Book Review 12: Profit First

Back to our regularly scheduled programming, where I distill lessons learned from top business books. Getting good at it too 🙂 Subscribe in the footer if you want these posts in your email inbox every Monday! Profit First by Michael Michalowicz is the Total Money Makeover for business. Fundamentally, it flips traditional profit accounting on its head. I agree with the author, Mike, that GAAP…

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Why I’m selling everything I own and moving to Argentina

It’s true – I am off to Buenos Aires for an undetermined amount of time. I bought a one-way ticket, I plan to get an AirBnb in Recoleta, and that’s as far as I’ve gotten. As I socialize my move to BA, I realize that I don’t have a consistent explanation as to WHY I’m going. So I’m here to explain, in as much detail…

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Book Review 11: Ogilvy on Advertising

“All life is sex. There is one person in charge of every office in America, and that person is Charles Darwin.” – Robert California, The Office. It’s easy to forget that business is quite simple – all business is sales. When people are willing to pay for a product or service, that’s a business. One way to encourage people to pay is an advertisement for…

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Book Review 10: The Parallel Entrepreneur

How to start and run companies while keeping your day job If this title and subtitle don’t get you excited, then we are very different people! The author Ryan Buckley is the current CEO of MightySignal, co-founder of Scripted, FindEmails.com, and just the right mix of developer and businessman I want to learn from. The most important takeaway from this book are his rules of…

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My Think Weekend

I recently returned from 5 days alone at the cabin pictured above, with no cell service and no wifi. The amount of hard work I did was amazing. This is for anyone who wants to make meaningful progress against stubborn self-held beliefs, unaccomplished goals or scary new projects. My think weekend was inspired by Anthony Gustin and Bill Gates. Anthony is the CEO of Perfect…

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Book Review 9: A Man for All Markets

Welcome back! This time, we’re taking a look at A Man for All Markets, written by Ed Thorpe. This man. Ed Thorpe. This man… Invented card counting Built a machine to accurately (and profitably) predict roulette Pioneered quantitative finance Made millions through ^ Taught college level math Insane. I’ve never been so impressed by someone that I’d never heard of. Heck – I worked at…

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Book Review 7: The Fish That Ate The Whale

Welcome back to another edition of Will’s book reviews. This week we’re covering The Fish That Ate The Whale, the story of Samuel Zemurray, aka the “Banana King”. In it, we see classic themes such as the American dream, lean startups vs. bloated corporations, and corporate colonialism, set against a backdrop of explosive growth in Banana consumption in the USA. It hadn’t occurred to me…

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Book Review 6: Super Thinking

  Welcome back to another edition of the only blog posts I write lately – amazing book reviews. This round’s book is called Super Thinking – written by the founder of DuckDuckGo, Gabriel Weinberg and his wife, Lauren McCann. It’s written like a textbook, with a smattering of strategies to elevate your thinking process. Personally, I really enjoyed it. A bit of information overload at…

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