The Marc Andreessen Reading List

What is Marc Andreessen reading?

Quartz: "It’s a well-known fact that Marc Andreeseen grew up in a small town where access to information was limited. The Netscape founder famously learned to program from a library book, and he’s still quite the prolific reader of books, if his Twitter feed is any indication."
Curated by Robinsom | Based on Quartz - The essential Marc Andreessen summer reading list

“Ah HAH! My new favorite book. Thank you @doctorow.”

“It’s the best book I’ve read on the role of luck, chance, and serendipity in medical research — or, for that matter, any creative endeavor.”

“The best rule of thumb is that if something looks truly original, one just doesn’t know all the precedents.”

“With reference to VCs raising money from universities. Read Bill Janeway’s book — he’s brilliant — great VC + great economist.”

“But @bhorowitz’s book still makes great gift for entrepreneurs & future entrepreneurs (ages 8-108) in your life :-).”

“Excellent book on John Law’s life is ‘Millionaire’ by Janet Gleeson”

“To get deeper than that, the best book I’ve read is ‘The Half Life of Facts’. Very interesting questions.”

“Re-reading Tim Wu (@superwuster) book ‘The Master Switch’ — really outstanding history of communication tech. … Overall an outstanding book and well worth reading to understand where we came from and maybe where we are going”

“Yes very good book”

“Yep a very interesting book.”

“Third aspect of valuation of tech companies often misunderstood–this time private valuations set by VCs and other private investors”

“One of the most interesting topics in modern times is the ‘robots eat all the jobs’ thesis; best book on topic”

“Yes! An outstanding book.”

“New book from my friend David Bradford — great gift for any recent or upcoming college grads :-).”

“The classic tech business book ‘Crossing the Chasm’ goes through this in some detail.” (Response to a person’s question about what “vertical” means.)

“Related to this excellent post … is this equally excellent book”

“A legendary book on that topic from another time and place”

“This book by @mikejcasey and @paulvigna is a new must-read on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency!”

“There is also a third kind, discontinuous innovation. Read the Christensen book :-).”

“People and studies I referenced onstage at #WSJDLive today… Economist Julian Simon and his book ‘Ultimate Resource II'”

“Underappreciated classic.”

“Fascinating – what the managers of endowment funds can learn from Keynes doing the same job”

“VC is sub-S&P500 return w/ far higher risk overall, but top 5-10 firms do extremely well over full cycles. … David Swensen, probably the leading venture LP of his generation, talks about this in his book”

“Swensen is great. 2 books. One tells pros how to invest. The other [this title], for individuals, says ‘Don’t do any of that, you can’t win’ … Both are completely honest and correct. His advice for individual investors is largely identical to Bogle, and Buffett”

“Remarkable book on the current political situation in Russia: — sparked controversy pre-pub”

“Outstanding book on how we misremember the past”

“Kevin Maney talks about this in his book:– transcripts of IBM exec staff meetings are spellbinding.”

“Yep. Why Nassim Taleb’s book “Antifragility” resonates so much with VCs; that’s what we do.”

“Thank you @patrickc for introducing me to this marvelous book”

“That was the original business plan for CNN(a TV station which just presented a bunch of viewpoints + getting cameras into good places).”

“Yep, great book! (context – how to survive a market crash. how netflix, google survived…)”

“Grad school made me partial to texts.”

“Outstanding book on this topic(media thriving on manufactured outrage) in colonial America”

“Chris’s book is excellent if you haven’t read it”

“you read it and think, those fools, then oops, that’s us today with pot.”

“Amazing story/book by @jmooallem on American hippopotamus industry that never was.”

“Another excellent book, on currency crises and bailouts”

“Yes, very good book.”

“Long out of print: One of my favorite books, ‘Oh Yeah?’ from 1931, experts speak heading into the Great Depression.”

“A favorite book”

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