The Top 16 Tech and Business Books I Read in 2016

My interest in tech and the startup scene has been fed with a never ending parade of books and other content since I first read ‘Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson in 2011. Each year I dig into as many tech and business books as I can, in print and on Audible.

Here’s what I recommend from my read list that helped me make the transition from living in the midwest and working for a Fortune 500 company to living in the Bay Area working for a startup:

  1. “The Everything Store Jeff Bezos and The Age of Amazon” by Brad Stone
  2. “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” by Marshall Goldsmith
  3. “Zero to One” by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
  4. “Lean In” By Sheryl Sandberg (for the second time)
  5. “Ready Player One” Ernest Cline
  6. “Chaos Monkeys” by Antonio Garcia Martinez
  7. “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown
  8. “Startupland: How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea into a Global Business” by Mikkel Svane
  9. “Necessary Endings” by Dr Henry Cloud
  10. “Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble” by Dan Lyons
  11. “How Will You Measure your Life” by James Allworth and Clayton M. Christensen and Karen Dillon
  12. “The Launch Pad Inside Y-Combinator Silicon Valley’s Most Exclusive School for Startups” by Randall Stross
  13. “Things a Little Bird Told Me” by Biz Stone
  14. “More Awesome than Money” by Jim Dwyer
  15. “Hatching Twitter” by Nick Bilton
  16. “Elon Musk” by Ashlee Vance

Each book taught me a little something and added to my knowledge base. It amazing to look back at the list and see how much I learned over the last year.

If you’re looking for a place to start know that I find myself thinking back to Essentialism and working to “keep the main thing the main thing.” LeanIn has empowered me to make sure I have a seat at the table. Biz Stone’s concept of compounding charitable impact comes up frequently when making decisions.

If you found a book to add to your list tap the heart below.

What recommendations do you have for me to read in 2017?