TMBA 359: Our Favorite Books and Blogs of 2016

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, when Dan and Ian decided to start a business together, their first serious spending was on books. They knew that, in order to run a successful business, they would first have to read up on how others had done gone about it.

This week, Dan has invited good friend of the show and author of “The End of Jobs”, Taylor Pearson back to discuss some of the books they have discovered over the past year, some of the books they have been re-reading as well as some of their favorite blogs.

If you’re searching for some great reading material, this is the episode for you.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • One of Taylor’s favorite books about the future of the economy. (2:01)
  • Two of Dan and Taylor’s favorite biographies about important people in the world of business and finance. (12:02)
  • Some of the books that Dan and Taylor have re-read over the last six months. (20:34)
  • A list of Dan and Taylor’s favorite blogs they have been following in 2016. (25:59)
  • How Taylor feels about his book a year after it was released. (33:06)

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Published on 10.20.16
  • thewinevagabond

    Great to see Stratechory included – Old TMBA episodes and Exponent (The stratechory podcast) are my go tos for friends in explaining the most interesting business models for the internet age (productized services/aggregation theory/the rainforest floor)

  • Was going to pass on “Shoe Dogs” but now it sounds like a great biz soap opera book. You had me at “like Masters of Doom or Hatching Twitter”

  • If you liked Guns, Germs And Steel, you should checkout Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu. It has many interesting counterpoints to Diamond’s work.

  • Evaldas Miliauskas

    That’s a nice overview of things to add to the mental baggage. I find books and other knowledge mediums tend to have a delayed effect of their utility at least those that have more generic type of information like history, stories etc. I find that info getting triggered in some totally random discussion with someone who touches on something read in a book, which you might conciously couldn’t remember, but once in specific context that information kind of bubbles up to the working memory.

    Though I’m not so sure if I would call audio books as “reading”, thought you still get the same type of information, but the focus attention compared to just actually reading is way different, which I would suspect has a bigger impact on how much of that information gets retained. Having said that I do a lot of listening myself, but now I tend to use x2 speed, but to reinforce somehing if I find usefull taking notes after each chapter seems helpful.

    Lastly, I would reiterate that “masters of doom” was really inspiring, I didn’t expect much initially but the way story was told gave a totally different setting. I think in terms of performance this was the best one I heard so far in a audio book form.

  • appreciate the heads up Brad!

  • awesome, don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Not as much raw drama as the twitter story, but some more substantial biz stuff.

  • i take that as a huge compliment thank you! :D

  • yeah i certainly don’t think of the pursuit in terms of utility much these days! although I suppose I did in the early days, and I do when I enter into new pursuits… I’ve probably done PHD level reading in the past 12 months about cycling (basically read every reputable book about the sport I can get my hands on)… useful? not sure. still gotta get on the bike :D

    +1 masters of doom, amazing book

  • Evan Humes

    I discovered TMBA within the past week, and have enjoyed a few podcasts and a few articles so far. I don’t know how it took me so long to find this, but I am so thankful, because so many things you talk about are RIGHT up my alley. -Evan

  • Thanks, will check it out!

  • Ryan Nagy

    A million million thanks for mentioning the Principles book by Ray Dalio. It am reading it now and it is very impressive.

  • you got it!

  • cheers Evan glad you dig it

  • Good to pass the time.

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