11 Books Every Startup Founder Should Read
1. The Time Trap: The Classic Book on Time Management by Alec Mackenzie
In this classic book of time management Author, Alec Mackenzie provides an invaluable tool to anyone who wants to become more efficient. This is filled with smart tactics, hard-hitting interviews, and handy time management tools to help you squeeze the optimal efficiency and satisfaction out of your workday.
2. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
You are literally swamped with work and personal responsibilities, projects, stacks of magazines to read But the fact is you are never going to caught up. You will never get on top of your tasks If you follow the 21 rules given by Brian Tracy, your life will be as productive as u wish. Every idea in this book is focused on increasing your overall levels of productivity, performance, and output and on making you more valuable in whatever you do There is never enough time to do everything you have to do.
3. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
I highly recommend it for those open to discovering more about themselves. It is for people who are tired of suffering the same with little to no results and want to change their thoughts and their relationship with wealth. This book isn’t just about reading and learning, it is about taking action to succeed. Great book full of practical ideas Teaches you to expand your mind & make you think like a highly successful person, teaches you to eliminate previous ways of thinking and expand overall your horizons.
4. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
In his all-time bestseller, Robert T.Kiyosaki challenges the traditional outlook towards making money and modern education system. In his book, Kiyosaki reveals that he had two fatherly perspectives while growing up. His biological father maintained an attitude towards money that kept him struggling financially throughout his life. and on the other hand, His friend’s father, who he spent a lot of time with, held a different perspective and ultimately prospered. The two men regarded money differently, which caused young Robert to compare and ponder the different things each dad taught. In doing so, he had to choose which path to follow, rather than just blindly accept what he learned. He applied these principles in his life, and, like his rich dad, prospered financially.
5. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
In The 100 Dollar Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love,
and Create a New Future, author Chris Guillebeau examines the steps taken by hundreds of successful business owners who have built and grown their startups with very small investments (often less than $100). He focuses on the most useful and interesting case studies, delving into the journey of the business owner from the small startup to prosperous business to complete financial freedom and flexibility.
6. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich is a manifesto calling for workers everywhere to rise up and flee their cubicles in pursuit of a life guided by their passions and not their paychecks.
It offers a practical, step-by-step guide that can be followed by people who are not independently wealthy but who don’t want to be slaves to their jobs until retirement. Whether a person is an entrepreneur or an employee, he or she can follow this path. However, the steps of doing so will vary slightly.
7. The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Gary Blank
This is the best book I’ve read about starting a company, full of key insights about how startups differ from established organizations and the practical implications of how to run your business based on this core difference. An in-depth manual/how-to-guide/workbook all in one, the concepts in here are ridiculously valuable and will assist anyone interested in bringing a product to market and achieving the mythical “product-market fit”. This is the first book I recommend to people in startups/entrepreneurs working on their own ideas, and it’s something that can be referred to often at any point in the life-cycle of a fledgling business.
8. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
In this book, you’ll learn how your mind comes to a conclusion based on previous results and statistics.
You’ll learn how to better control your emotions and how to judge why you make the decisions you do.
For example, you might find that whenever you think about a friend you’ll think of a particular memory related to that person. You’ll learn in this book that this is an automatic reaction of System One, and then System Two analyses the memory to remember the conversations or exact experiences.
9. The Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman
Here, LinkedIn co-founder and chairman Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha show how to accelerate your career in today’s competitive world. The key is to manage your career as if it were a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you. This book isn’t about cover letters or resumes. Instead, you will learn the best practices of Silicon Valley start-ups, and how to apply these entrepreneurial strategies to your career. Whether you work for a giant multinational corporation, a small local business, or are launching your own venture, you need to know how to: Adapt your career plans as you change, the people around you change, and industries change Develop a competitive advantage to win the best jobs and opportunities
Strengthen your professional network by building powerful alliances and maintaining a diverse mix of relationships.
10. Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age by Paul Graham
At its core, this is a book about how changes in technology (particularly computer tech) has changed economic and social realities and the new breed of tech-savvy doers that these technological shifts have brought to the forefront of our society. Starting from random opinionated views on how the world works, to interesting correlations about art and science ending with a strong evangelism on the programming language Lisp, Paul forces us to put our thinking cap on.
11. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Last But certainly not least, Every must-read list for the startup founder is incomplete without mention The Biography of The Great STEVE JOBS. It is a must-read for everyone If you are a 9-5
employee or a Startup founder it is something you don’t want to miss…