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  • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

    Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

    Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

    Gerald Jay Sussman,Harold Abelson,Julie Sussman
    4.46 (4,406)

    Structure and interpretation of computer programs has had a dramatic impact on computer science curricula over the past decade. this long-awaited revision contains changes throughout the text. there are new implementations of most of the major programming systems in the book, including the interpreters and compilers, and the authors have incorporated many small changes that reflect their experience teaching the course at mit since the first edition was published. a new theme has been introduced that emphasizes the central role played by different approaches to dealing with time in computational

    Max Levchin

    Easier to read end-to-end quickly ( also his favorite book)

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  • 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.

    Max Levchin

    good ones from the "pure business" category: (favourite business book)

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  • The Middleman

    The Middleman

    The Middleman

    Olen Steinhauer
    Fiction
    3.55 (1,969)

    New york times bestselling author olen steinhauer's next sweeping espionage novel traces the rise and fall of a domestic left-wing terrorist group. told from the individual perspectives of an fbi agent, an undercover agent within the group, a convert to the terrorist organization, and a writer on the edges of the whole affair, this is another tightly wound thriller, and an intimate exploration of the people behind the politics, from a master of suspense.

    Max Levchin

    One of my favorite genres: spy novels.

    Mar 20, 2019 — Source

  • The Ascent of Money

    The Ascent of Money

    The Ascent of Money

    Niall Ferguson
    History
    3.89 (25,950)

    Niall ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls planet finance. bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: call it what you like, it matters. to christians, love of it is the root of all evil. to generals, it’s the sinews of war. to revolutionaries, it’s the chains of labor. but in the ascent of money, niall ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of

    Max Levchin

    From my favorite business segment:

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  • When Genius Failed

    When Genius Failed

    When Genius Failed

    Roger Lowenstein
    Business & Economics
    4.18 (26,085)

    With a new afterword addressing today’s financial crisisa business week best book of the yearin this business classic—now with a new afterword in which the author draws parallels to the recent financial crisis—roger lowenstein captures the gripping roller-coaster ride of long-term capital management. drawing on confidential internal memos and interviews with dozens of key players, lowenstein explains not just how the fund made and lost its money but also how the personalities of long-term’s partners, the arrogance of their mathematical certainties, and the culture of wall street itself contributed to

    Max Levchin

    From my favorite business segment:

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  • Too Big to Fail

    Too Big to Fail

    Too Big to Fail

    Andrew Ross Sorkin
    Business & Economics
    4.13 (37,635)

    Andrew ross sorkin delivers the first true behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the great depression developed into a global tsunami. from inside the corner office at lehman brothers to secret meetings in south korea, and the corridors of washington, too big to fail is the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with success and failure, ego and greed, and, ultimately, the fate of the world’s economy. “we’ve got to get some foam down on the runway!” a

    Max Levchin

    From my favorite business segment:

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  • The Power of Habit

    The Power of Habit

    The Power of Habit

    Charles Duhigg
    Self-Help
    4.12 (417,903)

    A young woman walks into a laboratory. over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. she has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. the patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.marketers at procter & gamble study videos of people making their beds. they are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern—and

    Max Levchin

    The book uses the now-standard formula of beginning each chapter with an anecdote that's later substantiated by research, but that doesnt make it any less interesting (or useful).

    May 1, 2019 — Source

  • Black Edge

    Black Edge

    Black Edge

    Sheelah Kolhatkar
    Business & Economics
    4.16 (11,668)

    Steven a. cohen changed wall street. he and his fellow pioneers of the hedge fund industry didn't lay railroads, build factories, or invent new technologies. rather, they made their billions through speculation, by placing bets in the market that turned out to be right more often than wrong and for this, they gained not only extreme personal wealth but formidable influence throughout society. hedge funds now oversee more than $3 trillion in assets, and the competition between them is so fierce that traders will do whatever they can to get

    Max Levchin

    Reads more outrageous and fictional, such is the hubris of the many characters portrayed in it.

    Feb 12, 2019 — Source

  • Good to Great

    Good to Great

    Good to Great

    James C. Collins
    Business & Economics
    4.12 (157,248)

    To find the keys to greatness, collins's 21-person research team read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. the findings will surprise many readers and, quite frankly, upset others.the challengebuilt to last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the dna of an enterprise from the very beginning. but what about the company that is not born with

    Max Levchin

    I prefer less advice, more history.

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  • Crucial Conversations
    Max Levchin

    Covers many of the useful tactics in making sure these conversations are productive, and offers advice on improving relationships with your coworkers.

    Feb 12, 2019 — Source

  • Thinking in Bets

    Thinking in Bets

    Thinking in Bets

    Annie Duke
    Business & Economics
    3.82 (12,360)

    In super bowl xlix, seahawks coach pete carroll made one of the most controversial calls in football history: with 26 seconds remaining, and trailing by four at the patriots' one-yard line, he called for a pass instead of a hand off to his star running back. the pass was intercepted and the seahawks lost. critics called it the dumbest play in history. but was the call really that bad? or did carroll actually make a great move that was ruined by bad luck?even the best decision doesn't yield the best

    Max Levchin

    I read this book all the way through because I found the premise so intriguing.

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  • Lake Success

    Lake Success

    Lake Success

    Gary Shteyngart
    Fiction
    3.61 (9,755)

    Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager barry cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. deeply stressed by an sec investigation and by his three-year-old son's diagnosis of autism, he flees new york on a greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. meanwhile, his super-smart wife, seema--a driven first-generation american who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth--has her own demons to face. how these two flawed characters navigate the shteyngartian chaos

    Max Levchin

    Is pretty outrageous too, but also extremely funny, and terribly sad, and very human.

    Feb 12, 2019 — Source

  • The Coddling of the American Mind

    The Coddling of the American Mind

    The Coddling of the American Mind

    Greg Lukianoff,Jonathan Haidt
    4.26 (26,691)

    The generation now coming of age has been taught three great untruths: their feelings are always right; they should avoid pain and discomfort; and they should look for faults in others and not themselves. these three great untruths are part of a larger philosophy that sees young people as fragile creatures who must be protected and supervised by adults. but despite the good intentions of the adults who impart them, the great untruths are harming kids by teaching them the opposite of ancient wisdom and the opposite of modern psychological

    Max Levchin

    Highlights the need to continue to have such discussions about sensitive topics instead of ignoring them for the sake of comfort. If you saw Bloombergs list of The Best Books of 2018 you'll find I'm not alone in enjoying this thought-provoking book.

    Feb 12, 2019 — Source

  • The Innovator's Dilemma

    The Innovator's Dilemma

    The Innovator's Dilemma

    Clayton M. Christensen,L.J. Ganser
    Business & Economics
    4.03 (47,127)

    Harvard professor clayton m. christensen says outstanding companies can do everything right and still lose their market leadership -- or worse, disappear completely. and he not only proves what he says, he tells others how to avoid a similar fate.focusing on "disruptive technology" -- the honda super cub, intel's 8088 processor, or the hydraulic excavator, for example -- christensen shows why most companies miss "the next great wave." whether in electronics or retailing, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know when to abandon traditional

    Max Levchin

    Some good ones from the "pure business" category:

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  • 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

    Max Levchin

    Some good ones from the "pure business" category:

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  • Influence

    Influence

    Influence

    Robert B. Cialdini
    4.18 (125,904)

    Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say "yes"—and how to apply these understandings. dr. robert cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. his thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.you'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. perfect for people in all walks of

    Max Levchin

    Are another way to round out primarily technological education

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