Yevgeniy Brikman

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Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman is the co-founder of Gruntwork, a company that provides DevOps as a Service. He's also the author of two books published by O'Reilly Media: Hello, Startup and Terraform: Up & Running . Previously, he worked as a software engineer at LinkedIn, TripAdvisor, Cisco Systems, and Thomson Financial and got his BS and Masters at Cornell University. For more info, check out ybrikman.com. ...more

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Hello, Startup: A Programme...

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Congo by Michael Crichton
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- Some exciting / thrilling action in the jungle, looking for lost cities and hidden treasure, while trying to avoid killer gorillas.

- It's hard to believe the book was written in the 80's. The technology involved—portable computers, GPS, sat
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Dave Barry Does Japan by Dave Barry
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A few funny tidbits and entertaining anecdotes, but also a lot of complaining and whining. It's not really effective travel writing, as Dave Barry (self admittedly) doesn't know or appreciate much about Japan, and it's not too effective as comedy wri ...more
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Galactic Outlaws by Jason Anspach
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- More sci fi / military action, as in the first book.

- Far more focus on a smaller number of well-defined characters (especially Tyrus Rechs, Aeson Keel, and Ravi) and a bigger plot / underlying mystery. As a result, this story is far more s
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Legionnaire by Jason Anspach
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- Intense, gritty, sci fi / military action.

- Some fun, badass characters.

- Solid writing and the relentless fast paced action make it hard to put this book down.

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- There's not much else here but combat, combat, and more combat.
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Kill Team by Jason Anspach
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Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
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I was a bit skeptical from the title, but I must admit, this is a great book for learning leadership principles. The principles come from the experience of US Navy Seals, but they apply to most aspects of life. Each chapter focuses on one principle, ...more
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Legion by Brandon Sanderson
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- It's Brandon Sanderson, so you get great writing, exciting action, and fully-realized characters.

- Unique premise: Stephen Leeds is a genius who helps people solve cases, a bit like Sherlock Holmes, but what's unique is the way his genius m
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Cognition in the Wild by Edwin Hutchins
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The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
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I have to admit that I don't really understand the hype around this book. I found the exploration of academia, scholarship, monasteries, the "ivory tower," and the trade-offs between focusing on pure learning and knowledge vs making an impact in the ...more
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
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- An imaginative and original tale, especially for its time.

- Some of the adventures are especially fun and memorable, especially (WARNING, minor spoiler alert) the battle with the giant squid, hiding in the volcano lair, and discovering Atl
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More of Yevgeniy's books…
“The best thing you can do to come up with a lot of new ideas is to learn a lot of old ideas. Because new ideas are just connections between old ideas, the more ideas you have in your head, the more connections you’ll be able to create between them.”
Yevgeniy Brikman, Hello, Startup: A Programmer's Guide to Building Products, Technologies, and Teams

“Boyd’s Law: speed of iteration beats quality of iteration.”
Yevgeniy Brikman, Hello, Startup: A Programmer's Guide to Building Products, Technologies, and Teams




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