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We could all use a little advice sometimes. When it comes to treading unfamiliar territory while working on your startup, sometimes it’s best to learn from the experts. Knowledge is power and the more you know, the more successful you can become. By reading from other people’s successes (and failures), you’ll know what works well in the world of entrepreneurship and what might be a total flop. If you’re looking to glean a little wisdom or just prepare yourself for the road ahead, these fifteen books will get you started on a path to success.
1. My Start-Up Life by Ben Casnocha
What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley by Ben Casnocha: Ben first discovered his ability to craft a business from his own ideas at the young age of 12. Since then, he’s created his own start-up and this book tells his story of the way up. He has practical experience for turning your ideas into reality.
2.The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
If you’re on a shoestring budget for your web startup, The Lean Startup should be at the top of your list. Ries writes about testing your business continuously for productivity and success while making what capital you have work for you.
3.The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When There are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
After being involved in every aspect of a web startup, from investing to selling and buying again, Ben Horowitz shares the problems that he’s encountered along the way. He covers the problems that confront leaders every day and encourages you to survive and thrive in the fast-paced world of business.
4. Viral Loop by Adam L. Penenberg
Penenberg harnesses the power of businesses like Facebook, YouTube, and eBay to teach new entrepreneurs how to develop products and services that their customers really want. Learning how to take your business viral will help cut back on advertising costs and brand your business into the minds of your clients indefinitely.
5. Good to Great by Jim Collins
Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins: After spending several years thoroughly researching what makes some businesses survive long-term while others fail miserably, Jim Collins is sharing his findings. He describes the level of leadership that needs to be present and the attitudes within the company that make some startups stand out and others fade away.
6. Convert by Ben Hunt
At the heart of a successful ecommerce business, is a strong marketer who connects with the customer. Successful ecommerce also needs a strong understanding of website usability, communication, branding, and advertising. If you agree, then this book presents all the right ingredients to strike a chord with you.
Though it starts explaining each concept from the basics, this is no beginner's book. It deals with advanced topics such as SEO, customer engagement, andconversion among others. I like the tone of the writing. It is authoritative yet approachable. The use of graphs, tables, and other research data makes the lessons compelling.
7. Rework by Jason Fried
There’s more in the book about growing, nurturing, and thriving as a business: Better ways to handle competitors. Better ways to hire. Better ways to make progress. Better ways to evolve your product, service, and even your team. But ignoring excuses and fearful justifications always come first. Rework is a potent reminder that, to build a great businesstoday, you have to take down the past.
You can rework and redefine the real world. Just get going and start creating. You need less than you think.
8. Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
How the world's leading innovators push their ideas to fruition, time and time again.
Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare.
According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be strengthened by anyone willing to build their organizational habits and harness the forces of community. That's why he founded Behance, a company that helps creative people and teams across industries develop these skills.
9.The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development by Brant Cooper
Easily accessible and without a bunch of technical mumbo jumbo to wade through, Cooper introduce his readers to the basic tenets of business. Complete with worksheets and exercises to apply to your own business, this book shows you how to set yourself up for success from the very beginning.
10. The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki: After working with Apple in its early days, Kawasaki tested his ideas and techniques with other startups in his own business, Garage Technology Ventures. Kawasaki is a seasoned veteran at company startups, and he’s sharing his advice for hiring a great team, raising money to make your business work, and learning the art of entrepreneurship. If you have questions about where to go next, Kawasaki will help you to come up with a plan for the steps ahead.
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