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Leo Polovets

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General Partner Susa Ventures, seed investor in RobinhoodApp, Flexport
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The Algorithm Design Manual
Steven S. Skiena - Oct 06, 2020 (first published in 1997)
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This book/CD-ROM package is a handy reference for working professionals who use algorithms on a daily basis. Practical Algorithm Design takes the "mystery" out of algorithms which readers encounter in the workplace by identifying and explaining them. A major feature of this book is the inclusion of a complete "catalog" of important algorithmic prob...
Leo Polovets
Apr 26, 2021
@VictorPontis Yeah the central concept of TSG is mind-bending. Have you read the Algorithm Design Manual by @StevenSkiena? Good, complementary book to CLRS. More about how to "think in algorithms" than specific algorithms.      source
The Founder's Dilemmas
Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup (The Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
Noam Wasserman - Apr 01, 2013 (first published in 2011)
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Often downplayed in the excitement of starting up a new business venture is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires, and investors to help build the business? More than just financial rewards are at stake. Friendships and relationships can suffer. Bad decisions at the incep...
Leo Polovets
Feb 27, 2021
@patrick_oshag 500-page book on common challenges that founders face (and how to solve them).      source
Startup Boards
Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors
Brad Feld - Dec 31, 2013
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An essential guide to understanding the dynamics of a startup's board of directorsLets face it, as founders and entrepreneurs, you have a lot on your plate--getting to your minimum viable product, developing customer interaction, hiring team members, and managing the accounts/books. Sooner or later, you have a board of directors, three to five (or ...
Leo Polovets
Dec 05, 2020
@sbyrnes Agreed, best book I've read on this topic so far.      source
Why Socialism Works
Harrison Lievesley - Jun 18, 2017
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This is a comprehensive book on how and why socialism will work, despite you friends saying it has and always will be a failure. Please note this book only contains two words and is entirely satire....
Leo Polovets
Oct 26, 2020
@zackkanter      source
Monetizing Innovation
How Smart Companies Design the Product Around the Price
Madhavan Ramanujam - May 02, 2016
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The book explains how most companies get sidetracked by Product-Driven Thinking and how to innovate by starting with the price customers will pay, and creating the product for that price. It will present a process that Simon-Kucher & Partners has used to help dozens of others avoid innovation failure by making pricing and marketing their guiding li...
Leo Polovets
Jan 21, 2020
@nbashaw Book rec: Monetizing Innovation by @MadhavanSF Follow rec: @patio11 A good starting heuristic is to regularly ask prospective customers for more $$ until a good fraction of prospects push back. Also think about pricing relative to how customers perceive the value you create.      source
High Growth Handbook
Elad Gil - Jul 17, 2018
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Well-known technology executive and angel investor Elad Gil has worked with high growth tech companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Instacart, Coinbase, Stripe, and Square as they've grown from small companies into global brands. Across all of these break-out companies, a set of common patterns has evolved into a repeatable playbook that Gil has c...
Leo Polovets
Mar 05, 2019
Founder book recs: Founder's Dilemmas by @noamwass (founder issues) High Growth Handbook by @eladgil (general) Monetizing Innovation by @madhavansf (pricing) Traction by @yegg/@jwmares (growth) Understanding Michael Porter by Magretta (strategy)      source
Traction
Get a Grip on Your Business
Gino Wickman - Apr 03, 2012 (first published in 2007)
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Do you have a grip on your business, or does your business have a grip on you?All entrepreneurs and business leaders face similar frustrations—personnel conflict, profit woes, and inadequate growth. Decisions never seem to get made, or, once made, fail to be properly implemented. But there is a solution. It’s not complicated or theoretical.The Entr...
Leo Polovets
Mar 05, 2019
Founder book recs: Founder's Dilemmas by @noamwass (founder issues) High Growth Handbook by @eladgil (general) Monetizing Innovation by @madhavansf (pricing) Traction by @yegg/@jwmares (growth) Understanding Michael Porter by Magretta (strategy)      source
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Understanding Michael Porter
The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy
Joan Magretta - Dec 06, 2011
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Competitive advantage. The value chain. Five forces. Industry structure. Differentiation. Relative cost. If you want to understand how companies achieve and sustain competitive success, Michael Porter’s frameworks are the foundation. But while everyone in business may know Porter’s name, many managers misunderstand and misuse his concepts.Understan...
Leo Polovets
Mar 05, 2019
Founder book recs: Founder's Dilemmas by @noamwass (founder issues) High Growth Handbook by @eladgil (general) Monetizing Innovation by @madhavansf (pricing) Traction by @yegg/@jwmares (growth) Understanding Michael Porter by Magretta (strategy)      source