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Keith is an American technology executive and investor. He is widely known for his early-stage startup investments and his executive roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide and Square. Rabois invested in Yelp and Xoom prior to each company's initial public offering and sits on both companies' boards of directors.
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The Book of Why
The New Science of Cause and Effect
by Judea Pearl (May 14, 2018)
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A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence "Correlation is not causation." This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. Today, that taboo is dead. The causal rev...
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High Output Management
by Andrew S. Grove (Aug 28, 1995)
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The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. In High Output Management, Andrew S. Grove, former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel, shares his perspective on how to build and run a company. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s le...
Keith Rabois
Feb 11, 2020
As Warren Buffett says, build a company that idiots could run because eventually they will. So this is what you want. Basically a performance machine that idiots can run. Now as a leader, what is your real job, what's your role? Strictly speaking there is only one book ever written that actually explains how to do this. It's rather old, written in 1982 by Andy Grove, it's quite famous, and successful. And his definition of what your job is, is to maximize the output of the organization.     source
The Score Takes Care of Itself
My Philosophy of Leadership
by Bill Walsh (Jun 28, 2010)
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Keith Rabois
Nov 06, 2014
There is a great book by Bill Walsh, called The Score Takes Care of Itself. And the basic point of the book is that if you get all the details right, you don't worry about how to build a billion dollar business, you don't worry about how to have a billion dollars in revenue, you don't worry about having a billion users. Thats a byproduct of what you do everyday to get the details excellent. So the topics that he talks about in the book that really resonated with me was, he took over the 49ers in 1979. They were the worse team in football, I believe they were 2 in 14 which is really bad if you don't know football. In the next ten years he transformed the team into NFL’s best, won three super bowls. And what's the first thing he did to go from the worse team to one of the best in many ways? He actually taught the receptionist to answer the phone properly. He wrote a three page memo on how to answer the phone.     source
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The New New Thing
A Silicon Valley Story
by Michael Lewis (Jan 05, 2014)
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In the weird glow of the dying millennium, Michael Lewis set out on a safari through Silicon Valley to find the world’s most important technology entrepreneur. He found this in Jim Clark, a man whose achievements include the founding of three separate billion-dollar companies. Lewis also found much more, and the result—the best-selling book The New...
Keith Rabois
Jun 22, 2010
The classic books to read, albeit perhaps with less immediate/practical relevance today.     source
The Innovator's Solution
Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
by Clayton M. Christensen (Nov 18, 2013)
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A seminal work by bestselling author Clayton M. Christensen, now updated with fresh examples.In the international bestseller The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton Christensen exposed the Achilles’ heel of many companies: by ignoring the disruptive technologies that evolve to displace them, they help initiate their own demise. In The Innovator’s Solution...
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The Curse of the Mogul
What's Wrong with the World's Leading Media Companies
by Jonathan A. Knee (Feb 21, 2011)
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If Rupert Murdoch and Sumner Redstone are so smart, why are their stocks long-term losers? We live in the age of big Media, with the celebrity moguls telling us that "content is king." But for all the excitement, glamour, drama, and publicity they produce, why can't these moguls and their companies manage to deliver better returns than you'd get f...
The End of the World As We Know It
by Ken Auletta (Oct 25, 2010)
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"The fullest account yet of the rise of one of the most profitable, most powerful, and oddest businesses the world has ever seen." -San Francisco Chronicle Just eleven years old, Google has profoundly transformed the way we live and work-we've all been Googled. Esteemed media writer Ken Auletta uses the story of Google's rise to explore the futu...
Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior
by Geoffrey Miller (May 24, 2010)
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A leading evolutionary psychologist probes the unconscious instincts behind American consumer culture Illuminating the hidden reasons for why we buy what we do, Spent applies evolutionary psychology to the sensual wonderland of marketing and perceived status that is American consumer culture. Geoffrey Miller starts with the theory that we purchase ...
