Max Levchin

Max Levchin

Entrepreneur (PayPal, Slide, Yelp, HVF, Affirm, Glow), investor via SciFi VC, coder, cyclist, coffee snob. My views are my own.

4 Book Recommendations by Max Levchin

  • Fast-Track Triathlete offers busy triathletes a plan of attack for high performance in long-distance triathlon without sacrificing work, life, and relationships. While long-distance triathlon races like the Ironman, Ironman 70.3, Rev 3, and Challenge series carry incredible prestige for triathletes, training for these all-day race events can require 15 or more hours per week--on top of work, family, travel and other time commitments. For many, the Ironman, Ironman 70.3, and long-course triathlon dream has been impossible because of the time commitment. Now in Fast-Track Triathlete, elite triathlon coach and workout-life balance expert Matt Dixon unveils a comprehensive 14-week race prep program that is scalable to fit the training needs of any long-distance triathlete. While coaching his many CEO and high-level executive athletes, Dixon has considered the challenge of long-distance triathlon from every angle. The approach and training plans offered in Fast-Track Triathlete mean that busy triathletes can realize their long-distance triathlon dreams without sacrificing so much to achieve them.

    New book by my friend, elite coach @purplepatch -- https://t.co/BO915dMu4Q a smart pragmatic guide for time-starved triathletes.

  • The Goblin Reservation

    Clifford D. Simak

    Having just returned to Earth from an intergalactic research mission, Professor Peter Maxwell, specialist in Supernatural Phenomena, finds himself in desperate straits. Earth, as he is aware, is well advanced in many areas; perfected time travel, for instance, enables all creatures (goblins, dinosaurs, and Shakespeare!) to coexist. But Maxwell has accidentally discovered a mysterious crystal planet containing a storehouse of secret information not yet known to Earth. Knowing the value of the planet for the future of Earth, he attempts to convince those in power that they must, at any cost, get control of it. But his efforts are thwarted by a startling fact: Maxwell was ingeniously duplicated on his return trip. The 'other' him came back before he did, and was soon after 'accidentally' killed. Now no one will believe the original Maxwell exists.

    Re-read The Goblin Reservation by Simak (which I first read in Russian in '86) -- proof how best science fiction can be truly timeless.

  • In The Well-Built Triathlete, elite triathlon coach Matt Dixon reveals the approach he has used to turn age-group triathletes into elite professionals. Instead of focusing narrowly on training and workouts, Dixon reveals a more comprehensive approach that considers the whole athlete. Dixon details the four pillars of performance that form the foundation of his highly successful purplepatch fitness program, showing triathletes of all abilities how they can become well-built triathletes and perform better year after year. The Well-Built Triathlete gives equal weight to training and workouts, recovery and rest, daily nutrition, and functional strength. Dixon considers the demands of career and family and the ways different personality types prefer to approach training. The Well-Built Triathlete helps triathletes apply Dixon's approach to their season and training plan. Chapters on swimming, cycling, and running explain the most effective ways to train for each. A purplepatch section shows how triathletes can peak their fitness for long streaks of high performance. Dixon's holistic, whole-body approach to triathlon will help triathletes become greater than the sum of their workouts. By becoming better all-around athletes, well-built triathletes will train and race faster than ever.

    Tri coach to the stars (who helped me get fit on the bike) @purplepatch wrote a book http://t.co/5aRsUS0qcj and it’s a best seller!

  • Reamde

    Neal Stephenson

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 BEST THRILLER OF THE YEAR- CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 WARWICK PRIZE FOR WRITING Across the globe, millions of computer screens flicker with the artfully coded world of T'Rain - an addictive internet role-playing game of fantasy and adventure. But backstreet hackers in China have just unleashed a contagious virus called Reamde, and as it rampages through the gaming world spreading from player to player - holding hard drives hostage in the process - the computer of one powerful and dangerous man is infected, causing the carefully mediated violence of the on-line world to spill over into reality. A fast-talking, internet-addicted mafia accountant is brutally silenced by his Russian employers, and Zula - a talented young T'Rain computer programmer - is abducted and bundled on to a private jet. As she is flown across the skies in the company of the terrified boyfriend she broke up with hours before, and a brilliant Hungarian hacker who may be her only hope, she finds herself sucked into a whirl of Chinese Secret Service agents and gun-toting American Survivalists; the Russian criminal underground and an al-Qaeda cell led by a charismatic Welshman; each a strand of a connected world that devastatingly converges in T'Rain. An inimitable and compelling thriller that careers from British Columbia to South-West China via Russia and the fantasy world of T'Rain, Reamde is an irresistible epic from the unique imagination of one of today's most individual writers.

    I don't read fiction nearly as much as I'd like, but when I do I go long: just finished Stephenson's 1000-page Reamde. Great geeky fun!!