DonorsChoose.org Book Match Day

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Growing up, one of my favorite places in the world was the hammock in our backyard with a book. Today, DonorsChoose has a match across the entire site for any donations for books. It’s DonorsChoose Book Match Day. Philanthropy book donorschooseAmy and I love to read.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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 Messy Middle

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This summer I read the page proof version of Scott Belsky’s new book T he Messy Middle. The letter I sent out to the CEOs in our portfolio (with the book) follows: Since you are a member of the Foundry Group Book of the Almost Every Month Club (bet you didn’t know that was part of the deal when we invested), enclosed is a copy of The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky. But, start with the ones that call out to you as a way to get into the book more deeply.

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.

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: 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: 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: 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 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.

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 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: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

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Suddenly, popular books are appearing, such as Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind , that challenge the relevance of our narratives. There is so much to reflect on when reading a book like Fantasyland or Sapiens. Books america book Politics religion

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: 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: 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: 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.

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.

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Book: The Intel Trinity

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As of today The Intel Trinity,The: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company wins my award for best business book of 2015. Malone has written another excellent book (he’s one of my favorite tech history writers) that does more than document the history of Intel and its impact on the universe. ” The post Book: The Intel Trinity appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books grove intel moore noyce

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

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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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.

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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: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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Someone – maybe the publisher – sent it in the mail to me and I got it the same weekend that I read a review of it in the New York Times Book Review. The post Book: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books shafer whiskey tango foxtrot WTF

Book: Sabbath

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Last weekend a read a book by Wayne Muller called Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives. I was a little apprehensive about the book, but it was recommended by a few people including Amy. I found as I read the book that I was able to abstract away all the religious references, especially since Muller provides a nice mix of jewish, christian, and buddhist quotes and thoughts. The post Book: Sabbath appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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

Ben Mezrich’s New Book – Q

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If you don’t know Ben, his books including Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (the book the movie 21 was based on) and Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History.

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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.

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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: 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.

Book: Product Design for the Web

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I read a lot – somewhere between 50 and 100 books a year. I prefer long form (books) to medium form (articles, blog posts), although I read plenty of that as well. I’m always curious what my friends are reading and often grab books they recommend.

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Book: On Writing

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King’s book is part memoir, part instructional manual, and part motivational tool. While I read a lot, I rarely read books by writers about writing. Last week was much too intense for my tastes so I decided to lose myself in a book. I’ve read a number of King’s books over the years. The bulk of the book is filled with tools, examples, and stories, which nicely reinforce King’s message, especially to get rid of adverbs.

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Book: Kill Decision

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His previous two books – Daemon and Freedom(TM) were superb, but Kill Decision really nails it and takes you to a much more real, and completely terrifying place. As my first book of summer, this was a great place to start.