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Learn from history's greatest entrepreneurs. Every week I read a biography of an entrepreneur and find ideas you can use in your work. This quote explains why: "There are thousands of years of history in which lots and lots of very smart people worked very hard and ran all types of experiments on ho… read more

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Farewell

February 22nd, 2024

0:39

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Jay Z's Autobiography

February 25th, 2024

2:07:56

What I learned from reading Decoded by Jay Z. 

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#337 Napoleon's Maxims and Strategy

February 5th, 2024

1:00:31

What I learned from reading Roots of Strategy by Thomas R. Phillips and Napoleon and Modern War by Napoleon and Col. Lanza. 

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#326 Anna Wintour

November 6th, 2023

1:12:23

What I learned from reading Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell. 

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#323 Jimmy Buffett

October 3rd, 2023

1:10:20

What I learned from reading Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way by Ryan White and A Pirate Looks at Fifty by Jimmy Buffett.

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#322 Herb Kelleher (Southwest Airlines)

September 26th, 2023

47:36

What I learned from reading Nuts!: Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success by Kevin and Jackie Freiberg and  Herb’s Heroes by David Sanders. 

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#320 The Making of Winston Churchill Part 2

September 14th, 2023

1:00:13

What I learned from reading Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill by Michael Shelden. 

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Sam Zemurray (The Fish That Ate the Whale)

September 11th, 2023

1:35:59

What I learned from rereading The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen.

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The best interview I've ever done about Founders

September 3rd, 2023

1:21:05

What I learned from the first 6 years of making Founders.

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August 25th, 2023

0:59

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#316 Bugatti

August 14th, 2023

1:02:35

What I learned from reading The Bugatti Story by L’Ebe Bugatti.

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#315 Balenciaga

August 7th, 2023

38:21

What I learned from reading Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney by Paul Johnson. 

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#314 Paul Graham (How To Do Great Work)

July 31st, 2023

59:16

What I learned from reading How To Do Great Work by Paul Graham.

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#312 Mark Twain

July 19th, 2023

58:22

What I learned from reading Lighting Out for the Territory: How Samuel Clemens Headed West and Became Mark Twain by Roy Morris Jr.

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#311 James Cameron

July 12th, 2023

1:15:02

What I learned from reading The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron by Rebecca Keegan and The Return of James Cameron, Box Office King by Zach Baron.

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#310 Walt Disney and Picasso

July 4th, 2023

53:24

What I learned from reading Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney by Paul Johnson. 

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Michael Jordan (The Life)

June 30th, 2023

1:39:00

What I learned from reading Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby.

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#309 Arnold Schwarzenegger (Before He Was Successful)

June 26th, 2023

48:45

What I learned from reading Arnold and Me: In the Shadow of the Austrian Oak by Barbara Outland Baker.

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#308 Glock

June 19th, 2023

43:06

What I learned from reading Glock: The Rise of America's Gun by Paul Barrett. 

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#307: The World's Great Family Dynasties: Rockefeller, Rothschild, Morgan, & Toyada

June 12th, 2023

1:06:51

What I learned from reading Dynasties: Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World's Great Family Businesses by David Landes.

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#306 David Ogilvy (Confessions of an Advertising Man)

June 5th, 2023

50:57

What I learned from reading Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy. 

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#305 Robert Caro on the relationship with your father, power, poverty, ruthlessness, obsession and running.

May 29th, 2023

57:49

What I learned from reading Working by Robert Caro. 

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#304: Sol Price (The Founder Who Taught Jim Sinegal, Sam Walton, Jeff Bezos, Bernie Marcus)

May 22nd, 2023

1:04:40

What I learned from reading Sol Price: Retail Revolutionary by Robert Price. 

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#303 Rose Blumkin (Warren Buffett's Favorite Founder)

May 14th, 2023

35:56

What I learned from reading The Women of Berkshire Hathaway: Lessons from Warren Buffett's Female CEOs and Directors by Karen Linder. 

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#301 Tiger Woods

May 1st, 2023

1:06:06

What I learned from reading Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.

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#300 James Dyson (Against the Odds)

April 24th, 2023

1:24:02

What I learned from reading Against the Odds: An Autobiography by James Dyson for the 4th time. You can also find the book on Book Finder

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#299 Steve Jobs (Make Something Wonderful)

April 17th, 2023

2:03:45

What I learned from reading Make Something Wonderful: Steve Jobs in his own words.

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#297 Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia)

April 3rd, 2023

1:03:00

What I learned from rereading Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard.

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A conversation with David and Ben from the Acquired podcast

March 29th, 2023

3:09:50

David Rosenthal and Ben Gilbert — of the Acquired podcast — invited me to San Francisco for a discussion on our mutual obsession: spending every waking hour studying the history of entrepreneurship and sharing those …

#295 I had dinner with Charlie Munger

March 21st, 2023

1:20:02

What I learned from rereading The Tao of Charlie Munger.

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#294 Napoleon

March 13th, 2023

50:50

What I learned from reading Napoleon: A Concise Biography by David Bell.

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#293: Ray Kroc (The Making of McDonald's)

March 6th, 2023

59:35

What I learned from rereading Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's by Ray Kroc.

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#292 Daniel Ludwig (The Invisible Billionaire)

February 27th, 2023

54:10

What I learned from rereading The Invisible Billionaire: Daniel Ludwig by Jerry Shields. 

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#289 Brunello Cucinelli

February 7th, 2023

53:17

What I learned from reading The Dream of Solomeo: My Life and the Idea of Humanistic Capitalism by Brunello Cucinelli.

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#282 Jeff Bezos Shareholder Letters

December 19th, 2022

1:10:28

What I learned from rereading Jeff Bezos' Shareholder Letters (for the 3rd time!) 

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#277 Paul Graham's Essays Part 3

November 17th, 2022

47:33

What I learned from reading Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas From The Computer Age by Paul Graham 

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#276 Paul Graham’s Essays Part 2

November 9th, 2022

42:02

What I learned from reading Paul Graham’s essays.

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#275 Paul Graham

November 3rd, 2022

1:19:49

What I learned from reading Paul Graham’s essays.

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#274 Jim Clark (Silicon Graphics, Netscape)

October 27th, 2022

53:08

What I learned from rereading The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story by Michael Lewis

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#273 Kobe Bryant (Mamba Mentality)

October 26th, 2022

31:05

What I learned from rereading The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant. 

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#272 Kobe Bryant (The Life)

October 19th, 2022

55:52

What I learned from reading Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant by Roland Lazenby.  

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#271 Vannevar Bush (Engineer of the American Century)

October 12th, 2022

53:24

What I learned from reading Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century by G. Pascal Zachary.

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#270: Vannevar Bush (Pieces of the Action)

October 6th, 2022

1:05:15

What I learned from reading Pieces of the Action by Vannevar Bush.

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#269 Sam Zell

September 29th, 2022

1:08:09

What I learned from reading Am I Being Too Subtle?: Straight Talk From a Business Rebel by Sam Zell.

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#268 John Malone (Cable Cowboy)

September 21st, 2022

1:01:16

What I learned from reading Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business by Mark Robichaux.

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#267 Thomas Edison

September 14th, 2022

1:10:27

What I learned from reading Edison: A Biography by Matthew Josephson.

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#266 Henry Ford's Autobiography

September 8th, 2022

1:13:45

What I learned from rereading My Life and Work by Henry Ford.

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[7:45] True education is gained through the discipline of life.

#264 The Story of Edwin Land and Polaroid

August 24th, 2022

54:05

What I learned from rereading Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos. 

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#263 Land's Polaroid: A Company and the Man Who Invented It

August 18th, 2022

1:11:31

What I learned from rereading Land's Polaroid: A Company and the Man Who Invented It by Peter C. Wensberg.

