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Ronald Crawford Conway is an American venture capitalist and philanthropist, often described as one of Silicon Valley's "super angels". Conway is recognized as a strong networker.
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Power Up
How Smart Women Win in the New Economy
by Magdalena Yesil (Oct 31, 2017)
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Pioneering Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Magdalena Yesil came to the United States in 1976 with two suitcases and $43, blind to the challenges she would face as a woman and immigrant in Silicon Valley. Today, she is best known as the first investor and a founding board member of Salesforce, the now-multibillion dollar company that ushere...
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Oct 24, 2017
Pragmatic & full of actionable advice, Magdalena Yesil's Power UP prepares women to go to the top in Silicon Valley     source
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Eric Schmidt
The Art Spirit
by Robert Henri (Jun 27, 2019)
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Categories: ArtNonfiction
First published in 1923, "The Art Spirit," by famed artist and teacher Robert Henri, has been an important and influential guide to aspiring artists for nearly one hundred years. Born Robert Henry Cozad in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1865, Henri studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Acad�mie Julian in Paris, and the Ѐcole de...
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Notes, articles, fragments of letters and talks to students, bearing on the concept and technique of picture making, the study of art generally, and on appreciation.     source
This book is also recommended by
Jack DorseyDavid Lynch
Talking to Humans
Success starts with understanding your customers
by Giff Constable (Sep 23, 2014)
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With a foreword from Steve Blank, Talking to Humans is a practical guide to the qualitative side of customer development, an indispensable skill for vetting and improving any new startup or innovation. This book will teach you how to structure and run effective customer interviews, find candidates, and turn learnings into action....
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Explains how to do the customer development interviews in a way that will get you the most accurate and actionable feedback.     source
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Andrew Ng
Product Design for the Web
Principles of Designing and Releasing Web Products 1st edition by Hunt, Randy J. (2013) Paperback
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Understand how to create meaningful online experiences so that users want to come back again and again.     source
The Four Steps to the Epiphany
by Steve Blank (Jul 17, 2013)
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The essential book for anyone bringing a product to market, writing a business plan, marketing plan or sales plan. Step-by-step strategy of how to successfully organize sales, marketing and business development for a new product or company. The book offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furnitur...
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Offers the practical and proven four-step Customer Development process for search and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves some startups unsuccessful.     source
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Ryan Hoover
Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman (Apr 02, 2013)
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In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
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Covers all three phases of the author's career: his early days working oncognitive bias, his work on prospect theory, and his later work on happiness.     source
The Idea Factory
Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
by Jon Gertner (Feb 26, 2013)
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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...
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The definitive history of America's greatest incubator of technological innovation.     source
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Mark ZuckerbergPatrick Collison
How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul
by Howard Schultz (Mar 27, 2012)
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In this #1 New York Times bestseller, the CEO of Starbucks recounts the story and leadership lessons behind the global coffee company's comeback and continued success.In 2008, Howard Schultz decided to return as the CEO of Starbucks to help restore its financial health and bring the company back to its core values. In Onward, he shares this remarka...
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Story of his return to Starbucks, and the success of the company in a tumlutuous economic time in history.     source
The Score Takes Care of Itself
My Philosophy of Leadership
by Bill Walsh (Jun 29, 2010)
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Bill Walsh is a towering figure in the history of the NFL. His advanced leadership transformed the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a legendary dynasty. In the process, he changed the way football is played. Prior to his death, Walsh granted a series of exclusive interviews to bestselling author Steve Jamison. These became ...
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Words of wisdown from the author to inspire, inform, and enlighten leaders in all professions.     source
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Jack DorseyRyan HolidayKeith RaboisNoah Kagan
Founders at Work
Stories of Startups' Early Days
by Jessica Livingston (Sep 16, 2008)
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Now available in paperback--with a new preface and interview with Jessica Livingston about Y Combinator!Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now. What was it like when they were just a c...
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Collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days.     source
Crossing the Chasm
Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers
by Geoffrey A. Moore (Aug 01, 2006)
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Here is the bestselling guide that created a new game plan for marketing in high-tech industries. Crossing the Chasm has become the bible for bringing cutting-edge products to progressively larger markets. This edition provides new insights into the realities of high-tech marketing, with special emphasis on the Internet. It's essential reading for ...
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Bestselling guide that created a new game plan for marketing in high-tech industries.     source
Gates of Fire
An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
by Steven Pressfield (Aug 31, 1999)
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In 480 B.C., two million Persian invaders come to the mountain pass of Thermopylae in eastern Greece, where they are met by 300 of Sparta's finest warriors. The Greek loyalists battle for six days in a prelude to their ultimate victory....
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The story of the battle of 300 Spartan soldiers against the Persian army.     source
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Chris Fussell
High Output Management
by Andrew S. Grove (Aug 29, 1995)
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The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. In High Output Management, Andrew S. Grove, former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel, shares his perspective on how to build and run a company. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s le...
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User-friendly guide to the art and science of management.     source