10 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read
While there are hundreds of great books for entrepreneurs out there, we asked around friends and scoured the Web, collecting 10 books that would help you learn everything you need to know about starting a business. They are listed in no specific order.
Here is the list that we came up with:
1. The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
The Art of the Start is a popular book by Guy Kawasaki. In The Art of the Start, Guy Kawasaki brings two decades of experience as one of the business’s most original and irreverent Strategists to offer the essential guide for anyone starting anything, from a multinational corporation to a church group. At Apple in the 1980s, he helped lead one of the great companies of the century, turning ordinary consumerism consumers into evangelists. As founder and CEO of Garage Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm, He Has field-tested his ideas with dozens of newly hatched companies. And as the author of bestselling business books and articles, He Has advised Thousands of people who are making Their startup dreams real.
Kawasaki starts The Art of the Start with what he believes the 5 most important things entrepreneurs have to accomplish: Make Meaning, Make Mantra, Get Going, Define your Business Model and Weave a MAT.
2. Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now. What was it like when they were just a couple friends with an idea? Founders like Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail) tell you in their own words about their surprising and often very funny discoveries as they learned how to build a company.
Where did they get the ideas that made them rich? How did they convince investors to back them? What went wrong, and how did they recover?
This book is the closest you can come to being a fly on the wall at a successful startup, to learn how it’s done.
3. Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham
Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham will have a powerful and lasting impact on how we think, how we work, how we develop technology, and how we live. Topics include the importance of beauty in software design, how to make wealth, heresy and free speech, the programming language renaissance, the open-source movement, digital design, internet startups, and more.
Paul Graham is a programmer, venture capitalist, and essayist. He is the cofounder of Y Combinator and cofounded Viaweb, the first application service provider (which eventually becomes Yahoo Store).
4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure, and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age.
Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
5. The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank
The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup approach to new ventures. It was the first book to offer that startups are not smaller versions of large companies and that new ventures are different than existing ones. Startups search for business models while existing companies execute them.
The book offers the practical and proven four-step Customer Development process for search and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture. Rather than blindly execute a plan, The Four Steps helps uncover flaws in product and business plans and correct them before they become costly. Rapid iteration, customer feedback, testing your assumptions are all explained in this book.
6. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in an age when companies need to innovate more than ever.
7. Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff
Pitch Anything is a fascinating book. Whether you’re selling ideas to investors, pitching a client for new business, or even negotiating for a higher salary, “Pitch Anything “will transform the way you position your ideas. Apply the tactics and strategies outlined in “Pitch Anything” to engage and persuade your audience–and you’ll have more funding and support than you ever thought possible.
8. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
The Innovator’s Dilemma is one of the best work of Harvard Professor Clayton M. Christensen. The term Disruptive Technologies was first coined by Clayton and he describes the term further in this book.
In this revolutionary bestseller, innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen says outstanding companies can do everything right and still lose their market leadership—or worse, disappear altogether. And not only does he prove what he says, but he tells others how to avoid a similar fate.
9. Rework by Jason Fried
Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business.This book shows you the way. You’ll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.
10. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Zero to One is about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything Peter Thiel learned directly as a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and then an investor in hundreds of startups, including Facebook and SpaceX. The single most powerful pattern he has noticed is that successful people find value in unexpected places, and they do this by thinking about business from first principles instead of formulas.
11. The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias
For more than thirty years, The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias has been a favorite finance guide, earning the allegiance of more than a million readers across the United States. Now even more indispensable, this completely revised and updated edition will show readers how to use the money to their best advantage in the wake of epochal change on Wall Street, no matter how much or how little they may have.
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