Must Read Startup Books for Entrepreneurs

Books are distinct from visceral forms of entertainment for various reasons. They can be a game-changer, often for the greater good. Entrepreneurs must read books which are enriched with words of wisdom put forth by experienced entrepreneurs and market leaders who have years of experience good and bad in the industry .

We have compiled a list of 10 best books for entrepreneur, that you should read, no matter you’re an established entrepreneur or just starting out in that direction.

Best Books for Entrepreneurs (Must Read)

Zero to one

Author : Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
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Penned by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters, a self-made billionaire, zero to one gives an insight into his journey from co-founding PayPal to selling it to eBay for a cool $1.5 billion along with investing in Facebook. Peter highlights important lessons and valuable techniques that entrepreneurs can incorporate in their ventures.

Think and Grow Rich

Author : ‎Napoleon Hill
Publication Year : 1937

Arguably one of the most motivational pieces of writing that the world has come across,and therefore a must read for every entrepreneur. This self-help book published by Napoleon Hill in 1939 is the amalgamation of powerful thoughts that were the driving factor behind prominent personalities of the 18th and 19th century. Andrew Carnegie was the wealthy philanthropist whose proposal compelled Napoleon to bring this 250-page book to fruition. It took him nearly 20 years before the perfected version to come up with the perfected version of ‘Think and Grow Rich’.

The Warren Buffett Way

Author : Robert G. Hagstrom
Publication Year : 1994

Not a fairy-tale by any means, the book talks of Buffett’s initial years, such as his first stock and important lessons he learned from legends such as Philip Fresher. The core of the writing is his four principles of investment methodology- Business, management, finance, and markets; there are nine case studies elucidating how he used these tenets to invest in some of his holdings. It has been written by Robert G. Hagstrom.

When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want

Author : Mike Lewis
Publication Year : 2018

Mike Lewis gives the much-needed guidance for those planning to step into the entrepreneurial waters. With a foreword from Sheryl Sandberg, the book is a collection of short stories by numerous successful founders describing their journey in the first place. A must read, especially for those who are hesitant to ditch their 9 to 5 job for entrepreneurship.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Author : Stephen Covey
Publication Year : 1989

“Habits make a man”, and taking a cue from individuals known for being effective and efficient won’t do any harm. After all, almost everyone tries to emulate the most intelligent kid in the class. Summarizing the seven points into one-liners would do injustice the book, for the explanation behind each habit is worth reading!

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Start With Why

Author : Simon Sinek
Publication Year : 2009

Simon Sinek’s Ted talk is amazing and I’d personally recommend you to watch it before reading ‘Start With Why’. In this book, Simon puts forward the idea that throughout history, renowned leaders have valued the why over how and what. His philosophy and real-life examples ought to inspire the reader to inspire those around him or her. Such is the ripple effect produced by this wonderful writing!

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Networking Like a Pro: Turning Contacts Into Connections

Author : Ivan Misner, Brian Hilliard
Publication Year : 2009

The cumulative work of three writers-- Ivan R. Misner, David Alexander and Brian Hilliard, this guide teaches the art of networking and how businesses can leverage the power of connecting to turn successful. A useful technique known as ‘four streams of networking rivers’, outlining how to have a well-developed referral network, is just one among the various reasons as to why every entrepreneur must read this masterpiece.

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The 4-Hour Work Week

Author : Tim Ferriss
Publication Year : 2007

Tim Ferris introduces the concept of the ‘New Rich’, one that encourages the lifestyle of doing, having and being whatever the person wants. The technique known as DEAL: Definition, Elimination, Automation and finally Liberation, is what the author feels every man should follow in order to gain financial freedom and thus live life better.

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The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup

Author : Noam T. Wasserman
Publication Year : 2012

Noam Wasserman’s efforts bring to notice a topic that is often downplayed in the process of launching a startup: Difficulties and adversities. Through research, Wasserman talks of the most common pitfalls that founders have to endure. To better prepare such future leaders, this book serves as an essential toolbox; this gem of a book transcends a self-improvement guide!

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The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

Author : Peter Drucker
Publication Year : 1966

Peter F. Ducker is considered to be the most influential management thinker ever.  In this book, Ducker highlights the constraints that executives and those in similar positions are subjected to. He then provides excellent suggestions for maintaining the business effectiveness that is imperative for being productive. A classic must read for entrepreneurs that was first published in 1966!

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Creativity, Inc.

Author : Edwin Catmull, Amy Wallace
Publication Year : 2014

In Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull, President of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation, shares what happens behind-the-scenes in these two great companies. Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights. You can enter into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture.

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The Lean Startup

Author : Eric Ries
Publication Year : 2011

The book is centered around the concepts of validated learning and build-measure-learn feedback loop which means build a product, measure your customers’ reactions, and learn if your idea has been validated or if you need to adapt. Repeat this cycle until your customers send you a clear signal that your product fits a market need. It tries to bring in a systematic approach to measuring the progress at a startup. According to the author of book, one must begin with the customers in the form of interviews and research discovery. Ries also recommends using a process called the Five Whys which is a technique designed to reach the core of an issue.

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Author : Ben Horowitz
Publication Year : 2014

The Hard Thing About Hard Things is written by Ben Horowitz who is a cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and he is one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs. He writes his own story of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don't cover.

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Author : Nir Eyal, Ryan Hoover
Publication Year : 2014

Why do we use certain products regularly though many such products are available in the market? - like Google- What makes us habituated with certain products? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us?

Hooked is based on Eyal’s years of research, consulting, and practical experience. Hooked is written for product managers, designers, marketers, start-up founders, and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behavior.

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The $100 StartUp

Author : Chris Guillebeau
Publication Year : 2012

The $100 StartUp put out the possibility of starting and running a successful business with a ridiculously small team (1 to 5 members) with many real-life case studies. Chris Guillebeau writes a step-by-step framework you can use to find where your passion meets your skills and turn those into an income from your couch, based on his own case studies. Using nothing but a laptop and some wifi in most cases, you can build a thriving software, freelance or education business and scale it as far as you want.

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The E-Myth Revisited

Author : Michael E. Gerber
Publication Year : 1995

Michael E. Gerber originally published as “The E Myth” in 1986. Michael Gerber revised and updated the book in 1995. Michael E. Gerber explains how you can set up a company that depends much more on systems, than on people, and anyone can look after it with set of right instructions. He explains running a business and getting technical work done are two different things and shows you how you can set up a system dependent company rather than people dependent.

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The Four Steps to the Epiphany

Author : Steve Blank
Publication Year : 2005

Steve Blank explains hands-on instructions on how to handle customers, sales, marketing and building your company at different stages of your business. He explains how Customer Development Model is more useful than Product Development Model for new startups. There are four steps to the Customer Development Model: Customer Discovery, Customer Validation, Customer Creation and Company Building.

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