Books

We live in a world where information is the most inexpensive it has ever been. We’ve open-sourced education.

Through the internet, and 2-day Amazon delivery, we have all of humanity’s knowledge at our fingertips.

That is so unbelievably powerful.

For $1000 worth of books, you can learn as much as a $100,000 college education, and likely you’ll have better, updated, less-antiquated knowledge.

HOWEVER – the key is knowing what to learn. It’s about smartly and strategically acquiring only the best knowledge.

I’ve gathered a few of my favorite books below to make sure that the best knowledge is easily accessible to those who seek it out. Please feel free to read and enjoy them.

Interesting Concepts:

Antifragile by Nassim Taleb?- How to deal with “black swan” events, and benefit in uncertainty and chaos.

More Money Than God by Sebastian Mallaby?- How hedge funds work, with breakdowns of all the major players since their creation.

Business & Productivity:

Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff?- Techniques for pitching ideas.

Venture Deals by Brad Feld?- The definitive handbook on angel and venture capital. This is a must-read for any entrepreneur.

The Art of Client Service by Robert Solomon?- Anyone in a client- or customer-facing role should be required to read this.

The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss?- Despite its title, it’s a good read on business automation and improving efficiency & productivity.

Mastery by Robert Greene?- How to become really, really good at your pursuits.

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene?- A fascinating look at how to acquire power with historical examples.

Marketing:

Influence by Robert Cialdini?- If you’re in marketing, read this. It’s the psychological cornerstone of how people operate.

Hooked by Nir Eyal?- Fantastic book on building habit-forming products.

Traction by Gabriel Weinberg & Justin Mares?- Practical advice for building a marketing strategy.

Everybody Writes by Ann Handley?- Very good actionable advice for writing.

Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday?- If you haven’t heard of “growth hacking” and you’re in marketing, read this book.

Design for Hackers by David Kadavy – An introduction to design for analytical minds.