Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
This is a book that has a tremendous impact on my understanding of how humans evolved to what we are today. I find it fascinating to read about how Homo sapiens, 1 of 6 human species, survived and dominated Earth, to how stories help bring together humans better than anything else. It somehow manages to squeeze the entire 100,000 years of human history into a 500 page-turner.
David is a podcaster and a fantastic writer. I was immediately hooked to his writing after stumbling upon his blog. He writes about the impact of technology, philosophy, and how to be a better writer.
This Is Water - Kenyon College, Class of 2005
David Foster Wallace
David was an American writer whose work includes Infinite Jest (Time magazine’s 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005) and The Pale King (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2012).
Neil Gaiman - University of the Arts, Class of 2012
I first heard of Neil when I watched American Gods, a TV series based on his novel.
Steve Jobs - Stanford University, Class of 2005
Crowd’s favourite. Steve is one of the few non-writers who has given a popular commencement speech. That’s speaks lots about his genius.
On Creativity and Technology, with Legendary Animator Glen Keane - Google I/O 2019
I didn’t know a Google I/O talk can be so emotional. Glen is a Disney Legend who worked on films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. His latest creation, Dear Basketball, won the 2017 Oscars’s for Best Animated Short Film.