The right book at the right time is priceless. With the investment of a few hours and less than $15 you can obtain actionable advice and knowledge that took brilliant people years to figure out. Or you can gain the inspiration you need to change something in your life.
I’ve compiled a list of 7 books that are frequently recommended for entrepreneurs and are must read startup books.
Some are new, others are timeless classics. Some will challenge your idea of entrepreneurship, and others will challenge your personal status quo.
Must Read Startup Books for Entrepreneurs
“The Lean Startup has a kind of inexorable logic, and Ries’ recommendations come as a bracing slap in the face to would-be tech moguls: Test your ideas before you bet the bank on them. Don’t listen to what focus groups say; watch what your customers do. Start with a modest offering and build on the aspects of it that prove valuable. Expect to get it wrong, and stay flexible (and solvent) enough to try again and again until you get it right. It’s a message that rings true to grizzled startup vets who got burned in the Great Bubble and to young filmgoers who left The Social Network with visions of young Zuckerberg dancing in their heads. It resonates with Web entrepreneurs blessed with worldwide reach and open source code. It’s the perfect philosophy for an era of limited resources, when the noun optimism is necessarily preceded by the adjective cautious.” —Wired
“The Power of Habit is chock-full of fascinating anecdotes . . . how an early twentieth century adman turned Pepsodent into the first bestselling toothpaste by creating the habit of brushing daily, how a team of marketing mavens at Procter & Gamble rescued Febreze from the scrapheap of failed products by recognizing that a fresh smell was a fine reward for a cleaning task, how Michael Phelps’ coach instilled habits that made him an Olympic champion many times over, and how Tony Dungy turned the Indianapolis Colts into a Super Bowl–winning team.”—Los Angeles Times
More than 100,000 entrepreneurs rely on this book for detailed, step-by-step instructions on building successful, scalable, profitable startups. The National Science Foundation pays hundreds of startup teams each year to follow the process outlined in the book, and it’s taught at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia and more than 100 other leading universities worldwide. Why?
“Many, including myself, consider the ‘Four Steps to the Epiphany’ to be the bible of entrepreneurship. … The Startup Owner’s Manual is a definitive manual for building successful new companies – for entrepreneurs in startups and large companies.”
— Conrad Egusa, Brownstein & Egusa
“Jason Fried and David Hansson follow their own advice in Rework, laying bare the surprising philosophies at the core of 37signals’ success and inspiring us to put them into practice. There’s no jargon or filler here just hundreds of brilliantly simple rules for success. Part entrepreneurial handbook for the twenty-first century, part manifesto for anyone wondering how work really works in the modern age, REWORK is required reading for anyone tired of business platitudes.”
–Chris Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Long Tail and Free
“[A] day-to-day, minute-to-minute tour of the intricacies of running a business, from dealing with employees to negotiating with vendors, the roller-coaster ride of sales, and the headaches of customer service. This is an invaluable look into operational details for anyone considering starting a business or caught up in the struggle of owning and running one.”—Booklist
“Tools of Titans…is the perfect read for obsessives wanting to boost their new year productivity.”
“A Poor Richard’s Almanack for the 21st century, Tools of Titans is a practical and inspiring guide to being your best.”
These are all highly reviewed and must read startup books and I would recommend that you dive deep into them, no matter what stage you’re currently in.
Have a recommendation for a book to add to the list? Let me know in the comments!