Announcing JamPad Book Club
Welcome to the newest vertical of JamBlog! May 2022 Edition
Welcome to the latest vertical of JamBlog; Book Club. This will be a monthly (probably…?) series of content suggestions made by JamPad founders. Here’s how it works:
Once a month, we poach 3 founders in JP for their top book recommendations.
We publish based on a selection criteria of category diversity, market dynamics, pressing points of interest amongst JP founders, and more.
So without further-ado, let’s get into the first ever edition:
Atlas Shrugged, a Novel by Ayn Rand
Who’s recommendation? Jordan Fourcher.
What is the book about? The collapse of society due to collectivism, from the industrialist perspective.
Why should founders read it, according to Jordan? It's romanticism for entrepreneurs. A fantastic book to also consider what it means to be a capitalist, the virtues of selfishness, and the importance of the individual.
The Remarkable Advantage of Abundant Thinking, by First Round Capital
Who’s recommendation? Tim Strother.
What’s it about? The importance of mindset & a deep dive into emotional energy.
Why should founders read it, according to Tim? Because mindsets determine your failure or success.
The Cold Start Problem, by Andrew Chen of a16z
Who’s recommendation? Adam Laor.
What’s it about? How to build marketplace & network effects businesses + a look into how the biggest startups of the last 20-30yrs have done so.
Why should founder read it, according to Adam? There are many founders building local, community-focused businesses, as well as marketplaces. Hearing playbooks startups like Airbnb, OpenTable, Reddit, Uber, and more used to seed their initial networks is quite insightful. You’d be getting Andrew Chen’s message wrong by copying these startups exactly, but replicating their framework to crack a market is wise.
If you’re a JP founder, you’ll be added to our internal Notion database with a large list of content that’s constantly being updated (amongst other things).
Anyway, see you in May at the next edition of JP Book Club!