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#262 Herbie Cohen (World's Greatest Negotiator)

August 11th, 2022

59:14

What I learned from reading The Adventures of Herbie Cohen: World's Greatest Negotiator by Rich Cohen.

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#260 One from Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization

August 3rd, 2022

1:21:22

What I learned from rereading One from Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization by Dee Hock. 

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#259 Bob Dylan

July 27th, 2022

1:18:24

What I learned from reading Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan.

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#257 Richard Garriott (Video Games and Space Exploration)

July 15th, 2022

1:18:23

What I learned from reading Explore/Create My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark by Richard Garriott.

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#256 Edward L. Bernays (Public Relations, Advertising, & Persuasion)

July 9th, 2022

1:18:14

What I learned from reading The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations by Larry Tye.

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#255 Sam Zemurray (Banana King)

July 2nd, 2022

1:29:58

What I learned from rereading The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen.

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#254 John D. Rockefeller: The Founding Father of the Rockefellers

June 27th, 2022

1:40:48

What I learned from reading John D: The Founding Father of the Rockefellers by David Freeman Hawke.

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#252 Socrates

June 17th, 2022

47:28

What I learned from reading Socrates: A Man for Our Times by Paul Johnson.

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#251 Ben Franklin and George Washington: The Founding Partnership

June 13th, 2022

57:14

What I learned from reading Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership by Edward Larson.

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#250 Jacob Fugger (The Richest Man Who Ever Lived)

June 8th, 2022

57:04

What I learned from reading The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger by Greg Steinmetz.

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Steve Jobs's Heroes

June 2nd, 2022

30:51

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#19 Becoming Steve Jobs: The …

#249 Steve Jobs In His Own Words

June 1st, 2022

49:34

What I learned from reading I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words by George Beahm.

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On Steve Jobs

#5 Steve Jobs: The Biography

#248 John D. Rockefeller (Titan)

May 28th, 2022

1:50:37

What I learned from reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller by Ron Chernow. 

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#246 Mark Leonard's Shareholder Letters

May 13th, 2022

55:53

What I learned from reading Constellation Software Inc. President's Letters by Mark Leonard.

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#245 Rick Rubin (In the Studio)

May 8th, 2022

1:21:24

What I learned from reading Rick Rubin: In the Studio by Jake Brown.

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Rick Rubin on Lex Fridman Podcast #275

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#243 Francis Greenburger (Real Estate Billionaire)

April 25th, 2022

1:16:25

What I learned from reading Risk Game: Self Portrait of an Entrepreneur by Francis Greenburger.

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#242 Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's Life

April 21st, 2022

1:29:13

What I learned from reading Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's Life by Michael Schumacher.

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#240 Mozart: A Life

April 7th, 2022

45:53

What I learned from reading Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson.

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Steve Jobs and His Heroes

April 1st, 2022

30:24

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#19 Becoming Steve Jobs: The …

#239 The Wright Brothers

March 29th, 2022

1:33:18

What I learned from rereading The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.

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#238 Jay Z: Decoded

March 23rd, 2022

1:58:14

What I learned from reading Decoded by Jay Z. 

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#236 Nims Purja (Mountain Climber)

March 11th, 2022

1:04:27

What I learned from reading Beyond Possible: One Man, Fourteen Peaks, and the Mountaineering Achievement of a Lifetime by Nims Purja.

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#235 Steve Jobs (The Pixar Story)

March 7th, 2022

1:18:25

What I learned from reading To Pixar And Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History by Lawrence Levy.

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#234 Sam Walton: Made In America

February 28th, 2022

1:55:24

What I learned from rereading Sam Walton: Made In America by Sam Walton.

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#233 Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Max Levchin (PayPal)

February 23rd, 2022

1:53:50

What I learned from reading The Founders: The Story of PayPal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley by Jimmy Soni.

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#231 William Rosenberg (Founder of Dunkin Donuts)

February 12th, 2022

1:18:53

What I learned from reading Time to Make the Donuts: The Founder of Dunkin Donuts Shares an American Journey by William Rosenberg.

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#230 Lucille Ball (TV's biggest star)

February 7th, 2022

1:03:04

What I learned from reading Love, Lucy by Lucille Ball. 

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#229 Sidney Harman (Founder of Harman Kardon)

January 30th, 2022

1:34:24

What I learned from reading Mind Your Own Business: A Maverick's Guide to Business, Leadership and Life by Sidney Harman

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#228 Michael Bloomberg

January 27th, 2022

1:20:56

What I learned from reading Bloomberg by Michael Bloomberg. 

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I read 66 biographies last year— Here are my top 10!

January 24th, 2022

12:02

Here are 10 episodes to start with: 

#168 Driven: An Autobiography by Larry Miller

#171 The Billionaire Who Wasn't: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune

#219 Anthony Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography

#227 The Essays of Warren Buffett

January 20th, 2022

1:56:51

What I learned from reading The Essays of Warren Buffett by Warren Buffett and Lawrence Cunningham.

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#225 Winston Churchill

January 9th, 2022

1:22:47

What I learned from reading Churchill by Paul Johnson. 

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#224 Charles de Gaulle

January 5th, 2022

1:49:50

What I learned from reading Charles de Gaulle by Julian Jackson. 

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#222 Ed Thorp (My personal blueprint)

December 20th, 2021

1:38:18

What I learned from rereading A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market by Ed Thorp. 

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#221 Charlie Munger

December 13th, 2021

1:24:45

What I learned from reading Damn Right: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger by Janet Lowe.

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#220 Enzo Ferrari: The Man and the Machine

December 9th, 2021

1:22:07

What I learned from reading Enzo Ferrari: The Man and the Machine by Brock Yates.

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#219 Tony Bourdain: The Definitive Biography

November 30th, 2021

1:46:57

What I learned from reading Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever.

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#218 Johan Cruyff (A Life of Total Football)

November 25th, 2021

58:17

What I learned from reading My Turn: A Life of Total Football by Johan Cruyff.

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#216 Paul Van Doren (Founder of Vans)

November 14th, 2021

1:29:03

What I learned from reading Authentic: A Memoir by the Founder of Vans by Paul Van Doren. 

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#214 Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

November 3rd, 2021

2:12:16

What I learned from rereading Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson. 

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#213 Michael Jordan: Driven From Within

October 27th, 2021

1:07:22

What I learned from reading Driven From Within by Michael Jordan and Mark Vancil. 

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#212 Michael Jordan: The Life

October 23rd, 2021

1:37:46

What I learned from reading Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby.

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#211 Aristotle Onassis: An Extravagant Life

October 16th, 2021

1:15:16

What I learned from reading Onassis: An Extravagant Life by Frank Brady. 

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#210 Stephen King On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

October 10th, 2021

1:09:50

What I learned from reading Stephen King On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. 

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My earliest memory is of imagining I …

#209 Steven Spielberg: A Biography

October 6th, 2021

1:10:46

What I learned from reading Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride. 

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Whatever is there, he makes it work.

Spielberg once …

#208 Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Andy Grove, Bill Hewlett

September 29th, 2021

1:21:35

What I learned from reading In the Company of Giants: Candid Conversations With the Visionaries of the Digital World by Rama Dev Jager and Rafael Ortiz. 

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#207 Claude Hopkins (Scientific Advertising)

September 26th, 2021

50:58

What I learned from reading Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins. 

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#179 Jeff Bezos

May 10th, 2021

1:21:12

What I learned from The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone.

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#169 David Ogilvy (The King of Madison Avenue)

March 1st, 2021

1:28:07

What I learned from reading The King of Madison Avenue: David Ogilvy and the Making of Modern Advertising by Kenneth Roman. 

