9 books on the list
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What It Takes
Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence
Learn from the co-founder and CEO of Blackstone, Stephen A. Schwarzman, in this empowering and informative book that uses impactful episodes from his life to show readers how to build, transform and lead thriving organizations. Schwarzman shares the lessons he's learned through creating a global financial institution that manages over $500 billion, as well through his philanthropic endeavors, which have led to transformative solutions in the education sector. Expect to find practical blueprints for success in entrepreneurship, investing, deal making, leadership and diplomacy, as well Schwarzman's mantra "don't lose money."
There’s much to learn from Steve Schwarzman’s contributions to finance, US-China relations, and computing, including AI research. His new book reveals how he has achieved the rarest kind of leverage in multiple fields. #WhatItTakes – source
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From Simi Valley to Silicon Valley
A Story of Hard Work, Serendipity, and Questing
"From Simi Valley to Silicon Valley" is an inspiring memoir about the remarkable journey of a young tech specialist who went on to become one of the youngest CIOs of a Fortune 500 company. Sharing valuable lessons he learned while working with influential innovators, the author emphasizes the importance of being open to unexpected opportunities and embracing your own contradictions. A must-read for anyone looking to succeed in business and in life.
Stephen Gillett is a superstar, well worth reading. – source
Eight Men Who Changed America
Discover the untold stories of eight men who became president of the United States without being elected to the position. From Tyler to Truman, Coolidge to LBJ, Accidental Presidents examines how the character of each leader impacted the nation and the world. Learn how they vastly changed American history - from delaying the Civil War to breaking up the trusts - and how their actions shaped the power and limits of the presidency. Immerse yourself in this gripping history lesson that adds immeasurably to our understanding of this most important position.
A timely book that is highly relevant to today's politics. – source
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Blueprint by Nicholas A. Christakis explores the idea that our genes not only affect our bodies and behaviors, but also influence the ways we form societies. Christakis offers many examples, from historical cultures to modern online communities, to prove that we are innately programmed for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Despite our violent past, our social blueprint for goodness cannot be escaped. By exploring our evolutionary roots, Blueprint shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare, and societies continue to shape our genes today.
BLUEPRINT by @NAChristakis is a terrific book that is optimistic about the human condition and that explores the evolutionary origins of a good society. It's a joy to read and it highlights ways to make our society better. via @littlebrown – source
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Secrets of Sand Hill Road
Venture Capital and How to Get It
Discover the secrets of venture capital in the heart of Silicon Valley's Sand Hill Road. In this Wall Street Journal Bestseller, lawyer-turned-entrepreneur-turned-VC Scott Kupor shares insight into how VCs make investment decisions and how entrepreneurs can build successful relationships with them. Learn why storytelling is crucial to raising capital, how to handle a "down round," and the importance of building relationships with potential acquirers. Packed with insider advice and practical takeaways, this guide is a must-read for any entrepreneur looking to turn their startup into a unicorn.
As someone who’s helped a small company become a huge, valuable company, I know firsthand the power of the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurship. This book is the definitive book on navigating VC as part of that. – source
Also recommended byBenedict EvansTren GriffinElad GilChris FralicChuck RussellDavid Lieb
The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies
Discover the secret to scaling massively valuable companies with the award-winning Masters of Scale podcast host's book. Learn the techniques of "blitzscaling" for growing at a breakneck pace and achieving the goal of going from one to one billion - as quickly as possible. Explore the necessary shifts and unique challenges that arise at each stage of a company's life cycle, from business model design to hiring and managing. Whether your business has ten employees or ten thousand, Blitzscaling is the essential playbook for winning in a world where speed is the only competitive advantage that matters.
Paints the picture, with key case studies, of what it really takes to build a market-leading company. – source
Also recommended byBill GatesSam AltmanVinod KhoslaJonah LuptonBrian Chesky
This inspiring book, Power Up, follows the journey of Magdalena Yesil, a pioneering Silicon Valley entrepreneur and first investor of Salesforce. With candor and insight, Yesil shares her experiences as a woman and immigrant in the tech industry, offering highly actionable advice for ambitious women looking to break glass ceilings and succeed in the New Silicon Valley and beyond. Topics covered include managing risk, getting credit for your work, and recruiting allies in the movement towards a supportive workplace for everyone.
The author is a fearless entrepreneur who worked hard to help early online merchants get off the ground. Some of them went on to become giants, like Amazon. – source
Also recommended byRon Conway
The Better Angels of Our Nature
Why Violence Has Declined
Discover a groundbreaking examination of human history in this thought-provoking work. Despite the negative news cycle, bestselling author Steven Pinker argues that we may be living in our most peaceful era. Pinker explodes common myths about inherent human violence, and highlights long-term trends of declining violence across time. Interwoven with psychology and history, this book provides a vision of an increasingly enlightened and peaceful world.
When you finish The Better Angels of Our Nature, which takes a long time, you conclude that the world is in a much, much better place than it has been in the past. – source
Also recommended byBill GatesMark ZuckerbergChris AndersonLex FridmanJack KornfieldGeoffrey MillerStewart BrandJohn ArnoldBen Silbermann
Behind the Cloud
The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry
Discover the secrets behind salesforce.com's explosive growth in "Behind the Cloud" by visionary founder Marc Benioff. Learn how his team created new business, technology, and philanthropic models to thrive during a time of change. This book will inspire business leaders and entrepreneurs to innovate, grow, and succeed, regardless of economic climate.
Salesforce.com and Google share a vision for how the cloud will revolutionize computing. Behind the Cloud gives us a rare glimpse at the development of one of the most important trends in business today. – source
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