The learning content that we provide at the Academy is accessible through a selection of outstanding contributions via books, interviews and YouTube-Videos. The spectrum of authors ranges from the investor legend from Omaha to a Nobel Prize-winning psychologist and a poker player with a penchant for decision theory. Have fun and enjoy the insights!

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The hard thing about hard things
Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz is a legend in Silicon Valley. He is one of the most successful, experienced and well-known venture capitalists in the IT industry. In his book, Horowitz explains how an executive should deal with difficult situations in order to turn a start-up into a successful company. 

Only the Paranoid survive
Andy Grove

A classic of management literature. As CEO of Intel, Andy Grove has developed many methods that are still used by the top CEOs in Silicon Valley today 

Good to Great
Jim Collins

The question of the factors that make a good company a top company has been examined by Jim Collins in an elaborate study. He deduced basic principles and came to some surprising results. 

The innovator’s dilemma
Clayton M. Christensen

Companies can fail for various reasons. It seems paradoxical that leading companies fail when it comes to disruptive innovations because they actually do everything right. Classical success factors such as customer, profit and growth orientation can then seem downright dangerous and threaten the existence of the company. 

Reid Hoffman

As founder of Paypal and LinkedIn, Reid Hoffmann has succeeded in developing his companies into market leaders at great speed. In this book he explains his methods. 

The Tim Ferris Show
Tim Ferris

One of the currently most listened to business podcasts with many important interview guests such as Marc Andreessen, Rick Rubin or Howard Marks

Naval Podcast
Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant is one of the masterminds in Silicon Valley and has revolutionized the funding of start-ups with his platform Angelist. His podcast presents many important economic issues and business concepts (general and venture capital related). 

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish
Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish interview ein sehr breites Spektrum an unterschiedlichsten Gesprächspartnern. Es werden mentale Modelle und Erfolgsstrategien behandelt. Spannend sind u.a. die Gespräche mit Howard Marx (Nr. 53), Patrick Collison (Nr. 32) und Annie Duke (Nr. 37).  

Capital Allocators
Ted Seides

In 2017, Seides launched the podcast, which features discussions with investment management executives about the people and process behind capital allocation. 

Wie große Führungspersönlichkeiten zum Handeln inspirieren
Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspiring leaders that starts with a golden circle and the question "Why? This 18-minute talk has now been viewed over 46 million times. 

Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
Safi Bahcall

Safi Bahcall defines loonshots as a neglected project that has been discarded and whose representatives are considered confused. He shows on a scientific basis that it is precisely these projects that produce radical innovations.

David Epstein

Specialization is often considered the key to success. Top performers like Tiger Woods or Vincent van Gogh seem to prove this. David Epstein shows, however, that generalists in particular develop skills that are of great importance today.

Superforcasting: The Art & Science of Prediction
Philip Tetlock & Dan Gardner

In a 20-year study, Wharten Professor Tetlock has systematically examined the human ability to make good predictions. The results are sobering, but techniques are also presented to help everyone improve their own ability to make successful predictions.

Never split the Difference
Chris Voss

Chris Voss has worked for the FBI for 24 years and has become the number one negotiator for international hostage-takings. In this book he reveals his negotiation strategies and shows how they have changed over time. Reading this book has enabled some Kontora employees to achieve unexpected negotiation successes with their 3-5 year old daughters.

Extreme Ownership: How US Navy Seals Lead and Win
Jocko Willink / Leif Babin

Two US Navy Seals explain the leadership principles with which they led special units in the Iraq war. They encourage every leader to take full responsibility for the results. They explicitly include external influences.

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Handbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell
Eric Schmidt / Jonathan Rosenberg / Alan Eagle

Bill Campbell is a legend in Silicon Valley and has helped Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt and Larry Page, among others, as a mentor and coach to build Google and Apple. This book outlines his principles and shows how "Coach Bill" has enabled trusting relationships and personal growth.

Am I being too Subtle?
Sam Zell

Sam Zell is a US billionaire and real estate tycoon. In this book he describes his way of investing in an entertaining way and shares many anecdotes of his versatile life.

OMR Podcast
Philipp Westermeyer

Philipp Westermeyer speaks in the OMR Podcast about digital marketing with a wide variety of discussion partners from the start-up environment and other business and cultural life.


From investment principles to asset monitoring: an overview of the contents of our workshop series.

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Experts in investment criteria, risk management and succession planning. Our speakers in a video interview.

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A collection with many literature, video and podcast recommendations. Not only for workshop preparation.

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