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#165 William Shockley (Creator of the Electronic Age)

February 1st, 2021

1:02:09

What I learned from reading Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age by Joel Shurkin. 

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#164 Robert Goddard (Rocket Man)

January 25th, 2021

1:05:28

What I learned from reading Rocket Man: Robert Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age by David A. Clary. 

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#163 Alfred Nobel

January 18th, 2021

1:01:47

What I learned from reading Alfred Nobel: A Biography by Kenne Fant.

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#162 Chuck Yeager

January 11th, 2021

1:19:30

What I learned from reading Yeager: An Autobiography by General Chuck Yeager. 

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#161 Dr. Seuss

January 4th, 2021

1:06:51

What I learned from reading Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination by Brian Jay Jones.

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#160 Peter Cundill

December 28th, 2020

1:09:49

What I learned from reading Routines and Orgies: The Life of Peter Cundill, Financial Genius, Philosopher, and Philanthropist by Christopher Risso-Gill.

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#159 Andy Grove (Intel)

December 21st, 2020

1:10:19

What I learned from reading Swimming Across by Andrew S. Grove. 

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#158 Walt Disney (Disneyland)

December 14th, 2020

51:57

What I learned from reading Disney’s Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World by Richard Snow.

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#154 Charles Schulz (Charlie Brown)

November 19th, 2020

52:53

What I learned from reading My Life with Charlie Brown by Charles Schulz. 

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#153 Bill Bowerman (Nike)

November 12th, 2020

1:18:00

What I learned from reading Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Cofounder by Kenny Moore. 

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#152 Katherine Graham (Washington Post)

November 5th, 2020

1:03:16

What I learned from reading Personal History by Katherine Graham. 

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#151 Frederick Smith (FedEx)

October 29th, 2020

1:07:36

What I learned from reading Overnight Success: Federal Express and Frederick Smith, Its Renegade Creator by Vance Trimble.

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#148 John D. Rockefeller (Autobiography)

October 11th, 2020

57:10

What I learned from Random Reminiscences of Men and Events by John D. Rockefeller. 

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#146 Milton Hershey (Chocolate)

September 27th, 2020

49:12

What I learned from reading Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams by Michael D'Antonio.

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#145 William Randolph Hearst

September 20th, 2020

1:05:36

What I learned from reading The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst by David Nasaw.

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#144 Ernest Shackleton

September 13th, 2020

55:13

What I learned from reading Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.

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#141 Arnold Schwarzenegger (My Unbelievably True Life Story)

August 23rd, 2020

1:03:15

What I learned from reading Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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#140 Bill Gates (the Making of the Microsoft Empire)

August 16th, 2020

55:00

What I learned from reading Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire by James Wallace and Jim Erickson. 

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#139 J.P. Morgan

August 9th, 2020

1:08:15

What I learned from reading The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance by Ron Chernow. 

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#138 Alexander Graham Bell

August 2nd, 2020

1:00:55

What I learned from reading Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell by Charlotte Gray.

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#137 P.T. Barnum

July 26th, 2020

1:02:36

What I learned from reading Barnum: An American Life by Robert Wilson. 

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#136 Estée Lauder

July 18th, 2020

44:31

What I learned from reading A Success Story by Estee Lauder.

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#135 Joseph Pulitzer (Politics & Media)

July 12th, 2020

1:07:14

What I learned from reading Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power by James McGrath Morris.

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#134 Edwin Land (Polaroid vs Kodak)

July 1st, 2020

1:18:07

What I learned from reading A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War by Ronald Fierstein. 

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#133 Edwin Land (Polaroid and The Man Who Invented It)

June 25th, 2020

54:34

What I learned from reading Land’s Polaroid: A Company and The Man Who Invented It by Peter C. Wensberg.

