New Year Reading and Video List

Follow these links for more shiny IQ points

Happy holidays! I’m in Colorado skiing with my boys. I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and looking forward to a fantastic 2020.

Here are some links to sharpen your intellect …

Some of my Writing:

I published several product-porn pieces on chocolate, knives, outdoor clothing, kitchenware, and skillets. I have more coming, bakeware is next. You can see all of them at

For those interested, I put together a list of recent scientific work on climate change.

Some of my Favorite Finds

Most of these are articles, some are videos …


Hitler was incompetent, lazy, and his government was completely disorganized. “This meant that rather than carrying out the duties of state, [his staff] spent most of their time in-fighting and back-stabbing each other in an attempt to either win his approval or avoid his attention altogether, depending on what mood he was in that day.” It’s hard to read this without drawing any parallels.

That comes from the awesome book, Humans, a Brief History of How we F*cked it All Up, by Tom Phillips.

The most remarkable book I read last year was Shut Out, by Kevin Erdmann. It’s a very technical look at the US economy but well worth diving into. I summarized it in a recent essay.

A book that had a big impact on me was Tyler Cowen’s Stubborn Attachments. It’s short, easy to read, and is a great introduction to the impact of monetary policy and economics on society.

I also highly recommend Skin in the Game, by Nassim Taleb., by Eliezer Yudkowsky — please make sure to read this, it’s worth your time. Available in print or online for free.


This year I’ll be working with Right Side Capital to raise their fourth fund. I also plan to get more involved in digital money and bringing reason and data to the climate-change debate. Ultimately, I hope to start a nonprofit to help young people prepare for the 21st century.

I hope your 2020 is exciting and fruitful.

David Siegel is a serial entrepreneur in Washington, DC. He is the founder of the Pillar Project and 2030. He is the author of The Token Handbook, Open Stanford, The Culture Deck, Climate Curious, and The Nine Act Structure. He gives speeches to audiences around the world — see his speaker page if you would like him to speak at your next event. He is working on starting the Giordano Bruno Institute. His full body of work is at

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