VC/Unpacked #5: Next-Level Productivity

This series curates great content that folks interested in entrepreneurism and venture capital should explore. Some are from my own must list; others have been suggested by our community.

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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

By Atul Gawande

There’s this myth about freewheeling entrepreneurs with a no-boundaries approach to building their business. The truth is that building anything is mostly grind and getting stuff done. This book speaks to the power of the checklists in creating efficiency, consistency, and results. Gawande’s examples of utility abound, from medicine to construction, factories, aviation, and business-and I’ll add, venture capital.

The Anti-Portfolio

By Bessemer Venture Partners

Bessemer is a storied VC with plenty to brag about. Here, they : their list of Major Misses-companies they passed on that became wildly successful. Hilarious, humbling, and an object lesson in what it means to be a mature investor. Win or lose you must measure, honestly assess, and move on-determined to do better next time.


The Tim Ferriss Show

Hosted by Tim Ferriss

It’s the #1 business podcast and has been selected three years in a row as one of Apple’s “Best of” podcasts. And it’s best in so many ways (it’s my go-to on family drives). You can learn from “world-class performers” in an incredibly wide variety of fields-from sports to acting, investing, writing, science, politics, art, and business. Ferriss specializes in very open, honest discussions that deliver practical insights into being your best self. With 400 interviews in the bag, there’s something for everyone in the car.


Alumni Ventures Group provides smart, simple venture portfolios with community to accredited individuals. PitchBook listed AVG as the most active VC firm in the U.S. during Q3 2020.

Originally published at on December 4, 2020.



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