This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s meant to give budding entrepreneurs of any age a starting point when it comes to thinking about beginning their first entrepreneurial adventure. These books were chosen based on their readibility (easy to understand, key points highlighted, non-technical language), the information they provide, and their scope (social media, leadership, strategy, navigating the landscape, finances etc). Enjoy!
1. Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
Great tips like “learn by doing”, “take intelligent risks”, and have a “Plan A, B and Z”.
2. Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen
Probably the best book on social media out there.
3. The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs by David Kidder and Reid Hoffman
Learn from well-known entrepreneurs what it took to start and run their companies.
4. How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell
Lessons on learning on leading.
5. Escape From Cubicle Nation, From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur by Pamela Slim
Practical comprehensive action plan on how to make the jump.
6. Competitive Strategies for Dummies by Richard Pettinger
Learn about business planning and strategy.
7. Power, Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t by Jeffrey Pfeffer
A provocative read on understanding people and relationships.
8. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Think differently. Change the rules of the game.
9. World Changers, 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business as We Knew It by John Byrne
Inspiring read featuring entrepreneurial rock stars from a diverse set of industries.
10. Venture Deals, Be Smarter than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson
Learn about the structure of venture deals, term sheets, and other financials.
Full list of books on my reading list can be found here: https://charlenengamwajasat.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/reading-list/
Feel free to add other faves that you might have in the comments below.