Sometimes it’s a good idea take a pause from our fast paced lifestyle. Entrepreneurs need to take a step back and reflect on what they’re doing and how to do it better.
With startups happening more than ever, not all of them have the knowledge and experience to run their companies. Luckily, there are plenty of books to help teach entrepreneurs what they need to know on running a successful business. What’s even better is reading books by an authors that have “been there and done that” before. From everything to starting your business, to properly executing your idea, these books explain it all. Here are the top 10 books entrepreneurs should read:
The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups From Their Founding Entrepreneurs
The Startup Play is a must read for any aspiring entrepreneur in their company startup phase. The author, David Kidder does a remarkable job interviewing some of the most successful entrepreneurs in today’s economy. By asking the right questions, Kidder inevitably empowers his readers by giving them real insights from fast growing company founders. The book is structured to make it an easy read, enabling you to jump to specific references when you need to. The Startup Play is an inspiring book, which also offers practicality for any business type you’re in.
Book: The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs
Author: David Kidder
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Date Published: December 26, 2012
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace gives us an insightful approach into building a creative business with their book, Creativity, Inc. The book revolves around the co-founder Ed Catmull (alongside with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter) of Pixar Animation Studios and the innovation that led to its success. This book is definitely one of the best in its class, focusing on leadership and company culture. A must read for people who want to become better creative leaders, leaving you inspired with many lessons learned inside Pixar Animation Studios.
Book: Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Author: Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace
Publisher: Random House Canada (April 8 2014)
Date Published: April 8, 2014
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers is written by Ben Horowitz, a well known entrepreneur from the silicon valley. A veteran in his field and a highly successful entrepreneur in the tech industry, Horowitz shares his hard earned insights on what it truly means to build a success company. It’s story telling at its best and a must read for any business. From the pressures of being a CEO, to the constant struggle a company has to face, this book teaches you how to embrace your business.
Book: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Author: Ben Horowitz
Publisher: Harper Business
Date Published: February 21, 2014
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
The Lean Startup provides valuable information on how entrepreneurs learn and adapt to the continuous evolving nature of technology. Successful tech startups today think outside the box, using continuous innovation explained by the author, Eric Ries. Although it’s titled “The Lean Startup”, the book is a beneficial read for anyone in business because it makes you think like a startup innovating your own company. With plenty of case studies, Reis clearly shows how taking action now and adjusting your business model as you go is the key to a success and profitable company.
Book: The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Author: Eric Ries
Publisher: Crown Business
Date Published: September 13, 2011
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel & Blake Masters brings us a truly remarkable book about innovation and the future. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future is not just another business book, it’s defines how the the world is constantly changing and what entrepreneurs need to do to become successful. Thiel and Masters share their wisdom and explain how and why business succeed or fail. A must read for everyone.
Book: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Authors: Peter Thiel & Blake Masters
Publisher: Crown Business
Date Published: September 16, 2014
Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson deliver an absolute masterpiece with Rework. Whether you run a small business or a large company, the book offers guidance on how to rework and rethink the way you do business. Fried and Hansson reminds us the simple, yet forgotten strategies on how to be productive with things we do. Rework is an inspiring book filled with great ideas. Any entrepreneur would benefit from this read.
Authors: Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
Date Published: March 9, 2010
The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business
The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business is a must read for business owners and entrepreneurs. Clayton Christensen shows how even successful companies can still be taken down by disruptive technologies. The book is a real eye opener with interesting notable theories. Reading this book will make you rethink and change the way you handle your business.
Book: The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business
Author: Clayton Christensen
Publisher: Harper Business
Date Published: Revised in September 27, 2011
Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works
Ash Maurya delivers an engaging read with his book, Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works. Maurya covers everything from lean startups to properly executing your business idea. The book is a great read for entrepreneurs, offering practical advice on running a business. His ideas and concepts of innovation uses “lean startup, customer development, and bootstrapping” structuring his products for growth. If you plan on starting a business, you have to read this book.
Book: Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works
Author: Ash Maurya
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Date Published: March 9, 2012 (2 Edition)
Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
Jeff Sutherland gives us a persuasive, yet engaging read about the scrum methodology. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time is a valuable read for any leadership role in a company. Through a lot of storytelling, Sutherland explains what is scrum and how to achieve great success with it. Start your company, evaluate it, and the adapt to the necessary changes. Overall, this compelling book will motivate you and the way you do business.
Book: Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
Author: Jeff Sutherland
Publisher: Crown Business
Date Published: September 30, 2014
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change is a must read for any young professional or entrepreneur. Stephen Covey tells us that highly effective people follow 7 habits: Be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win/win, seek first to understand, then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw. After reading this book, you’ll be left feeling inspired with everything you do whether it’d be in your personal life or your business.
Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Author: Stephen Covey
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: November 19, 2013 (Anniversary Edition)
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