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David Senra

History, Technology, Business, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneur, Biography, Entrepreneurs, Biographies, Business Biography, Founders, Biographies Of Entrepreneurs, Steve Jobs, Jim Clark, Company Builders, Business Professional Biography, Founder, How I Built This, Business Autobiography, James Dyson, Jeff Bezos, The History Of Entrepreneurship, Elon Musk, Henry Ford

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Overview

Learn from history's greatest entrepreneurs. Every week I read a biography of an entrepreneur and find ideas you can use in your work. This quote explains why: "There are thousands of years of history in which lots and lots of very smart people worked very hard and ran all types of experiments on how to create new businesses, invent new technology, new ways to manage etc. They ran these experiments throughout their entire lives. At some point, somebody put these lessons down in a book. For very little money and a few hours of time, you can learn from someone’s accumulated experience. There is so much more to learn from the past than we often realize. You could productively spend your time reading experiences of great people who have come before and you learn every time." —Marc Andreessen

377 Episodes

#349 How Steve Jobs Kept Things Simple

What I learned from reading Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success by Ken Segall.

Published: 20 May 2024

Michael Jordan In His Own Words

What I learned from reading Driven From Within by Michael Jordan and Mark Vancil.

Transcribed - Published: 12 May 2024

New Founders Events!

Relationships run the world. Come build relationships with other founders, investors, and high value people at a Founders Event.

Published: 10 May 2024

Relationships run the world: 2 New Founders Events

Relationships run the world. Come build relationships with other founders, investors, and high value people at a Founders Event.

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2024

#348 The Financial Genius Behind A Century of Wall Street Scandals: Ivar Kreuger

What I learned from reading The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals by Frank Partnoy.

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

#347 How Walt Disney Built His Greatest Creation: Disneyland

What I learned from reading Disney's Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World by Richard Snow.

Transcribed - Published: 29 April 2024

#346 How Walt Disney Built Himself

What I learned from rereading Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler.

Transcribed - Published: 22 April 2024

#345 George Lucas

What I learned from rereading George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones.

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2024

Steven Spielberg

What I learned from reading Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride.

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2024

#344 Quentin Tarantino

What I learned from reading Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino.

Transcribed - Published: 30 March 2024

#343 The Eternal Pursuit of Unhappiness: David Ogilvy

What I learned from reading Eternal Pursuit of Unhappiness Being Very Good Is No Good,You Have to Be Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Good by David Ogilvy and Ogivly & Mather.

Transcribed - Published: 24 March 2024

#342 The Lessons of History (Will & Ariel Durant)

What I learned from reading The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant.

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

#341 Cornelius Vanderbilt (Tycoon's War)

What I learned from rereading Tycoon's War: How Cornelius Vanderbilt Invaded a Country to Overthrow America's Most Famous Military Adventurer by Stephen Dando-Collins.

Transcribed - Published: 11 March 2024

#340 Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

What I learned from reading Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim Grover and Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness by Tim Grover.

Transcribed - Published: 1 March 2024

Jay Z's Autobiography

What I learned from reading Decoded by Jay Z.

Transcribed - Published: 25 February 2024

#339 Joseph Duveen: Robber Baron Art Dealer

What I learned from reading The Days of Duveen by S.N. Behrman.

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

#338 Monty Moncrief Texas Oil Billionaire

What I learned from reading Wildcatters: A Story of Texans, Oil, and Money by Sally Helgesen.

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

#337 Napoleon's Maxims and Strategy

What I learned from reading Roots of Strategy by Thomas R. Phillips and Napoleon and Modern War by Napoleon and Col. Lanza.

Transcribed - Published: 5 February 2024

#336 How To Lose A Few Billion Dollars: Samuel Insull

What I learned from reading Insull: The Rise and Fall of A Billionaire Utility Tycoon by Forrest McDonald.

Transcribed - Published: 1 February 2024

#335 How To Make A Few Billion Dollars: Brad Jacobs

What I learned from reading How To Make A Few Billion Dollars by Brad Jacobs.

Transcribed - Published: 23 January 2024

#334 Oprah

What I learned from reading the transcripts of Young Oprah on Her Life and Career and Oprah on Career, Life and Leadership.

Transcribed - Published: 16 January 2024

#333 Red Bull's Billionaire Maniac Founder: Dietrich Mateschitz

What I learned from reading The Red Bull Story by Wolfgang FĂĽrweger.

