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Evan Williams is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur who has founded several Internet companies. Williams was previously chairman and CEO of Twitter, one of the top ten websites on the Internet.
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Wool
by Hugh Howey (Mar 12, 2013)
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For suspense-filled, post-apocalyptic thrillers, Wool is more than a self-published ebook phenomenon―it’s the new standard in classic science fiction.In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect the...
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Mindfulness for Beginners
Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life(Book & CD))
by Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D. (Jul 01, 2016)
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Now in paperback, the perfect starting place to learn mindfulness meditation and return ourselves to wholeness and presence. With Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon Kabat-Zinn guides readers through the simple steps for transforming our relationship to the way we think, feel, love, work, and play, to more fully embody who we really are. Here, the teach...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
Meditation has become more mainstream in the last few years, thanks to scientific findings and general awareness of the benefits it brings. For me, mindfulness meditation is the most important habit I’ve taken up in my adult life. For those curious about it, Kabat-Zinn, one of the original mindfulness gurus of the West, breaks it down in simple and beneficial terms.     source
Getting Things Done
The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
by David Allen (Mar 17, 2015)
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"The Bible of business and personal productivity" —Lifehack"A completely revised and updated edition of the blockbuster bestseller from 'the personal productivity guru'"—Fast CompanySince it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultim...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
Still the best advice on getting your life in order and freeing up your brain to be creative. I need frequent reminders on the approach laid out in this book, as I fall off the GTD wagon often. But every time I get back on I instantly feel happier and more in control. (If you’re familiar with GTD but need a reminder, check out Allen’s newer Making it All Work.)     source
The Martian
by Andy Weir (Oct 28, 2014)
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars's surface, with no way to signal Earth that he's alive. And even if he could get word out, h...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
If I was really stranded on a desert island, this novel would be good to have. The movie is also good, but the book would help to pass more time. Both make surviving on a desert island seem like a walk in the park. What’s great about this adventure — which I find rare in pop culture — is the celebration of the mind, invention and science.     source
Antifragile
Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Jan 28, 2014)
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Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes.Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestsell...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
Few books have made me think more than this one over the last decade. A meandering philosophical treatise that explores how all types of systems — your body, nature, the economy, your company — get stronger or weaker with stress. Some don’t like Taleb’s writing style, but his ideas are compelling.     source
Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman (Apr 02, 2013)
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In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
I love surprising scientific findings, as well as information about how our brains work. This is a treasure trove of both. Turns out, our brains are constantly misleading us. It’s not clear that learning how that’s the case reduces the chances of it happening, but it’s fascinating nonetheless.     source
Reinventing Fire
Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era
by Amory Lovins (Oct 15, 2011)
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Imagine fuel without fear. No climate change. No oil spills, no dead coalminers, no dirty air, no devastated lands, no lost wildlife. No energy poverty. No oil-fed wars, tyrannies, or terrorists. No leaking nuclear wastes or spreading nuclear weapons. Nothing to run out. Nothing to cut off. Nothing to worry about. Just energy abundance, benign and ...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
I’ve read a lot about climate change. Mostly it’s depressing — which isn’t a good reason to not understand it. But this book from Amory Lovins and his Rocky Mountain Institute is an antidote for doom and gloom. It offers a thoroughly researched set of options for engineering our way out of the crisis.     source
Mindset
The New Psychology of Success
by Carol S. Dweck (Dec 26, 2007)
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Now updated with new research — the book that has changed millions of lives.After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of hum...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
It’s one of those ideas that is obvious only once you know it — that praising kids for their abilities (as opposed to their efforts) can actually be detrimental. Dweck’s research is among the most important for parents to know. Her book goes far beyond the implications for children and has lessons for all in work and personal life.     source
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
An Inquiry into Values
by Robert M Pirsig (Apr 25, 2006)
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Robert M. Pirsig's Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an examination of how we live, a meditation on how to live better set around the narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, undertaken by a father & his young son....
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
One of the few novels I’ve ever read twice (though it’s been about 20 years, so it might be time for a reread). A philosophy book in the form of a novel that has very little to do with motorcycle maintenance. Instead, it has a lot to do with the elusive aspects of “quality,” and the importance of attitude in your approach to life.     source
The Effective Executive
The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)
by Peter F. Drucker (Jan 03, 2006)
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What makes an effective executive?The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
Though the parts on computers feel a little dated, this slim 1969 guide to managing yourself and others in the knowledge economy is otherwise incredibly on point. Drucker writes about first principles and makes things seem obvious — once he explains them in his straightforward way.     source
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
by Richard Bach (Sep 01, 1970)
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People who make their own rules when they know they're right...people who get a special pleasure out of doing something well (even if only for themselves)...people who know there's more to this whole living thing than meets the eye: they'll be with Jonathan Seagull all the way. Others may simply escape into a delightful adventure about freedom and ...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
My cousin from Kansas City gave me this book when I was a lonely teenager growing up on the farm. His message was that there is a bigger world out there, and that I didn’t need to conform to those around me. It was an important and enduring lesson.     source
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Cumulus
by Eliot Peper (Apr 26, 2016)
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In the not-so-distant future, economic inequality and persistent surveillance push Oakland to the brink of civil war. Lilly Miyamoto is a passionate analog photographer striving to pursue an ever more distant dream. Huian Li is preeminent among the Silicon Valley elite as the founder and CEO of the pervasive tech giant Cumulus. Graham Chandler is a...
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The Innovator's Dilemma
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
by Clayton M. Christensen (Jan 05, 2016)
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The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the worlds best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestsellerone of the most influential business books of all timeinnovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding compan...
The Halo Effect
. . . and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers
by Phil Rosenzweig (Jun 17, 2014)
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With two new chapters and a new preface, the award-winning book The Halo Effect continues to unmask the delusions found in the corporate world and provides a sharp understanding of what drives business success and failure.Too many of today’s most prominent management gurus make steel-clad guarantees based on claims of irrefutable research, promisin...
Ev Williams
Dec 15, 2007
If you read business books, you should read this business book. You'll read all others with a more skeptical (and intelligent) eye     source
Hackers & Painters
Big Ideas From The Computer Age
by Paul Graham (Apr 30, 2010)
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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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The Dip
A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
by Seth Godin (May 10, 2007)
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A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller In this iconic bestseller, popular business blogger and bestselling author Seth Godin proves that winners are really just the best quitters. Godin shows that winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt--until they commit to beating the right Dip.Every new project (or job, or...
Ev Williams
Dec 15, 2007
Godin is the master at framing seemingly obvious things in insightful ways. I found this book inspiring and clarifying about what it takes to succeed.     source
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Joel on Software
And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity
by Joel Spolsky (Aug 01, 2004)
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Someone once said that the task of a writer is to "make the familiar new and the new familiar". For years, Joel Spolsky has done exactly this at www.joelonsoftware.com. Now, for the first time, you can own a collection of the most important essays from his site in one book, with exclusive commentary and new insights from joel....
Moneyball
The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis (Mar 17, 2004)
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Categories: NonfictionSports
Billy Beane, general manager of MLB's Oakland A's and protagonist of Michael Lewis's Moneyball, had a problem: how to win in the Major Leagues with a budget that's smaller than that of nearly every other team. Conventional wisdom long held that big name, highly athletic hitters and young pitchers with rocket arms were the ticket to success. But Bea...
Good to Great
Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't
by Jim Collins (Oct 16, 2001)
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To find the keys to greatness, Collins's 21-person research team read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. The findings will surprise many readers and, quite frankly, upset others.The ChallengeBuilt to Last, the defining management study...