Predictably Irrational
The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
by Dan Ariely (Apr 26, 2010)
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Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we're making smart, rational choices. But are we? In this newly revised and expand...
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Return to the Little Kingdom
Steve Jobs and the Creation of Apple
by Michael Moritz (Oct 28, 2009)
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In 1984, The Little Kingdom: The Private Story of Apple Computer told the story of Apple's first decade alongside the histories of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Now, completely revised and expanded, Return to the Little Kingdom is the definitive biography of Apple and its founders from the very beginning Moritz brings readers inside the childhood h...
Keith Rabois
Jun 22, 2010
The classic books to read, albeit perhaps with less immediate/practical relevance today.     source
Planet Google
One Company's Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know
by Randall Stross (Sep 21, 2009)
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"In this spellbinding behind-the-scenes look, Stross leads readers through Google’s evolution…the unfolding narrative reads like a suspense novel" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Based on unprecedented access to the "Googleplex," Planet Google goes deep inside the company to unveil the extraordinary scope and scale of its ambition to become th...
by United States Marine Corps (Feb 28, 2007)
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The United States Marine Corps is the largest such force on the planet, and yet it is the smallest, most elite section of the U.S. military, one with a long and storied history. Here, in the most current version of the manual used by the Corps itself, is an explanation of the philosophy that makes the Marine Corps unique-here are the concepts and v...
Get Back in the Box
How Being Great at What You Do Is Great for Business
by Douglas Rushkoff (Jan 29, 2007)
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Douglas Rushkoff was one of the first social commentators to identify the new culture around the internet. He has spent nearly a decade advising companies on the ways they can re-orient their businesses to the transformations the internet has caused. Through his speaking and consulting, Rushkoff has discovered an important and unrecognized shift in...
The Search
How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture
by John Battelle (Oct 02, 2006)
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Keith Rabois
Jun 22, 2010
For a good historical perspective on the evolution of the consumer Internet world, I would start with John Battelle's The Search.     source
The Art of the Start
The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
by Guy Kawasaki (Sep 08, 2004)
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A new product a new service a new company a new division a new organization a new anything where there s a will here s the way.It begins with a dream that just won t quit the once-in-a-lifetime thunderbolt of pure inspiration the obsession the world-beater the killer app the next big thing. Everyone who wants to make the world a better place become...
Keith Rabois
Jun 22, 2010
For a first-time entrepreneur: Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki is an excellent introduction to many key issues.     source
Hackers and Painters
Big Ideas from the Computer Age
by Paul Graham (May 27, 2004)
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“The computer world is like an intellectual Wild West, in which you can shoot anyone you wish with your ideas, if you’re willing to risk the consequences.” —from Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age, by Paul GrahamWe are living in the computer age, in a world increasingly designed and engineered by computer programmers and software d...
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The Monk and the Riddle
The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living
by Randy Komisar (Aug 31, 2001)
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What would you be willing to do for the rest of your life? It's a question most of us consider only hypothetically, opting instead to "do what we have to do" to earn a living. But in the critically acclaimed bestseller The Monk and the Riddle, entrepreneurial sage Randy Komisar asks us to answer it for real. The book's timeless advice - to make wo...
Keith Rabois
Jun 22, 2010
The classic books to read, albeit perhaps with less immediate/practical relevance today.     source
High Growth Handbook
by Elad Gil (Jul 16, 2018)
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Well-known technology executive and angel investor Elad Gil has worked with high growth tech companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Instacart, Coinbase, Stripe, and Square as they've grown from small companies into global brands. Across all of these break-out companies, a set of common patterns has evolved into a repeatable playbook that Gil has c...
Keith Rabois
A great book.     source
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The Little Kingdom
The Private Story of Apple Computer
by Michael Moritz (Oct 31, 1984)
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Keith Rabois
One of the classic books to read, albeit perhaps with less immediate/practical relevance today.     source
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