Learn from history's greatest entrepreneurs. Every week I read a biography of an entrepreneur and find ideas you can use in your work. This quote explains why: "There are thousands of years of history in which lots and lots of very smart people worked very hard and ran all types of experiments on how to create new businesses, invent new technology, new ways to manage etc. They ran these experiments throughout their entire lives. At some point, somebody put these lessons down in a book. For very little money and a few hours of time, you can learn from someone’s accumulated experience. There is so much more to learn from the past than we often realize. You could productively spend your time reading experiences of great people who have come before and you learn every time." —Marc Andreessen
What I learned from reading Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins.
The Man Who Sold America: The Amazing (but True!) Story of Albert D. Lasker and the Creation of the Advertising Century
What I learned from reading The Man Who Sold America: The Amazing (but True!) Story of Albert D. Lasker and the Creation of the Advertising Century by Jeffrey L. Cruikshank and Arthur W. Schultz.
Invention: A Life by James Dyson
What I learned from reading Invention: A Life by James Dyson.
Inside Steve Jobs' Brain
What I learned from reading Inside Steve's Brian by Leander Kahney.
The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood
What I learned from reading The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood by Tom King.
Creative Capital: Georges Doriot and the Birth of Venture Capital
What I learned from reading Creative Capital: Georges Doriot and the Birth of Venture Capital by Spencer Ante.
The first time I paid for a podcast and it was definitely worth it
I don’t know how I didn’t stumble across this podcast earlier or why it isn’t more popular/highly recommended in the business category of podcasts. David does an outstanding job giving key insights into a massive amount of great entrepreneurs. There are several whom I would probably have not have been interested in, looked into, nor read about if it wasn’t for this podcast. This is truly the number one business/entrepreneurship podcast out there in my opinion and I’m not one who exaggerates things. The lifetime membership is easily well worth the price of admission. Thank you David for doing such a great job. I’m not sure how else to reach you, but I would like to recommend the book “The Billion Dollar Secret” by Rafael Badziag for a future episode if you don’t already have it scheduled.
The best entrepreneurial podcast
I have listened to many podcasts on entrepreneurship (HIBT, Masters of Scale, etc.) and find Founders to be consistently more helpful than any other entrepreneurship podcast. David is a craftsperson, he carefully reads biographies of founders, distills the most important anecdotes and themes from their life, and draws commonalities across lives. David’s focus is rightfully not on teaching you a formula to succeed but on constantly pushing you to think different.
Listen and Make Yourself Better
Founders podcast is now in my podcast rotation. It’s a short list. I wish I wasn’t because my life would be easier but I’m really picky with what I listen to. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that David gets right into it. There’s no catchy music, NO ADS. He gets straight to the point without trying to sell you on why you should keep listening - the content does that on its own. For me the value of a podcast lies in how much I can take away from it. Founders is now a member of my notes page. I love being able to actively listen to something and have to hit pause, rewind and play again and again until I’ve recorded the quote or lesson I just heard to make sure I don’t forget it. Thanks David, keep kicking butt and churning out great life/business advice.