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Best Startup Books

Dive into the world of innovation and entrepreneurship with the top-ranked startup books, curated from leading blogs and publications, based on their frequency of recommendation.

Recommendations from 123 articles, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs and 299 others.
Best Startup Books
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The Lean Startup
How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Eric Ries - 2011-01-01
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Discover a new approach to building successful startups and launching new products in the face of extreme uncertainty. The Lean Startup helps companies of all sizes to be more capital efficient and leverage human creativity more effectively. Author Eric Ries offers a scientific approach to creating and managing startups that utilizes rapid experimentation and validated learning, rather than traditional business plans. Learn how to adapt and adjust your vision before it's too late and stay ahead of the competition in today's constantly evolving market.
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The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Ben Horowitz - 2014-03-04
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Learn the unfiltered truth about the challenges of running a business from Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Ben Horowitz. Drawing from his own experiences founding, managing, and investing in technology companies, Horowitz offers essential advice for navigating the toughest problems business schools don't cover. Using anecdotes from his own rise to success, he covers everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, and managing your own psychology while leading a company. With humor and candidness, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is a must-read for both veteran entrepreneurs and those aspiring to start their own ventures.
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Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Peter Thiel - 2014-09-16
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Discover uncharted frontiers and create new inventions - this is the main topic of Zero to One. Peter Thiel, the legendary entrepreneur and investor, believes that progress should not be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. In fact, he argues that progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. Thiel's book presents an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and provides a new way of thinking about innovation, starting with learning to ask the right questions to find value in unexpected places. If you want to build a better future, this book is a must-read.
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How to Build Habit-Forming Products
Nir Eyal - 2014-11-04 (first published in 2013)
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Discover the secret behind why some products keep us coming back for more in this insightful book on the Hook Model. Author Nir Eyal breaks down the four-step process that successful companies use to subtly encourage customer behavior, resulting in products that users can't put down. With practical insights and actionable steps, Eyal provides a how-to guide for anyone involved in product management, marketing, or design. Dive into fascinating examples from the likes of Twitter, Pinterest, and the Bible App to master the art of creating user habits that stick.
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The $100 Startup
Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
Chris Guillebeau - 2012-05-08
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Learn how to create a life of adventure, meaning, and purpose while earning a good living with this guide. Using real-life case studies, this book will teach you how to turn your passions into a profitable business, even if you have no special skills, MBA, or employees. With practical advice, you'll learn how to start small, avoid common mistakes, and find the perfect intersection between what you love and what others will pay for. This book will inspire and guide you towards a fulfilling life and help you help others do the same.
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The Startup Owner's Manual
The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company
Steve Blank - 2012-01-01
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This bestselling guide is a must-read for entrepreneurs looking to build a successful startup. It provides step-by-step instructions on the Customer Development process, tested and refined by a Silicon Valley startup expert for more than a decade. With over 100 charts, graphs, and diagrams, plus valuable checklists, you'll learn how to avoid common mistakes, bring your business idea to life, identify your customers, and ultimately drive your startup to profitable success. Used by hundreds of startup teams and taught at top universities, this guide is the ultimate how-to manual for startup success.
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Change The Way You Work Forever
Jason Fried - 2010-03-09
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This innovative business book, written by the founders of 37signals, explores the reality that anyone can start their own business thanks to accessible tools and technology. Rework encourages readers to forget about traditional business plans and office spaces, and instead focuses on a streamlined and easy-is-better approach to entrepreneurship. This playbook is perfect for hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, as well as artists looking for inspiration on how to make a living doing what they love. It's time to rework work.
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The Innovator's Dilemma
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
Clayton M. Christensen - 2003-01-01 (first published in 1997)
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Learn how even the most successful companies can lose market leadership in the face of disruptive innovation. Renowned author Clayton M. Christensen offers a set of rules for capitalizing on these new waves of innovation, using both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide. This classic bestseller, cited by the likes of Steve Jobs and Malcolm Gladwell, is a must-read for any manager, leader, or entrepreneur.
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Founders at Work
Stories of Startups' Early Days
Jessica Livingston - 2007-01-26 (first published in 2001)
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Discover the early days of famous tech startups in "Founders at Work." This collection of interviews with founders like Steve Wozniak and Caterina Fake gives readers an inside look at the surprising, funny, and sometimes difficult journey of building a successful company. Learn about their ideas, how they convinced investors, and how they recovered from failures. Whether you're a technical person thinking about starting a startup or someone interested in understanding business, this book is required reading for anyone looking to create value and productivity.
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Creativity, Inc.
Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Ed Catmull - 2014-04-08
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Learn the secrets to building a thriving creative culture in business with this insightful book by Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios. Creativity, Inc. takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the meetings, postmortems, and "Braintrust" sessions that have led to some of the most successful films in history. Through a series of philosophies that prioritize protecting the creative process and defying convention, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar both widely admired and wildly profitable. Managers looking to lead their team to new heights and anyone striving for originality will find this book an invaluable resource.
Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore
Traction by Gabriel Weinberg
Good To Great by Jim Collins
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, Robert Petkoff, Donna Dale Carnegie, Simon & Schuster Audio
The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank
Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove
The Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki
Who by Geoff Smart
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
Venture Deals by Brad Feld
Measure What Matters by John Doerr
Radical Candor by Kim Scott
The Founder's Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman
Lean Analytics by Alistair Croll
Originals by Adam Grant
The Mom Test by Rob Fitzpatrick
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin
Never Too Late to Startup by Rob Kornblum
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
Mastering the VC Game by Jeffrey Bussgang
Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis
Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder
Grit by Angela Duckworth
Built to Sell by John Warrillow
Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
High Growth Handbook by Elad Gil
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
Predictable Revenue by Aaron Ross
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Running Lean by Ash Maurya
Will It Fly? by Pat Flynn
Leading at the Speed of Growth by Katherine Catlin
The Startup Playbook by David Kidder
Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki
The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
Built to Last by Jim Collins
Made to Stick by Chip Heath
Screw It, Let's Do It by Richard Branson
Startupland by Mikkel Svane
Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki
Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller
Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim
From Impossible to Inevitable by Aaron Ross
Behind the Cloud by Marc Benioff
Contagious by Jonah Berger
You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
Scaling Up by Verne Harnish
The Power of Broke by Daymond John
Purple Cow by Seth Godin
Secrets of Sand Hill Road by Scott Kupor
Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy
Traction by Gino Wickman
Testing Business Ideas by David J. Bland
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Atomic Habits by James Clear
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Obviously Awesome by April Dunford
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The Everything Store by Brad Stone
The Lean Product Playbook by Dan Olsen
Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits! by Greg Crabtree
Explosive Growth by Cliff Lerner
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries
Positioning by Al Ries
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle Laporte
Disrupted by Dan Lyons
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg