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Book Summary: ‘The Outsiders’ – Eight unconventional CEOs

“You are right not because others agree with you, but because your facts and reasoning are sound.” – Benjamin Graham Importance of capital allocation The 8 CEOs studied in the book far outperformed the S&P 500 over a 20-30 year… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: Zero To One by Peter Thiel

On Startups Successful people find value in unexpected places and they do by thinking about business from first principles instead of applying formulas. Peter Thiel’s mandatory interview question –  “What important truth do very few people agree with you on?”… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: Flow: The psychology of optimal experience

The concept of flow What is described in popular culture as being ‘in the zone’ or ‘in the groove’. Makes use of an individual’s focused attention, referred to as ‘psychic energy’. Focused attention, not time or anything, is an individual’s most… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: The hard thing about hard things by Ben Horowitz

TL;DR: This book is a great reference for the following things (some well-summarized in this YC talk):  Various aspects of running an enterprise tech company in the valley. How to hire execs. Contains a comprehensive checklist of things one should… Continue Reading →

Notes from ‘A Curious Mind: The secret to a bigger life’

The author, Brian Grazer, is a famous Hollywood producer, who held ‘curiosity conversations’ with famous politicians, techies, sports-people, Nobel Laureates over 35+ years to understand the world and viewpoints of someone very different from him. He landed a job as… Continue Reading →

Notes from Venture Deals (Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson) – Part II

Part I is here.  In a hurry? Italics in the post represent key dos and don’ts for founders. How VC firms work One management company (franchise) – this is the name of the VC firm you hear. Under them are… Continue Reading →

How Will You Measure Your Life – Musings on Clayton Christensen’s book

Driving out of San Diego on a fine spring afternoon, enchanted by the amazing weather and the freeways crisscrossing in what seemed like an intricate pattern, I asked my friend at the steering wheel, “What would it be like to… Continue Reading →

Getting infected

“He didn’t sleep for four nights. Four whole nights. And if that trip had been his idea of a vacation, where, the psychologist wanted to know, did he work ? “ “He didn’t want to fight for petty wins when… Continue Reading →

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