The Recommender: Susan Cain, Cindy Au And More On What They’re Loving This Month

Susan Cain, Cindy Au and more on what they’re loving this month.

The Recommender: Susan Cain, Cindy Au And More On What They’re Loving This Month


Cindy Au
Director of Community, Kickstarter

The Legend of Korra: “This is a follow-up to the incredible Last Airbender animated series, featuring a kick-ass female lead, a giant polar-bear dog, and excellent storytelling.”

SpellTower: “I tend to get addicted to strategic word games, and this is no exception.”

Matt Webb
CEO, Berg


The London Review of Books: “I’ve developed a deep enjoyment for the personal, noninterrupted space that magazines create and the long-form journalism to be found in them.” “This site hacks mass printing to let people simply create and print short runs of their own newspapers. There are some gorgeous examples.”

Susan Cain
Author, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

The Song of Achilles: “This brilliant debut novel, by Madeline Miller, retells in gorgeous language the events leading up to The Iliad. It explores the tension between gentle passivity and bloody honor. A page-turner set in ancient Greece–what could be better?”

advertisement “Brown is a renowned researcher on love and vulnerability. She did a great post on the need to rest now instead of waiting until ‘everything is done.’ Because everything is never done.”

David Droga
Founder, Droga5

Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens: “Hitchens was just so provocative and brave.”

Thunderclap: “This new app is smart and simple. A huge idea.”


Anthony Wood
CEO, Roku

The Mad Scientists’ Club: “This young-adult book by Bertrand R. Brinley is from the ’60s, but maker and hacker enthusiasts of today will love it.”

Poirot: “I can’t stop watching this on Netflix. I love the 1930s atmosphere and witty humor–but it’s a bit hard to follow after a few drinks.”


Rachel Botsman
Author, What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption “This is one of the best tools to create, share, and get feedback on data visualizations. I think they could become the Instagram for sharing data.”

Reputation aggregators: “Startups such as, Legit, and Peertrust are trying to aggregate reputation data across marketplaces. Reputation is going to become a currency more powerful than credit history.”


Sunni Brown
Founder, The Doodle Revolution

The Willpower Instinct: “This book by Kelly McGonigal points out that nobody has willpower but everybody wants it. She offers intellectual balm to the willpower-deficient–in other words, all of us.”

TED-Ed: “I’m excited about this new initiative from TED. Any organization working to educate people en masse deserves a colossal round of applause.”

Doug Scott
President, Ogilvy Entertainment


Buckminster Fuller’s World Game: “The time is now for us to realize his dream of ‘making the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.’ ”

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