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Tren Griffin is a senior director of strategy at Microsoft Corp., focusing on software platforms and business models. Nights and weekends, he transforms into a voracious reader and writer about business and investing.
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M. Mitchell Waldrop - Jan 15, 1992
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Why did the stock market crash more than 500 points on a single Monday in 1987? Why do ancient species often remain stable in the fossil record for millions of years and then suddenly disappear? In a world where nice guys often finish last, why do humans value trust and cooperation? At first glance these questions don't appear to have anything in c...
Tren Griffin
Mar 22, 2021
Bill Gurley: "My favorite book of all time is a book called 'Complexity.' It’s an analysis of multi-variable nonlinear systems and how they behave. And that includes things like stock market, weather or pandemics."      source
The Innovative University
Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out
Clayton M. Christensen - Jul 26, 2011
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The Innovative University illustrates how higher education canrespond to the forces of disruptive innovation, and offers a nuanced and hopeful analysis of where the traditional university and its traditions have come from and how it needs to change for the future. Through an examination of Harvard and BYU-Idaho as well as other stories of innovatio...
Tren Griffin
Mar 06, 2021
@JohnArnoldFndtn @Jesse_Livermore Read Clayton's book and you learn four years for a college degree was chosen because Harvard needed the money years ago. There's no reason other than that for the degree to require four years.      source
How Nature Works
the science of self-organized criticality
Per Bak - Apr 23, 1999 (first published in 1996)
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and acknowledgments Self-organized criticality is a new way of viewing nature. The basic picture is one where nature is perpetually out of balance, but organized in a poised state-the critical state-where anything can happen within well-defined statistical laws. The aim of the science of self-organized criticality is to yield insight into the funda...
Tren Griffin
Jan 23, 2021
@m_farda Read the papers and the book. The sand pile is a metaphor. Self organized criticality applies in biology. Look at the book title:      source
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Robert B. Cialdini - Aug 07, 2008 (first published in 1984)
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Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a sales...
Tren Griffin
Dec 03, 2020
@m2jr Robert Cialdini’s book “Influence”      source
Expectations Investing
Reading Stock Prices for Better Returns
Alfred Rappaport - Feb 18, 2003 (first published in 2001)
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Expectations Investing offers a unique and powerful alternative for identifying value-price gaps. Rappaport and Mauboussin provide everything the reader needs to utilize the discounted cash flow model successfully. And they add an important twist: they suggest that rather than forecasting cash flows, investors should begin by estimating the expecta...
Tren Griffin
Nov 29, 2020
1/ One of the most influential books I have read about investing is "Expectations Investing" by Rappaport and Mauboussin. A revised edition is coming soon. The book's focus on identifying value-price gaps based on cash flow was immediately attractive to me.      source
The Misbehavior of Markets
A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence
Benoit Mandelbrot - Mar 07, 2006 (first published in 1997)
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Benoit B. Mandelbrot, one of the century's most influential mathematicians, is world-famous for making mathematical sense of a fact everybody knows but that geometers from Euclid on down had never assimilated: Clouds are not round, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not smooth. To these classic lines we can now add another example: Markets are...
Tren Griffin
Nov 21, 2020
I met Mandelbrot only once at this lecture at before he passed away in 2010. He wrote the book "The Misbehavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence." I suggest you read this book for yourself (even though it is not an easy book to read).      source
This book analyzes the wireless revolution: from applications to technology, and from economics to system engineering....
Tren Griffin
Sep 05, 2020
3/ The book in the last tweet came out in 1988 and another one from the same author in 1991 (below). These books and others plus reading lots of papers helped me learn about the relationship between the technology and the business. That was a specialty I decided to develop.      source
Digital Cellular Radio
George Calhoun - Jul 01, 1988
Offers synthesized information on the rapidly evolving technology of digital cellular radio, including historical development, current status, and future trends of the mobile telephone field....
Tren Griffin
Sep 05, 2020
3/ The book in the last tweet came out in 1988 and another one from the same author in 1991 (below). These books and others plus reading lots of papers helped me learn about the relationship between the technology and the business. That was a specialty I decided to develop.      source
Les Schwab Pride in Performance
Keep It Going
Les Schwab - Jun 01, 1986
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Book by Schwab, Les...
Tren Griffin
Jul 20, 2020
@jrichlive "If you want to read one book that will demonstrate really shrewd compensation systems in a whole chain of small businesses, read the autobiography of Les Schwab, who has a bunch of tire shops all over the Northwest. And he made a huge fortune." Charlie Munger, Berkshire AGM 2004      source
Secrets of Sand Hill Road
Venture Capital and How to Get It
Scott Kupor - Jun 04, 2019
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A Wall Street Journal Bestseller! What are venture capitalists saying about your startup behind closed doors? And what can you do to influence that conversation?If Silicon Valley is the greatest wealth-generating machine in the world, Sand Hill Road is its humming engine. That's where you'll find the biggest names in venture capital, including fame...
Tren Griffin
Jun 21, 2020
@oleary_brandon There isn't really one paper or book on that that stands above others. This one is very good generally      source
Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
David Epstein - May 28, 2019
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What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think. ...
Tren Griffin
Jun 09, 2019
When an actually useful book like Range by David Epstein breaks through to best seller lists, it makes me smile.      source
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
The Outsiders by William N. Thorndike
Competitive Strategy by Michael E. Porter