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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 Boy Who Harnessed the Wind book cover
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.)
William Kamkwamba - 2010-07-27 (first published in 2009)
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Now a Netflix Film, Starring and Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years a SlaveWilliam Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxu...
Alexis Ohanian
@APompliano @rubenharris Great book! I got the chance to meet William a decade ago. Hell of a story.      source
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Can't Hurt Me
Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
David Goggins - 2018-12-04
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For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare — poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. Th...
Alexis Ohanian
@RMB2 @davidgoggins Both great books!      source
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Extreme Ownership
Jocko Willink - 2018-01-01 (first published in 2015)
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An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.Combat, the most intense and dynamic envir...
Alexis Ohanian
@WCMichael619 This book will change your life:      source
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The Hot Hand
The Mystery and Science of Streaks
Ben Cohen - 2020-03-10
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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
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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Peter King
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A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Kurt Vonnegut - 1999-01-12 (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...
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James Altucher
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Geoff Smart - 2008-09-30
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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
Great book!      source
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Peter RexNoah Kagan
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Rage Becomes Her
The Power of Women's Anger
Soraya Chemaly - 2019-05-21 (first published in 2018)
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"A new, conversation-shifting book that encourages women to own their anger and use it as a tool for positive change, written by one of today's most influential feminist thinkers"--...
Alexis Ohanian
Second book I've read on the subject this year and @schemaly goes in on the patriarchy and it's hard to argue with a lot of the data here. Rage really is a double-standard between men and women. As men, we need to lean into this painful truth in order to grow.      source
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Elizabeth Yost
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Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Robert B. Cialdini - 2008-08-07 (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 salespe...
Alexis Ohanian
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
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The Ride of a Lifetime
Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
Robert Iger - 2019-09-23
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A grand vision defined: The CEO of Disney, one of Time's most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Competition was more inten...
Alexis Ohanian
One of the best leadership books I've read. These usually disappoint, but I actually came away with some good leadership notes and new appreciation for what Iger pulled off in his tenure as Disney CEO. Hope to build my own Disney 2.0 one day...      source
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How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Nir Eyal - 2019-09-10
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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
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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Bad Blood
John Carreyrou - 2020-01-28
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