Startup and entrepreneurship books every founder should read
You’re familiar with the saying “knowledge is
In a digital world, it’s the norm to source
knowledge from podcasts, YouTube videos, a quick blog post or the occasional
TedTalk. In fact, it’s convenient — so convenient that many of us don’t take
the time to pick up books anymore.
If this sounds familiar, you might want to rethink this. In fact, some of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time are avid readers? Take Warren Buffet for example. He said that reading 500 pages a day was the key to his success — “That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest.” While most of us don’t have the bandwidth to read that much a day, Buffet isn’t alone in this sentiment.
Mark Cuban, another iconic entrepreneur says he
reads about 3 hours a day. When asked about why he devotes so much time to books,
he explained. “I feel like if I put in enough time consuming all the
information available, particularly with the net making it so readily
available, I can get an advantage in any technology business.”
Other famous startup founders like Bill Gates read 50 books a year and Elon Musk claims to have taught himself to build rockets by reading.
You get the point, books are incredibly valuable to entrepreneurs. But where do you even start when there are millions of entrepreneurial tomes out there. Just taking the time to sift through reviews to find a good book is a task in and of itself. With that in mind, Embroker put together a guide of the best startup books out there and broke them into three categories:
Growth hacking books — Those that give you insights on how to scale a startup business. These cover topics like marketing, product development and sales.
Books to read before pitching VCs — Books for founders and entrepreneurs who are getting ready to go after additional funding to grow their business.
Entrepreneurship stories — Tomes will give you insight into the stories, struggles, successes and failures of other entrepreneurs who’ve gone before you.
Below is an infographic that highlights the various books from the growth hacking section. To learn more about the others on the list, check out the full guide to startup and entrepreneurship books here.