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Chris Fralic has been a Partner at First Round since 2006. He has focused on a number of the firm’s investments in areas such as advertising and marketing technology, social/mobile, eCommerce/travel, connected devices and gaming.
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Success Is in Your Sphere
Leverage the Power of Relationships to Achieve Your Business Goals
Zvi Band - May 15, 2019
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A proven step-by-step approach to leveraging the unique power of relationships to your best business advantage.Our professional relationships are the most important asset we have when it comes to growing our careers and our businesses. Most people think of this as "networking." But in today's hyperconnected market, the most cost-effective and high-...
Chris Fralic
May 18, 2021
@skeevis @firstround @ahossain24 Zvi I finally read Success is in your Sphere yesterday - really loved it, best single book on the subject. Bravo.      source
Talking to Strangers
What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
Apr 30, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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Brought to you by Penguin.The highly anticipated new book from Malcom Gladwell, host of the chart-topping podcast Revisionist History. With original archival interviews and musical scoring, this enhanced audiobook edition of Talking to Strangers brings Gladwell's renowned storytelling to life in his unparalleled narrating style. The routine traffic...
Chris Fralic
May 06, 2021
Very very good book by @Gladwell and excellent audio version by @pushkinpods      source
In the words of economist and scholar Arnold Kling, Martin Gurri saw it coming.Technology has categorically reversed the information balance of power between the public and the elites who manage the great hierarchical institutions of the industrial age government, political parties, the media.The Revolt of the Public tells the story of how insurgen...
Chris Fralic
Apr 07, 2021
Important book by @mgurri does a good job explaining a lot of how we got here politically around the world and in the US. It was written back in 2014 (with an updated chapter in 2018) so shows a lot of longer term trends. I forget who suggested it but thanks.      source
The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet
Jeff Kosseff - Apr 15, 2019
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Chris Fralic
Mar 04, 2021
Very very good from @jkosseff You might not think the history and impact of Section 230 is worth a whole book, but it is.      source
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Alex Stamos
Let the People Pick the President
The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College
Jesse Wegman - Mar 17, 2020
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"The Electoral College is a disaster for a democracy." —Donald TrumpThe framers of the Constitution battled over it. Lawmakers have tried to amend or abolish it more than 700 times. To this day, millions of voters, and even members of Congress, misunderstand how it works. It deepens our national divide and distorts the core democratic principles of...
Chris Fralic
Jan 06, 2021
@orenjacob It’s a great book. Opened my eyes. The electoral college is pure compromise and not based on any principal. It helped put us where we are literally today. It’s worth a discussion.      source
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Ezra Klein
Remain in Love
Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina
Chris Frantz - Jul 21, 2020
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One of the most dynamic groups of the '70s and '80s, Talking Heads, founded by drummer Chris Frantz, his girlfriend Tina Weymouth, and lead singer David Byrne, burst onto the music scene, playing at CBGBs, touring Europe with the Ramones, and creating hits like "Psycho Killer" and "Burning Down the House" that captured the post-baby boom generation...
Chris Fralic
Dec 18, 2020
Did you know the first live show Talking Heads ever played was opening for The Ramones at CBGB? Or that the first song they ever wrote was Psycho Killer? Really great book by drummer / music historian @ChrisFrantzTTC who with wife Tina Weymouth also founded the Tom Tom Club.      source
Up from Slavery
An Autobiography (Complete and unabridged.)
Booker T. Washington - Jul 02, 2020 (first published in 1900)
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Booker T. Washington, the most recognized national leader, orator and educator, emerged from slavery in the deep south, to work for the betterment of African Americans in the post Reconstruction period. "Up From Slavery" is an autobiography of Booker T. Washington's life and work, which has been the source of inspiration for all Americans. Washingt...
Chris Fralic
Dec 04, 2020
The best book I ever read on non-profit fundraising was written in 1901. Also just an amazing life story.      source
The Fifth Risk
Undoing Democracy
Michael Lewis - Dec 03, 2019
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The morning after Trump was elected president, the people who ran the US Department of Energy waited to brief the administration’s transition team on the agency it would soon be running. Nobody appeared. Across all departments the stories were the same: Trump appointees were few and far between; those who did show up were shockingly uninformed abou...
Chris Fralic
Nov 07, 2020
Great book on the details of the transfer of power last time around - for sure there will be enough material for multiple books with what happens over the next 90 days.      source
The Billionaire Who Wasn't
How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune
Conor O'Clery - Aug 27, 2013
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This substantially updated edition of the Business Week bestseller and an Economist “Best Book of the year” tells the story of the secretive billionaire-turned-philanthropist, who is determined to give away his fortune before he dies.Chuck Feeney was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to a blue-collar Irish-American family during the Depression. After ...
Chris Fralic
Sep 16, 2020
If you like the article, read the book. Great to see him finally opening up and sharing his amazing work.      source
The Psychology of Money
Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness
Morgan Housel - Sep 08, 2020
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Doing well with money isn't necessarily about what you know. It's about how you behave. And behavior is hard to teach, even to really smart people. Money--investing, personal finance, and business decisions--is typically taught as a math-based field, where data and formulas tell us exactly what to do. But in the real world people don't make financi...
Chris Fralic
Sep 16, 2020
Very good, by @morganhousel - finishing it on Audible, bought two physical books to give away.      source
The Origins of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson - Aug 04, 2020
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.“As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to ...
Chris Fralic
Aug 26, 2020
Books I’ve read in 2020 that have stopped me in my tracks, changed the way I look at the subject, stayed with me.      source
The Kill Chain by Christian Brose
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The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
Walk This Way by Geoff Edgers
Secrets of Sand Hill Road by Scott Kupor
The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Whiplash by Joi Ito