Book: The Hard Break

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Aaron Edelheit recently came out with a great book titled The Hard Break: The Case for a 24/6 Lifestyle. . I read hard copy books or on my Kindle, but try to stay completely off the web. Aaron weaves his own personal story into the book, which, rather than reading like a memoir, supports the points he’s making and reinforces the stories and examples of others. In addition to being a provocative book, it’s a personal book.

Book: Why We Sleep

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In addition to eliminating alarm clocks from my life, I stopped taking sleep aids (Advil PM, Ambien) except for helping me reset on international travel (and, after reading this book, I’m going to give Melatonin a try for this situation.) Books book sleep

Book: Waking Up White

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My dad, brother, and I are now doing a monthly book club together. One of us chooses a book, we all read it, and then we do an hour-long video conference and talk about it. It was a powerful book that started off strong. Books book privilege racism

Book: What Made Maddy Run

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Kate Fagan has written a must-read book for every parent of a high school or college athlete. Maddy’s family gave the author, Kate Fagan, incredible access, which allowed Fagan to write a powerful book. It’s not an easy book since you know the ending when you start it.

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Book: March

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It’s a comic book trilogy that is the story of the Civil Right Movement through Congressman Lewis’ eyes. Reading a book like March in 2016 helps me realize how far we’ve come as a country, but at the same time reminds me how much more we can and need to do.

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New Book: The Startup Playbook

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My longtime friends Rajat Bhargava and Will Herman are launching their new book today. They both are incredibly experienced founders and entrepreneurs, so I was delighted to be involved in their book. The book is called The Startup Playbook and it’s their personal how-to guide for building your startup from the ground up. Not only do I think that this book is an important read for all founders, but I think founders should hand copies to their startup team.

Book: Option B

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I read Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s book Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy a few weeks ago. His book Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success is a key inspiration for the #GiveFirst moment, my own personal philosophy, and my upcoming book #GiveFirst: A New Philosophy for Business which should be out in 2018. I just added Sheryl and Adam’s book to this league. Books adam grant book Sheryl Sandberg

Book: The Innovation Blind Spot

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Recently, my friend Ross Baird came out with a new book, The Innovation Blind Spot. In the book, Ross outlines and diagnoses a problem that I’ve been exploring for over a decade: our innovation economy neglects many people and ideas. Ross’ book is important because he focuses on solving this problem through HOW we invest, not just WHAT we invest in. Ross’s book also explores ways to build a stronger pipeline of different types people.

Book: Armada

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Ernst Cline’s second book, Armada , is almost as wonderful as his first book, Ready Player One. Both books are scifi. Both books are heavily gamer influenced. The post Book: Armada appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Book: The Business Blockchain

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If you are interested in understanding the business implications of blockchain technology, William Mougayar ‘s new book – The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology – is a must read. In January 2016 he launched his new book effort around the Blockchain on Kickstarter and I quickly backed him at the GENEROUS Supporter level. The post Book: The Business Blockchain appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

11 Great Books to Feed Your Mind Over the Summer

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Book and Survey: Depression – A Founder’s Companion

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Mahendra Ramsinghani, my friend and co-author of Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors , is starting work on his third book to be titled Depression – A Founder’s Companion. Mahendra’s goal is to publish a book that tells stories, anecdotes, triggers, advice, poetry, and support of all kinds from people who have struggled with depression. While I am not writing the book, I am supporting the concept and have agreed to write the foreword.

Book: Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley

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I read Emily Chang’s book Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley the day it came out. She also uses the book to make clear suggestions about what to do to improve things, although she holds off from being preachy, which is also nice.

Book: Am I Being Too Subtle?

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I was sent a copy by an editor at Penguin Group who sends me books, presumably that he thinks I’ll like. While this was in my infinite pile of books, I grabbed it randomly last night and polished it off tonight. The post Book: Am I Being Too Subtle?

