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By day, I work on building digital and human infrastructure for the next generation of makers at Dorm Room Fund and Cal Hacks. By night, I hack on side projects of my own from homebrew programming languages to javascript frameworks. You might know me from Unim.press, Lyrics.rip, or Heyyyyyyyyyyyy.com.

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

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.


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.