Zhenfund Recommended Reading List

Regarding investment, Warren Buffett advised: “Learning to invest is simple, as long as you are willing to read.” Check out our ZhenBookList for ideas to help you plan for your future.

Mandatory Reading
  • Crossing the chasm
    Crossing the chasm
    Author: Geoffrey A. Moore

    Recommendation: Probably it's the most important action guide on technology innovation.AS a must-read for tech entrepreneurs and investors, it presents the life cycle of new technology proliferation and a roadmap on how to move new technologies from the early market to the mainstream and across the divide.

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  • Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups--Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned
    Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups--Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned
    Author: [美]贾森·卡拉卡尼斯

    Recommendation: The best book about angel investment speaks no nonsense. The author is Scout, the first American Sequoia company and one of the angel investors of Uber. Not only talk about angel investing based on the US market, but many of the principles, such as how to judge entrepreneurs, apply in the Chinese market as well.

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  • The Innovator`s Dilemma
    The Innovator`s Dilemma
    Author: Clayton M. Christensen

    Recommendation: It can be said that the whole venture capital industry is built on the "dilemma" described in this book. Disruptive innovation, the second curve, and other buzzwords all originated here. While technology keeps changing, history keeps rhyming.

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  • The Power Law
    The Power Law
    Author: [英]塞巴斯蒂安·马拉比

    Recommendation: This book is a panoramic account of the history of the venture capital industry from its birth to its development to its prosperity. The author, Sebastian Mallaby, is one of the best-known writers on the history of finance and economics, and his previous books, such as "The Riches" and "Greenspan", are popular.

    Venture capital has always been a secretive industry due to the small number of practitioners and the secrecy surrounding it, and even many young practitioners do not know much about the industry's past

    This book is a collection of information about venture capital firms, investment firms, and investment companies. This book is one of the most authoritative works for readers interested in the industry, interweaving several threads: venture capitalists, investors, startups, and technological advances.

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About VC Industry
  • Be smarter than your lawyer and venture captalist
    Be smarter than your lawyer and venture captalist
    Author: ShuGuang Gui

    Recommendation: Venture Capital Deals begins with an overview of the Venture Capital Terms List and spends some time discussing the different parties involved in a venture capital deal and how entrepreneurs should raise money from venture capitalists. The book skillfully outlines the core elements of the venture capital term list-from terms related to economic factors to terms related to control factors-and shares strategies for getting a fair deal.

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  • Secrets of Sand Hill Road
    Secrets of Sand Hill Road
    Author: Scott Kupor

    Recommendation: Learn how top VC investors really thinkEvery startup needs capital, and ambitious startups seek it on Sand Hill Road – Silicon Valley’s dream street for entrepreneurs. The most ambitious crave a meeting with Scott Kupor, managing partner of Andreessen Horowitz, the most successful venture capital firm in the world, who funded companies like Airbnb, Pinterest, and Slack.Now Kupor is opening the black box with an unprecedented look at how he and other VCs really think, packed with concrete advice for all stages of securing venture capital. 

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  • eBoys
    Author: Randall E. Stross

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  • VC:AnAmericanHistory
    Author: 汤姆·尼古拉斯

    Recommendation:The saga of venture capital is well known to the public and seems to be a money game where 1 becomes 10,000 or 100 million, but "when it comes to venture capital, those who don't know its history are more likely to get a bad return".

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  • Venture capitalists at work:how VCs identify and build billion-dollar successes
    Venture capitalists at work:how VCs identify and build billion-dollar successes
    Author: [印] Tarang Shah / [印] Sheetal Shah

    Recommendation: The authors of this book interview some of the most prominent venture capitalists in the investment world, such as Roelof Botha, Mike Maples, and Randy Komisar, about their experiences discovering promising markets, products, and entrepreneurs, and offer insights into the financing and management of world-renowned companies such as YouTube, Zappos, Twitter, Starent, Facebook, and Groupon.

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  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things
    The Hard Thing About Hard Things
    Author: Ben Horowitz

    Recommendation: Ben Horowitz, one of the top investors in Silicon Valley, has a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship and management, having worked with Mark Anderson, the father of Netscape, for 18 years, and founded the venture capital firm A16Z in 2009, He has invested in Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, Skype, and is the mentor of many Silicon Valley startups.

