The best 100 Entrepreneurship books

Entrepreneurship is a dynamic field where innovation and risk-taking play crucial roles in shaping success. Our carefully curated book list on entrepreneurship offers valuable insights into the mindset, strategies, and challenges faced by entrepreneurs, making it an indispensable resource for anyone looking to dive deeper into this captivating subject.

Explore these empowering reads to gain actionable advice, real-life examples, and inspiration to fuel your entrepreneurial journey. Ready to equip yourself with the knowledge and motivation needed to thrive in the world of entrepreneurship? Let's dive in!

The best 100 Entrepreneurship books
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Entrepreneurship Books: First, Break all the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

First, Break all the Rules

Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
4.2 (150 ratings)
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First, Break all the Rules (1999) shows how great management differs from conventional approaches. The authors demonstrate how some commonly held notions about career and management are actually misleading. Based on interviews conducted with successful managers (research that the authors did for Gallup) the book introduces its readers to the key notions that great managers – those who get their employees to achieve performance excellence – use in their jobs.

Who should read First, Break all the Rules?

  • Anyone who wants to understand what jobs they might be best suited to
  • Anyone who wants to better understand their manager’s staffing decisions
  • Unit leaders, managers, human resource professionals

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Entrepreneurship Books: Inspired by Marty Cagan

Inspired

Marty Cagan
How To Create Products Customers Love
4.4 (518 ratings)
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What's Inspired about?

Inspired describes the best practices of creating successful software products and explains the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them. The lessons are applicable in a range of product environments, from fledgling start-ups to large corporations.

Who should read Inspired?

  • Anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes view of how great software products are created
  • Anyone working or wishing to work in software product management
  • Anyone hoping to build innovative software products

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Entrepreneurship Books: Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Peter Drucker
4.3 (77 ratings)
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What's Innovation and Entrepreneurship about?

Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2006) demonstrates how to be innovative and reveals strategies that create customers for your innovation. It shows how entrepreneurship can be learned and implemented by anyone and how entrepreneurial skills can be used not just in new ventures but in established corporations.

Who should read Innovation and Entrepreneurship?

  • Entrepreneurs and anyone interested in entrepreneurship
  • Senior managers in large companies
  • Anyone with a great idea for a new product or service

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz
Building A Business When There Are No Easy Answers
4.4 (473 ratings)
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What's The Hard Thing About Hard Things about?

These blinks explain why the job of a CEO is among the toughest and loneliest in the world, and how you can survive all the stress and heartache involved.

Who should read The Hard Thing About Hard Things?

  • Present or future CEOs and founders
  • Anyone who wants to understand how businesses are run successfully
  • Anyone who is ever in a position where they have to hire or fire someone

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Entrepreneurship Books: Traction by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares

Traction

Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares
A Start-Up Guide to Getting Customers
4.0 (81 ratings)
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What's Traction about?

Traction (2014) explains why the success of every start-up depends not only on its products, but on the customer base it builds. Weinberg and Mares present proven methods for gaining customers, and help you choose the best for each growth phase of your company. With a bit of Traction, you’ll win – and develop – the audience your product deserves.

Who should read Traction?

  • Founders and business owners
  • Anyone thinking about launching a start-up
  • Marketers and public relations professionals

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Entrepreneurship Books: Make Your Mark by Jocelyn K. Glei

Make Your Mark

Jocelyn K. Glei
The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact
4.2 (45 ratings)
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What's Make Your Mark about?

Make Your Mark features the wisdom and tips of 21 of the most successful entrepreneurs and creatives of the last few years. These artists, coders, developers and writers share the secrets and ideas that have helped them take their respective markets by storm.

Who should read Make Your Mark?

  • People working in the creative industry
  • Anyone looking to turn their creative skills into a business
  • Leaders, managers and CEOs

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Entrepreneurship Books: Think Like Zuck by Ekaterina Walter

Think Like Zuck

Ekaterina Walter
The Five Business Secrets of Facebook’s Improbably Brilliant CEO
4.2 (59 ratings)
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What's Think Like Zuck about?

Think Like Zuck takes an in-depth look at the five principles that made Facebook the successful company it is today. With plenty of insight into founder Mark Zuckerberg’s inspiring approach to leadership and examples from other top technology companies, the author creates a roadmap for success for any aspiring entrepreneur.

Who should read Think Like Zuck?

  • Entrepreneurs and start-up pioneers
  • Facebook fans
  • Anyone who wants to gain insight into Facebook, and how Mark Zuckerberg thinks

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Entrepreneurship Books: Yes, And by Kelly Leonard & Tom Yorton

Yes, And

Kelly Leonard & Tom Yorton
How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration
4.3 (68 ratings)
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What's Yes, And about?

Yes, And (2015) shows you how by incorporating the techniques of improvisational comedy to the business world, you can generate better ideas and foster more effective communication, with the ultimate goal of building a team ready to meet any challenge. The authors draw on personal experience from working with leading talents such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Amy Poehler.

