Tech and business fascinate me. I’m not very good at either, but I love learning how big thinkers have changed the world and are shaping our future.
When I’m with a friend or client who shares my excitement about technology, our conversation inevitably leads to books and podcasts.
This happened last night and I promised to send him a list of my favorites. Randy, here it is…
a16z - Discussions with brilliant tech developers. This is produced by Andreessen Horwitz, one of the pre-eminent Silicon Valley venture capital firms.
The Tim Ferris Show - Interviews with top achievers from dozens of fields. His mission is to figure out how they do it and what can be learned from them. The in-depth interviews can exceed two hours. Warning, fast forward through the first five minutes of ads.
The James Altucher Show - Less formulaic than Tim Ferriss, but great discussions with great people. James injects his experience and insights.
Akimbo: A podcast from Seth Godin - Anyone who knows about marketing admires Seth Godin. His insights into human behavior are brilliant.
Masters of Scale by Reid Hoffman - A founder of PayPal and one of the most successful tech investors, Reid is close with all the greats. He interviews them and dissects how they recover from their failures to achieve massive success.
Books (more than tech and business)
Leonardo da Vinci
Why Buddhism is True: The Science of Philosophy of Enlightenment
Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon
Principles: Life and Work
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Yuval Noah Harari