A Long Reading List for Startups

Anyone who knows me well, can tell you that I am a book worm. I love to read and to learn from books.

There are so many books on the market for startups. This is a reading list for founders and entrepreneurs.


1. Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

2. Mindset: Changing the Way You Think to Fulfil Your Potential by Dr Carol Dweck

3. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

4. Grit: Why Passion and Resilience are the Secrets to Success by Angela Duckworth

5. The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

6. Digital Humanities: Knowledge and Critique in a Digital Age by David M. Berry and Anders Fagerjord

7. Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice by Sarah Pink, Heather A. Horst, et al.

8. Digital Anthropology by Heather A. Horst

9. Firestarters: How Innovators, Instigators and Initiators Can Inspire You to Ignite Your Own Life by Raoul Davis, Kathy Palokoff and Paul Eder

10. Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan For Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt

11. Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success by Benjamin Hardy

12. Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises our Achievement by Shawn Achor

13. Mindset: Changing the Way You Think to Fulfil Your Potential by Carol Dweck

14. What to Do When it's Your Turn (And it's Always Your Turn) by Seth Godin

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

16. Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire

17. The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future by Steve Case

18. Entrepreneur Revolution: How to Develop Your Entrepreneurial Mindset and Start a Business that Works by Daniel Priestley

19. Rework: Change the Way You Work Forever by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

20. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

21. Originals: How Non-Conformists Change the World by Adam Grant


22. Rework: Change The Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

23. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

24. Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan For Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt

25. Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive by Ned Hallowell

26. How to Have a Good Day: The Essential Toolkit for a Productive Day at Work and Beyond by Caroline Webb

27. The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success by Emma Seppala

28. The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John and Daniel Paisner

28. Eat the Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done - Today! by Brian Tracey

29. Life Leverage: How to Get More Done in Less Time, Outsource Everything and Create Your Ideal Mobile Lifestyle by Rob Moore


30. The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything by Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna

31. Blockchain revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott

32. The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain are Challenging the Global Economic ORder by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey


33. Just Listen by Mark Goulston

34. Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why it Matters by Richard Rumelt

35. The Management Myth: Why the Experts Keep Getting it Wrong by Matthew Stewart

36. How will capitalism end? by Wolfgang Streek

37. The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You do Business by Clayton M. Christensen

38. The Econocracy: On the Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts by Joe Earle, Cahal Moran and Zach Ward-Perkins

39. This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff

40. The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth by Clayton M. Christensen and Michael E. Raynor

41. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston

42. Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers by Jay Baer

43. #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media and Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk

44. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur

45. Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future by Black Masters and Peter Thiel

46. Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried

47. The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

48. Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business into a Sales Machine with the $100 Million Best Practices of Salesforce.com by Aaron Ross and Marylou Tyler

49. Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster by Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz

50. The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf

51. The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls that can Sink a Startup by Naom Wasserman

52. Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

53. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp, John Zerasky and Braden Kowitz

54. The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

55. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Dr Kevin Kelly

56. Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

57. Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for LEss by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao

58. Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

59. Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

60. Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker

61. Contagious: How to Build Word of Mouth in the Digital Age by Jonah Berger

62. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal

63. Oversubscribed: How to Get People Lining Up to Do Business with You by Daniel Priestley

64. Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers by Geoffrey A. Moore

65. Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People by G. Richard Shell

66. Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms by Jeffrye Bussgang

67. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

68. Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets are Transforming the Economy and How to Make Them Work for You by Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall W. Van Alstyne and Sangret Paul Choudary


69. The Richer Way: How to Get the Best Out of People

70. Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent by Sydney Finkelstein

71. Who: The A Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street

72. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

73. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek

74. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek

What books would you add to this list?

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