Keith Rabois’s Reading List

Known for being an early-stage investor and executive with top tech companies like PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide, and Square, Ketih Rabois is a member of the “PayPal Mafia” alongside that company’s co-founders, Peter Thiel, Max Levchin and Elon Musk. 

Rabois’s reading list is filled with books that can teach you how to turn your ideas into products. Here are some of his top picks: 

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Sure, many people talk about how great it is to start a business, but very few are honest about how hard it can be to run one. Ben Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, explores the problems that face business leaders every day, sharing the knowledge he’s gleaned in various roles as a leader in the tech world.

The Upside of Stress

While nearly half of Americans say they lose sleep over stress — and while most of us do everything we can to reduce it — Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., argues that stress isn’t actually bad for us. In The Upside of Stress, she argues that stress can actually make us stronger, smarter, and happier — if we only learn how to harness it.

How Google Works

Google is everywhere and it seems to know everything. It pushes the boundaries of innovation, and it does that by attracting smart, creative people, and giving them room where they can thrive. This entertaining page-turner tells Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg learned that lesson and more in their time building the company.

Insanely Simple

Simply put, simplicity is the key to Apple’s success. It permeates every level of the organization, and it’s what separates Apple from other technology companies. This book by Ken Seagall traces how Steve Jobs’s vision of simplicity helped Apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on Earth in 2011.

The Score Takes Care of Itself

Perhaps the most influential and successful coach in NFL history, the late coach Bill Walsh transformed the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a dynasty that won five Super Bowls. Not only was Walsh known as a brilliant strategist, be he was also known as forward-thinking leader. The Score Takes Care of Itself outlines Walsh’s best leadership principles illustrated by anecdotes from his entire career, as well as additional insight provided by his Walsh’s son, Craig.

Looking to take your business to the next level? Get to work reading these titles.


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