John Collison

John Collison

Co-founder of @stripe.

8 Book Recommendations by John Collison

  • "Hamming turned his lecture notes into a book, 'The Art of Doing Science and Engineering,' which has been republished by Stripe Press—a young publishing house [...] that brings out interesting left-brained books in beautiful, right-brain-friendly editions"

  • American Kingpin

    Nick Bilton

    .@nickbilton’s American Kingpin is an incredible tale. Ross Ulbricht started Silk Road while watching Breaking Bad and became Walter White. He was arrested the day after the season finale. Life imitating art.

  • Financial Shenanigans

    Howard Schilit

    The 1MDB tale drives home the fact that there are no new ideas in fraud; they all follow a very similar outline. I enjoyed this accounting-focused treatment of many major frauds:

  • The book is Financial Shenanigans and was a well-targeted gift from @patrickc who somehow keeps finding this stuff

  • Stuff Matters

    Mark Miodownik

    A world-leading materials scientist presents an engrossing collection of stories that explain the science and history of materials, from the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, revealing the miracles of engineering that seep into our everyday lives. 25,000 first printing.

    The fun "Stuff Matters" book answers why US chocolate tastes like ground-up newspaper to me.

  • Hard Landing

    Thomas Petzinger Jr.

    An expose of the airline industry covers such events as the rise of Southwest Airlines, Pan Am's attempt to take over National, and the battle between British Airways and Virgin Air

    @jamesreggio this seems like an apt time to plug one of my favorite non-fiction books:

  • Elon Musk

    Ashlee Vance

    Elon Musk is the most daring entrepreneur of our time There are few industrialists in history who could match Elon Musk's relentless drive and ingenious vision. A modern alloy of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs, Musk is the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity, each of which has sent shock waves throughout American business and industry. More than any other executive today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as a science fiction fantasy. In this lively, investigative account, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance offers an unprecedented look into the remarkable life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious businessman. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family, and his friends, the book traces his journey from his difficult upbringing in South Africa to his ascent to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent more than fifty hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to three hundred people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies and to paint a portrait of a complex man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation—all while making plenty of enemies along the way. In 1992, Elon Musk arrived in the United States as a ferociously driven immigrant bent on realizing his wildest dreams. Since then, Musk's roller-coaster life has brought him grave disappointments alongside massive successes. After being forced out of PayPal, fending off a life-threatening case of malaria, and dealing with the death of his infant son, Musk abandoned Silicon Valley for Los Angeles. He spent the next few years baffling his friends by blowing his entire fortune on rocket ships and electric cars. Cut to 2012, however, and Musk had mounted one of the greatest resurrections in business history: Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity had enjoyed unparalleled success, and Musk's net worth soared to more than $5 billion. At a time when many American companies are more interested in chasing easy money than in taking bold risks on radical new technology, Musk stands out as the only businessman with enough dynamism and vision to tackle—and even revolutionize—three industries at once. Vance makes the case that Musk's success heralds a return to the original ambition and invention that made America an economic and intellectual powerhouse. Elon Musk is a brilliant, penetrating examination of what Musk's career means for a technology industry undergoing dramatic change and offers a taste of what could be an incredible century ahead.

    .@valleyhack's new book on @elonmusk is a good read.

  • Hard Landing

    Thomas Petzinger Jr.

    An expose of the airline industry covers such events as the rise of Southwest Airlines, Pan Am's attempt to take over National, and the battle between British Airways and Virgin Air

    My favorite history of the Uber vs Lyft war is this book: