Looking at my book shelf organized with business books, seeing my iPad filled with iBook samples and seeing the New York Times Sunday edition laying around would make you think I’m a big reader. In fact, I’m a fraud. I’m the person that likes to start lots of books, read for a few minutes at a time and hardly ever finishes a book. I pre-ordered Do More Faster by David Cohen and Brad Feld and read it from start to finish the day it arrived.
Do More Faster is divided into 7 Themes: Idea and Vision, People, Execution, Product, Fundraising, Legal and Structure and Work-Life Balance. Within each Theme are several 1-3 page stories written by Entrepreneurs, VCs and other interesting people in the software, internet, product development, startup realm. It’s a great format for the hyper caffeinated, ADHD, check twitter while your reading type of personality.
This book was fun for me to read because many contributors are familiar faces I either work with in some capacity or have seen around the flourishing Boulder/Denver tech community.
Chapters that blew me away and taught me something brand new:
- To 83(b) or not to 83(b), There is No Question – Matt Galligan
- Usage is like Oxygen for Ideas – Matt Mullenweg
- Karma Matters – Warren Katz
- Don’t Plan, Prototype – Greg Reinacker
Chapters that reinforced some of my favorite work related topics:
- Don’t Suck at E-mail – David Cohen
- Get Out from behind Your Computer – Seth Levine
- Be Specific – Brad Feld
- Get Feedback Early – Nate Abbott and Natty Zola
If you want motivation for anything you are doing I highly recommend Do More Faster.
I finished reading Valley Boy by Tom Perkins a few months ago, the first book I read on my Kindle. Valley Boy is an autobiography filled with interesting stories about tech history, fancy cars, extreme wealth, famous people and sailing. Perkins is one of those unique guys that was incredibly smart and worked his ass off to achieve elite status in the tech and venture world however, his passions seem to lay elsewhere in pursuits such as sailing and writing. I love stories about people that are wildly rich and powerful but still get childishly excited about meeting one of their favorite authors.
This excerpt from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden offers great advice on Business:
Not long since, a strolling Indian went to sell baskets at the house of a well-known lawyer in my neighborhood. “Do you wish to buy any baskets?” he asked. “No, we do not want any,” was the reply. “What!” exclaimed the Indian as he went out the gate, “do you mean to starve us?” Having seen his industrious white neighbors so well off — that the lawyer had only to weave arguments, and, by some magic, wealth and standing followed — he had said to himself: I will go into business; I will weave baskets; it is a thing which I can do. Thinking that when he had made the baskets he would have done his part, and then it would be the white man’s to buy them. He had not discovered that it was necessary for him to make it worth the other’s while to buy them, or at least make him think that it was so, or to make something else which it would be worth his while to buy. I too had woven a kind of basket of a delicate texture, but I had not made it worth any one’s while to buy it.
Yet not the less, in my case, did I think it worth my while to weave them, and instead of studying how to make it worth men’s while to buy my baskets, I studied rather how to avoid the necessity of selling them. The life which men praise and regard as successful is but one kind. Why should we exaggerate any one kind at the expense of the others?
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