Book: Digital Minimalism

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I finally got around to reading his most recent book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World and my friends were correct. Newport is famous for being a millennial, computer scientist, and a book author who doesn’t have a social media account.

Book: How to Meditate

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A week ago, while proofreading a draft of Jerry Colonna’s upcoming book, I noticed a few sections where he mentioned Ani Pema Chödrön. When he referenced her book How to Meditate , I went on Amazon and bought a physical copy to read. With Brooks the Wonder Dog at my feet, I relaxed into what was a wonderfully written book on Meditation. The book reinforced a lot of what I’ve experienced with meditation while giving me some new thoughts about it.

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: 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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Book: Everything Is F *d

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Yesterday, I started my day by finishing A People’s History of American Empire: The American Empire Project, A Graphic Adaptation and ended my day by finishing Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope. While the book is about hope, it’s not in the way you might think.

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Book: Cumulus

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If you are a looking for an awesome sci-fi book to read, download Cumulus by Eliot Peper right now. He was the first author that FG Press published and I wrote about getting to know Eliot in my post about his first book Uncommon Stock 1.0 Books cumulus eliot peper sci-fic

Book: King of Capital

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King of Capital was a really useful book to read on a number of levels. Hmmm … The post Book: King of Capital appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books blackstone books private equityOne of my guilty pleasures is reading biographies about financiers and their companies. On Saturday, I gobbled down King of Capital , which is the story of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone from inception through 2011.

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: Uncensored

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Every quarter, a box with two books in it shows up. These books were chosen by Adam Grant, Susan Cain, Malcolm Gladwell, and Daniel Pink – several of my favorite contemporary writers and thinkers. On Saturday, I read one of the books in the box – Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America by Zachary Wood. The post Book: Uncensored appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books book memoir zachary wood

Book: Machines Like Me

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If you are looking for a great book to read this weekend, I recommend Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me. When the hardcover ended up on top of my infinite pile of books to read, Amy said, “Wow, you’ll love Ian McEwan’s writing.” McEwan isn’t subtle about the twists, which makes the book awesome. The post Book: Machines Like Me appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books books Robots sci-fi

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: Catch and Kill

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Lasica’s new book Catch and Kill: A high-tech conspiracy thriller. I finally crawled into bed at about 3am after reading about half of the book. Instead of a marathon weekend, this has turned into a book weekend. There were lots of twists and turns along the way and Lasica keeps the pace up throughout the entire book. The post Book: Catch and Kill appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books book catch and kill lasica mental floss

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Book: Do Better Work

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He handed out copies of his recent book Do Better Work: Finding Clarity, Camaraderie, and Progress in Work and Life. His talk discussed his journey around writing the book, motivation for doing it, how it is integrated into the mission of Lessonly, and why he decided to self-publish it. I read the book on the plane home. The post Book: Do Better Work appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books book high alpha lessonly max yoder

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Book: The Moment of Lift

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I had surgery recently and a few friends, including Chris Moody and Sarah Ahn, gave me some books as gifts. They knew I’d be spending a lot of time on the couch either napping or reading, so my pile of infinite books to read became more abundant with a few good ones including The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates. The book is a combination of a memoir, a manifesto, a case study, and a roadmap.

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: 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: Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up

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Jerry Colonna has written a “must read for everyone on planet earth book” titled Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up. Jerry has been on the road promoting the book the past few weeks. It’s 100% Jerry, on every page, and is the book he was put on this planet to write. The post Book: Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books jerry colonna leadership life reboot

Book: The Fixer

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I enjoyed Bradley Tusk’s new book, The Fixer: My Adventures Saving Startups from Death by Politics. It also was in the pile of books I get sent regularly by publishers hoping I’ll read and review them (as in “Dear Brad Feld, here is a form letter about my book, I hope you like it.”). Overall, it’s a winner of a book. The post Book: The Fixer appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books book bradley tusk memoir Politics

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Book: Principles by Ray Dalio

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Several people recommended Ray Dalio’s book Principles to me. The TED Talk below is a good summary, but the book is worth reading in total. As part of that, it’s a treat to soak in books like Dalio’s, as it stimulates a lot of thoughts around this.

Book: The More You Hustle, The Luckier You Get

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has written a fun book that is part memoir, part advice, for what he calls Parentpreneurs (entrepreneurs who are trying to raise kids.) He’s got a website with a bunch of history about him, his journey, and the book. Books entrepreneurship parentsJames Oliver, Jr.

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The joys of book reviews

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Industry Commentary SAP Nation, the bookI saw an article aimed at authors and publishers on how to handle critical reviews. And I chuckled to myself "I could have written that myself" I took most heat for the first volume of SAP Nation - mostly from.

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Book: A Gentleman in Moscow

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“How did your book end?” While there’s still a chance I’ll read something better in 2018, for now, I’m declaring it the best book I’ve read this year. Several people had recommended it to me (including, I think Maureen, so this may count as a women’s book club recommendation). After the first few pages, we spent almost the entirety of the book in the Hotel Metropol. Books book book club moscow

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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.

My Goodreads Year In Books

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When I write a blog post reviewing a book, I usually (but not consistently …) repost it on Goodreads and occasionally remember to post it on Amazon. Last year Goodreads started doing a fun compilation of all that a user read in the past year with their Year in Books summary.

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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.

SAP Nation 3.0: Early Book Reviews

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I got very nice feedback from tech executives I respect who had seen early copies of the book "Don't be fooled by the title - the book is not just about SAP. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) SAP Nation, the bookIt is about drama in enterprise computing.

Done Right - a book review

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I was in Shanghai, China recently. As I have told my friends, I ended paying a “tourist tax” everywhere. Moneychangers, gypsy taxi drivers, tour guides who took me to pearl and silk stores where I am sure they got a

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Book: Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

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I read Roger McNamee’s book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe the day it came out. His experience has more emotion in it than mine (both good and bad), but his journey that led to this book started just before the 2016 US Presidential Election as McNamee was concerned that “bad actors” could be using Facebook to manipulate the election. The book is riveting. I think this book is merely a preamble for what is coming in the next twenty years.

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Book: How We Make Stuff Now

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If you are an entrepreneur working on a physical product, Jules Pieri’s new book How We Make Stuff Now: Turn Ideas into Products That Build Successful Businesses is a must read. The book has two particularly compelling characteristics. The book also starts off with a section (and five chapters) on starting your business, so it is extra helpful to the aspiring entrepreneur. The post Book: How We Make Stuff Now appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books books

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.

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 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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Here comes the sun.and the book

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Then I got an email from Amazon "Congratulations, the paperback edition of your book. SAP Nation, the bookIt is a glorious Spring day and I heard the Beatles this morning - this song cheers me up no matter what time of the year.

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Book: Innovating Women

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I was very excited to get a chance to read the book Innovating Women by Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya. I enjoyed the book a lot, heard some new stories, and got a few new ideas. The post Book: Innovating Women appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books NCWIT women Suddenly, there’s a lot of constructive conversation about women in technology and entrepreneurship.

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: 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.

Book: North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail

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He is a great writer and I thoroughly enjoyed his previous book Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness. If you are a runner, endurance athlete, or just love great human adventure stories, you’ll love this book.

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?