43 Books Recommended by Vinod Khosla


American-Indian engineer

Vinod Khosla is an Indian American engineer and businessman. Khosla is listed by Forbes magazine as a billionaire.

Net worth: 2.2 billion USD (2017) Forbes

  1. Virtual Music Computer Synthesis of Musical Style by David Cope

Virtual Music is about artificial creativity. Focusing on the author’s Experiments in Musical Intelligence computer music composing program, the author and a distinguished group of experts discuss many of the issues surrounding the program, including artificial intelligence, music cognition, and aesthetics…

2. The Curve Ahead Discovering the Path to Unlimited Growth by D. Power

Why do most growth companies stop growing? What can leaders do to overcome the barriers to growth? The Curve Ahead tackles these questions using examples from brands like LoJack and Myspace which experienced a similar decline. This book will help SMEs overcome the growth hump by providing tools to succeed and thrive….

3. The Success Equation Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing by Michael J. Mauboussin

“Much of what we experience in life results from a combination of skill and luck.” — From the Introduction; The trick, of course, is figuring out just how many of our successes (and failures) can be attributed to each—and how we can learn to tell the difference ahead of time….

4. Banker To The Poor Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus is that rare thing: a bona fide visionary. His dream is the total eradication of poverty from the world. In 1983, against the advice of banking and government officials, Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with minuscule loans….

5. Made to Stick Why Some Ideas Take Hold and Others Come Unstuck by Chip Heath

What is that makes urban myths so persistent but many everyday truths so eminently forgettable? How do newspapers set about ensuring that their headlines make you want to read on? And why do we remember complicated stories but not complicated facts?…

6. The Black Swan Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: “On Robustness and Fragility” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A black swan is an event, positive or negative, that is deemed improbable yet causes massive consequences. In this groundbreaking and prophetic book, Taleb shows in a playful way that Black Swan events explain almost everything about our world, and yet we — especially the experts — are blind to them….

7. The Science of Fear How the Culture of Fear Manipulates Your Brain by Daniel Gardner

“An invaluable resource for anyone who aspires to think clearly” (The Guardian) from the New York Times bestselling author of Superforecasting and Future Babble; From terror attacks to collapsing economies, from painkiller epidemics to mass gun violence and poisonous toys from China, our list of fears seems to be exploding….

8. Predictably Irrational The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

“A marvelous book… thought provoking and highly entertaining.”; — Jerome Groopman, New York Times bestselling author of How Doctors Think; “Ariely not only gives us a great read; he also makes us much wiser.”; — George Akerlof, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics; “Revolutionary.”; — New York Times Book Review…

9. The Score Takes Care of Itself My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison, Craig Walsh

The last lecture on leadership by the NFL’s greatest coach: Bill Walsh; Bill Walsh is a towering figure in the history of the NFL. His advanced leadership transformed the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a legendary dynasty. In the process, he changed the way football is played….

10. The Checklist Manifesto How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

In his latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it; The modern world has given us stupendous know-how….

11. Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder

This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!…

12. Fascinate Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation by Sally Hogshead

A newly revised and updated edition of the influential guide that explores one of the most powerful ways to attract attention and influence behavior — fascination — and how businesses, products, and ideas can become irresistible to consumers…

13. Only the Paranoid Survive How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Companyby Andrew S. Grove

Under Andy Grove’s leadership, Intel has become the world’s largest chip maker and one of the most admired companies in the world….

14. Cyber War The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It by Richard A. Clarke, Robert Knake

Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Against All Enemies, former presidential advisor and counter-terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke sounds a timely and chilling warning about America’s vulnerability in a terrifying new international conflict — Cyber War!…

15. On Being Certain Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not by Robert A. Burton M.D. M.D.

You recognize when you know something for certain, right? You “know” the sky is blue, or that the traffic light had turned green, or where you were on the morning of September 11, 2001 — you know these things, well, because you just do…

16. Break Through Why We Can’t Leave Saving the Planet to Environmentalists by Michael Shellenberger, Ted Nordhaus

Current tactics can’t solve today’s complex global crises. The “bad boys of environmentalism” call for a bold and empowering new vision…

17. Cognitive Surplus Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky

From the bestselling author of Here Comes Everybody, Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age is a fascinating look at how the internet is transforming our culture, providing new outlets for human potential. In the past, we filled our free time with the tools at our disposal….

18. How to Change the World Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, Updated Edition by David Bornstein

How to Change the World provides vivid profiles of social entrepreneurs. The book is an In Search of Excellence for social initiatives, intertwining personal stories, anecdotes, and analysis. Readers will discover how one person can make an astonishing difference in the world….

19. A Mathematician’s Lament How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form by Paul Lockhart

“One of the best critiques of current mathematics education I have ever seen.” — Keith Devlin, math columnist on NPR’s Morning Edition; A brilliant research mathematician who has devoted his career to teaching kids reveals math to be creative and beautiful and rejects standard anxiety-producing teaching methods….

