Foundations: Curated Insights From Great Books

Foundations is a product for curious, lifelong learners. Get lifetime access to a growing digital collection of notes and insights from 90+ great books.

Readers from Google, Princeton, Stanford, and Y Combinator
"I buy 50+ books a year. Often I'm just hoping a book will be good. Foundations is the roadmap I was missing."
Dror Liebenthal, CEO of

How Foundations Works

See summaries and key takeaways for 90+ books, and use the insights to improve your life. Check out the video below for a quick tour of the product.

Foundations Will Help You…

1. Quickly skim key takeaways before deciding if you want to buy a book.

2. Find books and insights that help you solve a problem.

3. Learn new principles that will help you sound smarter and live better.

4. Remind yourself about lessons from books you read a long time ago.

What Types of Books Will I Find?

Foundations has a rapidly growing lists of 90+ books like:

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Caroll Tavris and Elliot Aronson

The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer

Awareness by Anthony de Mello

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

"Foundations is my go-to resource for finding and learning from timeless books. Calvin does a phenomenal job of distilling key insights from books into lessons that you can use to improve your life and business."
Steph Smith, Executive at The Hustle

Ready to Get Started?

The best part about Foundations is that it grows and evolves over time. Every month, you will get access to new books and summaries. As your life and needs evolve, you’ll find new value in the resource. 

You pay once and you get lifetime access. If you were to buy and read all of these books yourself, you’d spend thousands of hours and dollars to get the same information.

The product is currently $25, and it will increase to $50 once Foundations reaches 100 books.

Foundations FAQ

Who created Foundations? Calvin Rosser, the writer and startup operator that created this site. 400,000 people have read Calvin’s blog, and thousands of people trust him in their inbox every Sunday. Calvin has had a wide-ranging career, doing everything from M&A investment banking, to leading a community of thousands of freelancers across 75+ countries, to doing Growth Marketing and Operations for a venture studio.

How will I get access to the product? Once you purchase Foundations, you will receive an email with access to the product within 48 hours.

What if I don’t use Coda? It’s not a problem! You can quickly create a free account and can access Foundations.

What if I don’t like the product? If you purchase Foundations and don’t find that it’s worth your money in the first 30 days of using the product, I will happily process a refund for you.

Who can I contact with questions? You can email Calvin at [email protected] Please use the subject line: “Foundations Question.”

How will I know about new book additions? If you’re on my email list, I’ll let you know about all new additions each week in my newsletter! You can subscribe below.