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Matt Levine, Founder of ValueTrace

Learning Inspiration 🌈 #76

Former Corporate Developer at Andreessen Horowitz and founder of ValueTrace, the software that helps companies make better decisions about the SaaS licenses they purchase, Matt Levine shares with us his favorite books and his learning habits.

Matt Levine, Founder of ValueTrace

Who is (or are) your major source(s) of inspiration?

My family. My parents and my siblings, each in their own way, motivate and inspire me to be the person that I am today.

How do you keep learning on a daily basis? What are your learning routines?

I’m fortunate to talk to brilliant people every day in the ordinary course of my work developing ValueTrace. It makes learning easy – all I have to do is actively listen to what these people have to say.

What are your favorite books, and why?

Two books by Annie Duke: Thinking In Bets and How To Decide. I’m fascinated by mental models for decision-making, and Annie has very insightful thoughts on the topic.

What is your favorite podcast, and why?

Non-Technical with Alexis Gay. Alexis talks to tech leaders about everything – except work.  The entertainment value is incredible, and Alexis is consistently hilarious.

How do you remember what you learn?

Instead of remembering specific facts about topics, I remember the people and resources that taught me about the topic. Then, I return to them if ever I have questions or need to brush up on a topic in the future.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell the 18- or 25-year-old version of yourself?

To be more open-minded about alternative ways to do things. I am prone to tunnel vision once I’ve taken a stance on how to achieve an objective, how to answer a question, etc. But flexibility is extremely important.

What is the most important thing you learned over the last 12 months?

How closely linked my sleep, diet, and exercise are to my ability to think clearly.

If you were stranded alone on an island and could only bring one item, what would it be?

A large container of fresh drinking water. I’m a pragmatist πŸ™‚

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