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  • The Halo Effect

    The Halo Effect

    The Halo Effect

    Philip M. Rosenzweig
    Business & Economics
    3.86 (5,610)

    Much of our business thinking is shaped by delusions -- errors of logic and flawed judgments that distort our understanding of the real reasons for a company's performance. in a brilliant and unconventional book, phil rosenzweig unmasks the delusions that are commonly found in the corporate world. these delusions affect the business press and academic research, as well as many bestselling books that promise to reveal the secrets of success or the path to greatness. such books claim to be based on rigorous thinking, but operate mainly at the level

    Matt Mullenweg

    One of my favorite business books

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • Becoming Wise

    Becoming Wise

    Becoming Wise

    Krista Tippett
    Religion
    3.97 (5,759)

    Peabody award-winning broadcaster and national humanities medalist krista tippett has interviewed the most extraordinary voices examining the great questions of meaning for our time. the heart of her work on her national public radio program and podcast, on being, has been to shine a light on people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage. scientists in a variety of fields; theologians from an array of faiths; poets, activists, and many others have all opened themselves up to tippett's compassionate yet searching conversation. in becoming wise, tippett

    Matt Mullenweg

    Another great book

    Oct 1, 2016 — Source

  • On Writing

    On Writing

    On Writing

    Charles Scribner Jr.,Ernest Hemingway,Larry W. Phillips
    Fiction
    4.04 (3,735)

    An assemblage of reflections on the nature of writing and the writer from one the greatest american writers of the twentieth century.throughout hemingway’s career as a writer, he maintained that it was bad luck to talk about writing—that it takes off “whatever butterflies have on their wings and the arrangement of hawk’s feathers if you show it or talk about it.”despite this belief, by the end of his life he had done just what he intended not to do. in his novels and stories, in letters to editors, friends, fellow

    Matt Mullenweg

    I'm reading, which I think I got from this podcast, actually.

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • Antifragile

    Antifragile

    Antifragile

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Business & Economics
    4.06 (44,992)

    From the bestselling author of the black swan and one of the foremost philosophers of our time, nassim nicholas taleb, a book on how some systems actually benefit from disorder.in the black swan taleb outlined a problem; in antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. for what he calls the "antifragile" is one step beyond robust, as it benefits from adversity, uncertainty and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension.taleb

    Matt Mullenweg

    It reminded me a lot of one of the better books I read this year

    Sep 3, 2013 — Source

  • Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things

    Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things

    Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things

    George Lakoff
    Language Arts & Disciplines
    4.12 (1,005)

    "its publication should be a major event for cognitive linguistics and should pose a major challenge for cognitive science. in addition, it should have repercussions in a variety of disciplines, ranging from anthropology and psychology to epistemology and the philosophy of science. . . . lakoff asks: what do categories of language and thought reveal about the human mind? offering both general theory and minute details, lakoff shows that categories reveal a great deal."—david e. leary, american scientist

    Matt Mullenweg

    Theres a book for every purpose and I find myself finding new ones.

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • The Effective Executive

    The Effective Executive

    The Effective Executive

    Peter F. Drucker
    Business & Economics
    4.05 (32,613)

    What makes an effective executive?the measure of the executive, peter f. drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." this usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned: managing time choosing what to contribute to the organization knowing where and how to mobilize

    Matt Mullenweg

    Anything by Peter Drucker is gold

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • The Everything Store

    The Everything Store

    The Everything Store

    Brad Stone
    Business & Economics
    4.12 (66,883)

    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. but its visionary founder, jeff bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. he wanted amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. to do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. until now. brad stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former amazon employees and bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at amazon. compared to tech's other elite innovators--jobs, gates,

    Matt Mullenweg

    Excellent book

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • Zero to One

    Zero to One

    Zero to One

    Blake Masters,Peter Thiel
    4.17 (261,394)

    If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.the great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. in zero to one, legendary entrepreneur and investor peter thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason

    Matt Mullenweg

    That was excellent.

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    Ben Horowitz
    Business & Economics
    4.24 (67,473)

    Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in. Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz's personal and often humbling experiences.

