Phil Libin

Phil Libin

Co-founder and CEO of All Turtles and mmhmm. Co-founder and former CEO of Evernote. Generally enthusiastic.


7 Book Recommendations by Phil Libin

  • I find myself referring to @htaneja’s Unscaled book over and over when talking with my team and with other entrepreneurs. The concept of getting to impact before worrying about scale is a crucial concept for modern startups.

  • Unscaled

    Hemant Taneja

    Highly recommend Unscaled, a new book by @htaneja, and not just because I'm in it! It's a clear description of effective entrepreneurship in 2018. Read this before starting or investing in your next startup. Those are the two things people do, right?

  • Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project's signal is received by an alien civilization on the brink of destruction, which plans to invade Earth; meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

    I just finished reading the Three Body Problem trilogy by @liu_cixin. Maybe my favorite sci-fi after Dune! Wow.

  • Using the designing and building of the Clock of the Long Now as a framework, this is a book about the practical use of long time perspective: how to get it, how to use it, how to keep it in and out of sight. Here are the central questions it inspires: How do we make long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare? Discipline in thought allows freedom. One needs the space and reliability to predict continuity to have the confidence not to be afraid of revolutions Taking the time to think of the future is more essential now than ever, as culture accelerates beyond its ability to be measured Probable things are vastly outnumbered by countless near-impossible eventualities. Reality is statistically forced to be extraordinary; fiction is not allowed this freedom This is a potent book that combines the chronicling of fantastic technology with equally visionary philosophical inquiry.

    @himerzi I didn't mention it in my talk, but probably the book that's been most influential is "The Clock of the Long Now" by Stewart Brand.

  • The founder of LinkedIn demonstrates how to apply effective entrepreneurial strategies to an individual career, explaining how to navigate modern challenges by becoming more innovative, self-reliant and networked. 60,000 first printing.

    @andrewolsen Reading @quixotic's "The Startup of You". Is great. Got a signed copy of the eBook with Skitch:

  • Modernist Cuisine

    Nathan Myhrvold

    An overview of the techniques of modern gastronomy. Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, and Maxime Bilet -- scientists, inventors, and accomplished cooks in their own right -- have created a six-volume 2,400 page set that reveals science-inspired techniques for preparing food. The authors and their 20 person team at The Cooking Lab have achieved new flavors and textures by using tools such as water baths, homogenizers, centrifuges, and ingredients such as hydrocolloids, emulsifiers, and enzymes.

    Oh yeah. Amazon just shipped my copy of Modernist Cuisine. Time to start cutting some woks in half.

  • Fixed to Flexible

    Todd Sattersten

    Just read "Fixed To Flexible", a good Ebook on modern cost and price by @toddsattersten. Turns out I'm in it!