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- Skin in the Game - Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Along with Paul Graham, the top essayist I've read. The ideas he presents are so powerful that are life changers. Cannot recommend this one enough.
- Founders at Work - Jessica Livingston. It is a great book filled with amazing advice for startup founders but more importantly; filled with motivation. Founders most of the time were only trying to experiment creating something great and that's it. They were just curious people.
- The Cathedral and the Bazaar - Eric S Raymond. It is a nice compendium of history of the open source (previously known as Free software) by one man that was involved deeply on the transition and is a big part of the hacker culture: ESR.
- Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! - Richard P Feynman. An amazing story of the life of the physicist and Nobel Prize (which he hated) winner Richard P. Feynman. He was an amazing professor and physicist. He had a curious character and it seems like that was what took him places in life. He never ceased to amazed himself, to ask questions, to learn and doubt.
- What You Do Is Who You Are - Ben Horowitz. A great compendium of historical lessons on how to establish a top Culture in a startup. It contains multiple amazing examples of how relevant the culture has been historically on great teams and how that allowed truly relevant feats such as what Genghis Khan was able to achieve all through the world. It all started with how he treated his soldiers and what he expected from them. It gives some great basis on how to create a culture and it also establishes what most important in my opinion. That a Culture is never done. It is something that will continue to mutate as it is what people will be doing and that changes with time and circumstances. It doesn't matter if you're not trying to found a startup just yet. Some knowledge there can be applied to the personal level as well, at least I did.
- Poor Richard's Almanack - Benjamin Franklin. A brief book with a lot of instruction on multiple topics. It was written by Benjamin Franklin under a pseudonym. It contains a lot of aphorisms in the style of books like "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius. Some great advice from the book and in such a short format. Something like 30 pages.
- Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder - Nassim Nicholas Taleb. This book has a lot of timeless advice. The "via negativa" chapter is one of the greatest things I've read. It exposes how some things are better learned or made via substraction of things. Sometimes it's easier to grasp a concept by the removal of a thing. The antifragility concept itself it's a big thing too. The opposite of fragile is not robust. It's antifragile. A thing that gains from disorder, not only that it is immune to the chaos but that it becomes better from it.