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

#332 Jesus

What I learned from reading Jesus: A Biography from a Believer by Paul Johnson.

Transcribed - Published: 24 December 2023

#331 Christian Dior

What I learned from reading Dior by Dior: The Autobiography of Christian Dior and Creators by Paul Johnson.

Transcribed - Published: 18 December 2023

#330 Les Schwab (Charlie Munger recommended this book)

What I learned from rereading Les Schwab Pride In Performance: Keep It Going! by Les Schwab.

Transcribed - Published: 11 December 2023

#329 Charlie Munger (the NEW Poor Charlie's Almanack)

What I learned from reading the NEW Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charlie Munger.

Transcribed - Published: 5 December 2023

Reflections from my dinner with Charlie Munger

What you are about to hear I have never released on this feed before.

Transcribed - Published: 29 November 2023

#328 Tom Murphy (Buffett's favorite manager)

What I learned from reading The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William Thorndike.

Transcribed - Published: 22 November 2023

#327 Ted Turner

What I learned from reading Ted Turner's Autobiography.

Transcribed - Published: 14 November 2023

#326 Anna Wintour

What I learned from reading Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell.

Transcribed - Published: 6 November 2023

#325 Larry Gagosian (Billionaire Art Dealer)

What I learned from reading How Larry Gagosian Reshaped The Art World by Patrick Radden Keefe.

Transcribed - Published: 29 October 2023

#324 John D. Rockefeller (38 Letters Rockefeller Wrote to His Son)

What I learned from reading The 38 Letters from J.D. Rockefeller to His Son by John D. Rockefeller.

Transcribed - Published: 21 October 2023

Mike Bloomberg

What I learned from reading Bloomberg by Michael Bloomberg.

Transcribed - Published: 10 October 2023

#323 Jimmy Buffett

What I learned from reading Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way by Ryan White and A Pirate Looks at Fifty by Jimmy Buffett.

Transcribed - Published: 3 October 2023

#322 Herb Kelleher (Southwest Airlines)

What I learned from reading Nuts!: Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success by Kevin and Jackie Freiberg and Herb’s Heroes by David Sanders.

Transcribed - Published: 26 September 2023

#321 Working with Jeff Bezos

What I learned from reading Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon by Colin Bryar and Bill Carr.

Transcribed - Published: 21 September 2023

#320 The Making of Winston Churchill Part 2

What I learned from reading Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill by Michael Shelden.

Transcribed - Published: 14 September 2023

Sam Zemurray (The Fish That Ate the Whale)

What I learned from rereading The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen.

Transcribed - Published: 11 September 2023

#319 The Making of Winston Churchill Part 1

What I learned from reading Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard.

Transcribed - Published: 5 September 2023

The best interview I've ever done about Founders

What I learned from the first 6 years of making Founders.

Transcribed - Published: 3 September 2023

#318 Alistair Urquhart (Listen to this when you’re stressed)

What I learned from reading The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific by Alistair Urquhart.

Transcribed - Published: 27 August 2023

Come see a live show with Me and Patrick O'Shaughnessy!

Come see a live show with me and Patrick O'Shaughnessy on October 19th in New York City.

Transcribed - Published: 25 August 2023

#317 Ed Catmull (Pixar)

What I learned from rereading Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull.

Transcribed - Published: 21 August 2023

#316 Bugatti

What I learned from reading The Bugatti Story by L’Ebe Bugatti.

Transcribed - Published: 14 August 2023

#315 Balenciaga

What I learned from reading Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney by Paul Johnson.

Transcribed - Published: 7 August 2023

#314 Paul Graham (How To Do Great Work)

What I learned from reading How To Do Great Work by Paul Graham.

Transcribed - Published: 31 July 2023

#313 Christopher Nolan

What I learned from reading The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan by Tom Shone.

Transcribed - Published: 25 July 2023

#312 Mark Twain

What I learned from reading Lighting Out for the Territory: How Samuel Clemens Headed West and Became Mark Twain by Roy Morris Jr.

Transcribed - Published: 19 July 2023

#311 James Cameron

What I learned from reading The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron by Rebecca Keegan and The Return of James Cameron, Box Office King by Zach Baron.

Transcribed - Published: 12 July 2023

#310 Walt Disney and Picasso

What I learned from reading Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney by Paul Johnson.

Transcribed - Published: 4 July 2023

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