WAYA Book Club: Dina Shoman, Co-Founder of Verity

WAYA Book Club: Dina Shoman, Co-Founder of Verity

Dina Shoman shares her list of book recommendations following the announcement of Verity’s Pre-Seed funding round. The fintech startup co-founder shares with us some of the books which have inspired and taught her throughout the years:

Women Who Run With Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estés

This book is a collection of folk stories and myths, paired with the author’s commentary and analysis. The stories revolve around the inherit wildness of womankind. Shoman says the book is “inspirational and women-focused on how to use their wildness to bring out creativity.”

The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Philipp Sendker

The novel is set in Burma which follows a wife searching for her disappeared New York lawyer husband who seems to have had a lover on the African continent. Shoman describes this book as a story that “shows the power of love and how it can make you do anything to make everything possible.”

The Four Steps to the Epiphany – Steve Blank

“A great manual for people who have structured minds like me, a step-by-step guide that is detailed, and very insightful,” says Verity’s Co-Founder. This book is a bestselling classic that launched 10,000 startups and new corporate ventures. It is one of the most influential and practical business books ever published. 

Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki

A work that advocates the importance of financial literacy, financial independence and building wealth through investing in assets, real estate investing, starting and owning businesses, as well as increasing one’s financial intelligence. Shoman says the book offers “an interesting perspective on money through contrasting money personalities with different attitudes in the author’s life. Simple lessons for those wanting to learn more about money and how to grow it, with humor throughout.”

Never Be Sick Again – Raymond Francis

Raymond is an internationally recognized leader in the field of optimal health maintenance. He is a chemist by training, a graduate of M.I.T., a bestselling author, and a world-class speaker. In his book, he gives great insights into the theory of health.

Bad Blood – John Carreyrou

Shoman tells WAYA this is the last book she’s read it has “an interesting take on “fake it ‘til you make it” as a founder/startup, with a very fine line between lying and selling what the company is doing.” The novel by journalist John Carreyrou tells the story of the rise and fall of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup headed by Elizabeth Holmes.

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