I am working on compiling my reading list and thought I would separate 8 of my favourite books for budding and current entrepreneurs.
In no particular order. Here’s the list:
The Lean Startup (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0670921602)
Pretty much considered the entrepreneurs bible, ‘The Lean Startup’ is one of the best books to get started. Packed with loads of fascinating stories and basic principles.
Creative Confidence (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CKE05ZY)
We’re all born creative, so what happens later in life? Tom & David Kelley from IDEO show that everyone on the planet is creative. Creative Confidence helps to unleash that inner ‘creative type’.
Entrepreneur Revolution: How to develop your entrepreneurial mindset and start a business that works (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/085708416X)
Moving on from the industrial age, Daniel Priestley talks about the age we are living in today, the age of the entrepreneur. Brilliant tips throughout and helps with understanding some of the basics. Tip: Look out for the Ascending Transaction Model (ATM).
The Art of Innovation (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/186197583X)
Another fantastic book from Tom Kelley. In ‘The Art of Innovation’, Tom talks about some of the methods applied at IDEO to designing products.
Usable Usability (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1118185471)
Not to be confused with ‘The Lean Startup’ Eric Reis, Eric Reiss (2 s’s) provides some fundamental UX tips that can be applied to any product to ensure happy customers and successful products. Eric actually sent me one of the microwave zapped CDs he mentions in the book, extra points for that!
Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/075355562X)
One of the few revolutionary innovators of the modern age, this is the first official biography from the man behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla and SolarCity. This book tells all the stories from humble begins to success to nearly losing it all then rising back up to the top.
Zero to One (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0753555204)
Another member of the ‘PayPal Mafia’, Peter Thiel is one of the greatest risk takers on the planet. ‘Zero to One’ provides and insight into how Peter built multiple breakthrough companies.
The Art of War (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1784042021)
Master Sun provides a classic study into strategy and how to shape your tactics to cope with an ever-evolving situation. The annotations and just as insightful as the stories themselves.
And one bonus book. Sometimes it’s good to let go and just enjoy some fantastic science. ‘What If?’ by Randall Munroe (XKCD & NASA) is fun, whilst highly educational http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1848549571
That’s it folks! I’d love to hear any recommendations you have for me. Tweet me at @ConallLaverty