5 Books you need to read if you are (or wanna be) an Entrepreneur

Asking around about books for entrepreneurs I came across the following list. They are for people thinking of building a startup, growing one or maybe just looking for inspirations in other people’s hustle. Haven’t read them all, but already set reading at least 5 of them this year as a goal. If you have any suggestions leave a comment below and I’ll make another entry for “5 Books you need to read… Vol. 2”

The Ultra Light Startup

By Jason Bapstiste, CEO and co-founder of Studio.Live and previous founder of Onswipe. Is about the steps you need take to build a startup without money or contacts. “When I was first starting out, I had to learn many things by trial and error, and I know I could have saved myself a lot of grief if someone had given me advice on what to do. I hope this book will help and inspire you to pursue your passion while avoiding some of the mistakes I made.”


Venture Deals

As each new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, there is a renewed interest in how venture capital deals come together. Yet there is little reliable information focused on venture capital deals. Nobody understands this better than authors Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. For more than twenty years, they’ve been involved in hundreds of venture capital financings, and now, with the Second Edition of Venture Deals, they continue to share their experiences in this field with you. – Amazon



The lean startup

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever. – Amazon



Hatching Twitter

In this rousing history that reads like a novel, Hatching Twitter takes readers behind the scenes of Twitter’s early exponential growth, following the four hackers—Ev Williams, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass, who created the cultural juggernaut practically by accident.  It’s a drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles over money, influence, and control over a company that was growing faster than they could ever imagine. – Amazon


The Hard thing about hard things

While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyses the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in. – Amazon


Shout out to Erik Stettler for his Recommendations!

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  1. Tomas Uribe says:

    Great list! I would say also ‘Angel’ by Jason Calacanis is a good read because it shows entrepreneurs what angel investors are asking, thinking etc. Also draws from experience so really interesting.

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