Data input - my top podcasts and books

August 16, 2018

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…

 

Podcasts

 

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

Walter Isaacson

 

Why Buddhism is True: The Science of Philosophy of Enlightenment

Robert Wright

 

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship

Robert Kurson

 

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

Robert Kurson

 

Conspiracy

Ryan Holiday

 

Principles: Life and Work

Ray Dalio

 

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Brad Stone

 

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Ashlee Vance

 

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari

 

 

 

 

 

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