I read (and write) quite a lot, and it's mostly non-fiction. I just prefer the power, ideas, and possible practical applications which come from non-fiction books.
While going through my reading history, I noticed there's a chunk of founder biographies and stories of building great companies. It's no surprise that most of these come from the tech sector since this is where I operate.
If you're looking for impressive reading material, here are my top five recommendations. I might be adding more to my book impressions soon.
Our very own Dave Hitz, the legendary founder and former Cloud Tzar of NetApp. And yes, it contains the real instructions on how to castrate a (real) bull.
I published an impression about this one. Wonderful story of a man who built a hundred billion business.
Phil borrowed fifty bucks from his father and started importing low-cost running shoes from Japan. Eventually, he built Nike, one of the world's most famous brands. I digested this one as an audiobook almost in one
Marc left Oracle because Larry Ellison (Oracle) didn't understand that "the software is dead" or that it will eventually all run in the cloud.
A tiny online book store and a man with a vision to become bigger than Walmart. Reading the story of the beginnings feels like listening to Marc Zuckerberg talking about the metaverse — and yes, I do believe that the metaverse will be the next big thing — bigger than we can imagine today.
Plus one: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
In 2019, I drove from San Francisco down to Los Altos, specifically to 2066 Crist Drive, to see the world's most famous garage: the birthplace of Apple Computers. It felt like a special pilgrimage after reading Steve's biography. I parked my car, got out, and stared at the house like a psychopath. You can feel a certain energy there; at least I could.
See the book impressions I published so far: