Favaholic Blog — Favorite Books from Famous People

Favorite Books from Mark Cuban, Owner of Dallas Mavericks

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 17, 2009

The NBA Basketball season is almost upon us, so we thought it would be an opportune time to show you some of the influential reading that has shaped entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s thinking.

  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
    “… It encouraged me to think as an individual, take risks to reach my goals, and responsibility for my successes and failures. I loved it. I don’t know how many times I have read it, but it got to the point where I had to stop because I would get too fired up.”
  • Cold Calling Techniques: That Really Work by Stephan Schiffman
  • Marketing Outrageously: How to Increase Your Revenue by Staggering Amounts! by Jon Spoelstra

Go HERE to see what other books he recommends to business people and non-business people alike.

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Warren Buffet Book Recs for Investing & Business

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 14, 2009

The Oracle from Omaha Warren Buffet recommends these books for investors, though really he recommends these books to just about everybody because he thinks everyone should invest!  (Smartly, of course).

  • Benjamin Graham on Value Investing: Lessons from the Dean of Wall Street
    By Janet Lowe
    Buffet’s endorsement: “…anyone with an interest in investments will relish this book.”
  • Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor
    By John C. Bogle
    Buffet’s endorsement:”A must read for every investor.”
  • John Bogle on Investing: The First 50 Years
    By John C. Bogle
    Buffet’s endorsement: “Any investor who owns or is thinking of owning shares in a fund should read this book cover to cover.”

Click HERE for more of Warren Buffet’s favorite books.

Recommended Reading: For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 12, 2009

I got lucky and attended the first half of the 2009 Startup Bootcamp hosted by MIT today.  Like a lot of folks, I get a kick out of listening to the stories and advice of entrepreneurs who’ve “made it”, and on top of that is the fact that many of them had book recommendations for wannabe entrepreneurs like us! 😀

  • Adam Smith of Xobni – Xobni is “inbox” spelled backwards, and its a Y Combinator startup.  His favorite books include: Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston, High Stakes No Prisoners, and (no surprise here) Paul Graham’s essays.
  • Dan Theobald of Vecna – A profitable social venture technology company – who knew?  His favorite books include: On the Folly of Rewarding A, While Hoping for B.
  • Angus Davis of Tellme – A company that specialized in telephone-based apps, acquired by Microsoft in 2007 for around $800 mil.  Yup.  His favorite books include: Four Steps to Epiphany.

I took a slew of notes because all of the speakers had sage advice, including Reddit’s Alexis O, Justin.TV’s Kyle Vogt, and MIT Professor Ken Zolot.  I’ll try to post all of their wisdom sometime today either here or the Brainyflix blog.