Constantly updated list of books I've read with detailed notes.
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MAKE: Bootstrapper's Handbook by Pieter Levels
Shipping is a muscle that you develop by solving your problems. Your constraints force you to build faster and leaner. That gives you advantages over teams ruled by groupthink and VC money. Make your growth organic and monetize ASAP. Scale by automating whatever you can.
Pretotype It: Make sure you are building the right it before you build it right by Alberto Savoia
A technique for validating your ideas before building them with the minimum investment of time, money and effort. Avoid premature perfectionism and the desire to add more features. Confront your ideas with reality as soon as possible by getting them in front of people.
The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing by John Perry
The art of getting a lot of things done by structuring your procrastination. We procrastinate to avoid doing something more important. Embrace and exploit this fact by making it work for you. Arrange your to-do list, so that there are always tasks at the top that both seem important (but aren't) and have a deadline (but don't). They give you a license to accomplish difficult and crucial projects by not doing something that seems even more vital.
Direct Truth: Uncompromising, non-prescriptive Truths to the enduring questions of life by Kapil Gupta
The mind is drowning in desire and we fear anything that threatens how we feel. So we grasp for hacks, fixes and gurus. Yet, there are no prescriptions in life. There are no quick self-fixes. There is no self. The only path is knowing yourself and see the truth at every step.
How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen
Deals with the question: how can we find satisfaction in life? Avoid the trap of marginal thinking. The best time to invest in relationships is when we don't think it's necessary. We project what we want and assume that others want the same thing. To improve any relationship ask 'what job does X need me to do the most?' and then do it.
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
How cash cows incentives companies to ignore disruptive technologies at their own peril. Discovering new markets also involves failure. Optimize plans for learning and discovery rather than execution.
The 80% Approach by Dan Sullivan
Eliminate the paralysis of perfectionism and procrastination by acting fast and aiming for the first 80%. Good enough now is superior to perfect in indefinite future. Have a bias towards making things good enough. Your team will follow and productivity will rise.
The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry by John Warrillow
An in-depth dive into subscription-based business models. To get consumers to commit, you have to give them a big return on their investment. To grow your business reduce the churn and acquire customers for max 1/3 of their lifetime value.
Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow
A crash course in building a sellable business from the ground up. The business equivalent of the principle of starting with an end in mind. Think in systems, have a process, specialize and say no to projects outside your area of expertise.
Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker
Know yourself and develop your own metric driven approach to managing yourself. Put yourself in situations where your strengths can produce results. Don't try to change others. Recognize their strengths and help them promote their strengths.
Are Your Lights On?: How to Figure Out What the Problem Really Is by Donald Gause and Gerald Weinberg
A problem is a difference between things as desired and things as perceived. It's not enough to solve it logically. We have to put it into a social context. Don't solve problems for people who don't want them solved, don't know they have a problem, they can easily solve them themselves or don't have a sense of humour.
A Technique for Producing Ideas by James Webb Young
A practical guide for generating ideas by an advertising executive. Develop a habit of searching for relationships between facts. As a result, you'll be able to produce new combinations of old elements - ideas.
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman
Lovely exploration of happiness by embracing 'the negative path' of achieving it (through failure, pessimism, insecurity and uncertainty - the very things we try to avoid). Burkeman presents a unique collage of inversive ways of looking at life (and death).