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:

The Joe Rogan Experience: The trend in the podcast industry is towards scripted, audience-tested, and painstakingly-produced series. Joe Rogan is the opposite - a laid-back conversationalist who makes you feel like you're in the room with his guest. He's an "everyman" in the literary sense, able to represent the common person's questions and mindsets while interviewing guests across numerous fields and backgrounds.

The podcast series is intimidating at first glance, as he has over 1200 episodes (as of late 2018). It's worth noting that around 70% of them interview figures from MMA or comedy, which are entertaining but not my primary interest. The remaining episodes provide ample opportunities for learning about new topics.

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:

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.

Regrettably, the podcast has lost much of it's charm after an executive/leadership shake-up, but some of the old episodes continue to influence my thinking on policy.

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