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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 "".
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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" book cover
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Adventures of a Curious Character
Richard P. Feynman - 2018-02-06 (first published in 1985)
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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.
Andrew Chen
@KieranO Great book      source
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Theory of Fun for Game Design
Raph Koster - 2014-01-01 (first published in 2004)
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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.
Andrew Chen
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
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Masters of Doom
How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
David Kushner - 2004-05-11 (first published in 2003)
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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.
Andrew Chen
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
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Ogilvy on Advertising
David Ogilvy - 1985-03-12 (first published in 1983)
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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.
Andrew Chen
@nevmed Such a great book!      source
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The Emperor of All Maladies
A Biography of Cancer
Siddhartha Mukherjee - 2010-11-16
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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.
Andrew Chen
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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Deluxe Edition
Frank Herbert - 2019-10-01 (first published in 1965)
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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.
Andrew Chen
@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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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.
Andrew Chen
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 - 2018-09-04
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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.
Andrew Chen
@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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The Master Switch
The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
Tim Wu - 2010-11-02
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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.
Andrew Chen
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
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley