Balaji Srinivasan is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is the co-founder of Counsyl, a genetic testing company, and was the former CTO of CoinBase. He is also a board partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm.
Srinivasan’s work focuses on bitcoin and blockchain technology. He is a strong advocate for decentralized applications and has been involved in several projects in this space. In 2014, he co-founded 21 Inc., a bitcoin startup that allows users to mine bitcoins and sell them for profit.
Here are some books that Balaji Srinivasan says are worth your time.
AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee
In his book, AI Superpowers, Kai-Fu Lee argues that artificial intelligence will bring about a new era of prosperity and abundance. He believes that AI will help us solve many of the world’s most pressing problems, from climate change to poverty.
Lee offers an optimistic view of the future, in which AI ushers in a new age of human achievement. He envisions a world in which we can harness the power of machine learning to create opportunities for all.
If you’re interested in learning more about the impact of artificial intelligence, then this book is definitely for you. Kai-Fu Lee provides an insightful and thought-provoking look at the potential of this technology.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
In his book Atomic Habits, James Clear argues that the key to improving our lives is not in our ability to make grand, sweeping changes, but in making small tweaks to our daily routines. By understanding and utilizing the principles of habit formation, we can all make positive changes in our lives, one day at a time.
Through case studies and cutting-edge research, Clear shows us how habits work and how we can use them to our advantage. He offers practical advice on everything from quitting smoking to losing weight to building better relationships. Whether you’re looking for ways to improve your health, your career, or your happiness, Atomic Habits is a must-read.
Biopunk by Marcus Wohlsen
In the years since the Human Genome Project was completed, a new subgenre of science fiction has taken root in popular culture: biopunk. Like its predecessors, biopunk imagines a future in which our understanding of biology and genetics has outstripped our ability to control it. But where cyberpunk envisioned a world ruled by computers and corporations, biopunk envisions a world ruled by DNA and gene therapy.
Marcus Wohlsen’s Biopunk is a survey of this new genre, tracing its roots in the work of early 20th-century writers like H.G. Wells and Aldous Huxley. Wohlsen argues that biopunk is more than just science fiction; it’s a way of looking at the world that emphasizes the power of biology over technology.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott’s book, Bird by Bird, is a heartwarming and insightful look into the mind of a writer. Lamott offers up her own experiences in order to help guide aspiring writers through the ups and downs of the craft.
Lamott begins by discussing the importance of getting started, even when it feels like you can’t do it all. She talks about how she used to sit down at her desk for hours at a time, not knowing where to start. But she eventually learned that the key was just to start writing, even if it was just a sentence or two.
From there, Lamott goes on to discuss topics such as procrastination, perfectionism, and self-doubt; all of which are common hurdles that writers face.
Data Science from Scratch by Joel Grus
In Joel Grus’s book, “Data Science from Scratch”, he provides a comprehensive guide to data science for beginners. He covers the basics of statistics and linear algebra, before moving on to more advanced topics such as machine learning.
Throughout the book, Grus uses clear and concise explanations to demystify complex concepts. With code examples in Python, “Data Science from Scratch” is an essential resource for anyone wanting to learn data science.
End The Fed by Ron Paul
In his book End the Fed, Ron Paul makes a compelling case for why the Federal Reserve should be abolished. He argues that the Fed is unconstitutional and that it has caused more economic problems than it has solved. He also contends that the Fed is responsible for inflation, which erodes the purchasing power of the dollar and hurts American consumers.
Paul’s arguments are sure to provoke debate among economists and policymakers. But his book provides an important perspective on the role of the Federal Reserve in our economy.
Exploring Personal Genomics by Joel T. Dudley & Konrad J. Karczewski
In recent years, the field of genomics has exploded. With new sequencing technologies and an increasing understanding of the human genome, scientists are now able to explore an individual’s genomic information in greater detail than ever before.
Joel T. Dudley and Konrad J. Karczewski’s book, Exploring Personal Genomics, provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to this rapidly growing field. The authors cover a wide range of topics, from the history of genomics and its impact on society to the ethical considerations surrounding personal genomic information.
This book is an essential read for anyone interested in learning more about this exciting area of science. It provides a clear and concise overview of a complex topic, making it accessible to readers from all backgrounds.
Flu by Gina Kolata
Gina Kolata’s book, Flu, is a fascinating and terrifying look at the history of one of the world’s most deadly diseases. Kolata tells the story of past pandemics, tracing the origins of the virus and its evolution over time. She also discusses the current state of flu research and describes what might be done to prevent a future pandemic.
Flu is a must-read for anyone interested in public health or the history of medicine. Kolata’s writing is clear and concise, and her book is packed with information. This is an essential read for anyone looking to understand more about this deadly disease.
From Third World to First by Lee Kuan Yew
From Third World to First: The Singapore Story by Lee Kuan Yew is the story of how one man helped transform a small, underdeveloped island into a global economic powerhouse. In just a few decades, Singapore went from being a British colony with no natural resources to become one of the richest countries in the world.
Lee Kuan Yew was born in 1923 into a poor family in Singapore. He was a bright student and won a scholarship to study law in England. After returning to Singapore, he became involved in politics and helped found the People’s Action Party (PAP).
Under Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership, the PAP governed Singapore for more than three decades. During this time, he oversaw an amazing transformation of the country.
High Output Management by Andrew Grove
High Output Management is a book by Andrew Grove that discusses how managers can increase their productivity. The book is based on Grove’s experience as the CEO of Intel and provides practical advice on how to manage people and projects.
The book has been praised for its insights into the management process and is considered required reading for anyone interested in management.
How Innovation Works by Matt Ridley
Innovation is the key to success in any field, and Matt Ridley’s book “How Innovation Works” explains how it works. He starts with a brief history of innovation, from the early days of human history to the present day. He then goes on to explain the three main ingredients of innovation: ideas, people, and circumstances.
Ridley shows how innovation has always been driven by new ideas, and how those ideas have often come from people who are not experts in the field. He also explains how innovation is often a result of luck or chance, and how it can often take many years for an idea to be developed into a successful product or technology.
Ridley’s book is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand how innovation works and how it can be used to create new products or technologies.
Indistractable by Nir Eyal
In his book, Indistractable, Nir Eyal reveals the secret to getting control of our time and attention.
We live in a world of constant distractions, and it’s only getting worse. We’re bombarded with emails, texts, notifications, and more every day. It’s no wonder we have trouble staying focused on what’s important.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. In Indistractable, Eyal shows us how to take control of our time and attention. He provides concrete strategies for beating distractions and living a more productive, fulfilling life.
If you’re struggling to stay focused and get things done, pick up a copy of Indistractable. It just might be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
If you’re looking to get started with Bitcoin, there’s no better way than by reading Andreas M. Antonopoulos’ Mastering Bitcoin. In it, Antonopoulos covers everything from the basics of Bitcoin and blockchain technology to more advanced topics like mining, wallets, and smart contracts.
No matter your level of expertise, Mastering Bitcoin has something for everyone. So dive in and learn all you can about this revolutionary technology!
Merchants of Truth by Jill Abramson
Jill Abramson’s Merchants of Truth is a fascinating look at the modern media landscape. From the rise of digital media to the decline of print, Abramson chronicles the dramatic changes in the way we consume news.
Drawing on her own experience as a former executive editor of The New York Times, Abramson offers an inside look at the challenges faced by today’s journalists. She also shares her vision for the future of journalism, and how we can ensure that it remains a vital part of our democracy.
My Brother Ron by Clayton E. Cramer
Clayton E. Cramer’s My Brother Ron is a touching and intimate account of the author’s brother and his battle with schizophrenia.
Cramer writes with raw honesty about his brother’s disease and its effects on him and his family. His descriptions of Ron’s symptoms and behaviors are both heartbreaking and eye-opening.
My Brother Ron is a must-read for anyone who has been affected by mental illness, or who wants to better understand it. Cramer’s insights are invaluable, and his story will stay with you long after you finish reading.
Netflixed by Gina Keating
Netflix’s Gina Keating has a book out and it’s a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the company and its history.
Keating’s book is an unauthorized biography of Netflix, but it’s based on over 100 interviews with current and former employees, partners, and competitors.
The book is a fascinating read that gives insight into Netflix’s culture, its business model, and how it has managed to disrupt the entertainment industry.
Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew Grove
Pale Rider by Laura Spinney
Pandemic 1918 by Catharine Arnold
Physics from Finance by Jakob Schwichtenberg
Reputation and Power by Daniel Carpenter
Rules for Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky
Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch by Richard Hine
Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
Start-up Nation by Dan Senor & Saul Singer
The Changing World Order by Ray Dalio
The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes
The Fourth Turning by William Strauss
The Frisco Kid by Jerry Kamstra
The Future Is Asian by Parag Khanna
The Great CEO Within by Matt Mochary
The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
The Great Wave by David Hackett Fischer
The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Internet of Elsewhere by Mr. Cyrus Farivar
The Journalist And The Murderer by Janet Malcolm
The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell
The Little Bitcoin Book by Lily Liu and Timi Ajiboye
The Man Who Invented Fidel by Anthony DePalma
The Rap Year Book by Shea Serrano
The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson & William Rees-Mogg
The Truth Machine by Paul Vigna & Michael J. Casey
UFO Hunters by William J. Birnes
Where Is My Flying Car? by J. Storrs Hall
Who We Are and How We Got Here by David Reich
Working in Public by Nadia Eghbal