Books for Entrepreneurs and Startups


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Books for Entrepreneurs and Startups

  1. 1. BOOKSfor Entrepreneurs and Startups
  2. 2. The $100 StartupReinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future Author: Chris Guillebeau In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose – and earn a good living.
  3. 3. The Lean StartupHow Todays Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses Author: Eric Ries Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
  4. 4. Built to LastSuccessful Habits of Visionary Companies Author: Jim Collins "This is not a book about charismatic visionary leaders. It is not about visionary product concepts or visionary products or visionary market insights.”
  5. 5. Business Model GenerationA Handbookfor Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers Author: Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur Business Model Generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrows enterprises. If your organization needs to adapt to harsh new realities, but you dont yet have a strategy that will get you out in front of your competitors, you need Business Model Generation.
  6. 6. The 4-Hour WorkweekEscape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich Author: Timothy Ferriss Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five- figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.
  7. 7. Purple CowTransform Your Business by Being Remarkable Author: Seth Godin The classic bestseller that taught the business world that safe is risky; very good is bad; and above all, youre either remarkable or invisible
  8. 8. Founders at WorkStories of Startups Early Days Author: Jessica Livingston 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)
  9. 9. The Startup Owners ManualThe Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company Author: Steve Blank Power your startup to success with The Startup Owners Manual. This near-encyclopedic guide unlocks the secrets to startup success - walking you, step- by-step, through the tested and proven Customer Development process created by startup expert Steve Blank.
  10. 10. The Art of the StartThe Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything Author: Guy Kawasaki What does it take to turn ideas into action? What are the elements of a perfect pitch? How do you win the war for talent? How do you establish a brand without bucks? These are some of the issues everyone faces when starting or revitalizing any undertaking
  11. 11. Linchpin Are You Indispensable? Author: Seth Godin "The only way to get what youre worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people care deeply about."
  12. 12. Delivering HappinessA Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose Author: Tony Hsieh The visionary CEO of Zappos explains how an emphasis on corporate culture can lead to unprecedented success.
  13. 13. The E-Myth RevisitedWhy Most Small Businesses Dont Work and What to Do About It Author: Michael E. Gerber In this first new and totally revised edition of the 150,000-copy underground bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business.
  14. 14. The Fire Starter SessionsA Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms Author: Danielle LaPorte The Fire Starter Sessions is an apathy-kicking, integrity-infusing guide to defining success on your own terms.
  15. 15. The Real Deal Author: James Caan After dropping out of school at just sixteen, James Caan started his business life in a broom cupboard with no qualifications and two pieces of fatherly wisdom: observe the masses and do the opposite and always look for opportunities where both parties
  16. 16. Zoom!The faster way to make your business idea happen (Financial Times Series) Author: Ian Sanders Short, punchy and practical, this book is packed with powerful tools, techniques and ideas that will get you ready to launch your business in just 60 days. With useful advice on everything you need to make your business happen, from marketing, to logo design, accounts, registration, e-commerce and everything else in-between.
  17. 17. Crush It!Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion Author: Gary Vaynerchuk Do you have a hobby you wish you could do all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take those passions and make a living doing what you love. In CRUSH IT!
  18. 18. Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, Reclaiming Your True Nature Author: Martha Beck Finding Your Way in a Wild New World is a remarkable path to the most important discovery you can make: the knowledge of what you should be doing with your one wild and precious life..
  19. 19. Rework Author: Jason Fried Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If youre looking for a book like that, put this one back on the
  20. 20. Good to GreatWhy Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Dont. Author: Jim Collins The Challenge: Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.
  21. 21. The KnackHow Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up Author: Norm Brodsky Two of Inc. magazine’s hugely popular columnists show how small-business people can deal with all kinds of tricky situations.
  22. 22. Getting RealThe smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application Author: Jason Fried Getting Real details the business, design, programming, and marketing principles of 37signals. The book is packed with keep-it- simple insights, contrarian points of view, and unconventional approaches to software design.
  23. 23. EnchantmentThe Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions Author: Guy Kawasaki Enchantment, as defined by bestselling business guru Guy Kawasaki, is not about manipulating people. It transforms situations and relationships. It converts hostility into civility and civility into affinity.
  24. 24. The Start-up of YouAdapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career Author: Reid Hoffman (Author), Ben Casnocha (Author) A blueprint for thriving in your job and building a career by applying the lessons of Silicon Valleys most innovative entrepreneurs.
  25. 25. Made to StickWhy Some Ideas Survive and Others Die Author: Chip Heath Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others–struggle to make their ideas “stick.”
  26. 26. The Art of Profitability Author: Adrian Slywotzky An extraordinarily new business slant on how companies can generate greater profits. Presented in 23 compact lessons, "The Art of Profitability" features an ongoing tutorial between two fictitious individuals.
  27. 27. EntrepreneurshipAn Innovators Guide to Startups and Corporate Ventures Author: Marc H. Meyer, Frederick G. Crane This exciting new text helps student entrepreneurs succeed in the modern arena, in which new technology-intensive products and services are the engines of venture creation and economic growth.
  28. 28. Inbound MarketingGet Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs Author: Brian Halligan , Dharmesh Shah Traditional "outbound" marketing methods like cold-calling, email blasts, advertising, and direct mail are increasingly less effective. People are getting better at blocking these interruptions out using Caller ID, spam protection, TiVo, etc. People are now increasingly turning to Google, social media, and blogs to find products and services. Inbound Marketing helps you take advantage of this change by showing you how to get found by customers online.