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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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High Output Management
by Andrew S. Grove (Aug 29, 1995)
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The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. In High Output Management, Andrew S. Grove, former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel, shares his perspective on how to build and run a company. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s le...
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Andy Grove, who built himself from nothing to run Intel, stopped what he was doing to teach us his magic. And not through some ghostwriter either — Andy wrote this book himself. What an incredible gift.     source
Who Is Michael Ovitz?
by 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...
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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
Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
by 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
by Clayton M. Christensen (Jan 05, 2016)
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The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the worlds best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestsellerone of the most influential business books of all timeinnovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding compan...
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
Only the Paranoid Survive
How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company
by Andrew S. Grove (Mar 16, 1999)
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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
The Black Jacobins
Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
by C.L.R. James (Oct 23, 1989)
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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
Dapper Dan
Made in Harlem
by 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...
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An amazing entrepreneurial story covering everything from dice to fashion.     source
The Lean Startup
How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
by Eric Ries (Sep 13, 2011)
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Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for on...
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Great.     source
Lenin
The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror
by Victor Sebestyen (Oct 09, 2018)
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Victor Sebestyen’s riveting biography of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin—the first major biography in English in nearly two decades—is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century but also a fascinating portrait of Lenin the man.Brought up in comfort and with a passion for hunting and fishing, ches...
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A thrilling biography that provides great insight into how Communism works in practice.     source
Swimming Across
A Memoir
by Andrew S. Grove (Nov 01, 2002)
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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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Focus
The Future of Your Company Depends on It
by Al Ries (Sep 27, 2005)
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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
My American Journey
by Colin Powell (Feb 18, 2003)
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Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from Jamaica. He knew the rough life of the streets. He overcame a barely average start at school. Then he joined the Army. The rest is history—Vietnam, the Pentagon, Panama, Desert Storm—but a history that until now has been known only on the surface. ...
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Very, very interesting on leadership.     source
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
by Jack Weatherford (Mar 22, 2005)
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Weatherford resurrects the true history of Genghis Khan, from the story of his relentless rise through Mongol tribal culture to the waging of his devastatingly successful wars and the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed....
Ben Horowitz
Unexpectedly the most interesting book on the topic of how you think about inclusion.     source
Skin in the Game
Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Feb 27, 2018)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan, a bold new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibilityIn his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed...
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A book about the dynamics of how large-scale, highly random systems behave.     source
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My Years with General Motors
by Alfred Sloan (Oct 01, 1990)
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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
Toussaint Louverture
A Revolutionary Life
by 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...
No Rules Rules
Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention
by 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...