Books I’ve Loved — Kevin Kelly (#432)

Kevin Kelly
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Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types—from startup founders and investors to chess champions to Olympic athletes. This episode, however, is an experiment and part of a shorter series I’m doing called “Books I’ve Loved.” I’ve invited some amazing past guests, close friends, and new faces to share their favorite books—the books that have influenced them, changed them, and transformed them for the better. I hope you pick up one or two new mentors—in the form of books—from this new series and apply the lessons in your own life.

Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) might be the real-life most interesting man in the world. Kevin is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its executive editor for its first seven years. His most recent book is The Inevitable, which is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His other books include the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy, the classic Out of Control, and his summary theory of technology in What Technology Wants. From 1984–1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He co-founded the Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He also founded the popular Cool Tools website in 2003.

Recomendo is his free, weekly newsletter that gives you six brief personal recommendations of cool stuff.

Note from the editor: This episode was recorded in late 2019.

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4 Replies to “Books I’ve Loved — Kevin Kelly (#432)”

  1. Hi Tim, I think it would be nice if your weekly roundup email included latest podcast transcripts added. I don’t get to listen much, but I really like reading ALL of them. My only option is to remember to check the All Transcripts page and see what’s new. Thank you!

    1. Yes, if we can get more of the results instead of the questions, it would be easier to go back over for the meat and potatoes 🙂

  2. On a note related to Kevins recommendation of Finite and Infinite games – is there a chance you could explore this concept further with Niki Harre or Simon Sinek, both of whom have published books extending this discussion in 2019. I’d love to hear that conversation!!