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Book-talk with Bill Liao, General Partner at RebelBio, SOSV.com

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The interview you’re going to read today is with Bill Liao, a serial investor, entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, and author.

Bill’s a General Partner at SOSV, a venture capital firm that operates startup accelerators all over the world, supporting, mentoring and investing in companies at all stages of growth.

He runs RebelBio, a startup accelerator focused on entrepreneurs that build technologies related to life sciences.

In 2011, he co-founded CoderDojo, an open source, volunteer led community formed to help children learn how to code – a skill that will prove to be valuable in the future.

Another project co-founded by Bill is WeForest, a non-profit organisation with a mission to reforest stripped land, in order to reduce the effects of global warming. In the past years, WeForest planted more than 16 million trees around the world.

And, also, more importantly to us, here, at The CEO Library, he was – through SOSV – the main investor in MavenHut, the gaming company Bobby co-founded in 2012.

And this is only a small portion of his projects, as he invested and supports many more (you can find out more from the contact links at the end of our interview).

We reached out to Bill, curious to find out what books influenced him and what reading he recommends to young people interested in following a similar career path, so keep on reading!

And yes, that’s Bill in the photo, sitting on the actual set of Game of Thrones. 😀

 

Qual é o seu livro favorito e por quê? Negócios e não-negócios, se possível.

I have no single favourite book unless you call Wikipedia a book then that would be my favourite!

 

Houve um momento, especificamente, em que algo que você leu em um livro o ajudou? Você pode me falar sobre isso?

The Book “Made to Stick” combined with “Poetics” by Aristotle really helped me to see the power of telling great stories with surprises in them and every time I meet a start-up I can always make a contribution to their pitch.

 

Quais livros tiveram o maior impacto em você? (talvez mudou a maneira como você vê as coisas, mudou drasticamente sua carreira)

The Order of Things” by Foucault literally changed my life forever as it demonstrated to me that language is how we make the world.

 

Que livros recomendaria a jovens interessados no seu percurso profissional? Por quê? (sem limite de número aqui)

The Book of Five Rings
The Art of War
The Prince
The Talent Code
Taming Toxic People
Just Listen
Save The Cat
Story
The New One Minute Manager
Made to Stick
The Elements of Eloquence
Barbarians at the Gate
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
The Black Swan
Sapiens
The 5 Second Rule
Guns, Germs, and Steel
The Secret Life of Plants
Anything by the Dalai Lama
The first ten pages of O poder do agora
The Bhagavad Gita
I Am That
The Expanse

Why?
O mundo humano ocorre na linguagem, então é melhor ficar bom nisso!

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Estou interessado em saber mais sobre seus hábitos de leitura. quantas vezes você leu? Em que formato?

I read all the time at least a couple of hours a day.

I use a Kindle Oasis and about half my reading time is done using Audible on it.

 

Como arranja tempo para a leitura?

Audible when driving and I don’t fly.

 

Você faz anotações ou tem alguma outra técnica para conquistar a torrente de informações?

I synthesize what ever I really like and test it on others.

 

Como você escolhe quais livros ler a seguir?

Goodreads and friends recommendations.

 

Do you prioritize those recommended by certain people? Is there anyone that you consider a book-recommendations guru?

No and no I listen to what people say about a book rather than who they are.

 

Última pergunta: que livro você está lendo atualmente e o que você espera ganhar com isso?

I am currently reading Midnight Line and I am expecting a lot of fun trying to figure out the mystery.

Links where you can follow Bill Liao or find out more about his projects:

Books mentioned by Bill Liao in this interview:

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