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Brian Armstrong is the chief executive of Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S. Armstrong co-founded Coinbase, which is based in San Francisco, in 2012. Coinbase raised $300 million in October 2018 in a financing round led by Tiger Global that valued the company at $8 billion.
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The Sovereign Individual
Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
James Dale Davidson - Aug 26, 1999 (first published in 1997)
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Two renowned investment advisors and authors of the bestseller The Great Reckoning bring to light both currents of disaster and the potential for prosperity and renewal in the face of radical changes in human history as we move into the next century. The Sovereign Individual details strategies necessary for adapting financially to the next phase of...
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May 18, 2020
Took a fresh read of Sovereign Individual - was really ahead of it's time, a lot of original thinking (some really out there stuff too)     source
High Growth Handbook
Elad Gil - Jul 17, 2018
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Well-known technology executive and angel investor Elad Gil has worked with high growth tech companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Instacart, Coinbase, Stripe, and Square as they've grown from small companies into global brands. Across all of these break-out companies, a set of common patterns has evolved into a repeatable playbook that Gil has c...
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The author's advice has been key for Coinbase as we go through hypergrowth, from hiring executives to improving M&A.     source
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Adventures of a Curious Character
Richard P. Feynman - Feb 06, 2018 (first published in 1985)
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A New York Times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on ...
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A way to have a happy life. Remain curious and enjoy the journey.     source
Becoming Steve Jobs
The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
Brent Schlender - Jun 07, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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Now in paperback, the #1 New York Times bestselling biography of how Steve Jobs became the most visionary CEO in history. With a new foreword by Marc Andreessen and new afterword by the authors, Becoming Steve Jobs is a narrative on Jobs' evolution as a manager and leader, as an astute CEO, as a father, and as a visionary with an unparalled sense o...
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A biography of the famous Apple CEO. I read the Walter Isaacson biography last year, but found this one slightly better.     source
The Wright Brothers
David McCullough - May 03, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize—the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly—Wilbur and Orville Wright.On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed history. But...
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A worthwhile read for all builders.     source
The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership
A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success
Jim Dethmer - Jan 09, 2015
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You’ll never see leadership the same way again after reading this book. These fifteen commitments are a distillation of decades of work with CEOs and other leaders. They are radical or provocative for many. They have been game changers for us and for our clients. We trust that they will be for you too. Our experience is that unconscious leadershi...
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Discusses a way of approaching work where you are curious, eager to learn, and open, instead of focusing on blame, criticism, and commitment to being right.     source
The Alliance
Managing Talent in the Networked Age
Reid Hoffman - Jul 08, 2014
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A New York Times BestsellerIntroducing the new, realistic loyalty pact between employer and employee.The employer-employee relationship is broken, and managers face a seemingly impossible dilemma: the old model of guaranteed long-term employment no longer works in a business environment defined by continuous change, but neither does a system in whi...
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I found the central concept to be pretty helpful, and it changed how we approach a few things at Coinbase.     source
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Don't Make Me Think
A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition)
Steve Krug - Jan 02, 2014 (first published in 2000)
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Since Dont Make Me Think was first published in 2000, over 400,000 Web designers and developers have relied on Steve Krugs guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design.In this 3rd edition, Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made Dont Make Me Think a classic-with updat...
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A framework to simulate how customers experience your product, especially the moments of confusion.     source
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Ready Player One
A Novel
Ernest Cline - Jun 05, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that...
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A compelling picture of how VR might play out.     source
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
Adele Faber - Feb 07, 2012 (first published in 1996)
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The ultimate “parenting bible” (The Boston Globe) with a new Foreword—and available as an eBook for the first time—a timeless, beloved book on how to effectively communicate with your child from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors.Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “...
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Really about how to communicate with all people. I found this book quite helpful and it changed how I communicate.     source
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Hackers & Painters
Big Ideas From The Computer Age
Paul Graham - Apr 30, 2010 (first published in 2004)
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"The computer world is like an intellectual Wild West, in which you can shoot anyone you wish with your ideas, if you're willing to risk the consequences. " --from Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age, by Paul GrahamWe are living in the computer age, in a world increasingly designed and engineered by computer programmers and software...
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A printed version of some of his essays.     source
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
The Dip by Seth Godin
The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil
Sperm Wars by Robin Baker
The Inmates Are Running the Asylum by Alan Cooper
Good to Great by Jim Collins
High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries
When I Say No, I Feel Guilty by Manuel J. Smith