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Linda Xie

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Linda Xie is co-founder and Managing Director of Scalar Capital. Previously she was a product manager at Coinbase which she joined in June 2014. At Coinbase, Xie has worked with regulators and law enforcement on compliance for digital assets. Prior to Coinbase, she was a portfolio risk analyst at AIG. Linda holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
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The Dream Machine
M. Mitchell Waldrop - Sep 25, 2018 (first published in 2001)
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Behind every great revolution is a vision and behind perhaps the greatest revolution of our time, personal computing, is the vision of J.C.R. Licklider. He did not design the first personal computers or write the software that ran on them, nor was he involved in the legendary early companies that brought them to the forefront of our everyday experi...
Linda Xie
May 19, 2021
The Dream Machine is an incredible book detailing the history of the modern computer. It brings together the stories of many people who played a key role - Claude Shannon, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, etc. Highly recommend!      source
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Patrick Collison
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
Don Thompson - Apr 13, 2010 (first published in 2008)
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Why would a smart New York investment banker pay $12 million for the decaying, stuffed carcass of a shark? By what alchemy does Jackson Pollock's drip painting No. 5, 1948 sell for $140 million?Intriguing and entertaining, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark is a Freakonomics approach to the economics and psychology of the contemporary art world. Why wer...
Linda Xie
Feb 27, 2021
@MattSlater I liked that book a lot! Also really enjoyed this documentary      source
The Infinite Machine
How an Army of Crypto-hackers Is Building the Next Internet with Ethereum
Camila Russo - Jul 14, 2020
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Written with the verve of such works as The Big Short, The History of the Future, and The Spider Network, here is the fascinating, true story of the rise of Ethereum, the second-biggest digital asset in the world, the growth of cryptocurrency, and the future of the internet as we know it.Everyone has heard of Bitcoin, but few know about the second ...
Linda Xie
Dec 31, 2020
Adding some history of science and tech books that I enjoyed this year: - Skunk Works - The Code Book - How Music Got Free - The Infinite Machine - A Crack in Creation - Working in Public - No Filter - Super Pumped - Losing the Signal - Autonomy - How Innovation Works      source
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Tyler Cowen
How Innovation Works
And Why It Flourishes in Freedom
Matt Ridley - May 19, 2020
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Innovation is the main event of the modern age, the reason we experience both dramatic improvements in our living standards and unsettling changes in our society. Forget short-term symptoms like Donald Trump and Brexit, it is innovation itself that explains them and that will itself shape the 21st century for good and ill. Yet innovation remains a ...
Linda Xie
Dec 31, 2020
Adding some history of science and tech books that I enjoyed this year: - Skunk Works - The Code Book - How Music Got Free - The Infinite Machine - A Crack in Creation - Working in Public - No Filter - Super Pumped - Losing the Signal - Autonomy - How Innovation Works      source
No Filter
The Inside Story of Instagram
Sarah Frier - Apr 14, 2020
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Award-winning reporter Sarah Frier reveals an inside, never-before-told, behind-the-scenes look at how Instagram defied the odds to become one of the most culturally defining apps of the decade. Since its creation in 2010, Instagram’s fun and simple interface has captured our collective imagination, swiftly becoming a way of life. In No Filter: The...
Linda Xie
Dec 31, 2020
Adding some history of science and tech books that I enjoyed this year: - Skunk Works - The Code Book - How Music Got Free - The Infinite Machine - A Crack in Creation - Working in Public - No Filter - Super Pumped - Losing the Signal - Autonomy - How Innovation Works      source
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Casey NeistatKurt Wagner
Super Pumped
The Battle for Uber
Mike Isaac - Sep 03, 2019
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In June 2017, Travis Kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of Uber, was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant. Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world, yet for many came to symbolize everything wrong with Silicon Valley.Award-winning New York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac’s Super Pumped pre...
Linda Xie
Dec 31, 2020
Adding some history of science and tech books that I enjoyed this year: - Skunk Works - The Code Book - How Music Got Free - The Infinite Machine - A Crack in Creation - Working in Public - No Filter - Super Pumped - Losing the Signal - Autonomy - How Innovation Works      source
Autonomy
The Quest to Build the Driverless Car―And How It Will Reshape Our World
Lawrence D Burns - Aug 28, 2018
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A deep dive into the race to develop and perfect the driverless car—an innovation that promises to be the most disruptive change to our way of life since the smartphone by a veteran insider of the automotive and tech worldsIn Autonomy, former GM executive and current advisor to the Google Self-Driving Car project Lawrence Burns offers a sweeping hi...
Linda Xie
Dec 31, 2020
Adding some history of science and tech books that I enjoyed this year: - Skunk Works - The Code Book - How Music Got Free - The Infinite Machine - A Crack in Creation - Working in Public - No Filter - Super Pumped - Losing the Signal - Autonomy - How Innovation Works      source
How Music Got Free
A Story of Obsession and Invention
Stephen Witt - Jun 14, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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• Finalist for the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year • Named one of Time magazine’s Best Books of 2015 So Far • A New York Times Editors’ Choice • “[How Music Got Free] has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book.”—Dwight Garner, The New York TimesWhat happens when an entire generation commit...
Linda Xie
Dec 31, 2020
Adding some history of science and tech books that I enjoyed this year: - Skunk Works - The Code Book - How Music Got Free - The Infinite Machine - A Crack in Creation - Working in Public - No Filter - Super Pumped - Losing the Signal - Autonomy - How Innovation Works      source
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Eric AlperPaolo Gregoletto
Losing the Signal
The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry
Jacquie McNish - May 03, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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In 2009, BlackBerry controlled half of the smartphone market. Today that number is one percent. What went so wrong?Losing the Signal is a riveting story of a company that toppled global giants before succumbing to the ruthlessly competitive forces of Silicon Valley. This is not a conventional tale of modern business failure by fraud and greed. The ...
Linda Xie
Dec 31, 2020
Adding some history of science and tech books that I enjoyed this year: - Skunk Works - The Code Book - How Music Got Free - The Infinite Machine - A Crack in Creation - Working in Public - No Filter - Super Pumped - Losing the Signal - Autonomy - How Innovation Works      source
The Code Book
The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Simon Singh - Aug 29, 2000 (first published in 1999)
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In his first book since the bestselling Fermat’s Enigma, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who helped the Allies win World War II, t...
Linda Xie
Dec 31, 2020
Adding some history of science and tech books that I enjoyed this year: - Skunk Works - The Code Book - How Music Got Free - The Infinite Machine - A Crack in Creation - Working in Public - No Filter - Super Pumped - Losing the Signal - Autonomy - How Innovation Works      source
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Stephen Kinsella
Skunk Works
A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
Ben R. Rich - Feb 01, 1996 (first published in 1994)
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From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind the high-stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret & successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk W...
Linda Xie
Dec 31, 2020
Adding some history of science and tech books that I enjoyed this year: - Skunk Works - The Code Book - How Music Got Free - The Infinite Machine - A Crack in Creation - Working in Public - No Filter - Super Pumped - Losing the Signal - Autonomy - How Innovation Works      source
Also recommended by
Chris Anderson
A Mind at Play by Jimmy Soni
Virtual Economies by Vili Lehdonvirta
Get Together by Bailey Richardson
One from Many by Dee Hock
Crypto by Steven Levy
Working in Public by Nadia Eghbal
A Crack in Creation by Jennifer A. Doudna
What You Do Is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz
Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper
How the Internet Happened by Brian McCullough
High Growth Handbook by Elad Gil