What are you currently reading?
Currently, I am reading Poor Charlie’s ‘Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T Munger’. I think it’s a gorgeously entertaining book for finance investors and biography lovers. It is the portrait of a remarkable mind that one can learn a lot from.
Do you prefer a physical book or a Kindle edition?
I’ll take what I can get; though it’s true that nothing beats the smell of a new book.
Is there a literary passage you cannot forget?
“Vulcan is long gone, almost completely forgotten. It may seem today to be merely a curiosity, just another mistake our ancestors made, about which we now know better. But the issue of what to do with failure in science was tricky right at the start of the Scientific Revolution and it remains so now.We may–we do–know more than the folks back then. But we are not thus somehow immune to the habits of mind, the leaps of imagination, or the capacity for error that they possessed. Vulcan’s biography is one of the human capacity to both discover and selfdeceive. It offers a glimpse of how hard it is to make sense of the natural world, and how difficult it is for any of us to unlearn the things we think are so, but aren’t.”
This passage from the book The Hunt For Vulcan by Thomas Levenson really hit home. As an engineer and a lover of the sciences, I have always been charmed by the way knowledge and scientific truths can change from one day to another. It also reminds me that technology isn’t set in stone and that progress has to be functional, too. Levenson says in his book that people don’t give up on familiar ideas unless there is a serious compulsion or an exciting alternative. For a startup founder, those words made a lot of sense. It’s our job to use the knowledge out there to provide solutions that will help people change the way they do things -for the better. In that regard, we are all Einsteins of our own little worlds.
Which book has had the profoundest influence on your life?
Howard Marks’ ‘Most Important Thing’, Ben Horowitz’s ‘Hard Things About Hard Things’, and of course, the eccentric Calvin and Hobbes.
A book that should be turned into a film?
I’d pay to watch a good sci-fi book turned into a movie. Author Isaac Asimov’s The Caves of Steel would be a great stand-alone detective movie and would be a fascinating launchpad for his Robot (short story) series.
Your guilty reading pleasure?
Vernor Vinge and Bill Watterson are my guilty reading treats. Calvin and Hobbes is just genius with their wisecracks and quips.