    Matt Mullenweg

    Entertaining more than anything. Like I read that book, I was like: I would never work for this guy. But entertaining and some good lessons.

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • Skin in the Game

    Skin in the Game

    Skin in the Game

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Business & Economics
    3.88 (20,757)

    From the new york times bestselling author of the black swan, a bold new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility in his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. citing examples ranging from hammurabi to seneca, antaeus the giant to donald trump, nassim nicholas taleb shows

    Matt Mullenweg

    This book is in his list for 2017 and 2018 books read

    Jan 1, 2020 — Source

  • Words That Work

    Words That Work

    Words That Work

    Frank Luntz
    3.63 (1,974)

    In words that work, luntz offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the tactical use of words and phrases affects what we buy, who we vote for, and even what we believe in. with chapters like "the ten rules of successful communication" and "the 21 words and phrases for the 21st century," he examines how choosing the right words is essential. nobody is in a better position to explain than frank luntz: he has used his knowledge of words to help more than two dozen fortune 500 companies grow. hell tell

    Matt Mullenweg

    I recommend that a lot in the company.

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • Fooled by Randomness

    Fooled by Randomness

    Fooled by Randomness

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Business & Economics
    4.07 (55,864)

    Matt Mullenweg

    Anti-frugality.

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • The Year Without Pants

    The Year Without Pants

    The Year Without Pants

    Scott Berkun
    Business & Economics
    3.82 (2,594)

    A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind wordpress.com and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use wordpress software. the force behind wordpress.com is a convention-defying company called automattic, inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day. with a fraction of the resources of google, amazon, or facebook, they have a similar impact on the future of the internet. how

    Matt Mullenweg

    I give a lot of different books as gifts because everyone's different.

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Aldous Huxley
    Fiction
    3.99 (1,609,283)

    Brave new world is a dystopian novel by english author aldous huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. largely set in a futuristic world state, inhabited by genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story's protagonist.

    Matt Mullenweg

    Which is just we're kind of, like the title of the book, amusing ourselves to death. We're so caught up in distractions and pleasure and entertainment that we might be missing out on the bigger things.

    Oct 1, 2016 — Source

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Matt Mullenweg

    Super good. Again, these are old, now, like from the 70s or 80s.

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • On Writing Well

    On Writing Well

    On Writing Well

    William Zinsser
    4.23 (25,192)

    On writing well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. it is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the internet. whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, on writing well offers you fundamental priciples as well as

    Matt Mullenweg

    I love reading about writers and the process of writing.

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • Bird by Bird

    Bird by Bird

    Bird by Bird

    Anne Lamott
    Language Arts & Disciplines
    4.22 (86,201)

    An essential volume for generations of writers young and old, Bird by Bird is a modern classic. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition will continue to spark creative minds for years to come. For a quarter century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. Advice that begins with the simple words of wisdom passed down from Anne’s father—also a writer—in the iconic passage that gives the book its title: “Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’”

    Matt Mullenweg

    I love reading about writers and the process of writing.

    Feb 9, 2015 — Source

  • Amusing Ourselves to Death

    Amusing Ourselves to Death

    Amusing Ourselves to Death

    Andrew Postman,Neil Postman
    Social Science
    4.13 (24,983)

    Television has conditioned us to tolerate visually entertaining material measured out in spoonfuls of time, to the detriment of rational public discourse and reasoned public affairs. in this eloquent, persuasive book, neil postman alerts us to the real and present dangers of this state of affairs, and offers compelling suggestions as to how to withstand the media onslaught. before we hand over politics, education, religion, and journalism to the show business demands of the television age, we must recognize the ways in which the media shape our lives and the

    Matt Mullenweg

    Were so caught up in distractions and pleasure and entertainment that we might be missing out on the bigger things.

    Oct 1, 2016 — Source

  • Daring Greatly

    Daring Greatly

    Daring Greatly

    Brené Brown
    Business & Economics
    4.25 (168,816)

    “it is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —theodore rooseveltevery day we experience the uncertainty, risks,

    Matt Mullenweg

    Talks about this really well.

    Oct 1, 2016 — Source

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