Welcome to the 2022 edition of my top 10 books of the year list. This year, I’ve decided to split the fiction books into an additional category and given you two bonus books for your consideration written by close friends of mine. With the launch of the Hack Factory this year, I’ve been very focused on business, building technologies, and investing style books. As a result, that is a major thematic for this year. Noticeably absent are books on Blockchain/Cryptocurrencies as that industry is in the middle of a Creative Destruction phase, and I continue to view cybersecurity as being stuck in a Cyber Winter.
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Here is the 2022 list:
“The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future” by Sebastian Mallaby
A great look at the venture capital industry and the underlying dynamics of venture investment success. Mallaby provides interesting and compelling case studies and reveals that great venture firms rely on the Power Law, in which one or a small handful of investments cover the returns for an entire fund.
A definitive examination of the value that intelligence plays in the decision-making process that draws on historical and current-day examples. Useful to anyone making decisions or looking to understand how to derive value from intelligence.
“The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything” by Matthew Ball
Given the money flowing into metaverse investments, it is helpful to track the overall opportunity space. Ball provides the most thorough and thoughtful review of the current and future potential of the metaverse that I’ve read in several years.
“Where the Money Is: Value Investing in the Digital Age” by Adam Seessel
Seessel provides an interesting look at how to view value investing in an age of disruptive technology. How does one reconcile the type of value investing perspective made famous by Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett in an age of high-growth stocks? Seessel provides his perspective.
“Creative Capital: Georges Doriot and the Birth of Venture Capital” by Spencer E. Ante
I was so impressed with the story of Georges Doriot that I commissioned his portrait as part of the Hack Factory offices. Doriot is viewed as