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Top books that every Startup founder or entrepreneur must read

The more you read the more you learn. Here are the top books that teach great business lessons.

Being a CEO, it is not that easy. You constantly come across challenges that seem too severe. From product building to placing your Startup in the market, one should be aware of pitfalls.

Bill Gates, The Founder of Microsoft read 50 books per year. He is known for his voracious reading habits.

In an interview with the NY Times, he says that reading is still the main way he both learns new things and tests my understanding.

This constant thirst for learning made him build one of the most influential companies of 21 century.


1. “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers” by Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz is silicon valley’s one of the most respected and experienced entrepreneurs. The books talk about what it is like to run and lead a startup.

He offers his advice and wisdom to solve the toughest business problems, that startup schools do not cover.

Review:“This book is written from the perspective of a CEO who’s been to hell and back.”


2. “Business Adventures,” by John Brooks.

Although written in the 1960s, the book is still relevant today. It is one of the most favorite books of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

Read Review by Bill Gates.


3. “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries”

Written by author Eric Ries, who popularise lean startup moment.

This one is for businesses that are starting out from scratch. The Lean Startup covers on maximum capital efficiency of the company and using creativity to the highest level. The book focuses on continuous innovation to create a successful business model.

Review“The concept of Lean is centered on value-adding activities and reducing everything else. The Toyota Production System (TPS) implemented in the 1990s focused on eliminating waste at the manufacturing plant in Japan. Their efficient manufacturing system subsequently became known as the first lean process. So lean methodologies have existed for some time, but Eric Ries succeeds in putting an entirely new spin on the concept by applying it to innovation.”


4. “Rework” – by Jason Fried (New York Times bestselling book about business)

Written by the found of Basecamp formally known as 37signals. If you are just starting out your business journey, this is a must-read book.

This book covers all the things that you do not need, why you should not seek an investor, why you do not need a business plan. All the troubling answers are covered here.

Review“If you’re someone who wants to gain some strong leadership insight and discover what it means to have an entrepreneurial spirit, this is it.”


5. “Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger” by Peter Bevelin 

Beginning the book with great advice:

“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.”

It gives examples of clear thinking and attained wisdom. The book focuses on how thoughts are influenced, and we make misjudgments.

This book will help you to understand your behavior and explains what interferes with your goals.

Review“It really is true that if one reads this at a young age, a wise younger will achieve much in his life this is true in every sense of the word.”


6. “Managing Oneself” by Peter F. Drucker

Develop a deep understanding of yourself by spotting your most valuable strengths and most perilous weaknesses.

The book is about questioning yourself and organizing better – Anyone who is looking for being productive would love this book.

Review“The book gives you the one thing that is most important to succeed, It explains to you the importance of taking a step back, looking in the mirror, and developing your own metric-driven  approach to Managing Yourself.”


7. “The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs” by Amy Wilkinson

If you are into more research-based facts this one is for you. Based on in-depth interviews with more than 200 top entrepreneurs including the founders of LinkedIn, hipotle, eBay, Under Armour, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Spanx, Airbnb, PayPal, Jetblue, Gilt Groupe, Theranos, and Dropbox.

This book covers six skills with which one endeavors breakthrough, which is accessible to everyone.

Review“Stories of risk-taking, hard-working, talented entrepreneurs, and their ventures. If that were all that “Creator’s Code” was offering, I’d already be sold. But Wilkinson goes way beyond that and actually distills the wisdom of these unusually successful people into six principles mere mortals like you and me can use.”


8. “Zingerman’s Guide to Giving Great Service” by Ari Weinzweig

Anyone who is looking to learn about providing excellent customer service this book is a perfect guide.

This book details all the time-tested principles-

Getting more complaints is a good sign as customers believe you will listen to them.

Great product but poor service result in no loyal customers.

Rewarded and respected employers treat customers the same way.

Review“Ari takes the fine art of customer service and makes it practical, accessible, and quickly usable by others in the service business.”


9. “Losing My Virginity” by Sir Richard Branson

If you are looking for some inspiration this is your page-turner book. Learn how self-belief can lead you to unparalleled success.

Written by the legend himself, this biography talks about business adventures. The book details his life, how he started his career, and became one of the most influential businessmen.

Review: “Reading this book feels like the author is talking to you. This is one of my best reads ever. The quality of the content is amazing. Sir Richard Branson becomes a role model to you when you finish reading this book”

10. “Sam Walton: Made in America” by Sam Walton

Written by the man behind the Wal-mart, Sam Walton shares his thoughts on building business and leadership. Learn how he builds the Walmart and eventually became one the richest man in the world.

This book will teach you what they don’t teach in business school.

Review: “What is most remarkable about this book is the sheer amount of proven business tips that it unveils. You are guaranteed to receive your share of practical wisdom from Sam Walton himself and some of his friends.”