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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