How I Approach Business Books

Earlier this year, members of my CEO group strongly recommended I start reading more business books. I had been reading lots of blogs and news articles, but no serious "let's get better at business" books. Before this year, I'd approached business reading like I approach novels. I'd sit…

On Hiring A-Players

My Geekdom Fund partner, Mike Troy, and I were discussing the hiring challenge for startups. Mike observed there are lots of hiring methodologies out there. The mistake startups make is not picking one. After being exposed to the Topgrading methodology, I’m sold. The methodology has a number of insightful…

On Luck / Phil Knight's Shoe Dog

Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Phil covers many topics in recapping the journey from one guy with a Crazy Idea to the largest athletic brand ever, Nike. One sticks out: The importance of luck in success. Warren Buffet is quoted…

Possesions and Joy

Originally a best-seller in Japan, the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has a uniquely un-American way of looking at our relationship to our things. Most of us, including me, are plagued by a situation of excess things: Too many books, clothes, utensils, lawnmowers, camping gear, too big of homes,…

Finding Great People: Cleaners, Closers and Coolers

As an investor and employer, I’ve learned the hard way to exclusively work with highly resourceful problem solvers is the way to go. Great employees seem to make the company better and make their manager’s life easier every day. Until now, I didn’t have a language to…