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  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
    Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
    Author: [美] 彼得·蒂尔 / [美] 布莱克·马斯特斯

    Recommendation: The work of the godfather of Silicon Valley venture capital and founder of PayPal, a future-changing lesson from Stanford University, a business philosophy that creates value for the world.

    In today's world where technology is dramatically changing, to succeed you must study the ending before it all happens.

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Startup Stories
  • Pour your heart into it
    Pour your heart into it
    Author: [美] 霍华德·舒尔茨 / [美] 多利·琼斯·扬

    Recommendation: What this book wants to tell readers is how we have learned certain important lessons about running a business and living a life in our own experience. I hope that these insights will help those who are starting businesses and pursuing their dreams in life.

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  • JiuBaiYiSheng (MeiTuan Zhuan)
    JiuBaiYiSheng (MeiTuan Zhuan)
    Author: ZhiGang Li

    Recommendation: All entrepreneurs face many problems, and confusion is not personal, it is common. In addition to feeling the stone walk, they can also learn from those entrepreneurs who have gone further on the entrepreneurial road through learning, lessons learned.

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  • TengXunZhuan
    Author: XiaoBo Wu

    Recommendation: Recommendation: The only authoritative biography officially authorized by Tencent

    The work of famous financial writer Wu Xiaobo

    When the Chinese Internet company with the highest market capitalization meets the calmest pair of eyes in China's financial sector, read Tencent and understand the Chinese Internet.

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  • YiWangWuQian(XiaoMi ZhuanJi)
    YiWangWuQian(XiaoMi ZhuanJi)
    Author: HaiTao Fan

    Recommendation: What kind of story does 10-year-old Xiaomi tell the world? This is the story of a group of people. This 10 years is the 10 years of Lei Jun's upgrading and transformation as an entrepreneur, the 10 years of Xiaomi's tens of thousands of employees going forward, and the golden 10 years of the generation who followed Xiaomi all the way. They persist in their dreams, fearless, even if they are questioned and ridiculed, they are still determined to stand on the most competitive stage in the world.

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  • JiDangSanShiNian
    Author: XiaoBo Wu

    Recommendation: Although any period of history has its irreplaceable uniqueness, the China of 1978-2008 is impossible to repeat. In a country of 1.3 billion people, the rigidly planned economic system collapsed and a small group of people turned China into a huge testing ground, turning it into a commercial society in an irreversible manner in full view of everyone.

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  • JiDangShiNian
    Author: XiaoBo Wu

    Recommendation: As a chronicler of the times, Wu has consciously recorded China's sweeping changes and the people and events that have had a profound impact on us from the beginning of China's reform and opening up in 1978, stringing them together into a stirring history of the times for each of us. This latest decade is undoubtedly more spectacular and confusing.

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  • ChuShiJianZhuan
    Author: Hua Zhou

    Recommendation: Chu Shijian. This is a pivotal name in the history of China's tobacco. This is a local factory development into a world-class industry giant, nearing retirement but folding.

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  • XinRuoPuTi(CaoDeWang Zhuan)
    XinRuoPuTi(CaoDeWang Zhuan)
    Author: DeWang Cao

    Recommendation:Born in 1946 in Fuqing, Fujian Province, Cao Dewang went to school at the age of 9, dropped out at the age of 14, sold tobacco, sold fruit, and repaired crates; in 1983, he contracted a glass factory in Takayama, and in 1985, he quickly switched his main business to auto glass, changing the history of China's auto glass market, which was 100% dependent on imports.

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  • The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company
    The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important C
    Author: [美]迈克尔·马隆

    Recommendation: This book tells the story of how Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andrew Grove built the world's most important company. The company's "diplomat" Noyce is seen as the Holy Father, "thinker" Moore as the Holy Spirit, and "doer" Grove as the Holy Son, a trinity that created a corporate This trinity has created a trillion dollar industry and turned a startup into a $100 billion company.

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  • Founders at Work
    Founders at Work
    Author: [美] 杰西卡·利文斯顿

    Recommendation: now available in paperback-with a new preference and interview with Jessica Livingston about y combiner! Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days.

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  • Steve Jobs: A Biography
    Steve Jobs: A Biography
    Author: Walter Isaacson

    Recommendation: He is a highly creative entrepreneur with a roller coaster life and a sharp and radical personality, full of passion for perfection and never stopping, who has created disruptive changes in six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, cell phones, tablets and digital publishing.