Who should read Yes, And?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to expand their creative skills
  • Business leaders in search of tools to optimize creativity and collaboration
  • Fans of improvisational theatre

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

The Millionaire Next Door

Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
3.9 (452 ratings)
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What's The Millionaire Next Door about?

Drawing from personal interviews, The Millionaire Next Door (1996) reveals that many millionaires’ daily lives are a far cry from the stereotype of luxury cars, mansions and private jets. Yet this book also disproves the belief that becoming a millionaire is difficult – anyone can learn not only how to become rich but also stay rich.

Who should read The Millionaire Next Door?

  • People who want to become wealthy
  • Millionaires struggling to hold on to their cash
  • Social scientists studying the habits of affluent people

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Entrepreneurship Books: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

Do the Work

Steven Pressfield
Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way
4.2 (223 ratings)
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What's Do the Work about?

Do the Work (2011) outlines ways to help you conquer your fears, stop procrastinating and accomplish the things you've long desired. Learn about the many ways you can fight resistance, the negative internal force that tries to stop all of us from reaching our goals.

Who should read Do the Work?

  • Anyone struggling to finish their masterpiece
  • Entrepreneurs unsure of how to put their ideas into practice
  • Artists and freelancers looking for ways to overcome distractions

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Startup Playbook by David S. Kidder

The Startup Playbook

David S. Kidder
Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs
3.8 (233 ratings)
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What's The Startup Playbook about?

The Startup-Playbook (2012) gives you business-building tips straight from the founders of some of the world’s biggest start-ups. By conducting interviews with the founders of companies like LinkedIn and Spanx, the author uncovers what you need to do to make it big.

Who should read The Startup Playbook?

  • Current and aspiring start-up founders
  • People interested in running a successful business

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan by Hal Shelton

The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan

Hal Shelton
A Pro Shares a Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Plan That Gets Results
4.2 (54 ratings)
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What's The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan about?

The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan (2014) is an expert’s guide to crafting a strategy that works. These blinks explain everything you need to know about this process in a detailed, easy-to-follow structure.

Who should read The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan?

  • Business students eager to learn the secrets of a successful business plan
  • Anyone who’s thinking about going into business for themselves
  • Established entrepreneurs who are struggling to get the financing they need

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Mom Test by Rob Fitzpatrick

The Mom Test

Rob Fitzpatrick
How to Talk to Customers and Learn If Your Business is a Good Idea When Everyone is Lying to You
3.8 (209 ratings)
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What's The Mom Test about?

The two most important types of conversation you’ll have when founding a business are those with potential customers and those with potential investors. The Mom Test (2013) offers advice on nailing the information you really need from these meetings, and ensuring your business has the best possible foundation for success.

Who should read The Mom Test?

  • Entrepreneurs just starting out
  • Anyone with a business idea
  • Anyone interested in customer communication

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Self-Made Billionaire Effect by John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen

The Self-Made Billionaire Effect

John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen
How Extreme Producers Create Massive Value
4.1 (180 ratings)
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What's The Self-Made Billionaire Effect about?

The Self-Made Billionaire Effect (2014) reveals the secrets behind the world’s most successful companies and entrepreneurs. These blinks show that it isn’t luck, age or external factors that got some of the world’s wealthiest people where they are today. Find out how self-made billionaires became masters of duality by integrating imagination and design, and juggling opposing ideas.

Who should read The Self-Made Billionaire Effect?

  • Entrepreneurs looking for fresh ideas and perspectives
  • Anyone interested in billionaire success stories
  • People looking for successful business tips

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Entrepreneurship Books: Idea to Execution by Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg

Idea to Execution

Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg
How to Optimize, Automate and Outsource Everything in Your Business
4.2 (89 ratings)
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What's Idea to Execution about?

Based on the true story of two friends who founded a company overnight with zero cash investment and built it up over the following year, Idea to Execution (2016) is about the everyday challenges entrepreneurs face when launching a start-up. These blinks show you the steps to success, from sketching a business plan to putting tools in place that optimize your company’s performance numbers.

Who should read Idea to Execution?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs with limited capital
  • Virtual assistants looking for ways to optimize performance
  • Productivity enthusiasts who use apps to reach personal and professional goals
  • Small business owners and employees of large corporations who want a different way of getting things done

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Entrepreneurship Books: Blue Ocean Shift by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

Blue Ocean Shift

W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth
4.4 (207 ratings)
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What's Blue Ocean Shift about?

Blue Ocean Shift (2017) is a step-by-step guide to moving past competition in an overcrowded industry. These blinks, based on decades of the authors’ practical experience, explain why you should endeavor to make competition obsolete and how you can open up whole new worlds of opportunity.

Who should read Blue Ocean Shift?

  • Entrepreneurs, managers, CEOs and business leaders
  • Small business owners
  • Business scholars and theorists of competition and market strategy

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Entrepreneurship Books: Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau

Side Hustle

Chris Guillebeau
From Idea to Income in 27 days
4.1 (190 ratings)
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What's Side Hustle about?

