What are some must read books for entrepreneurs?

I know there are tens of thousands of books on entrepreneurship. Help me find the best ones :)


Everything you do (in life and as an entrepreneur) should start with an underlying passion. If you aren't pursuing the things you're most passionate about, you're doing it wrong (or just for the wrong reasons). IMHO.

So in that regard, I'd highly recommend reading Simon Sinek's "Start With Why". If you're not up to reading a book, just Google his TED talk as a start.

Answered 11 years ago

I'm sure you'll get all the conventional startup books on this list, so I'll share some of my favourites that might not come up.

I'm a huge fan of the following:

1. How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Yes, this one is old. Yes, it's a thick read. And yes, the principles are more applicable today than ever before. Especially if you want to learn how to work with people and get them to do what you want (the honest and fast way) to get remarkable results.

2. Sho-Gun and The Noble House by James Clavell

These are 2 amazing books that explore everything you'll experience as a pioneer. The beauty of them is that they're grand adventure stories, which makes for a fun and gripping read. (Because let's face it, sometimes you just need to relax but you still want to expand your mind. This is the perfect book for that mood.)

FYI: There are actually 6 in this saga, but these are the top 2 I'd recommend for anyone who wants to start a business.

3. Marketing Myopia by Theodore Levitt

If you're confused about marketing, read this. It's short (it was actually an HBR article that was turned into a mini-book).

4. The Corporation by Joel Bakan

If you're an idealist, read this. It explores the dark side of starting a venture, and the real purpose of a business entity. A scary read.

FYI: It excludes the modern "people, planet, profits" concept, which I'm a huge fan of.

5. ReWork by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

This one will probably come up, but I want to make sure it does. It provides a great framework to understand what you actually need to do to move the needle. Every page I turned I kept thinking, "Yes!"

Good read, especially if you're coming from a more corporate background. Plus, it's a glorified picture book (you'll see).

6. Made to Stick by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

One of the first "entrepreneur" books I read. Love the stories Dan & Chip showcase, plus they give you a great framework to create sticky ideas.

7. The New Digital Age by Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen

This is new in 2013 and a *MUST READ* for anyone doing anything digital.

Best of luck!

Answered 11 years ago

1. Lean Start-Up by Eric Ries
2. Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lioncini
3. The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman

These 3 books alone have enough between them to put you on the map!

Answered 11 years ago

The obvious ones for me are Simon Sinek's 'Start With Why' and 'The E-Myth Revisited' by Michael E. Gerber.

More on the marketing side, 'Purple Cow' & 'All Marketers Are Liars' by Seth Godin. Actually, for that matter, anything by Seth Godin.

Answered 11 years ago


Answered 6 years ago

It depends on what your goals are for your business and its scope, but if you have big plans, I HIGHLY recommend these three:

BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

ORIGINALS: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

VENTURE DEALS: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

Answered 6 years ago

Personally, I'd suggest for you to read the E. Myth by Michael Gerber, Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar and F.U. Money by Dan Lok.

You'll get a healthy dose of actionable information alongside a good serving of perspective reality.

Answered 6 years ago

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