Ann Miura-Ko is a co-founding partner at Floodgate, a seed-stage VC firm in Palo Alto, CA. A repeat member of the Forbes Midas List and the New York Times Top 20 Venture Capitalists Worldwide, Ann was one of the first investors in companies such as Lyft and Refinery29, and has been an early backer of many others, including Xamarin and Thinkful.
How Will You Measure Your Life?
by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon
How Will You Measure Your Life?, I recommend it for anyone who’s starting off in their career, in the middle of their career, if they have kids—it’s relevant for almost everyone because it will make you stop and think about where you spend your time, how you spend your time, and why you do it.— Ann Miura-Ko, source
The Righteous Mind
by Jonathan Haidt
I love this book because it clarified for me a lot of things that I’ve been feeling for so long around… I actually have a lot of different types of friends and friends who I think would violently disagree with one another on a number of different topics.
I love them all. And I also know that if I got onto the wrong topic of conversation and confessed my beliefs to them, that we would end up in some serious disagreements with one another. And as a high school debater, I was forced to actually take the opposite side of what I believed multiple times, and I think it allowed me to explore ideas more completely as a result. And so I feel like, on some level, I have sympathy for when someone believes something fairly different from what I believe. I try to keep it a relatively open mind.— Ann Miura-Ko, source
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini
The other one that is completely on the opposite end of the spectrum but it is a fiction book is by Khaled Hosseini, who also wrote Kite Runner. He wrote this book called A Thousand Splendid Suns. And probably one of the most beautiful books that I’ve read in a long time in terms of fiction writing, and I would encourage people to read it because it gives you a sense of Afghanistan’s incredible history and the role women have played within that history. And I just loved that because it just was eye-opening to me in a very different way. So, two very different types of books. None of them straightforward business books, but ones that I think are meaningful for our society to read today.— Ann Miura-Ko, source
What School Could Be
by Ted Dintersmith
So, my mentor, Ted Dintersmith, just wrote a book called What School Could Be. And this goes back to sort of education as a critical societal question on how do we fix education. And what he did was he went on a 50-state tour to look at schools and discovered that the answers are actually already there. And our incredible school teachers throughout our country are already finding solutions to teaching our kids the most important skills they need to have. And I think reading that book has not only given me hope, but also a desire to see real change in the public school education system. But, I think that’s a really important problem for all of us to actually engage in. And so, that’s one book that I would really push onto other people.— Ann Miura-Ko, source
Getting to Yes
by Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton
Getting To Yes I thought was always really good. I actually found the philosophical texts to be extraordinarily informative. So, anything where you have that Socratic method in a book I found really a great way of learning how people debate the greatest philosophers – Aristotle and Socrates. Even when you get into more modern literature around justice, you have people like John Rawls writing. That is actually a dialogue and a real logical debate. And I always found those examples to be really great to read how people argue philosophical constructs.— Ann Miura-Ko, source