Book Notes

I love to read. And every once in a while I come across a book that’s so good I find myself referencing it over and over again.

When that happens — I go through the book and distill it’s core message and takeaways into a concise note that I can easily reference whenever I need it.

Inspired by the way Derek Sivers publishes his own notes, I’ve started to share mine here as well. Use them for your own personal reference, or to help you decide what to read next.

Seven Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy by Hamilton Helmer [Coming Soon]

Lessons from Keith Rabois: How to Interview an Executive by Delian Asparouhov — Great insights into hiring executives at early stage startups from Keith Rabois. As a founder, what should you look for? As an executive, what do you need to bring to the table? Esp. Interesting for folks early in their careers.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel — Tons of interesting takeaways from Peter Thiel about building businesses that create things that have never existed before, rather than interating on something that already exists. Especially helpful to think through these concepts at the beginnings of new projects.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport — This might be the best book about career advice written to date, especially for young people who are just getting started, who are trying to figure out what to do with their lives, or what they’re passionate about. This book explores answers to the questions: Why do some people end up loving what they do, while so many others fail at this goal? And how do we end up passionate about our careers?

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi — Great book for young adults who are just starting to make decent money for the first time and want to figure out what to do with it, and how to use it wisely. It’s a pretty fun read considering the topic, and it gives you 90% of everything you really need to know to make smart financial decisions.