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Max Levchin is a Ukrainian-born American software engineer. In 1998, soon after graduating from college, he co-founded the company that eventually became PayPal.
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Artemis
A Novel
Andy Weir - Jul 03, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when ...
Max Levchin
May 02, 2019
This is another work by Andy Weir (author of The Martian), and it’s a very fun read that I would classify as part of the guilty pleasure section of my personal library     source
The Power of Habit
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Charles Duhigg - Jan 07, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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OVER 60 WEEKS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LISTWith a new Afterword by the authorIn The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that...
Max Levchin
May 02, 2019
This month I finally got to reading The Power of Habit, a book published a few years ago that compiles a bunch of great academic neuroscience and applied psychology research on habit formation. It includes clear reporting and interviewing work by its author, Charles Duhigg, whose day job is reporting for The New York Times. The book uses the now-standard formula of beginning each chapter with an anecdote that’s later substantiated by research, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting (or useful). Plus, the bits detailing Paul O’Neill’s transformation of Alcoa are priceless reading for a CEO trying to build a mission-driven company.     source
Thinking in Bets
Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts
Annie Duke - May 07, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Poker champion turned business consultant Annie Duke teaches you how to get comfortable with uncertainty and make better decisions as a result.In Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made one of the most controversial calls in football history: With 26 seconds remaining, and trailing by four at the Patriots' one-yard line, he called for a p...
Max Levchin
Mar 20, 2019
This book definitely falls in the category I loosely refer to as, “self-help,” which I typically skim more than dive into, but I read this book all the way through because I found the premise so intriguing.     source
Lake Success
A Novel
Gary Shteyngart - Jun 04, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son's diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old coll...
Max Levchin
Feb 12, 2019
Lake Success is pretty outrageous too, but also extremely funny, and terribly sad, and very human     source
Black Edge
Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street
Sheelah Kolhatkar - Jan 23, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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The story of billionaire trader Steven Cohen, the rise and fall of his hedge fund SAC Capital, and the largest insider trading investigation in history for readers of The Big Short, Den of Thieves, and Dark MoneySteven A. Cohen changed Wall Street. He and his fellow pioneers of the hedge fund industry didn t lay railroads, build factories, or inven...
Max Levchin
Feb 12, 2019
Black Edge reads more outrageous and fictional, such is the hubris of the many characters portrayed in it     source
Crucial Conversations
Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition
Kerry Patterson - Sep 07, 2011 (first published in 2001)
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* * * Over 4 Million Copies Sold * * * The New York Times bestseller that changed the way millions communicate"[Crucial Conversations] draws our attention to those defining moments that literally shape our lives, our relationships, and our world. . . . This book deserves to take its place as one of the key thought leadership contributions of our ti...
Max Levchin
Feb 12, 2019
Last month I read Crucial Conversations, a now-venerable guide to having tough conversations in a way that engages the debaters. By defining a common goal through constantly trying to genuinely understand the needs and viewpoints of others, the conversations become less heated, and more productive. In a high-growth startup, such conversations can often be very stressful, and it is easy to lose track of your shared end goal when emotions flare up. Crucial Conversations covers many of the useful tactics in making sure these conversations are productive, and offers advice on improving relationships with your coworkers.     source
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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...
Max Levchin
Nov 10, 2015
Q. - What's your favourite business book you'd advise to young entrepreneurs and why? M.L. -Some good ones from the "pure business" category: Zero to One, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, The Innovator's Dilemma, Good to Great, etc. Personally, I prefer less advice, more history. From my favorite business segment: Too Big To Fail, Ascent of Money, When Genius Failed, etc. Books on applied psychology (Influence, Predictably Irrational, etc) are another way to round out primarily technological education :)     source
Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Peter Thiel - Sep 16, 2014
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If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise t...
Max Levchin
Nov 10, 2015
Q. - What's your favourite business book you'd advise to young entrepreneurs and why? M.L. -Some good ones from the "pure business" category: Zero to One, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, The Innovator's Dilemma, Good to Great, etc. Personally, I prefer less advice, more history. From my favorite business segment: Too Big To Fail, Ascent of Money, When Genius Failed, etc. Books on applied psychology (Influence, Predictably Irrational, etc) are another way to round out primarily technological education :)     source
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Ben Horowitz - Mar 04, 2014
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A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, b...
Max Levchin
Nov 10, 2015
Q. - What's your favourite business book you'd advise to young entrepreneurs and why? M.L. -Some good ones from the "pure business" category: Zero to One, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, The Innovator's Dilemma, Good to Great, etc. Personally, I prefer less advice, more history. From my favorite business segment: Too Big To Fail, Ascent of Money, When Genius Failed, etc. Books on applied psychology (Influence, Predictably Irrational, etc) are another way to round out primarily technological education :)     source
Too Big to Fail
The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System--and Themselves
Andrew Ross Sorkin - Sep 07, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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A brilliantly reported true-life thriller that goes behind the scenes of the financial crisis on Wall Street and in Washington. In one of the most gripping financial narratives in decades, Andrew Ross Sorkin-a New York Times columnist and one of the country's most respected financial reporters-delivers the first definitive blow- by-blow account o...
Max Levchin
Nov 10, 2015
Q. - What's your favourite business book you'd advise to young entrepreneurs and why? M.L. -Some good ones from the "pure business" category: Zero to One, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, The Innovator's Dilemma, Good to Great, etc. Personally, I prefer less advice, more history. From my favorite business segment: Too Big To Fail, Ascent of Money, When Genius Failed, etc. Books on applied psychology (Influence, Predictably Irrational, etc) are another way to round out primarily technological education :)     source
Predictably Irrational
The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Dan Ariely - Apr 27, 2010 (first published in 2008)
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Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we're making smart, rational choices. But are we? In this newly revised and expand...
Max Levchin
Nov 10, 2015
Q. - What's your favourite business book you'd advise to young entrepreneurs and why? M.L. -Some good ones from the "pure business" category: Zero to One, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, The Innovator's Dilemma, Good to Great, etc. Personally, I prefer less advice, more history. From my favorite business segment: Too Big To Fail, Ascent of Money, When Genius Failed, etc. Books on applied psychology (Influence, Predictably Irrational, etc) are another way to round out primarily technological education :)     source
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The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Good to Great by Jim Collins
The Art of Computer Programming, Vol. 1 by Donald E. Knuth
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Harold Abelson
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff
Middleman by Olen Steinhauer
High Growth Handbook by Elad Gil
Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson
When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein
Isaac Asimov by Isaac Asimov