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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 Master Switch
The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
Tim Wu - Nov 28, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industryfrom the telephone to radio to filmonce existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today. Each of these, however, grew to be dominated by a monopolist or cartel. In this pathbreaking book,...
Brian Armstrong
Jan 08, 2022
I do agree that all networks tend toward centralization over time. Great book on this      source
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Working Backwards
Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon
Colin Bryar - Feb 09, 2021
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Working Backwards is an insider's breakdown of Amazon's approach to culture, leadership, and best practices from two long-time, top-level Amazon executives.Colin started at Amazon in 1998; Bill joined in 1999. In Working Backwards, these two long-serving Amazon executives reveal and codify the principles and practices that drive the success of one ...
Brian Armstrong
Aug 19, 2021
Enjoyed this book, worth reading! Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon      source
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Tyler Cowen
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Project Hail Mary
A Novel
Andy Weir - May 04, 2021
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Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's ju...
Brian Armstrong
Jun 04, 2021
Best sci fi book i've read in a long long time. Has lots of real science/engineering in it. Incredible read.      source
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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...
Brian Armstrong
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
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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...
Brian Armstrong
The author's advice has been key for Coinbase as we go through hypergrowth, from hiring executives to improving M&A.      source
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"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 ...
Brian Armstrong
A way to have a happy life. Remain curious and enjoy the journey.      source
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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...
Brian Armstrong
A biography of the famous Apple CEO. I read the Walter Isaacson biography last year, but found this one slightly better.      source
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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...
Brian Armstrong
A worthwhile read for all builders.      source
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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 leadership ...
Brian Armstrong
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
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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...
Brian Armstrong
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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Phil Libin
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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...
Brian Armstrong
A framework to simulate how customers experience your product, especially the moments of confusion.      source
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber
Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham
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