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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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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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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This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.

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
Security Analysis
The Dao of Capital
Secrets of Sand Hill Road
The Intelligent Investor
Against The Gods
Antifragile
The Psychology of Money
The Most Important Thing
Bitcoin Billionaires
The Success Equation
The Tao of Charlie Munger
Money: Master The Game
The Black Swan
The Most Important Thing Illuminated
Where are the Customers Yachts
The Great Crash of 1929

Most Recommended Technology Books

The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Zero to One
High Output Management
The Innovators Dilemma
Rework
The Lean Startup
Only the Paranoid Survive
Blitzscaling
High Growth Handbook
Brotopia
The Sovereign Individual
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Becoming Steve Jobs
Deep Learning
Behind the Cloud
American Kingpin
The Rise And Fall Of American Growth
A Pattern Language
Whole Earth Discipline
Secrets of Sand Hill Road

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No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram
The Spy and The Traitor
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#AskGaryVee
Trade Is Not A Four Letter Word
Greenlights
The Construction of Social Reality
Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime
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Most Recommended Biographies

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