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An original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him. less

Lloyd BlankfeinGoldman Sachs CEO has been reading this sweeping history book for years. (Source)

Ryan Petersen@Juanfrayala Yes, The Discoverers. Probably my favorite history book. Takes a while to develop bc it’s the full history of mankind’s quest for knowledge, so the geography section isn’t til about 100 pages in but worth it! (Source)

Thomas HellmannIt is the book that I often recommend to students who come to me with a true curiosity. (Source)

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Why did the stock market crash more than 500 points on a single Monday in 1987? Why do ancient species often remain stable in the fossil record for millions of years and then suddenly disappear? In a world where nice guys often finish last, why do humans value trust and cooperation? At first glance these questions don't appear to have anything in common, but in fact every one of these statements refers to a complex system. The science of complexity studies how single elements, such as a species or a stock, spontaneously organize into complicated structures like ecosystems and economies; stars... more

Bill GurleyThis is such a great point. This is the essence of Complexity Theory. With complex systems (multi-variable, nonlinear), you have no idea if the variable you are using for analysis will hold over the long term. Read this book, it changes everything - (Source)

Ryan Petersen@trengriffin @mjmauboussin @bgurley Which one is better? I love Waldrop, never found a better complexity book (besides Big History, great courses) (Source)

Pedro G FerreiraIdeas of complexity have not been applied to cosmology as much as I think they should be. (Source)

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The Great CEO Within

The Tactical Guide to Company Building

Matt Mochary coaches the CEOs of many of the fastest-scaling technology companies in Silicon Valley. With The Great CEO Within, he shares his highly effective leadership and business-operating tools with any CEO or manager in the world. Learn how to efficiently scale your business from startup to corporation by implementing a system of accountability, effective problem-solving, and transparent feedback.

Becoming a great CEO requires training. For a founding CEO, there is precious little time to complete that training, especially at the helm of a rapidly growing company....

Alexis Ohanian Sr.It's a really great book (Source)

Ryan HooverA super quick read filled with very actionable advice for CEOs and managers. (Source)

Evelyn Rusli@mattmochary @maccaw And here's the book: not sponsored, just love it :) (Source)

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