My Favorite Books
Breath - James Nestor
Breath completely changed the way I live. After reading it, I decided to tape my mouth every night to force nose-breathing. This, among other techniques and habits, has improved my overall health, well-being, and physical appearance. And I'm not even kidding.
Shoe Dog - Phil Knight
You know I love biographies - and Shoe Dog is one of my favorite ones. Actually, I believe it was the one I enjoyed reading the most. It combines Phil's trips worldwide with building a world-changing company; what else could we ask for?
Creativity, Inc. - Ed Catmull
Creativity, Inc. is perfect for understanding what it takes to build and sustain a culture of innovation. It outlays examples of some exciting methods and techniques to boost creativity within an organization.
Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson
I read this book throughout 2021, just before arriving in the US. It was truly inspiring to read through the life of one of the geniuses of our time with such great detail.
The Innovation Stack - Jim McKelvey
The Innovation Stack was super helpful for me when I read it in January 2022. Lots of the advice from Square applies really well to what I'm building at Baseflow, dealing with legacy systems - not only financial, but also legal.
Play Bigger - Al Ramadan, Chris Lochhead, Dave Peterson, Kevin Maney
I got this book recommended during my time at Maestro (formerly Airwork) in the summer of 2019. After having crashed my first startup, it changed my mind about how category defining companies are built.
Free Private Cities - Titus Gebel
Free Private Cities helped me visualize the future I want to build with Baseflow. It's like the Sovereign Individual, but better. PS: Got it recommended at a mansion party during Miami Hack Week in January 2022, you can't make that shit up.
Zero to One - Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
Zero to One completely changed the way I thought about entrepreneurship and encouraged me to start my first startup in the Fall of 2018.