Book: Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape

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A few weeks ago, after reading the New York Times Sunday Review article The Book That Made Us Feminists , I asked Amy for several recommendations for books that were foundational to the feminist movement. I purchased all that she suggested and added them to my infinite list of books to read. The past few days I read Susan Brownmiller’s book Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape. Books books feminism gender margaret atwood rape Susan Brownmiller

Some of My Favorite Books in 2016

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If you want to see some of my favorite books from 2016 that I read on my Kindle, take a look at my Feld Thoughts 2016 Books. I log all the books I read (Kindle or physical) on my Goodreads page. The post Some of My Favorite Books in 2016 appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books amazon goodreads kindleAmazon is setting up Kindle bookshelves for some people, including me.


Book: All Over The Place

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I’ve written this post in the style Geraldine used in her book. I had a weekend of books. Last week I ordered 51 hardcover copies of Geraldine DeRuiter ‘s new book, All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft , from Amazon. I did it to celebrate that my 51st year on this planet coincided with the publication of Geraldine’s first book. I brought two of the books home – one for me, and one for Amy.


Book: Startup Rising

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On my vacation a few weeks ago, I read Chris Schroeder ‘s book Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. Our meeting, dinner, and long conversation inspired me to move it to the top of my infinite pile of books. His travels through the region are extensive and his story telling, interviews, and examples are as well done as any that I’ve read in a book about entrepreneurship. But the book isn’t just storytelling.

Book: Odes

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Yesterday, as I was listening to Jerry Colonna read a poem as part of something I did with him and a bunch of other Boulder entrepreneurs and I thought of a poetry book I read recently that I loved. I think I noticed this book in the New York Times Book Review when I talked about all the dirty, sexy, human body part, and object odes she had written. Who can resist a book that starts with an Ode to the Hymen. The post Book: Odes appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Summer Reading List: My Top 7 Books For Creative Inspiration


Or you sit on your couch, reading books for creative inspiration that change you life. I’m listing my favorite books here which have allowed me to stay inspired, especially in moments of doubt. Top 7 Books For Creative Inspiration.

Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2018

Up and Running

For me, that often means stealing a few quiet moments with my book, hiding out…er…I mean, hanging out on my couch, or comfortably wedged into a window seat listening to an audiobook on a long flight. John, our marketing director, says this books helped change his perspective. “It

Book: A Second Chance

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Cat Hoke’s book A Second Chance: For You, For Me, And For The Rest Of Us is out. Cat is remarkable and she lucked out by partnering with the amazing Seth Godin on this book (Seth is the publisher). Cat’s book is definitely good stuff.

NY Times Book Review of Eliot Peper’s Bandwidth

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We met randomly (he sent me an email), which turned into a long-distance relationship, culminating in FG Press (our now defunct publishing company) publishing Eliot’s first book titled Uncommon Stock (and being the first book that FG Press published). Eliot went on to publish several other books with FG Press. When FG Press failed, we revered the rights back to him (and all of the other authors) for their books, which Eliot went on to self-publish.

Book: The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

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This book was a delight. Several times a year, I send a book (or two) to all the CEOs in our portfolio. If you’ve studied any of them, you are in for a treat with this book as it presents Stoicism in a unique and very accessible way. Books book ryan holiday stoicism

Book: The Martian

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The Martian by Andy Weir is the best book I’ve read in a while. And while Mars is a lot more desolate than Homer, Alaska, I disconnected from the human race several times right in the middle of a work week because of the amazingness of this book. What a wonderful book.

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Book: The Alliance

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Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh have written an outstanding and important book called The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age. Reid and Ben previously wrote a book called The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career.

Book Notes: Shantaram

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Tyler Cowen put it well when he called it one of the best bad books he’s read. There are also cheesy foreshadows, clunky one-liners, and a bunch of other elements that would prompt eye rolls from high brow book reviewers. It was in prison that he wrote this book. Books

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Book: Dark Matter

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It’s the first book I read Saturday as part of my decompress from the week and feel better from trying to eat yogurt maneuver that I ended up playing out throughout the day. The book is a magnificently fast romp that includes kidnapping, research institutions, love, family, death, religion, the nature of the universe, psychological intrigue, really complex relationship dynamics, and a whole bunch of other stuff that makes a novel irresistible to put down.

