The Top 16 Tech and Business Books I Read in 2016
My interest in tech and the startup scene has been fed with a never ending parade of books and other content since I first read ‘Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson in 2011. Each year I dig into as many tech and business books as I can, in print and on Audible.
Here’s what I recommend from my read list that helped me make the transition from living in the midwest and working for a Fortune 500 company to living in the Bay Area working for a startup:
- “The Everything Store Jeff Bezos and The Age of Amazon” by Brad Stone
- “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” by Marshall Goldsmith
- “Zero to One” by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
- “Lean In” By Sheryl Sandberg (for the second time)
- “Ready Player One” Ernest Cline
- “Chaos Monkeys” by Antonio Garcia Martinez
- “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown
- “Startupland: How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea into a Global Business” by Mikkel Svane
- “Necessary Endings” by Dr Henry Cloud
- “Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble” by Dan Lyons
- “How Will You Measure your Life” by James Allworth and Clayton M. Christensen and Karen Dillon
- “The Launch Pad Inside Y-Combinator Silicon Valley’s Most Exclusive School for Startups” by Randall Stross
- “Things a Little Bird Told Me” by Biz Stone
- “More Awesome than Money” by Jim Dwyer
- “Hatching Twitter” by Nick Bilton
- “Elon Musk” by Ashlee Vance
Each book taught me a little something and added to my knowledge base. It amazing to look back at the list and see how much I learned over the last year.
If you’re looking for a place to start know that I find myself thinking back to Essentialism and working to “keep the main thing the main thing.” LeanIn has empowered me to make sure I have a seat at the table. Biz Stone’s concept of compounding charitable impact comes up frequently when making decisions.
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What recommendations do you have for me to read in 2017?