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The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Ben Horowitz - Mar 04, 2014
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A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, b...
Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Peter Thiel - Sep 16, 2014
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If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise t...
Influence
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Robert B. Cialdini - Aug 07, 2008 (first published in 1984)
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Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a sales...
Deep Work
Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Cal Newport - Jan 05, 2016
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One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work ...
The Innovator's Dilemma
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
Clayton M. Christensen - Jan 05, 2016 (first published in 1997)
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The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller—one of the most influential business books of all time—innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding com...
Founders at Work
Stories of Startups' Early Days
Jessica Livingston - Sep 16, 2008 (first published in 2001)
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Now available in paperback--with a new preface and interview with Jessica Livingston about Y Combinator!Founders at Work: 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 c...
Tools of Titans
The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Timothy Ferriss - Dec 06, 2016
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The latest groundbreaking book from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.  From the author:   For the last two years, Ive interviewed nearly two hundred world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icon...
The Obstacle Is the Way
The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
Ryan Holiday - May 01, 2014
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“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus AureliusWe are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obst...
Crushing It!
How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too
Gary Vaynerchuk - Jan 30, 2018
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Four-time New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.In his 2009 international bestseller Crus...
The Millionaire Fastlane
Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime!
MJ DeMarco - Jan 04, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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Is the financial plan of mediocrity-a dream-stealing, soul-sucking dogma known as The Slowlane-your plan for creating wealth? You know how it goes-go to school, get a good job, save 10 percent of your paycheck, buy a used car, cancel the movie channels, quit drinking expensive Starbucks mocha lattes, save and penny-pinch your life away, trust your ...
The ONE Thing
The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Gary Keller - Apr 01, 2013
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The One Thing explains the success habit to overcome the six lies that block our success, beat the seven thieves that steal time, and leverage the laws of purpose, priority, and productivity....
Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder
Traction by Gabriel Weinberg
The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson
The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank
Principles by Ray Dalio
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries
The Power of Broke by Daymond John
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin
80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall
The Founder's Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman
The Barefoot Executive by Carrie Wilkerson
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller
Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
Venture Deals by Brad Feld
Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs by Karen Berman
Built to Sell by John Warrillow
The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
The Startup Owner's Manual by Steve Blank
The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Running a Business by Steve Mariotti
Do More Faster by Brad Feld
The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries
Company of One by Paul Jarvis
Will It Fly? by Pat Flynn
How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb
What If It Does Work Out? by Susie Moore
Reality Check by Guy Kawasaki
High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove
A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" by Richard P. Feynman
Measure What Matters by John Doerr
Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell
Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham
SPRINT by Zeratsky Jake Knapp
Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini
How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis
Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene M. Schwartz
Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke
Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World by René Girard
The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz
Traction by Gino Wickman
Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker
Whistleblower by Susan Fowler
The Conversion Code by Chris Smith
Banker To The Poor by Muhammad Yunus
The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy
The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed
Mastery by Robert Greene
Secrets of Sand Hill Road by Scott Kupor
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
The Outsiders by William N. Thorndike
Wooden by John Wooden
The Culture Map by Erin Meyer
Peak by Anders Ericsson
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug
Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis
Seeking Wisdom by Peter Bevelin
The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
Boyd by Robert Coram
Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows
The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun
Inspired by Marty Cagan
On Fire by John O'Leary
DotCom Secrets by Russell Brunson
The Dictator's Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy
Value Proposition Design by Alexander Osterwalder
The 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib
The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo