I’m constantly learning from people, books and situations. The cliche “the journey is the reward” is pretty spot on. Below are some people and books that have actively and passively helped me learn.
People I learn from
- Technology, Strategy and Leadership
- Jack Dorsey, Square and Twitter — How to keep questioning existing assumptions. Details matter.
- Sarah Friar, Square — How to articulate the details and create a compelling vision in one breath.
- Clayton Christensen, HBS — famously created the disruption and Jobs to Be Done theories. His most underrated book is How Will You Measure Your Life, which applies lessons from business to personal life.
- Ben Thompson of Stratechery — How to understand what game each company is playing, and how that shapes their mindsets, incentives and strategies.
- Alyssa Henry, Square and Amazon — how to structure teams and execute with relentless focus.
- Financial Access
- Ben Lyon, founder of Kopo Kopo and Hover — is likely the most knowledgeable person on payments in emerging markets.
- Abhishek Sinha, Founder and CEO, Eko — how to believe in an idea, and stay the course.
- Bill Maurer, Dean at School of Social Sciences at University of California, Irvine — economic anthropology and behavior of money, around the world
- Distributing Ideas and Products
- Economic Theory, Emergent Systems and Incentives
- Russ Roberts — How incentives influence people and create systems. How emergent order is better than top-down planning.
- Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok — micro and macro economics
- John Cochrane, The Grumpy Economist — fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.
- Milton Friedman — How “Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another”