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Bloomberg Beta reading List

The resources on this page cover a range of subjects we find useful to think about in our day-to-day lives as VCs. Like the rest of our manual, this is a living document, so please feel free to submit any suggestions via pull request! We included many pieces we've written in our core manual, so the below focuses on the work of others.


  • Artificial Intelligence is the New Electricity by Andrew Ng (video). We believe machine intelligence will transform every industry, and many of the most interesting changes will arise around work. Inspired by Kevin Kelly’s 2016 TED talk.
  • Prediction Machines by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb (book). From our friends at the University of Toronto, a simple framework from economics that (we think) is one of the smartest takes on business strategy in the age of AI.
  • Cognitive Distortions of Founders by Michael Dearing (article). When evaluating early-stage startups, we seek reasons to believe a founding team is extraordinary. We’re inspired by this brief look into how some cognitive biases make for founders with superpowers.
  • Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang (book). We’re committed to making the startup world more diverse and inclusive. Emily’s powerful exposé of the hidden (and not-so-hidden) sexism in Silicon Valley examines how we got here and the ways we can move forward to build companies that reflect an open and inclusive world.
  • Netflix Culture Deck (article). Netflix famously released their original culture deck in 2009 and built a high-performance culture by emphasizing honesty and open communication. We believe transparency is the first step to building trust with founders — who we see as our customers.
  • Venture Deals by Brad Feld (book). The book on venture capital -- learn about how VCs structure investments.
  • Money Stuff by Matt Levine (newsletter). One of our favorite columnists at Bloomberg Opinion, Matt’s daily newsletter provides an honest, insightful, and very entertaining take on what’s happening in the worlds of finance and tech.

Other Recommended Reading

On VC and finance

On going to market

On practical aspects of building a company

On hiring and company culture

On artificial intelligence

On keeping up with the technology industry

On the history of technology; technology and the public interest

On the future of work

On Bloomberg Beta's partners