Books and Podcasts

Mostly professional, some fun but all good for the mind and soul

Books

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Masters of Scale

Reid Hoffman, June Cohen, Deron Triff

What can you learn from a Silicon Valley legend and a pantheon of iconic leaders? The key to scaling a successful business isn’t talent, network, or strategy. It’s an entrepreneurial mindset—and that mindset can be cultivated.

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The Order of Time

Carlo Rovelli

Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.

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The Age of AI and Our Human Future

Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, Daniel Huttenlocher

Three of the world’s most accomplished and deep thinkers come together to explore Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the way it is transforming human society—and what this technology means for us all.

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The Lean Startup

Eric Reis

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. 

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Range:  Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World

David Epstein

David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.

Under The Wave In Waimea

Paul Theroux

From legendary writer Paul Theroux comes an atmospheric novel following a big-wave surfer as he confronts aging, privilege, mortality, and whose lives we choose to remember.

California:  A History

Kevin Starr

“A California classic . . . California, it should be remembered, was very much the wild west, having to wait until 1850 before it could force its way into statehood. so what tamed it? Mr. Starr’s answer is a combination of great men, great ideas and great projects.”—The Economist

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Humor, Seriously

Jennifer Aaker & Naomi Bagdonis

WALL STREET JOURNAL, LOS ANGELES TIMES, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Anyone—even you!—can learn how to harness the power of humor in business (and life), based on the popular class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

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Billion Dollar Loser

Reeves Wiedeman

The inside story of WeWork and its CEO, Adam Neumann, which tells the remarkable saga of one of the most audacious, and improbable, rises and falls in American business history

Inspired:  How To Create Tech Products Customers Love

Marty Cagan

How do today’s most successful tech companies―Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Tesla―design, develop, and deploy the products that have earned the love of literally billions of people around the world? Perhaps surprisingly, they do it very differently than the vast majority of tech companies. In INSPIRED, technology product management thought leader Marty Cagan provides readers with a master class in how to structure and staff a vibrant and successful product organization, and how to discover and deliver technology products that your customers will love―and that will work for your business.

Bold

Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler

A radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools, Bold unfolds in three parts. Part One focuses on the exponential technologies that are disrupting today’s Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from “I’ve got an idea” to “I run a billion-dollar company” far faster than ever before.

Kevin's Guilty Pleasure Book List

Various amazing authors

From Hunter S. Thompson to John Le Carre to anyone who's written a juicy biography, I like to pick up something periodically that's just plain fun.  Feel free to drop me a note and I'm happy to share my list.

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Crossing The Chasm

Geoffrey Moore

The bible for bringing cutting-edge products to larger markets—now revised and updated with new insights into the realities of high-tech marketing

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Monetizing Innovation

Madhavan Ramanujam & Georg Tacke

How smart companies design their product around the price.  Great insights on innovation, pricing and packaging.

Podcasts

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Masters of Scale

Reid Hoffman

The best startup advice from Silicon Valley and beyond.  Iconic CEOs - from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack - share the stories and strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands.

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Smartless

Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Will Arnett

Connects and unites people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences through thoughtful dialogue and organic hilarity.