2484 books total
AXDRAFT was born from Yuriy’s experience as a lawyer working for almost 8 years at one of the top law firms in Europe. Because there were a lot of routine tasks that he had to do in his legal activities, he wanted to create something that helped him and other lawyers who dealt with the same situation.
He reached out to his brother Oleg, who’s a software engineer (at that moment, he was a Senior Software Engineer at Booking.com, in Amsterdam), and together they built AXDRAFT at the end of 2017. They believe that early-stage startups don’t need tens of pages of an ironclad contract and weeks of negotiations. However, lawyers push founders to perceive contracts as unique and impossible to automate.
Their software now helps early-stage companies automate routine documents and spend more time focusing on doing real work.
This year, they were part of Y Combinator, the most popular American seed accelerator – this is how we discovered their work.
From our interview with Yuriy you’ll find out how the book ‘Tools of Titans‘ changed his life by helping him develop a set of routines, the impact that Paul Graham’s essays had on him (Paul is the co-founder of Y Combinator), why he avoids social media, and more.
Non-business – Hyperion series, Foundation series (except the last book). Both of them are amazing, complex stories, which trigger a lot of thoughts and new ideas. I think what people miss sometimes is how many similar values and ideas both of these book series communicate.
Business – Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss – this is the most actionable book I have ever read. It’s packed with short, actionable advice and is 700+ pages long (there is a lot of good advice there). I read many business books, but way too often they have several ideas, which are mulled over in several hundred pages. This book is not like that.
After Tools of Titans I have developed a set of personal morning routines, which help me stay sharp all day and built up my discipline.
Tools of Titans made the biggest impact on me. It helped me become more disciplined, more healthy, fit and introduced routines into my life, which never existed before.
Second place goes to Paul Graham’s essays. They gave me a mental framework to think about startups and generate new ideas.
[TCL NOTE: if you prefer ink & paper, Paul Graham’s essays were compiled in a book titled “Hackers & Painters“]
I read every day for around an hour before I go to sleep and every time I travel (planes, trains, etc.). I always have my Kindle and read 90% of my books there.
I have a notebook, where I write down interesting ideas and observations, but I don’t do that very often (one notebook goes for 9-12 months on average). I also take notes and make clips in Notion. Generally, the thing I value the most in books is that they trigger new ideas in my mind, I don’t write down ideas from books that often.
I try to avoid news and social media, to control the relevance and importance of the information that I get.Book-talk with @YuriyZaremba, CEO and co-founder of @axdraft: 'I try to avoid news and social media, to control the relevance and importance of the information that I get.' Click To Tweet
I choose books to read, based on the recommendations of people, who I trust. If I see a recommendation, I add it to my read list and come back to it once I am done with my current reading. I have around 100 books on my read list now.
Links where you can follow Yuriy Zaremba or find out more about his projects:
All books mentioned by Yuriy in our interview: