Some Books, Blogs and Podcasts I’ve Enjoyed Lately

Here’s some stuff I’ve been reading, watching and listening to lately.


This being so, so what? – Jerry Colonna

Jerry is an ex-VC and now coaches CEOs. In this episode, Jerry talks with a startup CEO who has 4 months of money left in the bank and how to make sure they keep the company around. This episode has been really useful to multiple portfolio companies already. Check out episodes 9, 20, 25 and 45 as well.

Tony Robbins on the Tim Ferriss Show

Tim interviews Tony again. They talk about health, investing and living a good life. If you’re looking for an intro to Tim Ferriss’ podcast, checkout Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Naval Ravikant, Sebastian Junger, Cal Fussman.

Kiernan Dougherty on Jocko Podcast

Jocko Willink is ex special forces and talks about war, discipline and other interesting things. Parts can be tough to listen to, especially in this episode, but this episode is extraordinary. Kiernan is a veteran war and natural disaster photographer in places like Iraq, Belfast and the indian ocean tsunami. He tells his story on this podcast.

Common Sense – Return of the Podcaster

Dan Carlin is best known for the Hardcore History podcast. Common Sense is his current events podcast. Very political science intensive.


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens starts off talking about our ancient past, moves onto our recent history and then talks about where we might be going as a species from here. Highly recommended.

Player Piano – Kurt Vonnegut

Written in 1951, Player Piano is Vonnegut’s first novel. It’s set in the US after WWII where machines have replace most menial workers and we’re on the verge of another step forward in replacing human labor. Interesting to see someone thinking about these issues through a 50s lens.

Tribe: Homecoming and Belonging – Sebastian Junger

A compelling look at why modern society is so unappealing to so many people. He writes “modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary.” A short, powerful read.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania – Erik Larson

The story of the sinking of the Lusitania.


This is what’s missing from journalism today

Mother Jones wrote an exposé on private prisons that took 18 months and $350,000 to publish. It’s changed the political discourse and likely changed things for the good. But it only made $5,000 on advertising.

How We Killed the Tea Party

An insider who was part of conservative PACs talks about how elites coopted the tea party for personal gain.

The Most Intolerant Wins – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

How small minorities can have outsized influence in society.

Edward Snowden’s tweet storm. Read the first one here, then click the tweet to see the rest.

Chris Arande’s tweet storms about Donald Trump:

— Chris Arnade (@Chris_arnade) May 12, 2016


Restrepo – Sebastian Junger

Incredibly realistic documentary about US soldiers in Afghanistan.

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