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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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Matthew McConaughey - 2020-10-20
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From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes...
Chris Fralic
Very good interview - also Greenlights is a fantastic book, especially the audio version.      source
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Unsafe at Any Speed
Ralph Nader - 1965-01-01
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Amazing book with incredible impact written 56 years ago by @RalphNader      source
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Success Is in Your Sphere
Leverage the Power of Relationships to Achieve Your Business Goals
Zvi Band - 2019-05-15
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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
@skeevis @firstround @ahossain24 Zvi I finally read Success is in your Sphere yesterday - really loved it, best single book on the subject. Bravo.      source
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Talking to Strangers
What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
2020-04-30 (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...
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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...
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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
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The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet
Jeff Kosseff - 2019-04-15
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As seen on CBS 60 Minutes No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.Did you know that these twenty-six words are responsible for much of America's multibillion-dollar online industry? What we can and cannot write, say, and d...
Chris Fralic
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
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Let the People Pick the President
The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College
Jesse Wegman - 2020-03-17
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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...
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@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
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Remain in Love
Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina
Chris Frantz - 2020-07-21
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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...
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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
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Up from Slavery
An Autobiography (Complete and unabridged.)
Booker T. Washington - 2020-07-02 (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
The best book I ever read on non-profit fundraising was written in 1901. Also just an amazing life story.      source
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The Fifth Risk
Undoing Democracy
Michael Lewis - 2019-12-03
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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...
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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
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
The Kill Chain by Christian Brose
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Secrets of Sand Hill Road by Scott Kupor
Walk This Way by Geoff Edgers
Whiplash by Joi Ito
The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky
The Upstarts by Brad Stone
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
The Billionaire Who Wasn't by Conor O'Clery
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