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Keith is an American technology executive and investor. He is widely known for his early-stage startup investments and his executive roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide and Square. Rabois invested in Yelp and Xoom prior to each company's initial public offering and sits on both companies' boards of directors.
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The Splendid and the Vile
A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
Erik Larson - 2020-02-25
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On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and p...
Keith Rabois
Books on Churchill in 1940-1941 take on wholly different meanings during a crisis vs studying during times of peace & prosperity.      source
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The Book of Why
The New Science of Cause and Effect
Judea Pearl - 2019-01-01 (first published in 2018)
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'Wonderful ... Illuminating ... Fun to read' Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow A pioneer of artificial intelligence shows how the study of causality revolutionized science and the world'Correlation does not imply causation.' This mantra was invoked by scientists for decades in order to avoid taking positions as to whether one thing...
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@Jabaluck @jasndoc Yes, indeed. Start with the Book of Why by Judeah Pearl.      source
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High Output Management
Andrew S. Grove - 1995-08-29 (first published in 1983)
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The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. In High Output Management, Andrew S. Grove, former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel, shares his perspective on how to build and run a company. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s le...
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As Warren Buffett says, build a company that idiots could run because eventually they will. So this is what you want. Basically a performance machine that idiots can run. Now as a leader, what is your real job, what's your role? Strictly speaking there is only one book ever written that actually explains how to do this. It's rather old, written in 1982 by Andy Grove, it's quite famous, and successful. And his definition of what your job is, is to maximize the output of the organization.      source
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The Price We Pay
What Broke American Health Care--And How to Fix It
Marty Makary - 2019-09-01
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"A must-read for every American and business leader." --Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, FORBESFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Unaccountable comes an eye-opening, urgent look at America's broken health care system--and the people who are saving it.One in five Americans now has medical debt in collections and rising health care costs tod...
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If you want to understand why health care is a mess and how to improve it (without making it worse) start by reading this book:      source
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The Upside of Stress
Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It
Kelly McGonigal - 2016-05-10 (first published in 2012)
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Drawing from groundbreaking research, psychologist and award-winning teacher Kelly McGonigal, PhD, offers a surprising new view of stress—one that reveals the upside of stress, and shows us exactly how to capitalize on its benefits.You hear it all the time: stress causes heart disease; stress causes insomnia; stress is bad for you! But what if chan...
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@paulg @rivatez Upside of Stress, Why We Sleep, The Score Takes Care of Itself, The Little Kingdom, Vision of the Anointed.      source
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The Vision of the Anointed
Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
Thomas Sowell - 1996-06-28 (first published in 1995)
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Thomas Sowell's provocative critique of liberalism's failures The Vision of the Anointed is a devastating critique of the mind-set behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years. Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in educa...
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@paulg @rivatez Upside of Stress, Why We Sleep, The Score Takes Care of Itself, The Little Kingdom, Vision of the Anointed.      source
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Skin in the Game
Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
Nassim Nicholas Taleb - 2018-02-27
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan, a bold new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibilityIn his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed...
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@conorsen Lol. The Skin in the Game book is quite powerful, albeit often redundant.      source
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Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility
Patty McCord - 2018-01-09
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When it comes to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. McCord helped create the unique and high-performing culture at Netflix, where she was chief talent officer. In her new book, Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, she shares what she learned there and elsewher...
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The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World
Melissa A Schilling - 2018-02-13
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The science behind the traits and quirks that drive creative geniuses to make spectacular breakthroughsWhat really distinguishes the people who literally change the world--those creative geniuses who give us one breakthrough after another? What differentiates Marie Curie or Elon Musk from the merely creative, the many one-hit wonders among us?Melis...
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Rocket Men
The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
Robert Kurson - 2019-05-21 (first published in 2018)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind's historic first mission to the Moon, from the bestselling author of Shadow Divers. "Robert Kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy."--Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian and...
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United States Marine Corps - 2020-06-09
Creative Selection by Ken Kocienda
Who Is Michael Ovitz? by Michael Ovitz
Deep Medicine by Eric Topol
Churchill by Andrew Roberts
Grit by Angela Duckworth
Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
High Growth Handbook by Elad Gil
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
1944 by Jay Winik
Billy Martin by Bill Pennington
The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin
How Not to Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg
The Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki
The New New Thing by Michael Lewis
The Innovator's Solution by Clayton M. Christensen
The Success Equation by Michael J. Mauboussin
The Curse of the Mogul by Jonathan A. Knee
Googled by Ken Auletta
The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh
Spent by Geoffrey Miller
Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
Return to the Little Kingdom by Michael Moritz
Planet Google by Randall Stross
Get Back in the Box by Douglas Rushkoff
The Search by John Battelle
Swimming Across by Andrew S. Grove
The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar
Steve Jobs & the Next Big Thing by Randall E. Stross
The Little Kingdom by Michael Moritz
Leaders by Richard Nixon