Brian Liao

A Few Favorites of 2021

Hey 👋,

It’s near the end of the year so I though I’d share a few of my favorite articles, books, and podcasts I’ve read or found in 2021.


  1. Sc3nius in Not Boring by Packy McCormick
  2. Shopify: A StarCraft Inspired Business Strategy in NonGaap Investing by Mike
  3. Exponential curves feel gradual and then sudden by Chris Dixon
  4. 50 Things by Ben Jones
  5. What r/fatFIRE can learn from the book, Psychology of Money pt. 1 and pt. 2 by Stephen Ou
  6. How to waste your career, one comfortable year at a time by Apoorva Govind
  7. Competition and Quarter-Life Crises by Arvind Arikatla
  8. Five ways to build a $100 million business by Christoph Janz
  9. Tiger Global: How to Win in The Generalist by Mario Gabriele
  10. Gates’ Law: How Progress Compounds and Why It Matters from Farnam Street


  1. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  2. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
  3. So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
  4. The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
  5. Triumphs of Experience by George E. Vaillant
  6. Designing Data Intensive Systems by Martin Kleppmann
  7. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates
  8. Originals by Adam Grant
  9. Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
  10. Working Backwards by Colin Bryar and Bill Carr

Some runner ups are:

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  1. Roelof Botha - Sequoia’s Crucible Moment in Invest Like the Best with Roelof Botha and Patrick O’Shaughnessy
  2. Andrej Karpathy on the visionary AI in Tesla’s autonomous driving in The Robot Brains Podcast with Andrej Karpathy and Pieter Abbeel
  3. Peter Chen on building brains for robots in the real world in The Robot Brains Podcast with Peter Chen and Pieter Abbeel
  4. Amazon Narratives: Memos, Working Backwards from Release, More in the a16z Podcast with Colin Bryar, Bill Carr, and Sonal Chokshi
  5. The Wonders of Web3, How to Pick the Right Hill to Climb, Finding the Right Amount of Crypto Regulation, Friends with Benefits, and the Untapped Potential of NFTs in The Tim Ferriss Show with Chris Dixon, Naval Ravikant, and Tim Ferriss

Thank you and have a happy New Year!

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