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Tobi Lütke is a German-born Canadian billionaire entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of Shopify, a company based in Ottawa, Canada. He has been part of the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created open source libraries such as Active Merchant.
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The Timeless Way of Building
Christopher Alexander - 1978-12-31
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In The Timeless Way of Building Christopher Alexander presents a new theory of architecture, building, and planning which has at its core that age-old process by which the people of a society have always pulled the order of their world from their own being.He writes, “There is one timeless way of building. It is thousands of years old, and the same...
Tobi Lutke
2022-01-06T04:44:48.000Z
@katarinabatina Read Alexander’s books back during full time programmer times. They were fantastic.      source
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Game Engine Black Book
DOOM
fabien sanglard - 2019-05-22 (first published in 2018)
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Tobi Lutke
2021-06-30T23:00:47.000Z
@AWaselnuk @dan_abramov Grab the doom book by @fabynou to help guide you through      source
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Hackers
Heroes of the Computer Revolution
Steven Levy - 2010-06-08 (first published in 1984)
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This 25th anniversary edition of Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers -- those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early '80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Ga...
Tobi Lutke
2021-06-28T15:13:01.000Z
Reading Hackers by @StevenLevy on recommendation by @ID_AA_Carmack with my son. How I wish I could time travel back and toss this book into my teenage hands. How did I miss this.      source
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Scale
The Universal Laws of Life, Growth, and Death in Organisms, Cities, and Companies
Geoffrey West - 2018-05-14 (first published in 2017)
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The former head of the Sante Fe Institute, visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term “complexity” can be misleading, however, because what makes West’s discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly compl...
Tobi Lutke
2021-03-22T14:32:11.000Z
@photomatt @dhh Excellent book.      source
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Finite and Infinite Games
James P. Carse - 2013-01-05 (first published in 1986)
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There are at least two kinds of games, states James P. Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. One could be called finite; the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, wh...
Tobi Lutke
2020-11-17T17:57:48.000Z
Really love this book It came up in twice today in different meetings.      source
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Permutation City
A Novel
Greg Egan - 2014-09-16 (first published in 1994)
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What happens when your digital self overpowers your physical self?A life in Permutation City is unlike any life to which you’re accustomed. You have Eternal Life, the power to live forever. Immortality is a real thing, just not the thing you’d expect.Life is just electronic code. You have been digitized, scanned, and downloaded into a virtual reali...
Tobi Lutke
2020-07-02T00:16:28.000Z
Loved Permutation City by @gregeganSF . Hard science fiction. The quality of the science in this book is exceptional. Thank you for the recommendation @tobyordoxford      source
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Way of the Warrior Kid 3
Where there's a Will... Kids Fitness, Martial Arts and Empowerment
Jocko Willink - 2019-05-28
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A new summer brings new challenges.Marc shouldn’t have a single complaint as he finishes seventh grade. He’s done really well in his classes, his friends Kenny and Nathan have joined him at jiu-jitsu, and most important, he’s been staying on the Warrior Kid path. There’s just one problem and that problem is named Danny Rhinehart. It seems like ever...
Tobi Lutke
2020-06-21T00:16:46.000Z
I finished reading the three books of the Warrior Kid series by @jockowillink to my kids. They absolutely loved them. Highly recommended. Simple story construction but excellent philosophy.      source
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Marc's Mission
Way of the Warrior Kid (A Novel) (Way of the Warrior Kid (2))
Jocko Willink - 2018-04-24
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There’s more to life than pull-ups.Marc’s life has changed since last summer, when his for-real, super-cool Navy SEAL Uncle Jake came to visit. He’s eating healthy, practicing jiu-jitsu, and working hard in school. Marc’s had a great year…until the very last day of school, when he gets into trouble because of Nathan James. Nathan is mean and annoyi...
Tobi Lutke
2020-06-21T00:16:46.000Z
I finished reading the three books of the Warrior Kid series by @jockowillink to my kids. They absolutely loved them. Highly recommended. Simple story construction but excellent philosophy.      source
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Way of the Warrior Kid
From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way
Jocko Willink - 2017-05-02
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National Bestseller Fifth grade was the worst year of Marc's life. He stunk at gym class, math was too hard for him, the school lunch was horrible, and his class field trip was ruined because he couldn't swim. But what was most awful thing about fifth grade? Kenny Williamson, the class bully, who calls himself the King of the Jungle.When Marc's mot...
Tobi Lutke
2020-06-21T00:16:46.000Z
I finished reading the three books of the Warrior Kid series by @jockowillink to my kids. They absolutely loved them. Highly recommended. Simple story construction but excellent philosophy.      source
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Losing the Signal
The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry
Jacquie McNish - 2016-05-03 (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 ...
Tobi Lutke
2020-05-26T11:42:51.000Z
Great book      source
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Meditations
Marcus Aurelius - 2020-04-07
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Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi
The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley
The Box by Marc Levinson
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Open by Andre Agassi
Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows
A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
Tuxedo Park by Jennet Conant
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove