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Daniel Ek is a Swedish billionaire entrepreneur and technologist. Ek is best known as the co-founder and CEO of the music streaming service Spotify.
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Sapiens
A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari (May 14, 2018)
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Tags: nonfictionhistorysciencephilosophy
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be ens...
Daniel Ek
Mar 21, 2015
One of the most talked about books of the last couple of years, and for good reason. Both sobering and conservatively optimistic in equal measure, it seems even more relevant for us at the moment to learn from our socio-anthropological history.     source
Black Box Thinking
The Surprising Truth About Success
by Matthew Syed (Apr 07, 2016)
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Tags: nonfictionpsychologybusinesspersonal-development
An eye-opening, Gladwellian look at the power of a positive attitude toward failure and its profound impact on our success in any field.In the airline industry, failure is taken seriously. Every aircraft is equipped with an almost indestructible black box. When there is an accident, the box is opened, the data is analyzed, and the reason for the ac...
Daniel Ek
Since reading this book, I’ve literally incorporated this approach to problem solving into my everyday life. I’ve always encouraged those around me not to be scared of failure because I believe it’s the most valuable learning tool.     source
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Alex Ferguson
My Biography
by Alex Ferguson (Nov 10, 2014)
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Tags: biography-and-memoirnonfiction
The celebratory, revealing, inspiring, and entertaining autobiography of the greatest manager in the history of British soccer Over the past four years, Alex Fergusonhas been reflecting on and jotting down the highlights of his extraordinary career, and here he reveals his amazing story as it unfolded, from his very early days in the tough shipyar...
Daniel Ek
I struggled with whether or not to include this one, as I’m a Gooner (that means Arsenal fan, by the way), but the fact is that Sir Alex grew Manchester United into one of the best known brands today, and that’s what fascinates me about him.     source
The Alchemist
25th Anniversary Edition
by Paulo Coelho (Sep 08, 2014)
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Tags: philosophyfictionclassicsfantasy
Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. What starts out as a journey to find...
Daniel Ek
I spent an inspiring evening with Paolo at his Rio home, around the time we were launching Spotify in Brazil. It was fascinating to talk to him about how this book came to be such a hit — he never backed down, and allowed people to read it for free in order to then boost sales — much like how Spotify’s freemium model was perceived in the early days.     source
Raising Girls
How to Help Your Daughter Grow Up Happy, Healthy, and Strong
by Steve Biddulph (Mar 03, 2014)
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Tags: parentingnonfictionpersonal-developmentpsychologyeducation
A practical guidebook and passionate call-to-arms for parents of girls that empowers them to raise confident, well-rounded daughters in an exploitative world, from the author of the international bestseller Raising Boys. In today's world, it's especially critical for girls to grow up strong and capable. In this impassioned follow-up to his bestsell...
Daniel Ek
My two daughters are pretty spirited and I’m determined to raise them to stay that way, to know they can accomplish anything, and protect them as much as I can from the pressures they are going to face in this increasingly crazy world. This book has been super helpful to me in setting out a clear map of girls' developmental stages and how we can make sure we don’t sell out the potential or uniqueness of our daughters.     source
Guns, Germs, and Steel
The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond Ph.D. (Jul 16, 2005)
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Tags: historynonfictionsciencesociologypolitics
Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasi...
Daniel Ek
A brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning book about how the modern world was formed, analyzing how societies developed differently on different continents. I like how this is written from a biologist’s point of view rather than purely based on history or anthropology.     source
Poor Charlie's Almanack
The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
by Peter D. Kaufman (Dec 31, 2004)
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Daniel Ek
I’ve been enjoying Charlie Munger’s speeches online for years, and this is the ultimate collection of the best of them. Watching “Becoming Warren Buffett’ on a recent flight reminded me how much of a legend Charlie is.     source
Bass Culture
When Reggae Was King
by Lloyd Bradley (Sep 03, 2001)
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Tags: nonfictionhistory
'Jamaican music at last has the book it deserves' Prince Buster, from his Foreword'The first comprehensive history of every aspect of reggae (and) it could be the last that talked to those who were there at stage one...Bradley leaves no stone unturned in a coruscating rollercoaster ride through murder, major label gripes, ganja paranoia and racism,...
Daniel Ek
This is such a great history of reggae music and the influences it has on other genres. Some awesome artists are covered here, many who kept their creative integrity and resolve in spite of huge and powerful odds…. lessons we should all respect.     source
Hit Men
Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business
by Fredric Dannen (Jul 01, 1991)
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Tags: nonfictionbusinesshistory
Copiously researched and documented, Hit Men is the highly controversial portrait of the pop music industry in all its wild, ruthless glory: the insatiable greed and ambition; the enormous egos; the fierce struggles for profits and power; the vendettas, rivalries, shakedowns, and payoffs. Chronicling the evolution of America's largest music labels ...
Daniel Ek
Still the essential biography of the music industry. Dannen is pretty ruthless in describing a time in the music business when hustle was the name of the game — although that’s pretty much the same today, to be honest. I joke that I used to have hair before I started working in the music business, but thankfully the staggering levels of corruption that Dannen describes no longer exist.     source