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L

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Walker
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
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    Comeback America is a crucial manifesto, a way for President Obama to end out-of-control government spending and reform our tax, retirement, health care, defense, and other systems - before it's too late.

    Dan D. Dunlap, CFP® says: "Comeback America"
    "Not easy "read" but incredibly important"
    Overall

    Ok, the subject matter is dry, but this book is so important that it should be required reading for every citizen. If you can't bring yourself to read it, then at least watch the documentary film I.O.U.S.A., which prominently features the author and at least reveals the basic financial problems facing all of us. The book gives some possible solutions. He tackles every sacred cow in government.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Brad Feld, David Cohen
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
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    (143)
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    It is a cold, hard fact of business life that most startups fail. Even many of those entrepreneurs who ultimately succeed have stories of personal challenges, unsuccessful companies, and difficulties along the way. The founders of TechStars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator, have worked with entrepreneurs and companies over the past twenty-five years, and have seen a number of the same issues come up again and again.

    Stephen Thunder says: "Good Book"
    "Immediate lessons during your startup"
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    Part of the "lean startup" methodology, this gives quick lessons on various topics for new businesses. Useful things to keep in mind during your launch phases.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ben Horowitz
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
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    Overall
    (440)
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    Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

    Mark D. Adams says: "Exciting and insightful view of a "wartime CEO""
    "Not really a startup book"
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    If your startup is worth billions, then I guess it's a startup book. Otherwise, it's interesting insider's tales surviving inside during a bumpy, really high value Silicon Valley startup.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
    • Narrated By Blake Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (367)
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    The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

    James says: "In my top 3 favorite Startup books"
    "Big thinking"
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    This is an inspirational book for startups. He tackles the future with big thinking and encourages more of the same. I found myself cheering in parts, wishing we all pursued big dreams to MAKE the future, rather than just stumble forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Adam Minter
    • Narrated By Stephen McLaughlin
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    Overall
    (51)
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    In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter - veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner - travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that's transforming our economy and environment. Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to high-tech facilities capable of processing a jumbo jet's worth of recyclable trash every day. Along the way, we meet an unforgettable cast of characters.

    L says: "Know more about your world"
    "Know more about your world"
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    Everyone should know what happens to the stuff they buy and discard, and this is an excellent place to find out more. This whirlwind world tour of what happens to the stuff you throw out. The bottom line? REDUCE, REUSE, and don't rely so much on recycling. There are some surprises in there about recycling; he makes you feel like you've been along for the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Founder’s Dilemmas

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Noam Wasserman
    • Narrated By Mark Mosely
    Overall
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    Often downplayed in the excitement of starting up a new business venture is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires, and investors to help build the business? More than just financial rewards are at stake. Friendships and relationships can suffer. Bad decisions at the inception of a promising venture lay the foundations for its eventual ruin.

    Richard says: "An important FACT based book on entrepeneurship"
    "Stating the obvious, backed up by statistics"
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    Probably worthwhile to refresh your mind on things to think about, but it's basically a restatement of common sense, backed up by great statistics. Here's the entire book in a nutshell: 1) founders' motivations fall on a spectrum between control (being king) and cash (making money). Decide where you are on the spectrum and act and make busienss decisions consistently with that. Inconsistency in implementation of that can damage you. 2) mixing business and personal relationships is fraught with danger. Work with people who you've worked with, not your family or friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (241)
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    (118)
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    Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing - and recovering -their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different" - claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. This book proves that premise wrong.

    D. Littman says: "necessary piece to understand the current crisis"
    "of course it's not different this time"
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    a must-read review of the history of financial crises. for all of our hopes that we've reached the end of history, we never do. this is essential reading for everyone in the West who ever wonders where the economy (whatever country you live in) is going next. straight-forward, easy to digest history that's interesting. ...then you won't be surprised when the news plays out now in this crisis the same way it's done in the past...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Medina
    • Narrated By John Medina
    Overall
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    (498)
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    In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

    cynthia says: "Neuroscience for the nursery"
    "Entertaining and outstanding!"
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    I've recommended this to everyone. Read by the author, it condenses the current state of brain development into "rules" for dealing with children. By far the best of the bunch of recent books on raising children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, Cindy S. Spitzer
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    Overall
    (243)
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    (192)
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    While the "experts" want us to believe that all is well (or will be soon), nothing could be further from the truth. The worldwide financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 was just a sneak preview of what is to come. But for those who act quickly and correctly, there is still time to protect yourself, your family, and your business in the next global money meltdown.

    David M. Weprin says: "Interesting, convincing, and well narrated advert."
    "Needs editing, but well worth reading"
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    once you get past the self-congratulation and the sales pitches (which increase in the second half of the book), the predictions about the coming hyper-inflation and popping debt bubbles is well worth consideration. not all doomsday predictions.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By L. Jon Wertheim, Tobias Moskowitz
    • Narrated By Zach McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
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    (63)
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    Drawing from Moskowitz's original research, as well as studies from fellow economists such as bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors look at: the influence home-field advantage has on the outcomes of games in all sports and why it exists; the surprising truth about the universally accepted axiom that defense wins championships; the subtle biases that umpires exhibit in calling balls and strikes in key situations; the unintended consequences of referees' tendencies in every sport to "swallow the whistle," and more.

    steve says: "9 out of 10 people will like this!"
    "Freakonomics for people who like sports"
    Overall

    fun and interesting. deals with things you think you know, like the home field advantage

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2199)
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    (1405)
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    (1409)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "not sure why, but it's just not that compelling"
    Overall

    i really wanted to like it, but i grew bored and dropped it. (and i generally love science books)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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