Books I’ve Loved | Ann Miura-Ko on the Tim Ferriss Show

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Key Takeaways

  • How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen
    • “I recommend it to anyone who’s starting off in their career, in the middle of their career, if they have kids, it’s relevant for almost everyone because it will make you stop and think about where you spend your time, how you spend your time, and why you do it”Ann Miura-Ko
  • The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
    • This is one of Alice’s favorite books: “This story was so beautiful and so compelling” Ann Miura-Ko
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
    • “I loved this book because it clarified for me a lot of things” Ann Miura-Ko

Intro

  • Ann Miura-Ko  (@annimaniac) has been called “the most powerful woman in startups” by Forbes and is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford. Prior to co-founding Floodgate, she worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company. Some of Ann’s investments include Lyft, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Refinery29, JoyRun, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth.
  • Host: Tim Ferriss (@tferriss

Ann Miura-Ko’s Book Recommendations

  • How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen
    • “I recommend it to anyone who’s starting off in their career, in the middle of their career, if they have kids, it’s relevant for almost everyone because it will make you stop and think about where you spend your time, how you spend your time, and why you do it”Ann Miura-Ko
      • Ann loved Clayton Christensen’s book because he wrote this after he overcame cancer and started to think about how to measure one’s life
      • The book talks about balancing your career and personal life
      • It also talks about the importance of following your gut
      • A smart framework from the book: What are you hiring this product to do?
        • When McDonalds saw a lot of people were buying milkshakes for breakfast, they discovered that people wanted an easy way to consume lots of calories while on the go
          • You can also apply this towards relationships:
            • What job does my child/spouse need me to do?
  • The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
    • This is one of Alice’s favorite books: “This story was so beautiful and so compelling” Ann Miura-Ko
      • The book is about a 2,000 year old fictionalized account of 900 Jews holding out against a Roman army
        • The rumour is that only 2 women and 5 children survived
          • The event supposedly happened at Masada National Park and Ann is going to visit it later this year with her family
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
    • “I loved this book because it clarified for me a lot of things” Ann Miura-Ko
    • The Righteous Mind was important to me because it allowed me to open up my mind to different perspectives…and allowed me to be more empathetic”
      • It talks about how people are divided by politics and religion
      • A quote from the book: “Morality binds and blinds”
        • There’s a deep need for people to belong
      • Reason is often used to back up, not question, judgment
      • The 6 tastebuds of morality: care, fairness, loyalty, authority, liberty, and sanctity
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