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Picks from Serenity Caldwell, Reid Hoffman, Andy Ihnatko, Andrew Warner and Chris Johnson


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Chris Johnson, CEO of Simplifilm, recommends Lifespan of a Fact by John D’Agata. The book is about a professional fact-checker and how they work. Chris says, “this book is phenomenal if you have’t read it”.

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Serenity Caldwell picks the Jins Screen Glasses. She doesn’t normally wear glasses but she’s been getting crazy headaches from her laptop and desktop. A doctor recommended that she needs something to block light, like f.lux (if you don’t use it already, check it out, it’s free on Mac!). The Jins Screen blue light glasses look like normal glasses but are actually blue light blockers. They adjust the amount of blue light your eyes are exposed to by 25%. They helped Serenity with her headaches and might help you sleep better. If you spend a lot of time staring at the computer check out the Jins Screen. [If you’re outside the US or Japan, try Amazon — I just ordered a pair last night!].

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Linked-In co-founder Reid Hoffman recommends Conscious Business by Fred Kofman. Fred, he says, is to some degree the modern high spiritual priest of capital business. He writes on how you can express business and capitalism as a spiritual practice of compassion. It’s a book that opens with a discussion of Aristotle. This is not your typical business book.

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Andy Ihnatko says this is a game everybody is playing right now and this is the reason phone-calls are going unanswered. They turned original Pac-Man into an endless runner. He loves the gameplay and says the graphics are really, really cool.

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Andrew Warner of Mixergy (you should definitely check out his amazing interviews) says, “I love James Caan, the entrepreneur, not the actor, I love his biography. And in the biography, he talks about how in the early days, he had the tiniest little old closet of an office and he couldn’t have anyone meet him there. What he would do is he would tell them to meet him at his office. He would end up downstairs at the lobby and he’d say, “Listen, it’s just too hectic up there. Let’s go out somewhere.” And then they would go. So, at least he would give his clients the impression of size and then move on.”

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