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Andrew Chen is a writer and entrepreneur focused on mobile products, metrics, and user growth. He is a startup investor at Andreessen Horowitz. His newsletter on growth/metrics is available at "andrewchen.co".
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Ogilvy on Advertising
David Ogilvy - 1985-03-12 (first published in 1983)
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A candid and indispensable primer on all aspects of advertising from the man Time has called "the most sought after wizard in the business". 223 photos....
Andrew Chen
2021-03-09T16:43:44.000Z
@nevmed Such a great book!      source
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Noah Kagan
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The Emperor of All Maladies
A Biography of Cancer
Siddhartha Mukherjee - 2011-08-09 (first published in 2010)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence...
Andrew Chen
2019-11-27T01:48:13.000Z
wow. this book. 👌 Incredible story interleaving the histories of chemotherapy, mastectomies, radiation, tobacco, and so much more. The pulitzer prize is well deserved. Highly recommended.      source
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Dune
Deluxe Edition
Frank Herbert - 2019-10-01 (first published in 1965)
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A deluxe hardcover edition of Frank Herbert's epic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. This deluxe hardcover edition of Dune includes: - An iconic new cover- Stained edges and fully illustrated endpapers- A beautifully designed poster on the interior of the jacket- A redesigned wo...
Andrew Chen
2019-07-05T19:39:19.000Z
@KatyJeremko amazing book!      source
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The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Ben Horowitz - 2014-03-04
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A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, b...
Andrew Chen
2019-03-13T21:33:21.000Z
7. Ben Horowitz’s book The Hard Things About Hard Things is the best book about being a CEO and managing your own psychology as you set out to do this crazy hard thing. It’s fantastic. Read and re-read it.      source
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Creative Selection
Ken Kocienda - 2019-12-03
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An insider's account of Apple's creative process during the golden years of Steve Jobs.Hundreds of millions of people use Apple products every day; several thousand work on Apple's campus in Cupertino, California; but only a handful sit at the drawing board. Creative Selection recounts the life of one of the few who worked behind the scenes, a high...
Andrew Chen
2019-01-09T20:05:37.000Z
@SJeneris @a16z @cdixon btw this is an awesome book that talks in depth about Apple's efforts around the first soft keyboard:      source
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Keith Rabois
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The Master Switch
The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
Tim Wu - 2011-11-28 (first published in 2010)
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It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industryfrom the telephone to radio to filmonce existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today. Each of these, however, grew to be dominated by a monopolist or cartel. In this pathbreaking book,...
Andrew Chen
2018-08-24T19:13:34.000Z
Now starting the section now these information empires eventually got dismantled, by the internet, cable, and the government antitrust efforts on the 1950s! Awesome book so far      source
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Bad Blood
Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
John Carreyrou - 2020-01-28 (first published in 2018)
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In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Ti...
Andrew Chen
2018-07-03T14:20:22.000Z
Finished “bad blood” on the Theranos scandal. Wow. Just wow. It’s a must read for everyone in tech and startups. Just 1-click buy it :) Amazing how far charisma and social proof got them. Here’s the NYT review of the book      source
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Brave New World
Aldous Huxley - 2017-05-09 (first published in 1932)
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Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, inhabited by genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological mani...
Andrew Chen
2018-03-13T04:06:30.000Z
Re-reading “Brave New World.” Forgot how wonderful it is - and how relevant, for a book first published in 1932. The themes, on happiness, solitude, freedom, danger, nature.. they’re still so resonant today. Highly recommend if you haven’t already read.      source