Sam Altman

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Sam Altman

Sam Altman is an American entrepreneur, investor, programmer, and blogger. He is the former president of Y Combinator and now the CEO of OpenAI.
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Einstein: His Life and UniverseGet this book on Amazon

Einstein: His Life and Universe

Walter Isaacson

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Charlie Munger recommended 'Einstein: His Life and Universe' at the 2007 Wesco Annual Meeting.

This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.

One of the books Mark Zuckerberg added to his Facebook page.

A Pattern LanguageGet this book on Amazon

A Pattern Language

Christopher Alexander

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Naval Ravikant: "Love that book."

Patrick Collison included this book on his list of recommended books.

This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.

Brave New WorldGet this book on Amazon

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

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Jordan Peterson: "A book that I found particularly influential in my intellectual development."

One of Sahil Lavingia's most recommended books.

This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.

The RepublicGet this book on Amazon

The Republic

Plato

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The Art of War in the Middle AgesGet this book on Amazon

The Art of War in the Middle Ages

Charles Oman

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The Death and Life of Great American CitiesGet this book on Amazon

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

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Medieval Technology and Social ChangeGet this book on Amazon

Medieval Technology and Social Change

Lynn White

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Guns, Sails, and EmpiresGet this book on Amazon

Guns, Sails, and Empires

Carlo M. Cipolla

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Paul Graham: "Amazing"

Sam Altman: "It was excellent!"

Solution SellingGet this book on Amazon

Solution Selling

Michael Bosworth

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Skunk WorksGet this book on Amazon

Skunk Works

Ben R. Rich

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This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.

The Picture of Dorian GrayGet this book on Amazon

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde

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Hold 'em PokerGet this book on Amazon

Hold 'em Poker

David Sklansky

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The Kite RunnerGet this book on Amazon

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering GeniusGet this book on Amazon

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Dave Eggers

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Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, MarriageGet this book on Amazon

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

Alice Munro

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Sam Altman: "Really good."

The Beak of the FinchGet this book on Amazon

The Beak of the Finch

Jonathan Weiner

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Fundamentals of Plasma PhysicsGet this book on Amazon

Fundamentals of Plasma Physics

Paul M. Bellan

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A Life DecodedGet this book on Amazon

A Life Decoded

J. Craig Venter

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This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.

PandaemoniumGet this book on Amazon

Pandaemonium

Humphrey Jennings

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Molecular Biology of the CellGet this book on Amazon

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Bruce Alberts

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WinningGet this book on Amazon

Winning

Jack Welch

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The Trial of SocratesGet this book on Amazon

The Trial of Socrates

I. F. Stone

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The SupermenGet this book on Amazon

The Supermen

Charles J. Murray

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Hunger of MemoryGet this book on Amazon

Hunger of Memory

Richard Rodriguez

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This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.

The Constitutional ConventionGet this book on Amazon

The Constitutional Convention

James Madison

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The PrincipiaGet this book on Amazon

The Principia

Isaac Newton

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The FallGet this book on Amazon

The Fall

Albert Camus

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Powering the FutureGet this book on Amazon

Powering the Future

Robert B. Laughlin

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EnduranceGet this book on Amazon

Endurance

Alfred Lansing

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Plentiful EnergyGet this book on Amazon

Plentiful Energy

Charles E. Till

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This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.

Plan B 3.0Get this book on Amazon

Plan B 3.0

Lester R. Brown

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This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.

Call Me by Your NameGet this book on Amazon

Call Me by Your Name

André Aciman

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The Legend of Henry FordGet this book on Amazon

The Legend of Henry Ford

Keith Sward

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The Transit of VenusGet this book on Amazon

The Transit of Venus

Shirley Hazzard

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Anna KareninaGet this book on Amazon

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

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This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.

Startup PlaybookGet this book on Amazon

Startup Playbook

Sam Altman

Y Combinator spends a lot of time advising startups. Though one-on-one advice will always be crucial, we thought it might help us scale Y Combinator if we could distill the most generalizable parts of this advice into a sort of playbook we could give YC and YC Fellowship companies. Then we thought we should just give it to everyone.

This is meant for people new to the world of startups. Most of this will not be new to people who have read a lot of what YC partners have written—the goal is to get it into one place.

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Most Recommended Investing Books

Principles
Poor Charlie's Almanack
Skin In The Game
Thinking In Bets
Against The Gods
Antifragile
Security Analysis
The Dao of Capital
Secrets of Sand Hill Road
The Black Swan
The Psychology of Money
When Genius Failed
The Intelligent Investor
The Most Important Thing
The Success Equation
Bitcoin Billionaires
The Great Crash of 1929
Liar's Poker
The Warren Buffett Way
The Essays of Warren Buffett

Most Recommended Technology Books

The Hard Thing About Hard Things
High Output Management
Zero to One
The Innovators Dilemma
Rework
The Lean Startup
High Growth Handbook
Only the Paranoid Survive
The Sovereign Individual
Blitzscaling
Brotopia
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Deep Learning
Becoming Steve Jobs
Behind the Cloud
American Kingpin
Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
The Internet of Money Volume 1
The Rise And Fall Of American Growth
The Last Days of Night

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This Time Is Different
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Timelines of World History
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Rise of the Dungeon Master
The Journalist and the Murderer
Buddha's Brain
Sailing Alone Around The World
Viral
Warren Buffett
The Wages of Guilt
Red Star Over The Pacific
Hate Inc.
Bad News
The Gray Lady Winked

Most Recommended Biographies

Shoe Dog
Poor Charlie's Almanack
Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman
The Ride of a Lifetime
Man's Search for Meaning
Hopping Over The Rabbit Hole
Einstein: His Life and Universe
Can't Hurt Me
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Undoing Project
Becoming Steve Jobs
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice
Titan
The Almanack of Naval Ravikant
Trailblazer
Keeping At It
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Permanent Record
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Hillbilly Elegy

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