Today I received a newsletter message from Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute announcing the launch of the Ayn Rand Institute blog titled “Voices For Reason”. My first exposure to Yaron Brook was while watching the documentary “Ayn Rand & The Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged”. I recall being floored by the material within that particular show, the premise being that Ayn Rand had predicted many of the events that are presently happening within our country, economy, and government. Since that time I have seen Yaron Brook appear on other shows such as Stossel, The Blaze, and have read blogs about a recent appearance at University of Texas Austin which I was unfortunately unable to attend in person as I only became aware after the fact.
With each appearance I feel that he presents the ideas of Ayn Rand in a rational, logical fashion which is truly fitting of the subject matter. One of the things that impresses me about the Ayn Rand Institute is that with each visit, whether it is watching a video lecture on Philosophy: Who Needs It, or just reading the material on their website, I feel like I have learned something significant and the information resonates with me. Thus far I had not read their blog, but thought this morning was a good time to start given the announcement. Upon my first visit I found an interesting article near the top which addressed the importance of telling the truth in order to succeed as an entrepreneur. Here is a short statement from the site which references the original New York Times article:
“Peter maintains that telling lies is the No. 1 reason entrepreneurs fail. Not because telling lies makes you a bad person but because the act of lying plucks you from the present, preventing you from facing what is really going on in your world. Every time you overreport a metric, underreport a cost, are less than honest with a client or a member of your team, you create a false reality and you start living in it.”
I recommend reading the rest of the article at Voices of Reason and then the original New York Times article if you are an entrepreneur or interested in this philosophical viewpoint.
The timing seems right to launch my blogroll here. I started with Voices of Reason but also added a few of my other regular favorites:
1. AVC: Blog by venture capitalist Fred Wilson. This is a great resource for early technology, business in venture funded/entrepreneurial ventures, and Bitcoin.
2. Cato At Liberty: The blog of the Cato Institute is an excellent resource for keeping your finger on the pulse on public policy.
3. Free-Man’s Perspective: Blog by former technologist and venture capitalist Paul Rosenberg. I find this blog to be really enlightening and brutally honest. The author doesn’t pull any punches while working to free the minds of his readers.
4. Steve Blank: Steve Blank is a former entrepreneur, venture capitalist and presently lectures at Stanford concerning entrepreneurship, lean startups and building a scalable business. This blog is an excellent resource for entrepreneurs who have a desire to build a scalable business.
This is an excellent starting point for my blogroll and I’m sure there are other regular sites I am missing and I will add them list over time.
2. Ayn Rand & The Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged
3. Ayn Rand Institute – A Word to the Greedy: Be Honest
4. Ayn Rand Institute: Voices For Reason
5. Cato Institute – Cato At Liberty
6. Free Man’s Perspective
7. John Stossel – Who Creates Jobs?
8. John Stossel – Selling Victimhood
9. Steve Blank
10. The Blaze – Executive Director of The Ayn Rand Institute Says This is How He Would ‘Rewrite The Constitution’