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Formerly, I was a venture capitalist at CRV and GC, a Harvard PhD dropout, and a graduate of Stanford in MCS.
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Gabriel Wyner's Forever Fluent
Robert E. Kraut and Paul Resnick's Building Successful Online Communities
Cho Chongnae’s The Human Jungle
Blake Crouch's Dark Matter
Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton
Updated Dec. 5th, 2017
Send me book recommendations!
Nir Eyal's Hooked
Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing
Malka Older's Null State
Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies
Philipp Meuser's Architectural and Cultural Guide: Pyongyang
Nicholas Bonner's Made in North Korea
Bill Burnett & Dave Evans' Designing Your Life
Cixin Liu's Three Body Problem
Jeremiah Moss' Vanishing New York
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