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#132 Edwin Land (Steve Jobs's Hero)

June 20th, 2020

1:01:38

What I learned from reading The Instant Image: Edwin Land and the Polaroid Experience by Mark Olshaker. 

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#118 Forty Years With Henry Ford

March 31st, 2020

1:20:18

What I learned by reading My Forty Years With Ford by Charles Sorensen.

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#117 : Chung Ju-yung founder of Hyundai (the most inspiring autobiography I've read)

March 26th, 2020

1:20:26

What I learned from reading Born of This Land: My Life Story by Chung Ju-yung.

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#116 Sam Bronfman (Seagram's and the Bronfman family dynasty)

March 21st, 2020

1:07:19

What I learned from reading Samuel Bronfman: The Life and Times of Seagram’s Mr. Sam by Michael R. Marrus.

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#115 Ben Franklin: An American Life

March 16th, 2020

45:38

What I learned from reading Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson.

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#112 Frank Lloyd Wright

February 24th, 2020

1:20:45

What I learned from reading Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright by Paul Hendrickson. 

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#111 David Geffen

February 16th, 2020

1:22:53

What I learned from reading The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood by Tom King. 

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#110 Henry Singleton (Teledyne)

February 10th, 2020

1:25:47

What I learned from reading Distant Force: A Memoir of the Teledyne Corporation and the Man Who Created It by Dr. George Roberts. 

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#107 Sol Price (Costco)

January 20th, 2020

1:08:32

What I learned from reading Sol Price: Retail Revolutionary & Social Innovator by Robert E. Price.

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#106 Bill Walsh (The Score Takes Care of Itself)

January 12th, 2020

1:06:12

What I learned from reading The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh. 

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#105 Les Schwab (Charlie Munger recommended this book)

January 5th, 2020

1:19:19

What I learned from reading Les Schwab Pride In Performance: Keep It Going! by Les Schwab. 

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#104 Ingvar Kamprad (IKEA)

December 30th, 2019

1:22:20

What I learned from reading Leading By Design: The Ikea Story by Ingvar Kamprad and Bertil Torekull.

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#103 Hetty Green (The Richest Woman in America)

December 22nd, 2019

1:01:46

What I learned from reading The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age by Janet Wallach. 

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#102 Akio Morita (Sony)

December 15th, 2019

1:16:17

What I learned from reading Made in Japan: Akio Morita and Sony by Akio Morita. 

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#101 Warren Buffett (The Tao of Warren Buffett)

December 8th, 2019

42:15

What I learned from reading The Tao of Warren Buffett by David Clark and Mary Buffett. 

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#100 Warren Buffett (The Snowball)

December 1st, 2019

1:26:14

What I learned from reading The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder.

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#99 Carroll Shelby (My name is Carroll Shelby and performance is my business)

November 24th, 2019

1:18:02

What I learned from reading Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography by Rinsey Mills. 

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#97 Enzo Ferrari (Ferrari vs Ford)

November 10th, 2019

54:59

What I learned from reading Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A. J. Baime.

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#96 James J. Hill (Empire Builder of the Northwest)

November 4th, 2019

58:56

What I learned from reading James J. Hill: Empire Builder of the Northwest by Michael P. Malone.

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#95 Claude Shannon

October 27th, 2019

1:05:22

What I learned from reading A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman 

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#94 Henry Singleton (The Outsiders)

October 20th, 2019

1:20:55

What I learned from reading The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William Thorndike.

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#93 Ed Thorp (A Man for All Markets)

October 13th, 2019

1:07:49

What I learned from reading A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market by Edward Thorp. 

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#91 Jim Clayton (Sold to Warren Buffett)

September 29th, 2019

1:01:17

What I learned from reading First A Dream by Jim Clayton.

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#90 Charlie Munger (Poor Charlie's Almanack)

September 22nd, 2019

1:37:15

What I learned from reading Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger.

