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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 Scout Mindset
Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't
Julia Galef - 2021-04-13
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A better way to combat knee-jerk biases and make smarter decisions, from Julia Galef, the acclaimed expert on rational decision-making. When it comes to what we believe, humans see what they want to see. In other words, we have what Julia Galef calls a soldier mindset. From tribalism and wishful thinking, to rationalizing in our personal lives and ...
Linda Xie
2022-02-16T07:39:03.000Z
Also love this suggestion from The Scout Mindset by @juliagalef. Definitely going to make a conscious effort to do this. Highly recommend the book!      source
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The Idea Factory
Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
Jon Gertner - 2013-02-26 (first published in 2012)
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From its beginnings in the 1920s until its demise in the 1980s, Bell Labs-officially, the research and development wing of AT&T-was the biggest, and arguably the best, laboratory for new ideas in the world. From the transistor to the laser, from digital communications to cellular telephony, it's hard to find an aspect of modern life that hasn't bee...
Linda Xie
2021-12-29T05:55:53.000Z
Some of my favorite books are on unique times in history when a group of incredibly talented people came together to build: - American Prometheus (Manhattan Project) - Dealers of Lightning (Xerox PARC) - The Idea Factory (Bell Labs) - Masters of Doom (id Software) - Skunk Works      source
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American Prometheus
The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Kai Bird - 2006-05-01 (first published in 2005)
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American Prometheus is the first full-scale biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, "father of the atomic bomb," the brilliant, charismatic physicist who led the effort to capture the awesome fire of the sun for his country in time of war. Immediately after Hiroshima, he became the most famous scientist of his generation-one of the iconic figures of th...
Linda Xie
2021-12-29T05:55:53.000Z
Some of my favorite books are on unique times in history when a group of incredibly talented people came together to build: - American Prometheus (Manhattan Project) - Dealers of Lightning (Xerox PARC) - The Idea Factory (Bell Labs) - Masters of Doom (id Software) - Skunk Works      source
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Masters of Doom
How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
David Kushner - 2004-05-11 (first published in 2003)
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Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce ...
Linda Xie
2021-12-29T05:55:53.000Z
Some of my favorite books are on unique times in history when a group of incredibly talented people came together to build: - American Prometheus (Manhattan Project) - Dealers of Lightning (Xerox PARC) - The Idea Factory (Bell Labs) - Masters of Doom (id Software) - Skunk Works      source
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Dealers of Lightning
Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age
Michael A. Hiltzik - 2000-04-05 (first published in 1999)
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The Barnes & Noble Review March 1999 While Gates, Jobs, and the other big boys of Silicon Valley are basking in the glory of the information age, renowned Los Angeles Times reporter Michael Hiltzik reveals how, back in the early '70s, a group of inventors at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) blazed the trail for all of today's indispensable ...
Linda Xie
2021-12-29T05:55:53.000Z
Some of my favorite books are on unique times in history when a group of incredibly talented people came together to build: - American Prometheus (Manhattan Project) - Dealers of Lightning (Xerox PARC) - The Idea Factory (Bell Labs) - Masters of Doom (id Software) - Skunk Works      source
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The Book of Esports
The Definitive Guide to Competitive Video Games
William Collis - 2020-08-04
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Read the definitive guide to the modern world of competitive gaming, and The Official History of Esports™. Almost overnight, esports—or competitive video games—have exploded into the largest entertainment and sporting phenomenon in human history. The Book of Esports answers: What exactly are esports, and how did they become so popular so quickly? W...
Linda Xie
2021-08-24T00:18:31.000Z
The Book of Esports is a fantastic read if you're interested in learning a high-level overview of the history of video games, why some games dominated over others e.g. Fortnite vs PUBG, and the rise of esports. Super accessible to a wider audience      source
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Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson - 2011-01-01 (first published in 1992)
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After the Internet, what came next?Enter the Metaverse - cyberspace home to avatars and software daemons, where anything and just about everything goes. Newly available on the Street - the Metaverse's main drag - is Snow Crash, a cyberdrug. Trouble is Snow Crash is also a computer virus - and something more. Because once taken it infects the person...
Linda Xie
2021-08-18T06:17:27.000Z
@hudsonjameson @monicapuchner Ooh please read Snow Crash, it's a bit of a cliche book to talk about in tech but it's soo good and really changed my thinking when I read it!      source
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The Space Barons
Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos
Christian Davenport - 2019-04-30
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The historic quest to rekindle the human exploration and colonization of space led by two rivals and their vast fortunes, egos, and visions of space as the next entrepreneurial frontier The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Nearl...
Linda Xie
2021-07-21T18:38:27.000Z
@soona Such a good book! So glad you recommended it      source
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Project Hail Mary
A Novel
Andy Weir - 2021-05-04
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Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's ju...
Linda Xie
2021-07-09T02:51:52.000Z
The hype around Project Hail Mary is real. One of the best books I've ever read and couldn't put it down. Highly recommend checking it out especially if you love sci-fi      source
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The Dream Machine
M. Mitchell Waldrop - 2018-09-25 (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
2021-05-19T06:03:56.000Z
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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The Infinite Machine by Camila Russo
How Innovation Works by Matt Ridley
No Filter by Sarah Frier
What You Do Is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz
Super Pumped by Mike Isaac
Get Together by Bailey Richardson
How the Internet Happened by Brian McCullough
Autonomy by Lawrence D Burns
A Crack in Creation by Jennifer A. Doudna
A Mind at Play by Jimmy Soni
High Growth Handbook by Elad Gil
How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt
Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper
Losing the Signal by Jacquie McNish
Virtual Economies by Vili Lehdonvirta
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark by Don Thompson
One from Many by Dee Hock
Crypto by Steven Levy
The Code Book by Simon Singh
Skunk Works by Ben R. Rich