Books

Book Club: Netflixed by Gina Keating

“Netflix was playing to win, versus playing to not lose.”

How do we all lose faster, so that we can win overall?

Our business book club enjoyed Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs by Gina Keating.

Cover of the book Netflixed by Gina Keating Netflixed hardcover. Derek Halpern picked this book. He always buys the physical copy.

The book includes anecdotes and depth about the very early days of Netflix. We get to ride along as Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings created an online DVD store, basically before DVDs were even for sale.

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2018-08-28T10:12:56+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Books, General|

Book Review: Safari by Geoffrey Kent

“Many entrepreneurs agree that it’s our worst vulnerabilities that inspire us to find our greater purpose.”

I read this book with my friends Ramit Sethi, Wayne Mulligan, and Derek Halpern.

I recommend the book. It was the perfect first book for our business book club that Wayne started. It is less of a “nitty gritty” business book and more of a candy-cane memoir.

Four very attractive, diverse, handsome men with varying levels of hair Ramit, me, Wayne, Derek at the first meeting of our book club and discussion group.

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2018-08-22T14:38:06+00:00 July 22nd, 2018|Books, General|

Notes from “Willpower Doesn’t Work” by Benjamin Hardy

This book was an easy, inspiring read. I typed up all of my highlights from the book here.

If you want to be focused at work, you need to remove all distractions from your physical and digital workspace.

If you want to get creative insights, get out of town and relax for a day or two.

When you change your environment, such as surrounding yourself with different people, your thoughts and emotions change.

Books on a table I usually read on Kindle, but after getting the “Willpower Doesn’t Work” book at a workshop I bumped it to the top of my reading list. Finished it on the flight home!

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2018-06-14T16:15:38+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Books, General|

Book Swap and Cocktail Party in NYC

I love reading good books. Whether it is on my Kindle, a book I own, or a borrow from the New York Public Library – reading takes up a lot of my time.

One of my favorite parts of a good book is discussing it with smart people and then sharing the book with them.

At my 36th birthday party, I gave guests copies of some of my favorite books.

Book Swap and Cocktail Party

On Thursday, 31 May 2018, I threw a book swap and cocktail party.

Lots of people in a room with books and happy Here we are! The book swap and cocktail party was awesome.

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2018-06-05T10:31:01+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Books, General|

10 Years of Warren Buffett Book Recommendations

I read through the past 10 years of Berkshire Hathaway annual reports.

Each report is well worth reading (and re-reading).

Both Warren Buffett and his business partner Charlie Munger often talk about how much they read.

Munger is famously quoted as saying:

“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.”

True to form, each Berkshire Hathaway report mentions a few books worth reading.

While a summer reading list or a “best books of the year” list is nothing new, a book recommendation means something entirely different when it comes from Warren Buffett.

Here are all the books that were recommended from 2006 to 2016.

Warren Buffett gives great book recommendations each year in his company’s annual report.

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2017-07-28T14:00:10+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Books|

Good CEO Book: The Outsiders

Subtitle: “Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success.” By William N. Thorndike, Jr.

I liked this book a lot! I recommend it for anyone who owns or runs a business.

Key Takeaways

  • The press focuses too much on a company’s growth in revenue and profits. The correct measure of CEO success should be the increase in a company’s per share value, especially as compared to peers in the market.
  • Capital allocation is a CEO’s most important job.
  • Cash flow determines long term value.

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2016-06-25T13:19:19+00:00 June 25th, 2016|Books|