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#89 David Ogilvy (Confessions of an Advertising Man)

September 15th, 2019

1:20:47

What I learned by reading Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy.

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#88 Warren Buffett's Shareholder Letters— All of them!

September 8th, 2019

3:01:11

What I learned from reading Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders by Warren Buffett.

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#87 Thomas Watson (IBM)

September 1st, 2019

1:12:03

What I learned from reading The Maverick and His Machine: Thomas Watson Sr. and The Making of IBM by Kevin Maney.

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#85 Walter and Olive Ann Beech (Aviation Legends)

August 18th, 2019

1:09:29

What I learned from reading The Barnstormer and The Lady: Aviation Legends Walter and Olive Ann Beech by Dennis Farney.

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#84 Aristotle Onassis

August 11th, 2019

1:28:02

What I learned from reading Onassis: The Definitive Biography by Willi Frischauer.

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#83 Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, George Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World

August 4th, 2019

1:50:20

What I learned from reading Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World by Jill Jonnes.

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#82 David Ogilvy (Ogilvy on Advertising)

July 28th, 2019

1:03:38

What I learned from reading Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy.

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#80 Henry Ford (Today and Tomorrow)

July 14th, 2019

45:44

What I learned from reading Today and Tomorrow by Henry Ford.

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#79 Charlie Munger (The Complete Investor)

July 7th, 2019

1:12:59

What I learned from reading Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor by Tren Griffin

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#77 Steve Jobs (the bizarro years of Steve Jobs)

June 23rd, 2019

1:37:32

What I learned from reading Steve Jobs & The NeXT Big Thing by Randall Stross.

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#76 Young Steve Jobs (the Creation of Apple)

June 16th, 2019

1:13:10

What I learned from reading Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs and the Creation of Appleby Michael Moritz.

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#75 Henry Clay Frick (The Life of the Perfect Capitalist)

June 9th, 2019

1:22:34

What I learned from reading Henry Clay Frick: The Life of the Perfect Capitalist by Quentin Skrabec Jr.

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#74 Andrew Carnegie

June 2nd, 2019

55:04

What I learned from reading The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie.

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#72 Stan Lee (Marvel)

May 19th, 2019

59:13

What I learned from reading Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee by Stan Lee and George Mair. 

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#71 Jeff Bezos' Shareholder Letters. All of them.

May 12th, 2019

1:47:44

"To read Bezos’ shareholder letters is to get a crash course in running a high-growth internet business from someone who mastered it before any of …

#70 Mark Spitznagel (Hedge Fund)

May 6th, 2019

59:16

What I learned from reading The Dao of Capital: Austrian Investing in a Distorted World by Mark Spitznagel.

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#68 Daniel Ludwig (The Invisible Billionaire)

April 21st, 2019

1:26:33

What I learned from reading The Invisible Billionaire: Daniel Ludwig by Jerry Shields.

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#67 Conrad Hilton (Hilton Hotel Dynasty)

April 14th, 2019

1:25:35

What I learned from reading The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty by J. Randy Taraborrelli.

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#66 Henry Kaiser (Founder of 100 companies)

April 7th, 2019

1:24:39

What I learned from reading Henry J. Kaiser: Builder in the Modern American West by Mark Foster. 

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#64 Coco Chanel (Her Life and Secrets)

March 24th, 2019

58:09

What I learned from reading Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets.

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#63 The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich

March 10th, 2019

1:24:12

What I learned by from reading The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich by Daniel Ammann.

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#62 Benjamin Franklin (Autobiography)

March 4th, 2019

1:07:24

What I learned from reading The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin. 

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#58 John Bogle: Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life

February 4th, 2019

57:59

What I learned from reading Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life by John Bogle 

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#56 The Biography of Herb Kelleher

January 22nd, 2019

1:09:41

What I learned from reading Nuts!: Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success

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#54 The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

January 8th, 2019

1:29:55

What I learned by reading The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by TJ Stiles. 

