Reading List

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I’m a slow and inconsistent reader. Despite that, I occasionally finish books and I try to keep track of the ones I like.

Sometimes I’m asked for recommendations of good things to read about product, design, finance, or other topics. Here are my top choices for a variety of subjects.

Last updated: December, 2016.

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Benedict Evans’ Newsletter

Analyst for Andreessen Horowitz, one of the smartest guys around.  Weekly roundup mostly focused around mobile.

Fortune’s Term Sheet

Fortune’s daily update about tech, specifically around venture capital.  Very in-depth updates about tech deals.

Silicon Valley Product Group Newsletter

Don’t let the boring format fool you, Marty Cagan is one of the best product minds and puts out one of the best product content.

Bringing the Donuts

Another heavyweight in the product scene, Ken Norton is an ex-Google product leader with great thoughts and a surprisingly good list of PM jobs.

Finimize

Excellent daily summary of the day’s biggest finance news.  Very quick and easy way to stay on top of financial news.

Product Books

One of the hardest things of being a PM is finding a good teacher.  These books should help you level up.

The Lean Startup

By Eric Ries

A classic for a reason.  Fantastic overview on how to efficiently build a product and a business.

Sprint

By Jake Knapp

Crash course in the idea of a design sprint.  Bonus: FitStar is the topic of one of the chapters!

The Innovator’s Dilemma

By Clayton Christensen

The origin of the word “disruption.”  Thought provoking look at how products mature and where innovation comes from.

Hooked

By Nir Eyal

The best look at how to build an engaging consumer software product.

Finance Books

I got my mind on my money and my money on my mind.

A Random Walk Down Wall Street

By Burton Malkiel

Very insightful look at investing, the benefits of passive investments, and why you can’t time the stock market. 

Venture Deals

By Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson

The best book on venture capital and startup financing. 

Non-Fiction Books

The best stories are true.

Endurance

By Alfred Lansing

The story of Shackleton’s doomed Antarctic voyage.  The best adventure book ever written. 

Steve Jobs

By Walter Isaacson

Inspiring look at the life of one of the best product managers ever. 

Unbroken

By Laura Hillenbrand

Unbelievable story of USC Olympic athlete turned castaway turned prisoner of war. (Fight on!)