Stuff I think is truly great to learn from:
Optimism about the Future
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Infinite Progress by Byron Reese (read our own review)
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (but don’t read his other book Homo Deus. He’s my favorite historian but competing for my least favorite futurist.)
The Future by Founders Fund
We believe that the shift away from backing transformational technologies and toward more cynical, incrementalist investments broke venture capital.
Heat Death: Venture Capital in the 1980s by Jerry Neumann
You can have lots of plausible theories about what venture capitalists as a class can do to get good returns, until you take the 1980s into account. Then you can only have one: the only thing VCs can control that will improve their outcomes is having enough guts to bet on markets that don’t yet exist.
Chamath Palihapitiya explaining the basics you should know before taking money from VCs.
The Pattern on the Stone by Danny Hillis