General Partner, a16z / Andressen Horowitz. Co-founder Hunch (sold to eBay), SiteAdvisor (sold to McAfee). Angel Investor in Buzzfeed, Kickstarter, Uber, Stripe etc. Blogger.
I really enjoyed this book. I read a lot of history and science books, but this stood out because 1) the anecdotes were entertaining and relevant, and 2) it got the process of innovation right. Highly Recommended.
An amazing book and probably the single most important contribution to tech theory. Popularized the often misused phrase “disruptive technology.” But there’s a lot more than that one big idea, including how markets commoditize over time, how disruptive technologies always look like toys to the powerful incumbents, etc.
‘Real economists’ talk about the economics of information goods (roughly defined as zero marginal cost goods). Sometimes a bit obvious if you’ve studied economics before but overall a really interesting read. Especially like the parts on different ways to tier pricing for information goods.
Although a bit too enterprise (vs consumer) focused for my taste, this is an extremely intelligent and useful book. You’ve probably heard about the central thesis (lots of startups get stuck in the “chasm”- in between early adopter and mainstream customers) but there are lots of other juicy anecdotes in the book and it actually prescribes an actionable set of strategies for overcoming the chasm. I’ve reread this one a couple of times. The sequel Inside the Tornado is good too.
What the author calls ‘Bandwagon Effects’ most people call network effects. If you are thinking about starting or investing in a business with network effects, this is the best (and only good?) book on the topic.
This is the best book you can read to understand the global credit crisis. It’s a short book – just 5 chapters covering Iceland, Ireland, Germany, Greece, and California. What’s particularly fascinating is how each place had a wildly different reaction to the credit glut.