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Benjamin Horowitz is an American businessman, investor, blogger, and author. He is a technology entrepreneur and co-founder along with Marc Andreessen of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
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Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention
Reed Hastings - Sep 08, 2020
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Netflix cofounder Reed Hastings reveals for the first time the unorthodox culture behind one of the world's most innovative, imaginative, and successful companies...
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Toussaint Louverture
A Revolutionary Life
Philippe Girard - Nov 22, 2016
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Toussaint Louvertures life was one of hardship, triumph, and contradiction. He was born a slave on Saint-Domingue yet earned his freedom and established himself as a small-scale planter. He even purchased slaves of his own.Philippe Girard shows how Louverture transformed himself from lowly freedman into revolutionary hero as the mastermind of the b...
Swimming Across
A Memoir
Andrew S. Grove - Nov 01, 2002 (first published in 2001)
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Set in the cruel years of Hungary's Nazi occupation and subsequent communist regime, the bestselling Swimming Across is the stunning childhood memoir of one of the leading thinkers of our time, legendary Intel chairman, Andrew S. Grove. Photos throughout....
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Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Peter Thiel - Sep 16, 2014
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If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise t...
The Innovator's Dilemma
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
Clayton M. Christensen - Jan 05, 2016 (first published in 1997)
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The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller—one of the most influential business books of all time—innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding com...
Ben Horowitz
Mar 22, 2011
Andy Grove's Only the Paranoid Survive is a great book on strategy as is The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen.     source
Focus
The Future of Your Company Depends on It
Al Ries - Sep 27, 2005 (first published in 1996)
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What's the secret to a company's continued growth and prosperity? Internationally known marketing expert Al Ries has the answer: focus. His commonsense approach to business management is founded on the premise that long-lasting success depends on focusing on core products and eschewing the temptation to diversify into unrelated enterprises.Using re...
Ben Horowitz
Mar 22, 2011
Focus by Al Reis is a excellent on branding, naming, and marketing.     source
Only the Paranoid Survive
How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company
Andrew S. Grove - Mar 16, 1999 (first published in 1988)
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Under Andy Grove's leadership, Intel has become the world's largest chip maker and one of the most admired companies in the world. In Only the Paranoid Survive, Grove reveals his strategy of focusing on a new way of measuring the nightmare moment every leader dreads--when massive change occurs and a company must, virtually overnight, adapt or fall ...
Ben Horowitz
Mar 22, 2011
Andy Grove's Only the Paranoid Survive is a great book on strategy     source
My Years with General Motors
Alfred Sloan - Oct 01, 1990 (first published in 1964)
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My Years with General Motors became an instant bestseller when it was first published in 1963. It has since been used as a manual for managers, offering personal glimpses into the practice of the "discipline of management" by the man who perfected it. This is the story no other businessman could tell--a distillation of half a century of intimate le...
Ben Horowitz
Mar 22, 2011
In the category of management, I haven't found that many to be useful, but My Years at GM by Alfred Sloan was very interesting particularly on scale issues     source
The Black Jacobins
Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
C.L.R. James - Oct 23, 1989 (first published in 1938)
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A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World.This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1794-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for the Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba. It is the story of the French col...
Ben Horowitz
Mar 22, 2011
The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James (the story of Toussaint L'Ouverture and the Haitian revolution) is my favorite leadership book ever and one of the great stories in human history (in fact, I should probably write a blog post about it).     source
Who Is Michael Ovitz?
Michael Ovitz - Jul 18, 2019
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If you're going to read one book about Hollywood, this is the one.As co-founder of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Michael Ovitz earned a reputation for ruthless negotiation, brilliant strategy and fierce loyalty to his clients. He reinvented the role of the agent and helped shape the careers of hundreds of A-list stars and directors, including Stev...
Ben Horowitz
It is truly rare to read a book this honest from a living legend. The Hollywood superhero lets us peak behind his mask and understand his weaknesses and methods.     source
Dapper Dan
Made in Harlem
Daniel R. Day - Jul 09, 2019
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The story of a legendary designer who pioneered high-end streetwear, from a storefront in Harlem to the red carpet in Hollywood, dressing everyone from Salt-N-Pepa and Eric B. & Rakim to Beyoncé and Jay-Z along the way.With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the early 1980s, remixing class...
Ben Horowitz
An amazing entrepreneurial story covering everything from dice to fashion.     source
Lenin by Victor Sebestyen
Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
My American Journey by Colin Powell
High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove