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Mark Suster is an American entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is a managing partner at Upfront Ventures, the largest venture capital firm in Los Angeles. Suster is a prominent blogger in the startup venture capital world.
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The Body
A Guide for Occupants
Bill Bryson - Jan 26, 2021 (first published in 2019)
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Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body--with a new afterword for the Vintage paperback....
Mark Suster
May 13, 2021
@pkedrosky I love everything he writes. Every single book.      source
Americana
A 400-Year History of American Capitalism
Bhu Srinivasan - Dec 04, 2018
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An absorbing and original narrative history of American capitalism NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY THE ECONOMIST From the days of the Mayflower and the Virginia Company, America has been a place for people to dream, invent, build, tinker, and bet the farm in pursuit of a better life. Americana takes us on a four-hundred-year journey of this spirit of ...
Mark Suster
May 01, 2021
@zachcoelius I highly recommend Americana. It’s enlightening. And tells US history through capitalism. And then this book - Splendid Exchange - does a great job of the same though globally. Changed so much about my understanding of the world      source
A Splendid Exchange
How Trade Shaped the World
William J. Bernstein - May 06, 2009
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Acclaimed by readers and critics around the globe, A Splendid Exchange is a sweeping narrative history of world trade--from Mesopotamia in 3000 B.C. to the firestorm over globalization today--that brilliantly explores trade's colorful and contentious past and provides new insights into its future....
Mark Suster
May 01, 2021
@zachcoelius I highly recommend Americana. It’s enlightening. And tells US history through capitalism. And then this book - Splendid Exchange - does a great job of the same though globally. Changed so much about my understanding of the world      source
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Born Standing Up
A Comic's Life
Steve Martin - Sep 02, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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The riveting, mega-bestselling, beloved and highly acclaimed memoir of a man, a vocation, and an era named one of the ten best nonfiction titles of the year by Time and Entertainment Weekly.In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. ...
Mark Suster
Apr 11, 2021
@bgurley lol. I grew up listening to those records. Did you read his autobiography “Born Standing Up?” Such a great book      source
The Innovator's Dilemma
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
Clayton M. Christensen - Jan 05, 2016 (first published in 1997)
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The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller—one of the most influential business books of all time—innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding com...
Mark Suster
Dec 18, 2020
Two of the most influential books of my life “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and “Innovator’s Dilemma” written by Mormons. One of my favorite startup founders is Mormon, too. His name is Derek Anderson 👇🏼👇🏼      source
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Stephen R. Covey - Nov 19, 2013 (first published in 1989)
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When Stephen Covey first released The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the book became an instant rage because people suddenly got up and took notice that their lives were headed off in the wrong direction; and more than that, they realized that there were so many simple things they could do in order to navigate their life correctly. This b...
Mark Suster
Dec 18, 2020
Two of the most influential books of my life “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and “Innovator’s Dilemma” written by Mormons. One of my favorite startup founders is Mormon, too. His name is Derek Anderson 👇🏼👇🏼      source
Shoe Dog
A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Phil Knight - May 01, 2018 (first published in 2016)
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In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), opening up about his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing,...
Mark Suster
Nov 27, 2020
I continue to be so inspired by the collectible assets @OnRallyRd acquires. I loved the book “Shoe Dog” about foundation of Nike. And to be able to own a small share in 1-of-12 original Moon Shoes is so amazing. Not too late to buy #MoonShoe      source
The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Jonathan Haidt - Feb 12, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossiblechallenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows ...
Mark Suster
Nov 04, 2020
I used to think so until I read this thought-provoking book that has forever changed my views, which talks not only about tribes but also about humans make decisions in ways that are different from how we think we make decisions.      source
What Unites Us
Reflections on Patriotism
Dan Rather - Sep 03, 2019 (first published in 2017)
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do.” —Dan Rather At a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Now, wit...
Mark Suster
Sep 08, 2020
I learned so much from @DanRather's book and thoroughly enjoyed it      source
The Warmth of Other Suns
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Isabel Wilkerson - Oct 04, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, author Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson...
Mark Suster
Aug 06, 2020
If you need a reading list this thread is golden. I ordered 10+ books already. First up for me wasn’t on the list (I don’t think?) but is “The Warmth of other Suns” by @Isabelwilkerson      source
How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Michael Pollan - May 14, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 A New York Times Notable BookThe #1 New York Times bestseller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiencesWhen Michael Pollan set out to research how L...
Mark Suster
Jul 12, 2020
@ispekhov @cvuadvisors I’m fascinated with that after reading Michael Pollan book. Wish there was more widespread testing in the US      source
Factfulness by Hans Rosling