11 books on the list
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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Adventures of a Curious Character
Join the outrageous adventures of a Nobel Prize-winning physicist in this New York Times bestseller. In his own unmistakable voice, he recounts trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr, cracking uncrackable safes guarding nuclear secrets, and even painting a naked female toreador. Feynman's life is an eccentric mix of high intelligence, curiosity, and chutzpah that is not to be missed.
@KieranO Great book – source
Also recommended byTim FerrissNaval RavikantSergey BrinBrian ArmstrongPeter AttiaMark RussinovichSahil LavingiaNoah KaganAndreas Klinger
Theory of Fun for Game Design
Discover the secrets of designing games that are truly fun and engaging with this classic book, now in its 10th anniversary edition and updated with full-color illustrations. Theory of Fun for Game Design explores the multidimensional landscape of game design, covering topics like computer science, environmental design, and storytelling. Whether you're a professional game developer or a young gamer, this book provides insightful and inspiring guidance on how to create games that strike the perfect balance between challenge and reward, order and chaos, and more. You'll learn why certain games are enjoyable while others are boring, and how to ensure your games offer a fun and memorable experience for all players.
Theory of fun Written by one of gaming’s OGs, this is a super easy to read book about the fundamentals of what makes games fun. – source
Masters of Doom
How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
Discover the amazing true story of two friends who transformed the world of video games and ruled big business. Follow the rise and fall of John Carmack and John Romero, the Lennon and McCartney of the gaming industry, as they escape broken homes to create the most successful game franchises in history. But their groundbreaking creations ultimately tear their friendship apart, revealing the powerful and compassionate account of what it's like to be young, driven, and wildly creative.
Masters of doom This book tells the story of Id Software, one of the most influential gaming studios of all time. They made Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake - my childhood favorites - and really defined the shooter genre – source
Also recommended byDuncan JonesAlexis OhanianPatrick CollisonAusten AllredLinda Xie
Ogilvy on Advertising
Advertising mastermind David Ogilvy shares his candid and indispensable expertise on all aspects of the industry in this must-read primer. With a focus on effective techniques and insider knowledge, this book is a goldmine of invaluable advice for anyone interested in the world of advertising. Featuring 223 photos, Ogilvy's insights will have you thinking differently about the power of branding and messaging.
@nevmed Such a great book! – source
Also recommended byNoah KaganNeville Medhora
The Emperor of All Maladies
A Biography of Cancer
Explore the fascinating history of cancer with this Pulitzer Prize-winning "biography" that takes readers on a journey from its first documented appearance thousands of years ago to modern-day treatments. With the precision of a cellular biologist and the passion of a biographer, the author tells the story of human perseverance and hubris in the face of an infinitely resourceful adversary. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, this book provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer and offers a glimpse into the future of cancer treatments.
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
Explore a unique and captivating world in this bestselling science fiction novel, now available in a deluxe hardcover edition. Set on the harsh desert planet Arrakis, the story follows the young Paul Atreides as he navigates a treacherous political landscape where the only valuable resource is a coveted drug called "spice." As Paul's family is betrayed and destroyed, he embarks on a journey that will lead him to a destiny beyond his wildest dreams. With a stunning blend of adventure, mysticism, and politics, Dune is a triumph of the imagination and a true masterpiece of science fiction.
@KatyJeremko amazing book! – source
Also recommended byElon MuskPaul KrugmanTim O’ReillyTim FerrissTed LieuAdam SavageJeff BezosSeth GodinReg SaddlerLee Pace9 others
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Learn the unfiltered truth about the challenges of running a business from Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Ben Horowitz. Drawing from his own experiences founding, managing, and investing in technology companies, Horowitz offers essential advice for navigating the toughest problems business schools don't cover. Using anecdotes from his own rise to success, he covers everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, and managing your own psychology while leading a company. With humor and candidness, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is a must-read for both veteran entrepreneurs and those aspiring to start their own ventures.
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
Also recommended byMark ZuckerbergBiz StoneMarc AndreessenMichael DellChangpeng ZhaoLarry PageAndrew NgAlexis OhanianDrew HoustonAnkur Warikoo11 others
Discover the creative process behind Apple's legendary success in "Creative Selection." Written by Ken Kocienda, a software engineer who worked behind the scenes during the Golden Age of Apple, this book explores the symbiotic relationship between software and product development. You'll learn about the essential elements of innovation and how a small group of people developed an evolutionary design model that revolutionized technology as we know it. This insider's tale of creativity and innovation at Apple is a must-read for anyone interested in productive work culture and groundbreaking software development.
@SJeneris @a16z @cdixon btw this is an awesome book that talks in depth about Apple's efforts around the first soft keyboard: – source
Also recommended byKeith Rabois
The Master Switch
The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
Explore the history of the American information industry and discover how each new medium became dominated by monopolies and cartels. From the telephone to radio to film, each industry was once open and chaotic, inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians. But will the same fate befall the Internet? In "The Master Switch," Tim Wu examines the strategic maneuvers of today’s information giants, Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T. He warns that a battle royale for the Internet’s future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune out.
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
Also recommended byChris HayesBrian ArmstrongDev Khare
Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
This book sheds light on the fascinating rise and fall of a Silicon Valley startup that promised to revolutionize the medical industry. The founder and CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, was hailed as the next Steve Jobs, but her company's technology didn't work. The result? Patients were put in danger and investors lost billions. This gripping story of ambition and hubris is a cautionary tale of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron.
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
Also recommended byBill GatesBill GurleyDavid Heinemeier HanssonAlexis OhanianNick BiltonBarry RitholtzChris MessinaMichael MauboussinWes McKinney4 others