Side Hustle (2017) explains that anyone can design and launch a profitable side project. It details how to generate an income in the short-term, with the resources you already have at your disposal, and without taking on the risk of quitting your day job.

Who should read Side Hustle?

  • Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Small-business and start-up owners
  • Anyone who wants to break free of the daily grind

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Entrepreneurship Books: Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh

Blitzscaling

Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh
The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies
4.5 (213 ratings)
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What's Blitzscaling about?

Blitzscaling (2018) looks at a revolutionary development in the business world – one that’s so unprecedented, a new word had to be invented for it. It’s the process whereby companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon began as small, scrappy start-ups and then rapidly ballooned into world-conquering giants within just a few years. What’s their secret? In a word: blitzscaling. And that, as the title suggests, is what this book is all about.

Who should read Blitzscaling?

  • Start-up dreamers who want to follow in the footsteps of tech-industry giants
  • Investors who want to cash in on the industry’s up-and-coming giants
  • People who have to live in a world shaped by those giants – namely, everyone!

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Entrepreneurship Books: What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School by Mark H. McCormack

What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School

Mark H. McCormack
Notes From a Street-Smart Executive
3.9 (162 ratings)
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What's What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School about?

What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School (1984) is an introduction to everything your professors don’t and can’t teach you at business school. Learn tips and tricks that only people with real job-market experience have in their arsenal, like how to make a good impression and how to leverage the concept of fear when making sales.

Who should read What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School?

  • Entrepreneurs and small-business owners
  • Managers and executives
  • Business school students and graduates

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Entrepreneurship Books: It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be

Paul Arden
The World’s Best Selling Book
4.1 (80 ratings)
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What's It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be about?

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be (2003) offers sage advice to anyone interested in turning their grand ambitions into reality. Paul Arden takes readers behind the scenes of the advertising world to reveal the best and most effective techniques for pitching ideas and getting the client to say yes. Throughout, Arden encourages creative minds to think big and break away from the mundane and mediocre.

Who should read It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be?

  • People in marketing and advertising
  • Entrepreneurs and anyone with a product to sell
  • Dreamers and ambitious folk who need motivation

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Entrepreneurship Books: Find Your WHY by Simon Sinek, David Mead and Peter Docker

Find Your WHY

Simon Sinek, David Mead and Peter Docker
A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team
4.3 (617 ratings)
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What's Find Your WHY about?

Find Your WHY (2017) offers something that every person and business is looking for: a true purpose. The authors provide strategies and exercises that individuals and teams alike can use to discover their most powerful motivations, and their reasons for getting up in the morning and starting the workday. This is a useful guide if you’re searching for the right job, trying to hire the right employees or hoping to gain a better understanding of yourself and the people you live and work with.

 “I think understanding your own why – your raison d’être – and ensuring your actions are consistent with it is a big part of long-term happiness and fulfillment.” – Ben H, Head of Content at Blinkist

Who should read Find Your WHY?

  • Anyone searching for purpose and direction
  • Entrepreneurs in the early stages of launching their businesses
  • Team leaders who want to set ambitious goals

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Entrepreneurship Books: Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone

Be Obsessed or Be Average

Grant Cardone
4.3 (170 ratings)
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What's Be Obsessed or Be Average about?

Be Obsessed or Be Average (2016) is a guide to living life to its fullest. Cardone offers his unique take on becoming a driven and passionate business leader with the hunger it takes to rank among the best in the world.

Who should read Be Obsessed or Be Average?

  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • Dreamers with ambitious ideas
  • Anyone who wants to make the most of life

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Entrepreneurship Books: Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules by Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules

Napoleon Hill
The Lost Writings
4.6 (435 ratings)
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What's Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules about?

Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules (2009) offers a wide array of tips and life hacks to improve your life and bring you closer to realizing your goals. Author Napoleon Hill developed his techniques – many of which stem from the power of positive thinking – nearly a century ago, but they’re still the cornerstone of many of today’s self-help and personal development theories.

Who should read Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Students of business and marketing
  • Readers who want to develop better habits

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Entrepreneurship Books: The CEO Next Door by Elena Botelho and Kim Powell

The CEO Next Door

Elena Botelho and Kim Powell
The Four Behaviors That Transform Ordinary People Into World-Class Leaders
4.3 (191 ratings)
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What's The CEO Next Door about?

The CEO Next Door (2017) takes a look at what separates a good CEO from a great one. Backed up by extensive research headed by the authors, it proposes that ordinary people can become leaders of large, successful companies, and details the steps involved in climbing that corporate ladder.

Who should read The CEO Next Door?

  • Anyone with aspirations to become a CEO
  • Leaders who want to improve their management skills
  • Entrepreneurs looking for advice on how to run a business

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Entrepreneurship Books: Never Get a “Real” Job by Scott Gerber

Never Get a “Real” Job

Scott Gerber
How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke
3.9 (96 ratings)
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What's Never Get a “Real” Job about?

