What I'm Learning

I set aside time to learn every day and I'm always looking for ways to improve myself both personally and professionally.

Reading

The books below are a selection of the titles I have read (or re-read) in the last few months. Check out my profile on Goodreads to see what I'm reading today - and I'm always looking for book recommendations!

Tools of Titans
The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
Black Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Pentesters
Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Redeployment
Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla
Cybersecurity and Cyberwar
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Cryptography Engineering: Design Principles and Practical Applications
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
The Origins of Totalitarianism


Podcasts

a16z: This series is produced by Andreeseen Horowitz, an influential Silicon Valley VC firm, and brings a variety of startup founders and investors to the show for discussion on tech, culture, current events, and the future. It’s a useful window into the thoughts of individuals on the leading edge of technology developments.

Favorite Episodes:

Foreign Policy’s The Editor’s Roundtable: For sharp, witty commentary on foreign policy and policy issues more broadly, look no further. The podcast brings together 4-5 foreign policy experts in a roundtable discussion format to explore topics that are often too complex to be reliably conveyed in news blurbs and headlines.

Favorite Episodes:

The Tim Ferriss Show: One of my favorite books is Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, which summarizes hundreds of Tim’s podcast episodes. I recommend starting with the book and listening to the full-length recordings of the interviews that interest you.

Favorite Episodes:

How to Start a Startup: This is required listening for anyone who has flirted with the idea of becoming an entrepreneur. This lecture series is also available in video form.

Favorite Episodes:

  • 03 - Paul Graham - Before the Startup
  • 10 - Brian Chesky and Alfred Lin - Culture
  • 12 - Aaron Levie - Building for the Enterprise
  • 01 - Sam Altman and Dustin Moskovitz