How to build great companies
Books from the founders of Amazon, Nike and Apple. Find out how some of the greatest brands in the world started their businesses.
The House That Jack Ma Built
by Duncan Clark
Clark tells Alibaba’s tale in the context of China’s momentous economic and social changes, illuminating an unlikely corporate titan as never before.
304 pages, Ecco 2016
Behind the Cloud
The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry
by Marc Benioff & Carlye Adler
You get insights about…
…how salesforce.com did grow from a startup in a rented apartment into the world’s fastest growing software company in less than a decade?
304 pages, Wiley-Blackwell 2009
How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul
by Howard Schultz & Joanne Gordon
The CEO of Starbucks recounts the story and leadership lessons behind the global coffee company’s comeback and continued success.
368 pages, Rodale Books 2012
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
by Ben Horowitz
A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.
304 pages, HarperBusiness 2014
Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
by Peter Thiel & Blake Masters
Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation.
224 pages, Currency 2014
A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight
In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight share the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.
400 pages, Scribner 2016
by Walter Isaacson
What you will learn
Steve Jobs story is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
656 pages, Simon & Schuster 2011
Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance
Thorough and insightful, Elon Musk brings to life a technology industry that is rapidly and dramatically changing by examining the life of one of its most powerful and influential titans.
416 pages, Ecco 2017
Intercom on Starting Up
by Des Traynor & Eoghan McCabe
This book is Intercom’s honest, opinionated take on what they’ve learned building Intercom over the past 6 years.
120 pages, Intercom 2017
Bill & Dave
How Hewlett and Packard Built the World’s Greatest Company
by Michael S. Malone
This is a fantastic biography, management guidebook, and business history, all in one.
352 pages, Portfolio Hardcover 2007
In the Company of Women
Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
by Grace Bonney
Emma Straub says:
“I want to rip out every page of this glorious book and hang them on my wall so that I can be surrounded by these incredible women all day long.”
351 pages, Artisan 2016
The Intel Trinity
How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company
by Michael S. Malone
The Intel Trinity is not just the story of Intel’s legendary past; it also offers an analysis of the formidable challenges that lie ahead as the company struggles to maintain its dominance, its culture, and its legacy.
560 pages, HarperBusiness 2014
How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
by Brad Stone
The Upstarts is the definitive story of two new titans of business and a dawning age of tenacity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone’s riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, you discover how it all happened and what it took to change the world.
384 pages, Little, Brown and Company 2017
Move fast and break things
How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy
by Jonathan Taplin
A stinging polemic that traces the destructive monopolization of the internet by Google, Facebook and Amazon, and that proposes a new future for musicians, journalists, authors and filmmakers in the digital age.
320 pages, Little, Brown and Company 2017
The Airbnb Story
How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy
by Leigh Gallagher
This is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that has become, in under a decade, the largest provider of accommodations in the world.
256 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017
Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination
by Adam Lashinsky
This book is the untold story of Uber’s meteoric rise, and the massive ambitions of its larger-than-life founder and CEO.
240 pages, Portfolio 2017
Masters of Doom
How two guys created an empire and transformed pop culture
by David Kushner
What’s so special?
Terrifically told… The storytelling is so fluid, so addictive, that your twitching thumbs keep working the pages.
352 pages, Piatkus Books 2012
The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs
by Gina Keating
The inside story of Netflix’s incredible rise and uncertain future as master of the video universe.
304 pages, Portfolio 2013
Cousins Maine Lobster
How One Food Truck Became a Multimillion-Dollar Business
by Jim Tselikis & Sabin Lomac
What you will learn
This business book from the co-founders of the smash hit Cousins Maine Lobster food trucks reveals to new entrepreneurs how the authors built their brand through integrity and authenticity.
288 pages, St. Martin’s Press 2018
A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
by Tony Hsieh
In “Delivering Happiness”, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more.
272 pages, Grand Central Publishing 2013
The 10 Challenges That Defined the Company That’s Disrupting the World
by Mike Hoefflinger
Intimate, fast-paced, and deeply informative, Becoming Facebook shares the true story of how Zuckerberg joined the ranks of iconic CEOs like Steve Jobs, Larry Page, and Jeff Bezos-as Facebook grows up, overcomes setbacks, and works to connect the world.
256 pages, AMACOM 2017
by Sophia Amoruso
In the New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called “Lean In for misfits,” Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to found one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.
256 pages, Portfolio 2015
A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
by Nick Bilton
The dramatic, unlikely story behind the founding of Twitter, by New York Times bestselling author and Vanity Fair special correspondent
320 pages, Portfolio 2014
The Everything Store
Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
by Brad Stone
What is it about?
The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos.
386 pages, Little, Brown and Company 2013