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Our Favorite Books and Blogs of 2016

TMBA359: Our Favorite Books and Blogs of 2016

Date: 2016-10-20

Link: Tropical MBA


Tropical MBAKevin Kelly: The Inevitable

If you want a recipe for the next 10,000 startups, take X and add AI.

How Not to Die

Patty Smith: Just Kids

Phil Knight: Shoe Dog

It takes a group of people to build something.

Ron CHurnow: THe House of Morgan

Alice Schroder: Snowball

Good business are going to be worth more overtime. You don’t want to overpay for them so you have to have some discipline about what you are going to pay. The thing to do is find a good business and stick with it.

James Glick: Chaos

David Beniof: The City of Thieves

Ray Dalio: Principles (You can download it free online)


James Laville: Shogun

The groups that bicker are often the ones that are closest together. You often spend your time fighting with somebody who you agree with 90% of what they say.

A Review of Snowball, a Biography Of Warren Buffett

TMBA357: A Review of Snowball, a Biography Of Warren Buffett

Date: 2016-10-06

Link: Tropical MBA


Are there companies in your industry or adjacent industry that you can take a stake in?

Have a strong internal sense of integrity.

Try not to compare yourself to the people around you.

Sometimes your own thing might not have a precedent.

Really successful people say no a whole lot more.

9 Must-Read Books for Founders

Episode 228 | 9 Must-Read Books for Founders

Date: 2015-03-16

Link: Startups for the Rest of Us


Startups for the Rest of UsBook: Traction

Each chapter of Traction covers an approach for marketing your startup.

Book: Remote

(Remote working) is about the kind of people you hire. If you can’t see somebody you don’t know if they are working but even if you can’t see them how do you know if they aren’t sitting there playing solitaire.

Book: SaaS Marketing Essentials by Ryan Battles

Book: Work the System

It is so much easier to have a document people can go to if they have questions about how to do something.

Book: The Ultimate Sales Letter

Book: The Ultimate Sales Machine

Book: Zero to One

Book: The Guide to the Good Life

Book: Essentialism

We Can All Change the World

We Can All Change the WorldI am pleased to announce that the latest edition of my notes on Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders is ready. You can download We Can All Change the World: Notes on Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Volume 9 for free right here.

Alternatively if you were to purchase it through Leanpub all royalties will be donated to Oxfam America which is helping the earthquake victims in Nepal right now. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

This book contains notes on lectures by:

  • Matthew Rabinowitz (Natera)
  • Padmasree Warrior (Cisco)
  • Cyriac Roeding (Shopkick)
  • Steve Teig (Tabula)
  • Bill Drayton (Ashoka)
  • Scott Harrison (charity:water)
  • Mike Olson, Ping Li (Cloudera)
  • Sharon Vosmek (Astia)
  • Halle Tecco (Rock Health)
  • Dave McClure (500 Startups)
  • William Hsu (MuckerLab)
  • Gurjeet Singh, Gunnar Carlsson, Ann Miura-Ko (Ayasdi)
  • Bob Sutton (Stanford)
  • Cameron Strang, Nate Ruess (Warner Bros. Records)
  • Hemant Shah (RMS)
  • Cameron Teitelman, Joseph Huang, Milt McColl, Smita Saxena (StartX)
  • Tristan Walker (Walker and Company)
  • Sal Khan (Khan Academy)
  • Morris Chang (TSMC)
  • Ed Catmull (Disney/Pixar)
  • Linda Rottenberg (Endeavor)
  • Geoff Donaker (Yelp)
  • Leah Busque (TaskRabbit)
  • Heidi Roizen (Draper Fisher Jurvetson)

You can change the world in ways big and small, local and global, through education, friendship, business, and charity. There is no try–there is only action and a refusal to fail.

Start with a simple smile to a stranger and go from there.

An Episode For Those Who Like to Read

TMBA281: An Episode For Those Who Like to Read

Date: 2015-02-12

Link: Tropical Talk Radio

Tropical MBA


Book: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz: “The hardest skill in business is managing your own psychology.”

Book: The War of Art

Book: Kitchen Confidential.

You can find out a lot about people by the books they read.

Book: The 80/20 Principle

Book: The Fourth Economy

The three core components of business are business system creation, management, and sales and marketing. Systems create leverage. People create leverage. Sales and marketing is what drives the horse.

Book: Work the System

Book: Vietnam – A History

Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People

Don’t over think stuff.

Book: Spin Selling

Book: Open by Andre Agassi

Book: My Life in Advertising

Book: Anti-Fragile

Book: Man’s Search for Meaning

Paper: Principles by Ray Dalio

Book: On the English Language by George Orwell

Book: Linchpin by Seth Godin

Book: Shogun

Book: The Winds of War

Book: Conquistador

Book: Finite and Infinite Games