When I wrote my first book Creative Capital, I hoped that it would cross over into the mainstream AND appeal to the venture capital community.
This week, I got some proof that VCs are finding value in the book. Brad Feld, a founding managing director of the Foundry Group, a venture capital firm in Boulder, Colorado that has invested in Zynga, StockTwits and Topspin, posted his list of the Best Books of 2009. And I am honored to report that Creative Capital made the list along with some very distinguished company, including great books by Dave Eggers and Andrew Ross Sorkin.
This year, Feld read 72 books and he listed his top 5 non-fiction and top 5 fiction books. Thanks Brad!!!
Here they are:
Zeitoun: New Orleans + Katrina + Muslim American + Heavy Bad Stuff
How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else: Successful Ad Exec finds himself in the dumps later in life. Fixed by a job at Starbucks.
Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves: The Financial Crisis of 2008 unfolding in great detail.
Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska: Actually, in really remote Alaska.
Creative Capital: Georges Doriot and the Birth of Venture Capital: The story of General Georges Doriot and the start of the venture capital industry.
The Scorpion’s Gate and Breakpoint: Brilliant contemporary spy vs. spy stories by Richard A Clarke. Yes – I realize this is two books – read them in order.
The Player of Games: An Ian Banks classic. Particularly interesting if you are addicted to Zynga games.
The Orpheus Deception and The Echelon Vendetta and The Venetian Judgment: David Stone is my favorite new mental floss writer. Three books – read them in order.
Daemon: Easily the best cyberthriller I’ve ever read.
Supreme Courtship: Anything by Christopher Buckley always makes the list. Especially poignant given my Supreme Court visit this year.