 16, 2008)
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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...
Alexis Ohanian
A bunch of really great interviews Jessica did with a bunch of just OGs of entrepreneurship.     source
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How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
by 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
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The Swedish Art of Balanced Living
by Linnea Dunne (Oct 17, 2017)
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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...
The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else)
by Ken Auletta (Jun 04, 2019)
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Categories: NonfictionBusiness
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...
Alexis Ohanian
Jul 25, 2018
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
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