Never Get a “Real” Job (2011) encourages young entrepreneurs to swear off “real” jobs, foregoing the nine-to-five life in favor of taking control of their own lives. Based on real-world experience and observation, it provides a nuts-and-bolts guide to getting it together and starting up.

Who should read Never Get a “Real” Job?

  • Young entrepreneurs looking to launch a start-up
  • People wondering what to do with a great idea
  • Longtime employees looking for something new

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Entrepreneurship Books: Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO by Beverly E. Jones

Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO

Beverly E. Jones
50 Indispensable Tips to Help You Stay Afloat, Bounce Back, and Get Ahead at Work
4.2 (186 ratings)
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What's Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO about?

People used to follow a straightforward path in their careers from education to steady employment and on to retirement. But the world has changed, and it’s more important than ever to know how to adapt. In Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO (2015), Beverly E. Jones outlines her tips for becoming a more agile, resilient professional in charge of her or his career.

Who should read Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO?

  • Careerists
  • Young people entering the professional world
  • Experienced professionals looking to make a change

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Entrepreneurship Books: Company of One by Paul Jarvis

Company of One

Paul Jarvis
Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business
4.5 (305 ratings)
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What's Company of One about?

Company of One (2019) presents an alternative philosophy of business success – one that turns conventional wisdom on its head by prizing less over more, small over large and niche over mass. In the course of laying out this philosophy, it also provides practical strategies for developing your own small-scale business enterprise – one that can provide you with enough free time, independence and income to live the life you want to live.

Who should read Company of One?

  • Workers seeking to escape the daily grind
  • Freelancers seeking to pivot into entrepreneurship
  • Businesspeople seeking to live a simpler life

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Entrepreneurship Books: Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin

Lost and Founder

Rand Fishkin
A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World
4.2 (71 ratings)
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What's Lost and Founder about?

Lost and Founder (2018) is a hands-on guide to getting your startup off the ground. Written by the founder of a company that’s already made it and packed with cheat codes and hacks, this is the ultimate insider’s playbook of strategies and tactics for struggling founders and would-be innovators.

Who should read Lost and Founder?

  • Aspiring startup founders
  • Entrepreneurs looking for insider tips
  • Anyone fascinated by the world of business

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Entrepreneurship Books: On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis

On Grand Strategy

John Lewis Gaddis
4.1 (234 ratings)
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What's On Grand Strategy about?

On Grand Strategy (2018) takes case studies from throughout history, including ancient Rome and the Cold War, to examine the common characteristics of the world’s best leaders. Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Lewis Gaddis also looks at the common mistakes made over the years which have brought even the mightiest of leaders to their knees.

Who should read On Grand Strategy?

  • History and military buffs
  • Anyone interested in the best leadership qualities
  • Managers, CEOs and other leaders

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Entrepreneurship Books: Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle

Trillion Dollar Coach

Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle
The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell
4.1 (263 ratings)
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What's Trillion Dollar Coach about?

Trillion Dollar Coach (2019) pays homage to Bill Campbell, a coach and mentor whose advice and insights helped some of Silicon Valley’s brightest lights build multi-billion dollar companies. In these blinks, Google leaders Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle chart Campbell’s remarkable life, from the Columbia University football field to the Californian boardrooms in which the digital revolution was planned and rolled out. Along the way, they shed light on Coach Bill’s leadership philosophy.

Who should read Trillion Dollar Coach?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Team leaders and managers
  • Lovers of inspiring true stories

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Entrepreneurship Books: Secrets of Sand Hill Road by Scott Kupor

Secrets of Sand Hill Road

Scott Kupor
Venture Capital and How to Get It
4.3 (195 ratings)
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What's Secrets of Sand Hill Road about?

Secrets of Sand Hill Road (2019) unveils the inner workings of one of Silicon Valley’s most iconic streets. Many of the area’s top venture capital firms are located here and have played a part in funding some of the biggest names in tech today. VC insider Scott Kupor has worked with many of them, and these blinks share their secrets – allowing the rest of us to decipher the mystery of venture capital, how to get it and why it can make or break a company.

Who should read Secrets of Sand Hill Road?

  • Founders and CEOs seeking advice on how to navigate the world of venture capital
  • Beginner venture capitalists looking for wisdom from an industry veteran
  • Tech enthusiasts curious about how their favorite apps came to fruition

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek
4.6 (727 ratings)
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What's The Infinite Game about?

The Infinite Game (2019) is a guidebook to help today’s business leaders get back on the right track to building companies that will last for generations to come. It points out the many pitfalls that leaders fall into in the pursuit of short-term gains and shows how they can put the focus back on practices that lead to strength and stability, as well as more revenue.  

Who should read The Infinite Game?

  • Entrepreneurs and CEOs
  • Managers, supervisors and anyone looking for leadership tips
  • People curious about what makes a long-running business last

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Entrepreneurship Books: Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

Profit First

Mike Michalowicz
Transform Your Business From a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine
4.5 (467 ratings)
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What's Profit First about?

