Category Archives: Books

Finished :: Next book up :: Hit Refresh | Michael Smith Jr. – Apprentice VC

Finished this up on the plane ride.

Overall good but I think the last few chapters were kind of weak.

I think MSFT under Satya is doing well and will continue to do so. Whether or not his broader views, which I think are good, can resonate outside of MSFT and infiltrate the rest of the tech industry remains to be seen.

This stuff with ICE using Azure is a good test of the new Satya/MSFT conscience.

Next book up :: Hit Refresh | Michael Smith Jr. – Apprentice VC


Startup Boards Book

I am new to being an official board member although I have been involved with large and small company board meetings for years.

Board meetings are not the be all end all that many folks think they are but the board members and their context within the life of a startup is pretty important.

I wanted to approach this with a beginner’s mind and was helpful to read this book and get some new viewpoints on being a board member and get some sense how founder see the board as well.

Of course only experience will come into play for me to become an awesome board member but I am enjoying this book quite a bit.

Book: Principles by Ray Dalio – Feld Thoughts

Great post by Brad Feld pulling together the book info and 2 great videos.

I have the book on order from Amazon and will start reading right after this one.

I have been trying to kick of my own year thinking about how to implement some of this ASAP.

It started with my new notebook, tracking my day better and having clear goals.

Anyway – these videos are a great place to start!

Book: Principles by Ray Dalio – Feld Thoughts

Next book up :: The Startup Way

Okay – update. Finished but I have to say I loved the lean startup much more but maybe this book is good for the right folks. I can imagine some big company folks getting a lot out of it.

I gleaned a few tricks and might even refer to it as a good reference guide. I try to remind myself that sometimes it’s okay to not read or dig every chapter but still love the book.

On to the next one!


Picked this one up at the airport on the way out – The Startup Way.

Already digging it and learning some new tricks.

Ray Dalio on Masters in Business

Ray has been doing the podcast circuit with the book being out but this was one of my favorite ones.

I don’t love Forbes but this article captures some of the salient points I am trying to grok and put into my work practice.

First is to have an “idea meritocracy” that spans across meaningful work and meaningful relationships.

I like this – may the best idea win and of course we all want rewarding work with good people.

I also like his framework for putting this into place with serious meeting rigour and a culture that supports radical transparency and radical candor. (This is why I am super excited that the next book up is Radical Candor by Kim Scott.)

Within these concepts there are rules for open disagreement, discourse for challenging ideas (not the people) and some protocol for making sure that when a decision is made – everyone falls in line to support it, regardless of where you personally stand on the issue.

I need to get the book and dig in.

Also excited to try and implement better goal and learning this year with another notebook..