2016: Read 100 Books List

2016 New Year’s Resolution: Read 100 Books

My New Years resolution is to read 100 books this year. This means I’ll need to read 25 per quarter, about 8 per month or 2 per week. So here goes:

Book #1 (Finished 1/3/16)


Growth Hacker Marketing – by Ryan Holiday

  • Incentive users to share like LivingSocial or Groupon
    • Share & if 3 customers buy yours is FREE
  • Similar to DropBox
    • Get Free___ button on fron page of the service
    • The offer: users get free space, for every friend they invite that signs up
  • Take a tour of the basics of VAPI & gget Free account worth $250/month for 30 days
    • Basic concept is it teaches them how to use the service
  • Maybe 1 pricing model for VAPI could be like Mint – where the service is free with limited functionality but when they use a certain API that API company pays VAPI a commision
  • Checkout: Quora Growth Hacking, Growth Hacker Conference <– Feb. 18 2016 maybe for Big I

Book #2 (Finished 1/9/16)

Tsunemoto_HagakureHagakure: The Book of The Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

  • make a decision in 7 breaths
  • ‘it is said that much sake, self-pride and luxury are to be avoided by a samurai’






Book #3 (Finished 1/10/16)

the lessons of historyThe Lessons of History by Will & Ariel Durant

  • 1st biological lesson of history is that life is competition, 2nd is that life is selection & 3rd is that life must breed.
  • Insecurity is the mother of greed
  • Probably every vice was once a virtue
  • Renan 1886 “religion is necessary to morality”
  • Perhaps it is one secret of their power that, having studied fluctuations of prices, they know that money is the last thing a wise man will hoard
  • The longest-lasting regime of socialism yet known in history was set up by the Incas in Peru sometime in the 13th century
  • Fear of capitalism has compelled socialism to widen freedom and the fear of capitalism has compelled capitalism to increase equality
  • Every advance in the economy puts an added premium upon superior ability & intensifies the concentration of wealth
  • …”[past civilizations] may have been wiser than we, who repeatedly enlarge our instrumentalities without improving our purposes
  • He that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow, and in much wisdom is much grief” – Descartes

Book #4 (Finished 1/17/16)

HBR’s 10 Must Reads: On Innovation


  • People hire products and services to get a job done. Office workers hire word processing software. Surgeons hire scalpels to dissect soft tissue.






Book #5 (Finished 2/19/16)

The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Othe secret life of pronounsur Words Say About Us – James W. PenneBaker






Book #6 (Finished 3/12/16)

The Book – Alan Watts the-book-alan-watts