Profit First (2014) lays out the practical steps entrepreneurs can take to immediately see a positive difference in their bank accounts. These blinks explain how traditional accounting stands between businesses and the profits their owners dream of, and proposes a new approach that guarantees consistent profitability.   

Who should read Profit First?

  • Struggling entrepreneurs who want to turn their businesses around
  • Successful business owners looking to take their profits to the next level
  • Accountants and financial managers interested in learning new methods

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Entrepreneurship Books: Elevate by Joseph Deitch

Elevate

Joseph Deitch
An Essential Guide to Life
4.2 (388 ratings)
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What's Elevate about?

Elevate (2018) is an indispensable guide to upping your game and living your life to the fullest. Whether you’re looking for a career boost or want to bring more meaning and joy into your private affairs, these blinks contain an arsenal of tips and tricks to help you take things to the next level.

Who should read Elevate?

  • Anyone looking to learn important skills for entrepreneurship
  • Anyone who wants to feel more motivated
  • Anyone who wants to enjoy more success and fun in life

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Entrepreneurship Books: Superhuman Innovation by Chris Duffey

Superhuman Innovation

Chris Duffey
Transforming Business with Artificial Intelligence
4.2 (183 ratings)
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What's Superhuman Innovation about?

Superhuman Innovation (2019) explores the impressive breadth of possibilities that artificial intelligence (AI) offers to all fields of business, from healthcare to fashion. Rather than cause a robotic takeover, it argues, human-machine collaboration will empower businesses and consumers alike to set and achieve greater goals than ever before. 

Who should read Superhuman Innovation?

  • Business students looking for a rundown on the impact of AI across various industries
  • Entrepreneurs who want to incorporate AI into their future company 
  • Business owners seeking to better leverage the power of AI

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Unfair Advantage by Ash Ali & Hasan Kubba

The Unfair Advantage

Ash Ali & Hasan Kubba
How Startup Success Starts With You
3.9 (195 ratings)
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What's The Unfair Advantage about?

The Unfair Advantage (2020) demonstrates how we all have something that can catapult us to success.  Drawing on their extensive experience in the start-up world, co-authors Ash Ali and Hasan Kubba break down various personal advantages and how they can be leveraged for the benefit of your business.   Wherever you are on your start-up journey, The Unfair Advantage will help you identify what gives you the upper hand and how you can immediately start making it work for you.

Who should read The Unfair Advantage?

  • Aspiring founders who want to build their start-ups on solid groundwork
  • Early-stage entrepreneurs grappling with challenges, from finding that big idea to funding their start-up
  • Anyone looking to glean the secrets to a successful start-up

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Entrepreneurship Books: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

John C. Maxwell
Live Them and Reach Your Potential
4.6 (411 ratings)
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What's The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth about?

In The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth (2012), leadership guru John C. Maxwell shares his secrets to self-development. He reveals that personal growth needs to be actively cultivated; it doesn’t just happen by itself. By discovering your key values, working out a strategy, and taking small actions every day, you can accelerate your personal growth – and live a life full of joy, adventure, and satisfaction.

Who should read The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth?

  • Up-and-coming professionals interested in developing their leadership skills
  • Thoughtful individuals experiencing a life transition
  • Entrepreneurs wanting to learn how to grow their businesses

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Entrepreneurship Books: Sun Tzu and the Art of Business by Mark R. McNeilly

Sun Tzu and the Art of Business

Mark R. McNeilly
Six Strategic Principles for Managers
4.5 (286 ratings)
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What's Sun Tzu and the Art of Business about?

Sun Tzu and the Art of Business (1996) explains how ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu’s classic text The Art of War applies to the hyper-competitive environment of modern business. These blinks explore how business leaders can integrate Sun Tzu’s battle strategies into their own plans for market domination.

Who should read Sun Tzu and the Art of Business?

  • Entrepreneurs hoping to disrupt their industry
  • Strategy consultants wanting a new angle
  • Business students looking for fresh insights

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Entrepreneurship Books: All You Have to Do Is Ask by Wayne Baker

All You Have to Do Is Ask

Wayne Baker
How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success
4.1 (139 ratings)
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What's All You Have to Do Is Ask about?

All You Have to Do Is Ask (2020) provides a set of tools that will help you improve your ability to ask for the things that contribute to success. It identifies eight main obstacles that stop us from making requests and examines how they can be overcome or circumvented.

Who should read All You Have to Do Is Ask?

  • Team leaders and managers
  • CEOs
  • Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurship Books: Clockwork by Mike Michalowicz

Clockwork

Mike Michalowicz
Design Your Business to Run Itself
4.7 (158 ratings)
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What's Clockwork about?

Clockwork (2018) explains how entrepreneurs can grow their enterprises without sacrificing their sanity. The trick is implementing smart systems and standard operating procedures that allow your business to run like clockwork without your constant input, freeing you up to tackle the challenges or embrace the opportunities that come your way.

