now @lightspeedindia, past: SaaS investor @a16z, product BD @Google, engineering @AMD; lifelong fan of physics, poetry and piano // https://t.co/t7CtX1wlaX
7 Book Recommendations by Hemant Mohapatra
Quite liking the fact that @harari_yuval's graphic novel version of Sapiens has a wise old grandma who explains the complicated stuff to you 'like you would to your grandma' , and her name is Saraswati - the Indian goddess of knowledge. Enjoying this fresh take on the book! https://t.co/bPvpimOOU7
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Ben HorowitzA lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one. In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don't cover. His blog has garnered a devoted following of millions of readers who have come to rely on him to help them run their businesses. A lifelong rap fan, Horowitz amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs and tells it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, from cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in. His advice is grounded in anecdotes from his own hard-earned rise—from cofounding the early cloud service provider Loudcloud to building the phenomenally successful Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm, both with fellow tech superstar Marc Andreessen (inventor of Mosaic, the Internet's first popular Web browser). This is no polished victory lap; he analyzes issues with no easy answers through his trials, including demoting (or firing) a loyal friend; whether you should incorporate titles and promotions, and how to handle them; if it's OK to hire people from your friend's company; how to manage your own psychology, while the whole company is relying on you; what to do when smart people are bad employees; why Andreessen Horowitz prefers founder CEOs, and how to become one; whether you should sell your company, and how to do it. Filled with Horowitz's trademark humor and straight talk, and drawing from his personal and often humbling experiences, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures.
I read @bhorowitz 's Hard Thing right before joining the team and it is still one of the most real, no BS take on a founder's journey I've ever read. Pre-ordering this right away! The@a16z lobby bookshelf will soon have space enough just for books by a16z folks! https://t.co/zBglLiXSo0
John CarreyrouThe Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Time, Esquire, Fortune, Marie Claire, GQ, Mental Floss, Science Friday, Bloomberg, Popular Mechanics, BookRiot, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.5 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work. Erroneous results put patients in danger, leading to misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments. All the while, Holmes and her partner, Sunny Balwani, worked to silence anyone who voiced misgivings--from journalists to their own employees. Rigorously reported and fearlessly written, Bad Blood is a gripping story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron--a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
Just finished Bad Blood by @JohnCarreyrou - felt so close to the story as I (1) shared floor w/ someone @Google a whole chapter was dedicated to (2) had xchanged emails w/ Sunny asking to meet (he declined) & (3) had strongly recommended theranos to a friend who almost joined! 😲 https://t.co/rqR34HZP7Z
Just finished the @3BodyTrilogy and loved it - what an epic journey. The first sci-fi book I read was an illustrated version of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. The impact a mind bending idea like that had on an 8yo was incredible. Nothing expands your mind better than sci-fi! https://t.co/1zSXEGmIGs
Criticism 3: networking is nowhere near as expensive. Wrong. Google spent 300M on an undersea cable. Large cos pay shit ton in secret handshakes with telcos. My favorite book on this recommended by @sunubunu who built AWS and Google interconnects: https://t.co/M6H5dW32OG
High Growth Handbook
Elad GilWell known technology executive and angel investor Elad Gil has worked with high growth tech companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Instacart, Coinbase, Stripe, and Square as they've grown from small companies into global brands. Across all of these break-out companies, a set of common patterns has evolved into a repeatable playbook that Gil has codified in High Growth Handbook. Covering key topics including the role of the CEO, managing your board, recruiting and managing an executive team, M&A, IPOs and late stage funding rounds, and interspersed with over a dozen interviews with some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley including Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Marc Andreessen (Andreessen Horowitz), and Aaron Levie (Box), High Growth Handbook presents crystal clear guidance for navigating the most complex challenges that confront leaders and operators in high-growth startups. In what Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 NYT bestsellers The Alliance and The Startup of You calls "a trenchant guide," High Growth Handbook is the playbook for turning a startup into a unicorn.
A Brief History of Time
Stephen HawkingAn anniversary edition of a now-classic survey of the origin and nature of the universe features a new introduction by the author and a new chapter on the possibility of time travel and "wormholes" in space
The world just got a lot dumber. Dr. Stephen Hawking passed away. I read "a brief history of time" when I was about 14 and it is one of the 2-3 books about science I read at that early age that changed the course of my life. Perha…https://t.co/fWLVoXZX3X https://t.co/qQcF7A2TP8