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7 Inspiring Books Every First-Time Entrepreneur Should Read

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Here's a look at 7 must-read books for first-time entrepreneurs. Culture books business books culture entrepreneurship books inspiration personal development

10 Proven Books To Help You Be A Better Storyteller


Here are awesome books to help you be a better storyteller in the coming year. << Here is a book that is part memoir and part guide from the best in the business. This book has some excellent example of top class copywriting. This book can help you here.

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Book: Crazy is a Compliment

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Dan Caruso, the CEO / co-founder of Zayo is hosting an event tonight at eTown Hall interviewing Linda about her new book Crazy is a Compliment. I read the book last night. Before I get into the book, there are still a few seats available for the event tonight.

Book: Neon Fever Rising

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Eliot’s last book Cumulus was published a few weeks ago and has gotten awesome reviews. I first met Eliot several years ago when he emailed me a few chapters of the first book he was working on about a fictional tech startup in Boulder. Uncommon Stock was the first book that FG Press published and I spent plenty of time with Eliot as chief cheerleader and mediocre editor and, when the book was finished, loved it. Books cumulus eliot peper neon fever rising

Book: The Curve

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That didn’t help much so I took a nap and laid down on the couch and read the book at the top of my pile of infinite books. Jeremy Blachman, the co-author, wrote a book a decade ago called Anonymous Lawyer which I loved. It almost inspired me and my partner Jason to write a book titled Anonymous VC, but Jason decided to make the video I’m a VC instead. The post Book: The Curve appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books fiction Law law school

Book: Shoe Dog

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The post Book: Shoe Dog appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books blue ribbon sports nike+ origin stories phil knightI think Shoe Dog by Phil Knight is the best memoir I’ve ever read by a business person. I consumed it in a day last week. It’s about the origin story of Nike, which started out as Blue Ribbon Sports. Unlike so many memoirs, it’s not an equally balanced arc through Knight’s life.

Book: Head On – A Novel of the Near Future

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But it’s a magical sequel (I think the official name for this is a “standalone sequel”, but I find them magical so there) – one that doesn’t require you to read the first book. No one has ever died yet during the game, until about page two of the book.

Book Notes: Motherhood: A Novel

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

The plot of this book is non-existent other than one character ruminating over and over again: Do I want to have kids? But if the question isn’t of interest to you, this book isn’t for you… Highlights below. Books

Book: Where The Jobs Are

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As John and I were talking, he slid his book, Where The Jobs Are: Entrepreneurship and the Soul of the American Economy , across the table to me. It’s a great book that every policy maker in government at any level should read. It’s the first book I’ve seen that lays out an effective set of policy recommendations, with substantiation, for the startup society that we are living in. The post Book: Where The Jobs Are appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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Book: When Breath Becomes Air

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Paul Kalanithi’s book When Breath Becomes Air is one of the best books I’ve ever read. So, as I read Paul’s book, while I didn’t know him, I felt like I had a sense of him through knowing Jeevan. Now, imagine an entire book like this. It might be the most powerful book about being human, being mortal, learning about, confronting, dealing with, and ultimately accepting one’s own mortality. Thank you Paul for writing this book.

Book: The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap – From Concept to IPO

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The NYSE recently published a book – The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap – From Concept to IPO that I’ve been involved in. I wrote a chapter and made a number of introductions to the team working on the book that resulted in a number of other chapters. The book covers a variety of stages of company development, including: The Seed Stage: Starting a Company. Books nyse

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High Technology Tell All Books

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Tell All Books are nothing new and some of the most explosive ones of all time have already come from California (in and around Hollywood). The first was Dan Lyons book Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble which is about his time at Hubspot. Because, ahem, Hubspot is in Boston, where the majority of Lyons’ book was based. This book actually takes place in Silicon Valley and we get to spend a lot of time at Y Combinator, Twitter, and Facebook.