20. Future Babble Why Pundits Are Hedgehogs and Foxes Know Best by Daniel Gardner

New York Times bestselling author of Superforecasting and Future Babble; “Genuinely arresting . . . required reading for journalists, politicians, academics, and anyone who listens to them.” — Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works; We are awash in predictions. In newspapers, blogs, and books; on radio and television….

21. The Most Human Human What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive by Brian Christian

Each year, the AI community convenes to administer the famous (and famously controversial) Turing test, pitting sophisticated software programs against humans to determine if a computer can “think.” The machine that most often fools the judges wins the Most Human Computer Award….

22. The Extra 2% How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First by Jonah Keri

What happens when three financial industry whiz kids and certified baseball nuts take over an ailing major league franchise and implement the same strategies that fueled their success on Wall Street?…

23. Kingpin How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground by Kevin Poulsen

Former hacker Kevin Poulsen has, over the past decade, built a reputation as one of the top investigative reporters on the cybercrime beat….

24. The Lean Startup How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.; Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty….

25. How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer

Since Plato, philosophers have described the decision aking process as either rational or emotional: we carefully deliberate or we “blink” and go with our gut. But as scientists break open the mind’s black box with the latest tools of neuroscience, they’re discovering that this is not how the mind works….

26. The Viral Storm The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age by Nathan Wolfe

Dynamic young Stanford biologist Nathan Wolfe reveals the surprising origins of the world’s most deadly viruses, and how we can overcome catastrophic pandemics….

27. The Creative Destruction of Medicine How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care by Eric Topol

Now with a new postscript covering the unfolding health care revolution; Mobile technology has transformed our lives, and personal genomics is revolutionizing biology. But despite the availability of technologies that can provide wireless, personalized health care at lower cost, the medical community has resisted change….

28. Contagious Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

The New York Times bestseller that explains why certain products and ideas become popular. “Jonah Berger knows more about what makes information ‘go viral’ than anyone in the world” (Daniel Gilbert, author of the bestseller Stumbling on Happiness).; What makes things popular? If you said advertising, think again….

29. The Cost Disease Why Computers Get Cheaper and Health Care Doesn’t by William J. Baumol

The exploding cost of health care in the United States is a source of widespread alarm. Similarly, the upward spiral of college tuition fees is cause for serious concern. In this concise and illuminating book, the well-known economist William J….

30. Nudge Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler

For fans of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, a revelatory new look at how we make decisions; More than 750,000 copies sold; A New York Times bestseller; An Economist Best Book of the Year; A Financial Times Best Book of the Year…

31. The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations by Georges 1868- Polti, Lucille Ray

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible….


32. The Second Machine Age Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologiesby Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

A New York Times Bestseller. A “fascinating” (Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times) look at how digital technology is transforming our work and our lives.; In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players….

33. True Enough Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by Farhad Manjoo

Why has punditry lately overtaken news? Why do lies seem to linger so long in the cultural subconscious even after they’ve been thoroughly discredited? And why, when more people than ever before are documenting the truth with laptops and digital cameras, does fact-free spin and propaganda seem to work so well?…

34. The Design of Everyday Things Revised and Expanded Edition by Don Norman

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious — even liberating — book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology….

35. I Moved Your Cheese For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else’s Maze by Deepak Malhotra

If you were a mouse trapped in a maze and someone kept moving the cheese, what would you do?…

36. Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson

In 1412, Europe was a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war, while the Orient was home to dazzling civilizations. Yet, somehow, the West came to dominate the Rest for most of the next half millennium.In this vital, brilliant book, Niall Ferguson reveals the six ‘killer applications’ that the Rest lacked: competition, science, property rights, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic.…

37. Purple Cow Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin

You’re either a Purple Cow or you’re not. You’re either remarkable or invisible. Make your choice. What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don’t?…

38. Superforecasting The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock, Dan Gardner

From one of the world’s most highly regarded social scientists comes a seminal book on forecasting that shows, for the first time, how we can all get better at making predictions….

39. The Brand Flip Why customers now run companies and how to profit from it by Marty Neumeier

Best-selling brand expert Marty Neumeier shows you how to make the leap from a company-driven past to the consumer-driven future….

40. High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove

In this legendary business book and Silicon Valley staple, the former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel shares his perspective on how to build and run a company.; The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses — the art of the entrepreneur — can be summed up in a single word: managing….

41. Expert Political Judgment How Good Is It? How Can We Know? by Philip E. Tetlock

Since its original publication, Expert Political Judgment by New York Times bestselling author Philip Tetlock has established itself as a contemporary classic in the literature on evaluating expert opinion…


42. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson

There’s no better guide through mind-expanding questions such as what the nature of space and time is, how we fit within the universe, and how the universe fits within us than Neil deGrasse Tyson…


43. The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett

From the moment it was published almost ten years ago, Elements of User Experience became a vital reference for web and interaction designers the world over, and has come to define the core principles of the practice…


Source: https://www.khoslaventures.com/resources/reading-list, https://parrotread.com/vkhosla, https://bookauthority.org/profile/vinod-khosla

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