We’ve been in Silicon Valley for a mere 4.5 years now and I still revel in all its glorious history. In many ways I do not particularly care about the Facebooks, Instagrams and your latest, greatest and hottest startup of the moment — but am deeply fascinated by the pioneers of this valley: The companies of the semi-conductor age, the companies which created the networks we so freely wander today, the companies which created the software movement and the companies which discovered this vast resource we take for granted today: The Web.

There are some excellent books out there about these pioneers. Reading those not only gives you historical context but provides deep insights into management, the art of the start, the hustle, the entrepreneurial struggle…

Here’s my list:

And as a bonus: Everybody should have read The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe — the account of the US space program which put a man on the moon is just incredible and makes for inspired reading.

Happy reading! And — which book (in this line) should I read and have I missed?

Build What Matters.
Pascal ツ