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What Are The Books You Recommend Most To Other People?

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited on a surreal but amazing trip to Ethiopia with Charity:Water. You can get involved and check out their incredible work bringing fresh water to millions here:

There were 50 of us on the trip ranging from Tech Entrepreneurs to Hollywood Stars, Music Moguls to Skateboard Legends. The communities we visited were pretty dispersed so we traveled by road and were assigned a random car every day. On the final day, Troy Carter (Lady Gaga’s Manager), Tim Ferriss (author of the Four Hour book series) and I (Mr Moshi) spent many hours bumping along dirt tracks in our Land Rover. Amongst many subjects we discussed our favourite books, particularly the ones we found ourselves recommending most often to other people. The suggestions were fascinating and I thought it would be fun to canvas the rest of the group for their favourite books too.

Here then are some suggestions from as many of the super achievers I could pin down before we all flew home later that day. Feel free to leave your book suggestions in the comments below. Who knows, maybe we’ll assemble them all and make one killer book of life changing book recommendations (with all proceeds going to Charity:Water)


Troy Carter
(Manager of Lady Gaga, CEO of Atom Factory)

The Power of Habit

The Operator

The Purple Cow


Tim Ferriss
(Author of Four Hour Work Week, Four Hour Body and Four Hour Chef)

Letters from a Stoic

22 Immutable Laws of Marketing


Chris Sacca
(Venture Investor at Lowercase Capital)

If the Buddha Got Stuck

Let My People Go Surfing

Not Fade Away


Matt Mullenweg
(Founder of WordPress)

Black Swan

The Halo Effect


Maggie Grace


Stumbling on Happiness

Hafiz Poetry


Neil Hutchinson
(Founder of Forward Internet Group)




Daniel Ek
(Founder and CEO Spotify)

Good to Great

The Alchemist

The Art of the Start


Shak Khan
(Advisor and investor in Spotify)

How To Win Friends And Influence People

Tipping Point

Sneaker Wars


Michael Acton Smith
(Founder of Moshi Monsters and Mind Candy)

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

The Little Book of Talent

The Element

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Party! Moshi Monsters 5th Birthday

Cupcakes, a Candy bar, a slide and ball pit, UV painting, balloon making and monster dancing madness were just a few of the things at the Moshi Monsters 5th Birthday Party last week. The kids partied with us till 7.30pm and the big kids joined us from 8!

Toad Juice cocktails in hand, we all partied the night away to celebrate 5 years of success.

Huge thanks goes out to everyone who attended, and an even bigger thanks to the 80 million kids playing around the world.  It’s been an exciting journey and there’s much more to come!

Check out all our photos from the party over on our Facebook page!


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Mind Candy heads to Silicon Milkroundabout 5.0!

Mind Candy will be heading down to Silicon Milkroundabout at the Old Truman Brewery 11-12th May. We’re searching for top talent and would love to talk to super ambitious and creative people who are interested in becoming a part of our amazing team.

Our hero brand, Moshi Monsters has now reached over 80 million registered users around the globe and we are working on a lot of new games. Mobile is a big focus for us in 2013 and our awesome teams are developing various Moshi experiences on mobile as well as several brand new entertainment projects. Now we’re looking for smart, creative minds to spark them to life!

Saturday is focused on Product, and Sunday on Engineering, so we’re looking to talk to Product/Project Managers, Web Developers, UI/UX Designers, Business Intelligence Engineers, Mobile Developers, and QA Engineers throughout the weekend.

We’d also love to chat to anyone that thinks they could make a difference at Mind Candy!  Swing by if you’re interested in learning more about us (we’ll be in the Mind Candy t-shirts eating jelly beans and giving out temporary tattoos!)

Looking forward to seeing lots of people! You can check out our open roles over at —>

GDC 2013

Last week the Mind Candies were at GDC in San Francisco. We’re on a major recruitment drive and had a fantastic turnout at our candy covered booth!

Loads of people swung by to say hi and chat to us about working at Mind Candy! If you were one of those people, or are interested in jobs with us check out –

In accordance to Mind Candy’s “work hard, play hard” rule, we worked the show floor during the day and the party circuit by night. It was a fantastic show and we look forward to cracking through the enormous pile of applications!

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Australian Toy Fair 2013

The Australian Toy Fair marked the end of the 2013 Moshi Toy Fair season – since the start of the year our Monsters have visited Hong Kong, London, Nuremberg via New York ending in Melbourne.

This trip brought together the key decision makers in the Australian entertainment and toy industry. The Moshi team hosted their 2nd Annual Party with a keynote presentation, Poppet, Katsuma some Glumps and a DJ which all added to the Moshi fun and games! We also attend the official Gala Toy Awards night to celebrate with the market winners.

Among the many meetings included a trip to Bulla Dairy Foods, the producer of more than 8,000,000 Moshi dairy and frozen products. Millions of children have enjoyed the healthy eating products in school bags over the past 12 months.

This market continues to see strong growth 3 years after we first launched with some amazing initiatives in 2013. Watch out for some cool new products in toy, publishing, food and live events allowing children to meet their heroes.

Many thanks to ALL our fans on the other side of the world!

– Darran Garnham (Chief Business Development Officer)

L to R: Darran Garnham (Mind Candy), Gail Mitchell (Fusion), Jonathan Busher (Vivid), Sam Ferguson (Mind Candy)




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