Who should read Clockwork?

  • Anyone dreaming of starting a small business
  • Solopreneurs who are ready to scale in an intelligent way
  • Entrepreneurs who can’t exactly remember the last time they took a vacation

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Entrepreneurship Books: Testing Business Ideas by David J. Bland and Alexander Osterwalder

Testing Business Ideas

David J. Bland and Alexander Osterwalder
A Field Guide for Rapid Experimentation
4.4 (108 ratings)
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What's Testing Business Ideas about?

Testing Business Ideas (2021) explores how entrepreneurs can use experimentation to give their new venture the best chance of success. It outlines the rationale behind testing, and describes a framework for deciding how to proceed. 

Who should read Testing Business Ideas?

  • Anyone working at a small company or start-up
  • Entrepreneurs hoping to turn their big idea into a profitable venture 
  • Business students looking for fresh insights

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Gap and the Gain by Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy

The Gap and the Gain

Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy
The High Achievers' Guide to Happiness, Confidence, and Success
4.6 (1,821 ratings)
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What's The Gap and the Gain about?

The Gap and the Gain (2021) is a guide to finding happiness and fulfillment inside yourself, instead of constantly hunting for external affirmation. By learning to define your own standards of success, and by measuring your achievement backward, you’ll appreciate how much progress you’ve actually made, and experience renewed motivation in every area of your life.

Who should read The Gap and the Gain?

  • Undermotivated entrepreneurs 
  • Successful but unfulfilled business people
  • Persistent ruminators who want to learn how to think positively

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Entrepreneurship Books: Who Not How by Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy

Who Not How

Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy
The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork
4.5 (561 ratings)
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What's Who Not How about?

Who Not How (2020) introduces a new way of thinking about entrepreneurship, goal setting, and collaboration. Developed by business coach Dan Sullivan, the Who Not How mindset shows the importance of delegating tasks to others. By inviting them to help you achieve your goals, you’ll gain more free time, increase your income, and develop valuable, lasting professional relationships.

Who should read Who Not How?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs looking to realize a business idea
  • Burned-out professionals with a desire for more free time
  • Perfectionists on the hunt for procrastination cures

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Entrepreneurship Books: Partnering by Jean Oelwang

Partnering

Jean Oelwang
How to Forge the Deep Connections That Make Great Things Happen
4.2 (244 ratings)
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What's Partnering about?

Partnering (2022) looks at what it takes to develop deep connections in both business and personal relationships. Drawing from interviews with some of the world’s most legendary partnerships, including Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel, and the collective which saved the ozone, these blinks are a guide through the six principles of connection which can elevate your relationships and make an impact on the world.

Who should read Partnering?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • People who are married or in a romantic partnership
  • Anyone seeking to deepen their relationships

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

The Innovator’s Dilemma

Clayton Christensen
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
4.4 (517 ratings)
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What's The Innovator’s Dilemma about?

The Innovator’s Dilemma explains why so many well-established companies fail dismally when faced with the emerging markets they create. This Blink focuses on one of the book’s central themes: disruptive innovation.

Who should read The Innovator’s Dilemma?

  • Anyone interested in why big companies are so vulnerable to disruptive technologies
  • Business executives
  • Anyone who wants to take advantage of technological innovations

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Entrepreneurship Books: The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

The 48 Laws of Power

Robert Greene
4.1 (1,786 ratings)
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What's The 48 Laws of Power about?

The 48 Laws of Power (1998) takes an irreverent look at the fundamental characteristics of power – how to understand it, defend against it, and use it to your advantage. This Blink offers compelling insights, backed by historical examples, into the dynamics of competition and control. 

Who should read The 48 Laws of Power?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to gain the upper hand in their market
  • Anybody who wants to acquire power – or protect themselves and others from it
  • People interested in the history of power dynamics

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Entrepreneurship Books: Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne

Blue Ocean Strategy

W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne
How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
4.2 (525 ratings)
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What's Blue Ocean Strategy about?

Blue Ocean Strategy (2004) is a business classic that revolutionized the way companies think about market competition. It explains why some businesses can grow uncontested, while the rest tear each other to bits in a hypercompetitive environment.

Who should read Blue Ocean Strategy?

  • entrepreneurs eager to get ahead of their competition
  • investors deciding which companies to back
  • business students who want to better understand market forces

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Entrepreneurship Books: Zero to One by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters

Zero to One

Peter Thiel with Blake Masters
Notes on Startups, or How to Build The Future
4.6 (1,138 ratings)
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What's Zero to One about?

Zero to One (2014) offers advice to start-up founders. It shows how to establish a monopoly by creating proprietary technology, a strong brand, scalable products, and by using network effects.

Who should read Zero to One?

