Looking for books on entrepreneurship and startups?
There are tons of books on entrepreneurship and startups out there and, like me, you probably have a few of them on your shelves. The problem is always the same though. Which ones should you read? Which ones are worth your time? What are the books out there you should know about.
This page regroups my reading notes on entrepreneurship and startups books. If you asked me, though, I’d go for Gerber’s book on The E-Myth, for Grant’s book on Originals, and for Guillebeau’s book on The $100 Startup. Oh, and don’t miss Tim Ferriss’ book on The 4 Hour Workweek, it’s a classic.
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What if there was a way to crack the funding out there? Let’s face it! Startup funding is a difficult topic and, as a general rule, the questions faced by Founders in need for cash are numerous.
Who do you need to talk to? What can you expect from investors and what should you seek to obtain from them? How do you need to talk to them? What do they need to hear, actually? Oh, but do you need a business plan? How do you prepare a compelling pitch? In ‘Crack the Funding Code’, Judy Robinett …
Hedge, A Greater Safety Net for the Entrepreneurial Age by Nicolas Colin: what if our society models and approach to innovation and entrepreneurship were outdated? While at some point being a Tech entrepreneur was a trendy thing, nowadays our relationship to tech and innovative companies has shifted. Complexity, perplexity, the words aren’t difficult to find. The question is, how do we move forward? This book is interesting, well written and very well research. And you should read it if you are wondering how entrepreneurship is about to turn. Just saying!
This month, I’ve decided to make you think smart with a book on entrepreneurship and, more generally, innovation. This book is Start With Why, by Simon Sinek. A bestselling piece which you probably heard about many times. But have you read it? The book elaborates on what should be the core of a strategy. Whether you try to sell a book, a product, a service, or a dream, the WHY is the basis, the roots, the engine. Sinek explains this theory and provides some interesting and easily actionable takes. Does that pick your curiosity? Well, that page was written for you. Just keep reading!
Ready to be a Thought Leader? How to Increase Your Influence, Impact and Success, by Denise Brosseau is one of those books I’ve put to the top of my must-read list, without the slightest doubt.
The book isn’t on Amazon’s hot list, and I haven’t heard many people talk about it, yet I think that it is a powerful tool if you are interested in building up your own leadership.
Denise Brosseau provides various concepts and very actionable tools here, which will help you get somewhere. At the end of the day, whilst leadership is a big topic, only a few people have a genuine opportunity to have a go for it. This book is different because it shows that, using what you have and building from your own expertise, you can make things work differently. Sounds promising, doesn’t it? Keep reading for more!
The bottom line of my Zero to One Summary? Easy. This book is one of the reference books out there for those interested in business development. Or perhaps should I say startup development, as a matter of fact. Peter Thiel (who is one of the Paypal founders) elaborates on how startups work and on the kind of mindset you need to become a successful startup founder. Thiel has a tone and goes straight to the point, which makes him challenge some of the ideas you tend to see all the time in the mainstream way of thinking. In short? A challenging book, totally worth your time if you need to boost your leadership skills.
Leadership is a big thing we all want to explore, both for self-development or business reasons. But where should we start? Here is a book suggestion: in How to Win Friends and Influence People, leadership guru Dale Carnegie explains the basics of human intelligence and human skills. It’s very simple! These are the skills you need to master if you plan on moving forward and doing better with what you have! In short? A must-read business and self-development book, packed with value. What are you waiting for? Read my book review of Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People …
Wondering why there is so much fuss about capitalism at the moment? Time to get back to the basics. Don’t take risks, though. Go for a big name. Today, my economics and society book suggestion is ‘Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy’ by Joseph Schumpeter. First, Schumpeter is one of those names everyone’s heard of (without being able to say a thing about the guy). So, time to dig in and think smart. Second, ‘Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy’ is a challenging book which contains key ideas you should know about. Does creative destruction ring a bell? You have no excuse… Read my book review!
Looking for insights and tips on business and creativity development? Here is a book suggestion: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull (with Amy Wallace). Creativity, Inc. uses the story of Pixar as a practical case study. The book is very practical, in other words, and it explains to what extent creativity can become part of a company’s DNA. Creativity, Inc. is a little technical at times, but it is nonetheless an interesting and challenging read totally worth your time if the topic is of interest to you for one reason or another. Want to find out more? Read my book review of Creativity, Inc. now!
Here is another interesting book on creativity and business leadership. If you are in business, chances are that you keep asking yourself how to beat the competition, right? Well, as usual, here is a book suggestion: Rules for Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki. So what’s special about that book? In Rules for Revolutionaries, Kawasaki gives you the basics of product-building. Because there are basic rules! Where do you get your ideas? when do you launch a product? How do you test your ideas? How do you keep improving?Kawasaki’s Rules for Revolutionaries are precisely about that. Read my book review and see for yourself! Think SMART!
There are tons of books out there on leadership and creativity, but Originals by Adam Grant is definitely in top position on my book suggestions list. In ‘Originals, How Non-Conformists Move the World’, Grant provides tons of food for thought on how to be better at creativity and leadership… differently. Are you interested in finding ways to think smart and outside the box? Are you thinking about changing the rules? Trying to write your own rules, maybe? Well, This book is a book you must read, it’s as simple as that. Read smart, check my book review of Originals to find out more!
Many people dream of building their own business or side hustle, but where to start? Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle advice can help! ‘Side Hustle, From Idea to income in 27 Days’ is a book about starting a business of your own, from a passion, simply. The book draws on the success of Guillebeau’s book The $100 Startup, really. But this one is more like an action plan. Very relevant (and fun to read) if you are into project-building, business books, and self-development books! Don’t miss my book review!
Here’s the thing. Despite what everybody says, building a startup isn’t just about raising funds. Building a startup is about asking the right questions and getting stuff done. And ‘The $100 Startup’ by Chris Guillebeau can help you do that. The $100 Startup is an interesting and easy-to-read book for those interested in building a business with very little. What you read in there not only makes sense, it is inspiring, and it will give you food for thought on how you could build-up something differently. Want to find out more? Read my book review of The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau!
Are you having difficulty running your business? Are you trying to build a startup in a smart way? The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber explains why many business owners struggle to keep their head above the water and what they do wrong. For this, the book is an excellent reading suggestion. Let’s face it, entrepreneurship is tough, so why take chances? The E-Myth Revisited is packed with easily actionable advice, and the way the story is written makes it fun to read. In short, this is a must-read business & startups book. Read my book review of The E-myth Revisited to find out why!
We all want to work less and have a better work/life balance, right? Now, what if the 4-Hour Workweek model developed by Tim Ferriss made you a new rich? What if it helped change your life for good? In this book, Tim Ferriss uses his business life as a case study. He explains what works and what doesn’t. He provides plenty of actionable tools to make your business work for you. The 4-Hour Workweek is a reference book out there, and you should know about it if your goal is to escape the 9-5 model. Read my book review, read smart, think smart!