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  • Elon Musk
    Elon Musk
    Author: Ashley Vance

    Recommendation: Elon Musk's life story, like those of countless great industrialists who have changed the world, is the kind of legend that can be written a thousand times in novels and put on the screen, and remains exciting every time you re-watch it, and belongs to all of humanity.

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  • the Snapchat story
    the Snapchat story
    Author: Billy Gallagher

    Recommendation: How did a serendipitous idea of three young people give birth to a $10 billion Internet giant?

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  • Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making
    Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making
    Author: Tony Fadell

    Recommendation:Tony Fadell led the teams that created the iPod, iPhone and Nest Learning Thermostat and learned enough in 30+ years in Silicon Valley about leadership, design, startups, Apple, Google, decision-making, mentorship, devastating failure and unbelievable success to fill an encyclopedia.

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  • Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
    Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
    Author: Phil Knight

    Recommendation:In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

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  • Super Founders
    Super Founders
    Author: Ali Tamaseb

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  • GuoHeNianZhuan
    Author: HeNian Guo (口述) / Andrew Tanzer (笔录)

    Recommendation: Born in Johor Bahru, Kwok Hak Nin is a Hong Kong and Malaysian entrepreneur who started his career in the sugar business and is known as the "Sugar King of Asia". The book is a colorful family history of the founding of his Asia-based group, including memories of his childhood and life with his parents and brothers during the chaotic times. The book also includes his unique insights into managing a business and doing business-how he led the Kwok Group from 1949 to become the multinational corporation it is today. Readers will learn about the lives of Chinese immigrants to Southeast Asia under British colonial rule, the years under the Japanese army during the Second World War, and the economic take-off of China and Asia.

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  • the Airbnb Story
    the Airbnb Story
    Author: Leigh Gallagher

    Recommendation: This is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that has become, in under a decade, the largest provider of accommodations in the world. At first just the wacky idea of cofounders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb has disrupted the $500 billion hotel industry, and its $30 billion valuation is now larger than that of Hilton and close to that of Marriott. Airbnb is beloved by the millions of members in its “host” community and the travelers they shelter every night. And yet, even as the company has blazed such an unexpected path, this is the first book solely dedicated to the phenomenon of Airbnb.

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  • Hatching twitter
    Hatching twitter
    Author: Nick Bilton

    Recommendation: The dramatic, unlikely story behind the founding of Twitter, by New York Times bestselling author and Vanity Fair special correspondent

    The San Francisco-based technology company Twitter has become a powerful force in less than ten years. Today it’s everything from a tool for fighting political oppression in the Middle East to a marketing must-have to the world’s living room during live TV events to President Trump’s preferred method of communication. It has hundreds of millions of active users all over the world.

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  • Super Pumped
    Super Pumped
    Author: Mike Isaac

    Recommendation: A New York Times technology correspondent presents the dramatic story of Uber, the Silicon Valley startup at the center of one of the great venture capital power struggles of our time.

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  • Paypal war
    Paypal war
    Author: Eric M. Jackson

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  • Facebook Effect
    Facebook Effect
    Author: David Kirkpatrick

    Recommendation: Today - six years after it was created in a Harvard dorm room - over 500 million people use Facebook regularly, in just about every country on earth. That a company this powerful and influential was started as a lark by a couple of 19-year-olds makes it a fascinating and surprising tale. That one of them, the visionary Mark Zuckerberg, had the maturity, strategic smarts and luck to keep his company ahead of its rivals anchors the tale. With exclusive inside access to all the company's leaders David Kirkpatrick tells of the vision, the tenacity, the refusal to compromise, and the vision Zuckerberg has to remake the internet. A brilliant and fascinating cast of characters created Facebook and Kirkpatrick has interviewed all of them. Never before have Zuckerberg and his closest colleagues told what really happened as they built their dynamo while eating fast food, staying up all night, and thumbing their noses at how things are usually done.

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  • Everything Store
    Everything Store
    Author: Brad Stone

    Recommendation: The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos.

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Investment Theory
  • mastering the market circle
    mastering the market circle
    Author: Howard Marks

    Recommendation:Every investor wants to figure out where they are now in the cycle. That is, people are eager to know whether they should invest additional money and stay in the market next, or whether they should sell decisively and leave the market. We all know that the market cycles ebb and flow. However, most investors tend to only think about the first layer of shallow thinking about market cycles.

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  • the inteliigent Investors
    the inteliigent Investors
    Author: Benjamin Graham

    Recommendation: This is a world-class and century-old classic in the field of investment practice. Since its first publication in 1949, this book has become the Bible of the stock market, and this is Graham's fourth edition from 1973.

