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Keith Rabois

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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 - Feb 25, 2020
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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
Apr 10, 2020
Books on Churchill in 1940-1941 take on wholly different meanings during a crisis vs studying during times of peace & prosperity.     source
The Book of Why
The New Science of Cause and Effect
Judea Pearl - Jan 01, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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'Wonderful ... Illuminating ... Fun to read' Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow...
Keith Rabois
Mar 26, 2020
@Jabaluck @jasndoc Yes, indeed. Start with the Book of Why by Judeah Pearl.     source
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High Output Management
Andrew S. Grove - Aug 29, 1995 (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...
Keith Rabois
Feb 11, 2020
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
The Upside of Stress
Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It
Kelly McGonigal - May 10, 2016 (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...
Keith Rabois
Sep 14, 2019
@paulg @rivatez Upside of Stress, Why We Sleep, The Score Takes Care of Itself, The Little Kingdom, Vision of the Anointed.     source
The Vision of the Anointed
Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
Thomas Sowell - Jun 28, 1996 (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...
Keith Rabois
Sep 14, 2019
@paulg @rivatez Upside of Stress, Why We Sleep, The Score Takes Care of Itself, The Little Kingdom, Vision of the Anointed.     source
Powerful
Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility
Patty McCord - Jan 09, 2018
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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...
Keith Rabois
Apr 24, 2019
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Quirky
The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World
Melissa A Schilling - Feb 13, 2018
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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...
Keith Rabois
Apr 24, 2019
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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 - May 21, 2019 (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...
Keith Rabois
Apr 24, 2019
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Who Is Michael Ovitz?
Michael Ovitz - Jul 18, 2019
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If you're going to read one book about Hollywood, this is the one.As co-founder of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Michael Ovitz earned a reputation for ruthless negotiation, brilliant strategy and fierce loyalty to his clients. He reinvented the role of the agent and helped shape the careers of hundreds of A-list stars and directors, including Stev...
Keith Rabois
Apr 24, 2019
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Churchill
Walking with Destiny
Andrew Roberts - Nov 06, 2018
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Unarguably the best single-volume biography of Churchill . . . A brilliant feat of storytelling, monumental in scope, yet put together with tenderness for a man who had always believed that he would be Britain’s savior.” —Wall Street JournalIn this landmark biography of Winston Churchill based on extensive new material,...
Keith Rabois
Apr 24, 2019
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1944
FDR and the Year That Changed History
Jay Winik - Sep 27, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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**New York Times Bestseller** Jay Winik brings to life in “gripping” detail (The New York Times Book Review) the year 1944, which determined the outcome of World War II and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined President Roosevelt.1944 was a year that could have stymied the Allies and cemented Hitler’s waning power. Instead, ...
Keith Rabois
Apr 24, 2019
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The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin
The Success Equation by Michael J. Mauboussin
Deep Medicine by Eric Topol
How Not to Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg
Creative Selection by Ken Kocienda
The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh
The New New Thing by Michael Lewis
The Innovator's Solution by Clayton M. Christensen
The Curse of the Mogul by Jonathan A. Knee
Googled by Ken Auletta
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
Warfighting by United States Marine Corps
Get Back in the Box by Douglas Rushkoff
The Search by John Battelle
The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar
High Growth Handbook by Elad Gil
The Little Kingdom by Michael Moritz