I read 15 books in the first three months of 2019, and I slowed the pace a little bit in April, with four books read, all fascinating behind-the-scenes in business tales:
Book 16 – A Very Public Offering: The Story of theglobe.com and the First Internet Revolution by Stephan Paternot
This is the real-life account of the rise and fall of theglobe.com, as told by one of its co-founders. The book is a strange, twisty memoir, and I enjoyed it immensely. I didn’t know the history of the theglobe.com, from Internet darling to spectacular crash, and the business story was fascinating. This book revisits the story 20 years later, and Paternot has since become a successful angel investor and co-founder of Slated, a film financing company. While the Slated story is relegated to the Epilogue, it’s fascinating too, so this book is like a 2-for-1.
Book 17 – How To Be A Capitalist Without Any Capital: The Four Rules You Must Break to Get Rich by Nathan Latka
I discovered this book when Latka was interviewed by one of my favorite small business writers, Elaine Pofeldt. This book seemed particularly suited for me – maybe because one of Latka’s four guiding principles is how you should NOT focus, which is exactly the URL I already have registered (focusisoverrated.com). Latka is a college dropout who started a software company at 19 that he sold for several million. He currently runs a private equity firm that generates $100k in passive income per month on companies he invests in, and he posts his tax returns as proof. His productivity tips are sound, his ideas are creative, and you can’t argue with the results.
Book 18 – The Altman Close: Million-Dollar Negotiating Tactics from America’s Top-Selling Real Estate Agent by Josh Altman
You can only read this book if you don’t mind constant use of the word, “baller”, and other highly testosterone-fueled language. I appreciate all writing styles, so Altman’s manic, Type-A tone wasn’t a detractor for me. I found his ambition admirable, and he seemed to genuinely enjoy his work. This is the absolute opposite philosophy to The Having (a book I covered in the Q1 list which follows the Law of Attraction, Abraham Hicks approach). The Altman Close is not for everyone (or perhaps even for most), but if you love real estate, if you love reading how people do it, Altman’s world is fascinating.
Book 19 – Breathe In/ Cash Out by Madeleine Henry
A chick lit novel about an investment banking analyst at the fictionalized Anderson Shaw, who dreams of becoming a yoga teacher. She also accidentally sleeps with her boss, comes to terms with the fact that her parent’s dreams are not her own, and meets her yoga idol, who turns out to be not as zen as she seems. It’s a funny, fast read by a former Goldman Sachs analyst who clearly lifted a lot of her banking tales straight from her time there. If you want to feel like a banker without putting in the hours, read this book.
How about you? Leave a comment with the books you are reading or recently read. What should be next on my reading list?