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  • Thinking, Fast and Slow
    Thinking, Fast and Slow
    Author: Daniel Kahneman

    Recommendation:In order to make the reader truly appreciate the characteristics of the two main characters, System 1 and System 2, Kahneman introduces many classic and interesting behavioral experiments, pointing out when we can trust our intuition and when we can not; guiding us how to make better choices in business, professional and personal life, and how to use different techniques to avoid those thinking mistakes that often get us into trouble.

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  • The Most Important Thing Illuminated
    The Most Important Thing Illuminated
    Author: Howard Marks

    Recommendation: The experts provide excellent insights on concepts such as "second level thinking", the relationship between price and value, patience in waiting for opportunities, and defensive investing. The new and updated edition includes a new chapter on the importance of reasonable expectations, and the author himself adds commentary to expand on the original topics discussed. Also, Bruce Greenwald, who the New York Times called "the leading Wall Street guru," writes the foreword, which covers such concepts as value investing, productivity, and the information economy.

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  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
    Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
    Author: Edwin Lefebvre

    Recommendation: Memoirs of a Great Stock Trader is a fascinating biography of the life, dreams, career and fortunes of Jesse Lauriston Livermore (1877-1940), a once-in-a-century financial market trading and investment genius, with a tumultuous and exciting plot.

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  • JeffBezos致股东信

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  • 巴菲特致股东信

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Innovation Theory
  • 创新者
    Author: [美] 沃尔特·艾萨克森

    推荐语:《创新者》是沃尔特·艾萨克森继全球畅销书《史蒂夫·乔布斯传》之后的又一部力作,不仅讲述了计算机和互联网从无到有的发展历程,为我们 生动地刻画出数字时代的创新者群像,还深度挖掘互联网的精神内核,解读了“诗意科学”这个重大主题。

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  • 竞争战略
    Author: [美]迈克尔·波特


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  • 黑客与画家
    Author: [美] Paul Graham

    推荐语:本书是硅谷创业之父Paul Graham 的文集,主要介绍黑客即优秀程序员的爱好和动机,讨论黑客成长、黑客对世界的贡献以及编程语言和黑客工作方法等所有对计算机时代感兴趣的人的一些话题。书中的内容不但有助于了解计算机编程的本质、互联网行业的规则,还会帮助读者了解我们这个时代,迫使读者独立思考。

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Classic Meituan Reading List
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
    Author: Stephen R. Covey

    Recommendation: This book selects the core ideas and methods of Dr. Covey's "Seven Habits" to bring super-valuable self-improvement experience to busy people. Use the least time to understand the road to sustainable success of high-performance people.

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  • Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking
    Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking
    Author: [美] Neil Browne / [美] Stuart Keeley

    Recommendation: If the subway in your city upgraded its security procedures due to security factors, would you actively cooperate or negatively resist? If a celebrity or KOL you like enthusiastically recommends a product to you, will you place an order immediately or think it over? If your boss asks and encourages you to work "996" or even "007", will you cooperate or refuse? ......

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  • Good charts workbook
    Good charts workbook
    Author: Gene Zelazny

    Recommendation: Data visualization, a new business language and an essential skill for the workplace. Good visual charts are more powerful in conveying information than any other form of communication, and far more efficient in communicating ideas than the average spreadsheet.

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  • the Minito Pyramid Principle
    the Minito Pyramid Principle
    Author: Barbara Minto

    Recommendation: The book introduces a highly effective method for presenting ideas clearly, and is a practical treasure trove for training thinking and making expression appear logical. The Pyramid Principle organizes fragmented ideas in an orderly manner and simplifies them, making it suitable for all readers who need to refine their thinking, analyzing, and expressing skills.

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Artificial Intelligence
  • Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World
    Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World
    Author: Cade Metz

    Recommendation:Long seen as a technology of the distant future, AI was a project entrusted to the fringes of the scientific community, and even went off the rails and into a cold winter twice in its history, until some desperate researchers broke quiet with a new change-the deep learning revolution.

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  • Impromptu
    Author: Reid Hoffman

    A new vision of how ChatGPT will reshape the world of the future, revolutionize education, business, creativity, social media, journalism, and the way we work.

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  • Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective
    Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective
    Author: [美] 肯尼斯·斯坦利 / [美] 乔尔·雷曼

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