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Matt Mullenweg is an American entrepreneur and web developer living in Houston. He is known for developing the free and open-source web software WordPress, now managed by The WordPress Foundation.
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The Year Without Pants and the Future of Work
by Scott Berkun (Sep 09, 2013)
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A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world ...
The Effective Executive
The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)
by Peter F. Drucker (Jan 02, 2006)
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Tags: businessleadershipmanagementscience
What makes an effective executive?The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits...
Words That Work
It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear
by Frank I. Luntz (Aug 04, 2008)
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The nation's premier communications expert shares his wisdom on how the words we choose can change the course of business, of politics, and of life in this country In Words That Work, Luntz offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the tactical use of words and phrases affects what we buy, who we vote for, and even what we believe in. With chapters li...
Women, Fire and Dangerous Things
What Categories Reveal About the Mind
by George Lakoff (Dec 31, 1989)
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"Its publication should be a major event for cognitive linguistics and should pose a major challenge for cognitive science. In addition, it should have repercussions in a variety of disciplines, ranging from anthropology and psychology to epistemology and the philosophy of science. . . . Lakoff asks: What do categories of language and thought revea...
A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following Your Heart
by Kamal Ravikant (Jan 01, 2018)
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From the author of the bestsellers Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It and Live Your Truth comes Rebirth, an inspiring novel about the magic that happens when you learn to follow your heart. After the death of his estranged father, Amit takes his parent's ashes to the Ganges to fulfill a deathbed promise. Instead of returning home, he wander...
Matt Mullenweg
Really beautiful book.     source
Becoming Wise
An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living
by Krista Tippett (Feb 27, 2017)
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Tags: self-helpspiritualphilosophyreligionsociology
InBecoming Wise, Krista Tippett has created a master class in living for a fractured world. Fracture, she says, is not the whole story of our time. The enduring question of what it means to be human has become inextricable from the challenge of who we are to each other. She insists on the possibility of personal depth and common life for this centu...
Matt Mullenweg
Great book.     source
On Writing Well
The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
by William Zinsser (Apr 04, 2016)
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On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, b...
Matt Mullenweg
I love reading about writers and the process of writing.     source
Daring Greatly
How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
by Brené Brown (Apr 06, 2015)
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Tags: self-helpbusinessmotivationalmanagementleadershippsychologyspiritualreligion
The #1 New York Times bestseller, now in paperback. From thought leader Dr. Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done the...
Matt Mullenweg
Be willing to show your own weaknesses and emotions and be vulnerable. I think Daring Greatly talks about this really well.     source
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The Art of the Start 2.0
The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
by Guy Kawasaki (Mar 02, 2015)
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Tags: entrepreneurshipbusiness
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 ...
Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
by Peter Thiel (Sep 15, 2014)
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If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise t...
Matt Mullenweg
This book was excellent.     source
Search Inside Yourself
The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)
by Chade-Meng Tan (Sep 01, 2014)
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Tags: self-helpartbusinessmanagementpersonal-financehumorreligionreference
With Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google's earliest engineers and personal growth pioneer, offers a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work.Meng's job is to teach Google's best and brightest how to apply mindfulness techniques in the office and beyond; now, readers everywhere can get ins...
Matt Mullenweg
Pretty cool for leaders of companies because it talks about the business benefits of mindfulness.     source
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The Everything Store
Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
by Brad Stone (Aug 11, 2014)
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Tags: businessbiographymemoirentrepreneurship
The definitive story of, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos. started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selecti...
Matt Mullenweg
Excellent book.     source
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The Halo Effect
. . . and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers
by Phil Rosenzweig (Jun 16, 2014)
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With two new chapters and a new preface, the award-winning book The Halo Effect continues to unmask the delusions found in the corporate world and provides a sharp understanding of what drives business success and failure.Too many of today’s most prominent management gurus make steel-clad guarantees based on claims of irrefutable research, promisin...
Matt Mullenweg
One of my favorite business books.     source
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The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
by Ben Horowitz (Mar 03, 2014)
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A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, b...
Matt Mullenweg
Entertaining more than anything. I read The Hard Thing About Hard Things, I was like: I would never work for this guy. But entertaining and some good lessons.     source
Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Jan 27, 2014)
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Tags: businesspsychologymedicalphilosophy
Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes.Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestsell...
Matt Mullenweg
One of the better books I read in 2013.     source
The Black Swan
Second Edition
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (May 10, 2010)
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A black swan is an event, positive or negative, that is deemed improbable yet causes massive consequences. In this groundbreaking and prophetic book, Taleb shows in a playful way that Black Swan events explain almost everything about our world, and yet we—especially the experts—are blind to them. In this second edition, Taleb has added a new essay,...
Matt Mullenweg
I love it.     source
A Field Guide to Getting Lost
by Rebecca Solnit (Jun 26, 2006)
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Whether she is contemplating the history of walking as a cultural and political experience over the past two hundred years (Wanderlust), or using the life of photographer Eadweard Muybridge as a lens to discuss the transformations of space and time in late nineteenth-century America (River of Shadows), Rebecca Solnit has emerged as an inventive and...
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship
by Peter F. Drucker (May 08, 2006)
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Peter Drucker's classic book on This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline that explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's new entrepreneurial economy. Superbly practical, Innovation and Entrepreneurship explains what established businesses, public service ins...
Matt Mullenweg
Anything by Peter F. Drucker is gold.     source
Amusing Ourselves to Death
Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
by Neil Postman (Dec 26, 2005)
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Television has conditioned us to tolerate visually entertaining material measured out in spoonfuls of time, to the detriment of rational public discourse and reasoned public affairs. In this eloquent, persuasive book, Neil Postman alerts us to the real and present dangers of this state of affairs, and offers compelling suggestions as to how to with...
Matt Mullenweg
We’re kind of, like the title of the book, amusing ourselves to death. We’re so caught up in distractions and pleasure and entertainment that we might be missing out on the bigger things.     source
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Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott (Aug 31, 1995)
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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized...
Matt Mullenweg
I love reading about writers and the process of writing.     source
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
A Novel (Vintage International)
by Haruki Murakami (Mar 01, 1993)
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'A narrative particle accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan, unicorn skulls and voracious librarians, John Coltrane and Lord Jim. Science fiction, detective story and post-modern manifesto all rolled into one rip-roaring novel, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murak...
Matt Mullenweg
I really liked Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.     source
History of the Peloponnesian War
by Thucydides (Dec 31, 1971)
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Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the long life-and-death struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling its author's ambitious claim. Thucydides himself (c.460-400 BC) was an Athenian and achieved the rank of general in the earlier stages of the war. He applied...
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