18 Books I Finished Listening To in 2018

It’s that time of the year again and as we are heading to start a new year, here is a recap of the books I listened to in the past year. I have been doing this exercise for the past three years (Here’s the list of the books I listened to in 2017) and find it beneficial to internally reflect on what I’ve learned and what types of books made me keep on reading to finish, as well as to give suggestions to friends and connections.

As always, I have been using Audible and listening to books on 2.5x speed (I’ve slowly trained myself over the past 3 years and now perfectly comfortable in 2.5x-3x speed range). I recommend you to train your brain to listen faster too. It helps you stay focused on listening and not to be distracted and is an intersting mental exercise.

Like many previous years, the books I have read are non-fiction and are biographies, productivity, history, entrepreneurship, and finance.

Here is the list (in no specific order)

1) Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

2) The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture

3) Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies

4) High Growth Handbook

5) A Life Decoded: My Genome — My Life

6) Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life — for Good

7) Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts

8) How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story

9) Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs

10) Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups — Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000

11) The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers

12) Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t

13) Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

14) The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth

15) The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

16) Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong

17) The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

18) Before Disrupting Healthcare: What Innovators Need to Know

My most favorite book of 2018 was …

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

This was, without a doubt, one of the best books I have read and among the top 5 books that have changed my life in one way or another. What makes me love this book is Noah Harari’s honest and to the point discussions about the history of concepts that have carried out thousands of years to-date, like money, war, politics, hierarchy, etc.

I am also glad that I produced content (here on medium) by publishing a few articles that had over 250,000 readers in 2018 and hope to continue publishing content in 2019 that could be educational and useful.

To a peaceful and prosperous 2019!

Happy new year

Partner at DCVC ($2Bn VC firm) and author of “Super Founders”. #1 bestseller new release VC book on Amazon. https://getbook.at/superfounders