My startup (de)accelerator project in Brazil —the bookshelf chapter
It’s been 10 years that I have decided to move towards the entrepreneurship world. But only when I started to read more I noticed things started to be more clear. Today, I worry much about how many startup programs are convicing newcomers to just jump into execution without allowing time for reflection.
As part of my journey, my goal is to continue to build a library and the means for great entrepreneurs to share knowledge. Within the realm of my efforts, one concrete project is a bookshelf which I make available in my city (yes, these are so far physical books) and my goal is to continue to learn, to network, and to help others. In this article I am not covering the borrowing rules for the books (another story), but I can assure you this project also relates to my own research and business goals — in some degree it relates to my needs for:
- Being able to network with the best and serious entrepreneurs around important topics.
- Be able to get feedback about ideas and/or to get help for difficult situations.
- Being able to contextualize experiences and learnings, such as to know when a concept applies to what stages in the cycles of evolution from startups to building scalable companies.
- Establishing a virtual board — like a board of directors but not exactly having them locally if you don’t know the best yet.
I am also using this time to share my list, so you get an idea of the area that I started to focus and you can also see how you can help me.
Ideation and creativity
- Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality Paperback — March 27, 2012
- Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World Hardcover — May 26, 2015
Market models and strategy
- Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future Hardcover — September 16, 2014
- Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets (Inglês) Capa dura — 13 jun 2016
- The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less Paperback — October 19, 1999
- Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny Reprint Edition
- Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers (Collins Business Essentials) Paperback — January 28, 2014
Business, Management, Risk management
- High Output Management Paperback — August 29, 1995
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers Hardcover — March 4, 2014
- The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live by (Inglês) Capa Comum — 26 jan 2010
Historical & biography perspective
- Brad Stone — The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World Hardcover — Large Print, January 31, 2017
Culture and Corporate Development
- Fred Koffman — Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values Paperback — October 1, 2013 by Fred Kofman (Author), Ken Wilber (Foreword), Peter Senge (Foreword)
- Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials) Paperback — June 24, 2004 by Jim Collins (Author), Jerry Porras (Author)
- The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age Hardcover — July 8, 2014
User and value proposition
- Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer) Paperback — October 20, 2014
Communication and storytelling
- Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting (Methuen Film) Paperback — November 1, 2005
Ecosystem Start-up and Investing
- Angel Investing: Matching Startup Funds with Startup Companies — The Guide for Entrepreneurs and Individual Investors 1st Edition
How you can help
Can I help reading a book?
Part of what I do is to network knowledge with people. So if you are local or not I ask you to read one of the books and to share and to allow youself to be contacted.
Can I help suggesting new titles and challenges?
Can I help with donations?
Yes, if you are a serious entrepreneur-reader and you feel that you are not anymore consulting your books, please consider giving your great materials to my cause. I will love to get a letter, for each book, with your notes about why you think the book is important for entrepreneur and for which conditions. You can also add a personal letter to explain how the book was important to you.
Can I help in other ways?
Yes, write to me.