These are the most influential books in Silicon Valley

Alex Kaschuta
Mar 11 · 11 min read

Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
By Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger via Farnam Street

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren reads–and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.”
― Charles T. Munger, Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger

Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman
By Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman via Wikimedia Commons

“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.”
― Richard Feynman, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
― Benjamin Franklin

The Evolution of Everything (and anything) by Matt Ridley

The Evolution of Everything via Souk

“Evolution is happening all around us. It is the best way of understanding how the human world changes, as well as the natural world. Change in human instructions, artifacts and habits is incremental, inexorable, and inevitable. It follows a narrative, going from one stage to the next; it creeps rather than jumps; it has its own spontaneous momentum, rather than being driven from outside; it has no goal or end in mind; and it largely happens by trial and error — a version of natural selection.”
— Matt Ridley, The Evolution of Everything

The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb

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“Rank beliefs not by their plausibility but by how much harm they might cause.”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens via Amazon

“History is something that very few people have been doing while everyone else was plowing fields and carrying water buckets.”
― Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Meditations via Wikimedia Commons

“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash via Amazon UK

“Ninety-nine percent of everything that goes on in most Christian churches has nothing whatsoever to do with the actual religion. Intelligent people all notice this sooner or later, and they conclude that the entire one hundred percent is bullshit, which is why atheism is connected with being intelligent in people’s minds.”
― Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke

Annie Duke via Wikimedia Commons

“In most of our decisions, we are not betting against another person. Rather, we are betting against all the future versions of ourselves that we are not choosing.”
― Annie Duke, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

Photo by Oscar Nilsson on Unsplash

“Zero to One moments in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network.”
Peter Thiel, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

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