  • Current and potential start-up founders
  • Anyone interested in why certain start-ups succeed and others fail
  • Investors

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Entrepreneurship Books: How to Grow Your Small Business by Donald Miller

How to Grow Your Small Business

Donald Miller
A 6-Part Strategy to Help Your Business Take Off
4.7 (161 ratings)
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What's How to Grow Your Small Business about?

How to Grow Your Small Business (2023) is your six-step flight plan to guide your business as it takes off. When Don Miller started to take his business to the next level, he realized no-one had written a reliable, step-by-step playbook for growth. Since then, his small home content business has expanded into a $20 million dollar company, so he wrote the book he wished he’d had. 

Who should read How to Grow Your Small Business?

  • Small Business Owners
  • Entrepreneurs 
  • Anyone who spends too much time putting out fires in their business

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Entrepreneurship Books: Buy Back Your Time by Dan Martell

Buy Back Your Time

Dan Martell
Get Unstuck, Reclaim Your Freedom, and Build Your Empire
4.6 (272 ratings)
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What's Buy Back Your Time about?

Buy Back Your Time (2023) teaches entrepreneurs how to hire the right people for the right tasks, so they can free up the time they need to build their empire. Practical advice and success stories guide those who feel stuck in their busy lives out of the tedium of small chores and into the limitless field of pure production.

Who should read Buy Back Your Time?

  • Entrepreneurs who are looking to scale their business
  • Anyone who feels stuck in the daily grind of work
  • Managers trying to find ways to inspire employees

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Entrepreneurship Books: The 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib

The 1-Page Marketing Plan

Allan Dib
Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From The Crowd
4.4 (259 ratings)
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What's The 1-Page Marketing Plan about?

The 1-Page Marketing Plan (2018) is a streamlined, step-by-step framework for developing your own customized marketing strategy. With only one page, businesses can build and implement a marketing plan that attracts new customers and drives growth.

Who should read The 1-Page Marketing Plan?

  • Online marketing newbies
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Disorganized business owners

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Entrepreneurship Books: Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara

Unreasonable Hospitality

Will Guidara
The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect
4.4 (381 ratings)
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What's Unreasonable Hospitality about?

Unreasonable Hospitality (2022) illustrates how surpassing expectations can take your service-based business to the next level. Through a collection of anecdotes and firsthand experiences, it imparts valuable insights into customer service, as well as employee management.

Who should read Unreasonable Hospitality?

  • Hospitality professionals
  • Anyone in the service industry
  • Business owners and leaders

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Entrepreneurship Books: Myths of Strategy by Jérôme Barthélemy

Myths of Strategy

Jérôme Barthélemy
Dispel the Misconceptions and Deliver a Winning Strategy
4.6 (85 ratings)
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What's Myths of Strategy about?

Myths of Strategy (2022) responds to the oversimplified generalizations of modern business gurus and consultants by debunking assertions about strategy. Using peer-reviewed research, the book holds advice on business strategy to the same stringent standards as other scientific and sociological fields of study.

Who should read Myths of Strategy?

  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • C-Suite executives
  • Business students

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Entrepreneurship Books: 12 Months to $1 Million by Ryan Daniel Moran

12 Months to $1 Million

Ryan Daniel Moran
How to Pick a Winning Product, Build a Real Business, and Become a Seven-Figure Entrepreneur
3.9 (258 ratings)
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What's 12 Months to $1 Million about?

12 Months to $1 Million (2020) serves as your catalyst for creating a seven-figure business within just a year. By uncovering a mixture of pragmatic strategies and hard-earned wisdom, it places you, the aspiring entrepreneur, in the driving seat. Your journey to financial independence and business success starts here.

Who should read 12 Months to $1 Million?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking practical strategies for financial independence
  • Existing business owners aiming to scale their ventures
  • Individuals interested in e-commerce and product innovation

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Entrepreneurship Books: 10x Is Easier Than 2x by Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy

10x Is Easier Than 2x

Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy
How World-Class Entrepreneurs Achieve More by Doing Less
3.9 (430 ratings)
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What's 10x Is Easier Than 2x about?

10x Is Easier Than 2x (2023) is part call to action, part step-by-step guide to a life beyond your wildest dreams. You’ll first be introduced to why 10x is simpler, better, and more fun than 2x, then given a clear road map for immediate implementation.

Who should read 10x Is Easier Than 2x?

  • Burned-out entrepreneurs and business leaders  
  • High achievers wanting to take their personal and professional lives to the next level
  • Anyone seeking direction or motivation

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Entrepreneurship Books: 7 Powers by Hamilton Helmer

7 Powers

Hamilton Helmer
The Foundations of Business Strategy
4.5 (176 ratings)
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What's 7 Powers about?

The 7 Powers (2016) is about the strategic positions that have won great success for many companies and brought great failure to others. It gives case studies for each power as well as insights into why these powers did or didn’t work.

Who should read 7 Powers?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • The Executive Suite
  • Business Students

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Entrepreneurship Books: Invent and Wander by Jeff Bezos

Invent and Wander

Jeff Bezos
The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos
3.2 (284 ratings)
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What's Invent and Wander about?

