I consume a lot of content. People often ask me what I read and what podcasts I listen to. So here's that list. This list includes Internet feeds, podcasts, and books across a range of topics. I’ve categorized the content into a few buckets to make this easier to navigate.
I've fallen in love with Medium to discover new content. I've tried over a dozen "we'll figure out what you like to read and recommend articles to you" services, and I've found Medium to be the best.
I use the Overcast app to listen to podcasts on iOS.
I also discover a ton of great content through Twitter. See who I follow (organized by recency of follow).
SlateStarCodex—my favorite blog within the rationality community. The author, Scott Alexander, is simply superb. He typically writes one or two multi-thousand word articles per week exploring drug efficacy, study design, human psychology, human rationality, identity, sociology, and more. His breadth and depth is outstanding. I rate the majority of his work in the top 5% of what I read. I don't know how he does it. If you enjoy his writing, you should check out his top 10.
Wait But Why—the author, Tim Urban, writes much less frequently than Scott Alexander of Slate Star Codex. But every piece is out-of-this-world good. As the name implies, most of his work takes complicated and controversial ideas that involve science, and he asks, "Wait, but why?" He breaks down complex science and ideas in a way that a five year old can understand, and then explains the implications on society. The first Wait But Why post I read justified cryonics, a practice that I suspect the vast majority of humanity finds objectionable. Wait But Why also came to help me recognize that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Elon Musk will be the most consequential human of our age (other than government leaders). Urban wrote a 6-part, 100,000-word expose on Musk, Tesla, Solar City, SpaceX, and Hyperloop in 2015. In 2017, Urban wrote a 38,000-word dive into Neuralink, Musk's newest company. I cannot overstate how excellent Wait But Why is.
Internet feeds, tech and startup
Mattermark — Mattermark is the single best resource for tech-startup information. Bar none. They read everything written by investors and operators everyday, curate it, organize it, and email it out daily. They also offer an RSS feed. Note: subscribing to Mattermark largely, though not completely, obviates the need to subscribe to most of the VCs below.
Stratechery ($100 / year) — this is indubitably the best source of strategy analysis of the mega companies in tech and related industries. His analysis is superb. It is absolutely worth every penny. He publishes four articles per week, and one is always free. So it's $100 / year for the other three each week. 100% recommend.
CB Insights—CB Insights publishes a daily email containing vertical analyses across the tech industry. I skim this daily for relevant info. Also, the founder/CEO, Anand, is hilarious.
Term Sheet— a few highly curated posts per day with ok, sometimes great, commentary from VCs and operators.
SaaStr — this is exclusively focused on B2B SaaS, but the learning lessons are applicable broadly. Jason Lemkin is the most honest, down-to-earth source of information on the Internet when it comes to building SaaS businesses. If you like SaaStr, you should also follow Jason Lemkin on Quora, which is available as an RSS feed.
Inside—they provide a series of "Inside [x]" feeds focused on specific tech verticals such as drones, electric vehicles, AR/VR, etc. I personally follow Inside Amazon, AR/VR, and AI.
TechCrunch — everyone loves to hate TC, but the fact remains that it’s a fantastic news source, and many of the editorials are great.
Product Hunt — PH has surfaced over a dozen tools that I have incorporated into my personal life or business. Subscribe to their daily email. The signal-noise ratio isn’t great, but the signal, when found, is incredibly good. The products you find and adopt through PH will change your life and business.
Internet feeds, venture capitalists and venture firms
a16z— they have a weekly and monthly newsletter. Subscribe based on your preferred cadence.
Ben-Evans— make sure to subscribe to his weekly digest, which is separate from his blog feed.
Social Capital (weekly email newsletter is superb)
Internet feeds, technical
ArsTechnica — deep hardware reviews, low-level technical analysis, and solid commentary on techno-political issues
Anandtech — even more technical than ArsTechnica, but with less political and gaming commentary.
Internet feeds, rationality
Marginal Revolution— the primary author is Tyler Cowen, a world renowned economist at George Mason. He examines politics, global economics, society, and random cultural issues through an economic lens.
Gwern— extremely technical computer scientist, biologist, and rationality-community contributor. Her email newsletter is monthly. But just go to her home page and dive into her topics. You will be blown away at the technical depth.
Atheist Ethicist— the name is pretty descriptive. High quality, frequent writings available as RSS or email.
Internet feeds, politics
Vox— their motto is Explain The News, and that's generally accurate. Particularly left-leaning, especially in the Trump era. Run by Ezra Klein. Probably half of their content is too crazy left-wing for me, but the explanatory pieces are generally quite good. Matt Yglesias is my favorite author there, despite his far-far leftism.
Also, check out Vox's videos. They are fantastic. Subscribe to their YouTube channel.
Washington Post— no explanation necessary. I will say that Bezos has done an amazing job turning it around. Huge improvement from a few years ago.
Politico— probably the least biased of those listed here.
National Review— strongly right-leaning.
Red State— less right-leaning than you'd expect given the name. But still pretty far right.
The Federalist— great mix of right-wing contributors.
Internet feeds, misc
Abnormal Returns — a daily curated list of great content with a heavy emphasis on capital markets.
Exponential View— a weekly curated email of fantastic content from experts on many of the most pressing techno-social issues facing humanity: climate change, online marketing and personalization, extending life, AI, etc. This consumes more than an hour of my week, every week.
Gene Expression—a social Darwinistic view of human history.
Internet feeds, fun
xkcd — the author solicits insanely awesome and extreme science questions from readers year round. Once per week, he answers one of the questions in detail. He walks readers through the science of the answer, and draws up illustrations. He has a great sense of humor. As an example, a recent question was “Could I use the light from the moon through a magnifying glass to start a fire?”
The Weeds— The policy podcast by the Vox team. The podcast is much more centrist than Vox's website. If you want to understand what's going on in the US federal government and don't want to read a lot, this is the best you'll find.
The Ezra Klein Show—Ezra Klein, Editor-in-Chief of Vox, interviews genuinely awesome people weekly. His guests are generally from the political ecosystem, but he often branches out into the tech, self-improvement, gaming, and all kinds of other ecosystems.
a16z — the most active VC podcast. They cover everything. I enjoy most of their content.
Ventured — KPCB’s podcast. Solid, and similar to a16z's.
Emergence Capital — fantastic talks focused on B2B SaaS.
Freakonomics — this is not focused on tech. I love it because it provides 1) an escape from tech 2) a great lens through which to examine the world.
Exponent — this podcast is hosted by Ben Thompson of Stratechery. This podcast is free. In it, Ben covers a subset of the issues that he covers in his blog, but he covers them in even greater depth on the podcast.
Exchanges at Goldman Sachs — Goldman execs provide their insights on markets and the future of the global economy.
How to Start a Startup — each episode features a prominent individual from the startup ecosystem. The speaker offers their insights on building startups. Great content.
Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders — similar to How to Start a Startup.
Stratfor Talks — Stratfor provides objective, thoughtful analysis of global current events.
Books, startup operations
From Impossible to Inevitable by Jason Lemkin and Aaron Ross
Venture Deals by Brad Feld
The Sales Acceleration Formula by Mark Roberge
Managing the Equity Factor (paper only) by Richard Huseman and John Hatfield
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horrowitz
Books, teamwork and culture
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
Books, tech strategy
Only the Paranoid Survive by Andy Grove
Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore
From Good to Great by Jim Collins
Technology Revolutions and Financial Capital by Carlota Perez (no Kindle; only Google Books and physical)
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom