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Vinod Khosla is an Indian American billionaire businessman and venture capitalist. He is a co-founder of Sun Microsystems and the founder of Khosla Ventures. In 2014, Forbes named him amongst the 400 richest people in the United States.
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Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Richard Bach - 2006-02-07 (first published in 1970)
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Take to the skies with Jonathan Seagull, a non-conformist seagull who seeks to push his limits and discover the true potential of flight. Along the way, readers will be inspired by his determination and passion for self-improvement, and may even discover a new perspective on life. This charming tale offers a rare sense of freedom and adventure that will leave readers enchanted.
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One of my favorite books when I was a teenager! I still keep it around the house and periodically look at it.      source
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Willful Blindness
Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril
Margaret Heffernan - 2011-03-01
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Willful Blindness by Margaret Heffernan delves into the reasons behind our tendency to turn a blind eye towards impending disasters, whether they be personal or corporate. Through anecdotes and interviews with psychologists, neuroscientists, and whistleblowers, Heffernan explains how and why certain people see what others don't, and proposes solutions for individuals and groups to overcome the phenomenon of willful blindness. This thought-provoking read challenges readers to confront their biases and become more mindful of the world around them.
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Highly recommended reading if you value the need speak up and as I say "brutal honesty (polite) over hypocritical politeness". Politeness can do a lot of harm: Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril      source
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Against Empathy
The Case for Rational Compassion
Paul Bloom - 2016-12-06
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Discover why Yale researcher Paul Bloom argues against the common belief that empathy is the ultimate source of goodness in society. In Against Empathy, Bloom uses groundbreaking scientific findings to reveal how empathy is a capricious and irrational emotion that leads to inequality and immorality. Instead of relying on empathy, he encourages a more distanced compassion for clearer, fairer, and ultimately more moral decisions and choices in all aspects of our lives. This urgent and humane book shows that limiting our impulse towards empathy may be the most compassionate choice we can make.
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@paulbloomatyale @JohnNosta Great book. Highly recommended.      source
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The Score Takes Care of Itself
My Philosophy of Leadership
Bill Walsh - 2009-08-20
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Discover the ultimate lecture on leadership by the NFL's greatest coach - Bill Walsh. Renowned for transforming the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise to a legendary dynasty, Walsh shares his advanced leadership strategies that can be applied to any profession. With additional insights from Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and others, this book will inspire and enlighten leaders seeking to improve their skills.
Vinod Khosla
MY 2012 BOOKS: The Score Takes acre of itself : Walsh 5 STARS- among the best books! A way of living, working & commitment to excellence      source
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A Mathematician's Lament
How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form
Paul Lockhart - 2009-04-01
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Mathematics education is reimagined through the eyes of a passionate teacher in this eye-opening read. A brilliant research mathematician and dedicated K-12 teacher, the author reveals math to be creative and beautiful, challenging anxiety-producing teaching methods in a witty and accessible way. With praise from NPR’s math columnist, this controversial approach is sure to provoke spirited debates among educators and parents alike.
Vinod Khosla
2011Books Mathematician's Lament: better way to teach math. Wish he had ideas to fit state curriculums. Important book      source
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Cognitive Surplus
How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators
Clay Shirky - 2010-06-10
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Explore how new digital technology is unleashing a wave of creative production that is transforming our world. Discover how people are using new media to pool their efforts at low cost, creating mind-expanding reference tools like Wikipedia and life-saving Web sites like Cognitive Surplus shows what's possible when people unite to use their intellect, energy, and time for the greater good.
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Really good book if you want to understand social media & people as an app: Cognitive Surplus      source
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What You Do Is Who You Are
How to Create Your Business Culture
Ben Horowitz - 2019-10-29
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Explore how to build and sustain a purposeful culture with "What You Do Is Who You Are" by a leading venture capitalist and management expert. Through historical figures and modern case-studies, the book offers surprising advice and guidance for executives to shape their organization's culture and make purposeful decisions. Discover how to understand your company's strategy and become the kind of leader others want to follow. It's not just about the values you list, but about what you do.
Vinod Khosla
Shows the value of having principles an organization and its leaders believe in and can stick with when it gets hard to do so and real tradeoffs are involved.      source
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Why We Age―and Why We Don't Have To
David A. Sinclair - 2019-09-10
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Discover the groundbreaking theory that aging is a disease and is treatable in this fascinating book by a leading authority on genetics and longevity. Exploring research from Harvard, the author reveals how activating vitality genes can slow down or even reverse aging. Prepare to be enlightened on this bold new approach to aging.
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Reveals incredible scientific breakthroughs about aging and ways we can slow down, or even reverse, the process.      source
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Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
David Epstein - 2019-05-28
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Range is a must-read for anyone interested in improving their performance. David Epstein examines the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists and shows that generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel in complex and unpredictable fields. By cultivating inefficiency and embracing diverse experiences, people can thrive in a world where computer mastery is taking over. Epstein makes a compelling case for the importance of exploring multiple interests and juggling many passions rather than focusing on one.
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Discovers that in most fields , generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Every high school and college student should read it.      source
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How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
Safi Bahcall - 2019-03-19
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Loonshots is a fascinating read that explores the mysteries of group behavior and how it affects the success of companies, teams and even empires. Safi Bahcall, a physicist and entrepreneur, draws on the science of phase transitions to reveal why groups suddenly reject radical new ideas that were once embraced. Using intriguing examples and stories of geniuses, thieves, and reigns, Loonshots distills important insights and provides valuable lessons for visionaries, entrepreneurs, and creatives.
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A key to understanding why Silicon Valley culture is changing the world.      source
Elegant Defense, An by Matt Richtel
The Third Pillar by Raghuram Rajan
The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff
The Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier
The Breakthrough by Charles Graeber
The Formula by Albert-László Barabási
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman
The Jungle Grows Back by Robert Kagan
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff
Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
The Inflamed Mind by Edward Bullmore
From Bacteria to Bach and Back by Daniel C. Dennett
The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú
Troublemakers by Leslie Berlin
Scale by Geoffrey West
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasseTyson
Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes
Deep Learning by Ian Goodfellow
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos
The Brand Flip by Marty Neumeier
Life on the Edge by Johnjoe McFadden
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Lying by Sam Harris
Other People's Money by Charles V. Bagli
Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark by Don Thompson
McMafia by Misha Glenny
This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin
Eating the Big Fish by Adam Morgan
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana