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By day, I work on building digital and human infrastructure for the next generation of makers at Dorm Room Fund, Hack Club, and Cal Hacks. By night, I hack on side projects of my own from homebrew programming languages to javascript frameworks.

I'm curious about education, communities, technology, design, and how entrepreneurship and market dynamics underlie it all.

You can find me @thesephist everywhere on the internet, or at linus.zone/now.

You can buy books for Linus from their wishlist below, or pick another book yourself.

The Art of Computer Programming

Donald Ervin Knuth

AOCP needs no introduction -- it's the opus majus of Donald Knuth. I want to dig deeper into how to write programs that don't just work well, but compose and interface beautifully together. It's another universally recommended reading for becoming a better programmer.


Safi Bahcall

Loonshots was recommended to me by a friend and fellow student VC Keshav. To be frank, I don't really remember too much about why I was interested in this read, but I found it in my notes near the top of my reading list highlighted in bold, so I'm including it in this list :P

The Diamond Age

Neal Stephenson

The Diamond Age was recommended to me by Zach, who I have the great fortune of working with at Hack Club. Zach tends to have great taste, so I'm betting on a great read.

The Linux Programming Interface

Michael Kerrisk

I found TLPI at Bradfield's office library, which shares a building and entrance with Hack Club, where I work. It's a series mass of a book, both in depth and physical girth, but the few pages I skimmed made me think this was a great in-depth dive into the internals of a kernel.

Crossing the Chasm

Geoffrey A. Moore

Crossing the Chasm was recommended to me recently by my first-ever boss at my first-ever job, at Spensa, where I worked as a high school intern in 2016 - 2018. The "chasm" refers to the gap between a product for early adopters, and mass market fit.

The Courage to Be Disliked

Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga

This book recommendation came from Saurav, after a deep conversation about community building, student entrepreneurs, and life goals / resolutions. Saurav says this is one of the most influential books he's read, on his life, and I'm eager to find out why.


Manul Laphroaig

POC || GTFO is a classic hacker coffee-table book, I think. It's a book version of the eponymous journal on hacks in their purest form -- technical tricks and creative antics to bend standards and reality to our will.