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#53 Who Is Michael Ovitz?

January 1st, 2019

1:46:52

What I learned from reading Who Is Michael Ovitz? by Michael Ovitz. 

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#50 Marc Andreessen's Blog Archive

December 11th, 2018

1:04:44

What I learned from reading  The Pmarca Blog Archive Ebook by Marc Andreessen.

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#49 Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons in Life by Richard Branson

December 3rd, 2018

40:33

What I learned from reading Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons in Life by Richard Branson.

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#48 Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography by Richard Branson

November 26th, 2018

1:16:06

What I learned from reading Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography by Richard Branson.

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#46 I Love Capitalism: An American Story

November 13th, 2018

1:11:04

What I learned from reading I Love Capitalism: An American Story by Ken Langone. 

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#43 Ray Dalio: Principles: Life and Work

October 22nd, 2018

1:02:33

What I learned from reading Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

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#42 One From Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization

October 16th, 2018

1:27:24

What I learned from reading One From Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization by Dee Hock 

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#39 Walt Disney: An American Original

September 24th, 2018

1:35:42

What I learned from reading Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas

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#35 George Lucas: A Life

August 26th, 2018

1:21:38

What I learned from reading George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones. 

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#33 Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World

August 12th, 2018

1:19:35

What I learned from reading Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World by Lynn Downey

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#32 Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built

August 9th, 2018

1:48:08

What I learned from reading Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark. 

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#30 Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

July 9th, 2018

38:26

What I learned from reading Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance. 

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#29 The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company

July 2nd, 2018

39:05

What I learned from reading The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company by David Packard.

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#28 The Wright Brothers

June 25th, 2018

41:40

What I learned from reading The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

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#26 My Life and Work: The Autobiography of Henry Ford

May 2nd, 2018

52:42

What I learned from My Life and Work: The Autobiography of Henry Ford.

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#25 Against the Odds: An Autobiography by James Dyson

April 22nd, 2018

1:25:44

What I learned from reading Against the Odds: An Autobiography by James Dyson

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#23 The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

April 7th, 2018

1:01:55

What I learned from reading The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story by Michael Lewis

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#20 Danny Meyer (The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business)

February 6th, 2018

43:05

What I learned from reading Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer. 

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#17 Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

January 1st, 2018

1:03:55

What I learned from reading The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. 

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#16 Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller

December 8th, 2017

1:03:32

What I learned from reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller by Ron Chernow. 

[0:01] Rockefeller was a unique hybrid in American business, both the instinctive first-generation entrepreneur who founded the company …

#15 Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography

November 17th, 2017

46:55

What I learned from reading Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson. 

#13 Elon Musk and Why SpaceX Will Colonize Mars

August 27th, 2017

55:10

What I learned from reading The Elon Musk Blog Series: Wait But Why by Tim Urban.

In the most recent 1% of our species short existence, we have become the first life on earth to know about the situation (4:38)

The total …

#11 The Cook & The Chef: Elon Musk's Secret Sauce

August 13th, 2017

45:02

What I learned from reading The Elon Musk Blog Series: Wait But Why by Tim Urban

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#10 Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

July 27th, 2017

1:04:34

What I learned from reading Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight.

The best teacher I ever had, one of the finest men I ever knew, spoke of the Oregon Trail often. It’s our birthright, he’d growl. Our …

#6 Sam Walton

May 14th, 2017

1:04:16

What I learned from reading Sam Walton: Made In America by Sam Walton.

#5 Steve Jobs

April 30th, 2017

1:35:31

What I learned from reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

#2 Walt Disney

October 10th, 2016

1:17:51

What I learned from reading Walt Disney based on the book Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler.

 

#1 Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, & the Quest for a Fantastic Future

September 19th, 2016

58:13

What I learned from reading Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

The conventional wisdom of the time said to take a deep breath and wait for the next big thing to arrive in due …

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