Invent and Wander (2020) is a collection of writings and insights by Amazon's founder that encapsulates his professional journey and vision for progress and innovation. Through Jeff Bezos's annual shareholder letters, speeches, and interviews, the book explores his philosophy of continuous innovation and an obsession with customer satisfaction, and provides a roadmap for anyone interested in navigating the rapidly changing world of technology and business.

Who should read Invent and Wander?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking inspiration and practical business insights
  • Students of business, leadership, or technology
  • Anyone interested in the evolution and workings of tech giants

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Toyota Way by Jeffrey K. Liker

The Toyota Way

Jeffrey K. Liker
14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer
4.4 (188 ratings)
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What's The Toyota Way about?

The Toyota Way (2003) delves into Toyota's unique approach to lean manufacturing and continuous improvement. It shares the foundational principles that drive Toyota's exceptional operational and organizational culture, emphasizing long-term thinking, respect for people, and problem-solving. These principles have revolutionized business, and have been adapted and applied beyond manufacturing to various sectors and industries.

Who should read The Toyota Way?

  • Anyone curious about Lean Manufacturing 
  • Business leaders seeking process improvement strategies
  • Management students and professionals studying best practices

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Entrepreneurship Books: Sell Or Be Sold by Grant Cardone

Sell Or Be Sold

Grant Cardone
How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life
4.2 (232 ratings)
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What's Sell Or Be Sold about?

Sell Or Be Sold (2011) delves into the concept that everyone is involved in sales, regardless of their profession. It outlines strategies and mindsets that can transform both seasoned sales professionals and everyday individuals into persuasive communicators and successful negotiators.

Who should read Sell Or Be Sold?

  • Aspiring sales professionals seeking career enhancement strategies
  • Entrepreneurs looking to boost confidence in business negotiations
  • All those interested in mastering persuasive communication techniques

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Entrepreneurship Books: Sell Like Crazy by Sabri Suby

Sell Like Crazy

Sabri Suby
How to Get As Many Clients, Customers and Sales As You Can Possibly Handle
4.1 (47 ratings)
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What's Sell Like Crazy about?

Sell Like Crazy ( 2019 ) is a comprehensive guide that unveils step-by-step strategies for attracting your ideal customers and converting them into loyal, high-paying clients. It presents a proven blueprint for escalating your customer acquisition efforts and outlines a consultative approach to significantly enhance conversion rates.

Who should read Sell Like Crazy?

  • Entrepreneurs seeking sales growth
  • Marketers seeking conversions
  • Business owners looking for new customers

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Financial Numbers Game by Charles W. Mulford, Eugene E. Comiskey

The Financial Numbers Game

Charles W. Mulford, Eugene E. Comiskey
Detecting Creative Accounting Practices
4.1 (24 ratings)
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What's The Financial Numbers Game about?

The Financial Numbers Game (2002) unveils the world of creative accounting and the intricate strategies companies use to manipulate their financial statements. Dive deep into the realm of financial trickery and gain the tools to scrutinize and understand the true story behind the numbers. Arm yourself with knowledge and navigate the complex financial landscape with confidence.

Who should read The Financial Numbers Game?

  • Aspiring financial analysts seeking in-depth understanding in their field
  • Accounting professionals honing their skills
  • MBA students seeking better understanding of finance 

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Entrepreneurship Books: 80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall

80/20 Sales and Marketing

Perry Marshall
The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More
4.2 (138 ratings)
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What's 80/20 Sales and Marketing about?

80/20 Sales and Marketing (2013) hands you a magic lens so you can zoom in on what truly matters in your business. Uncover how to focus just 20 percent of your efforts to unlock 80 percent of your profit. Get ready to amplify your impact and ditch the grind.

Who should read 80/20 Sales and Marketing?

  • Entrepreneurs seeking efficient growth strategies
  • Salespeople optimizing client outreach
  • Marketers refining campaign effectiveness

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Entrepreneurship Books: What They Teach You at Harvard Business School by Philip Delves Broughton

What They Teach You at Harvard Business School

Philip Delves Broughton
My Two Years Inside The Cauldron of Capitalism
3.7 (399 ratings)
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What's What They Teach You at Harvard Business School about?

What They Teach You at Harvard Business School (2008) is a candid insider's view into one of the world’s most prestigious business schools, providing insights into its curriculum, culture, and impact on students' lives. Through case studies, math, and unsolicited advice, it follows one unlikely student’s memorable experience obtaining this coveted MBA, revealing both the strengths and shortcomings of the HBS education along the way.

Who should read What They Teach You at Harvard Business School?

  • Business and marketing students
  • Those curious about the inner workings of the world-renowned Harvard Business School
  • Anyone considering doing an MBA

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Entrepreneurship Books: Going Infinite by Michael Lewis

Going Infinite

Michael Lewis
The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon
3.8 (237 ratings)
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What's Going Infinite about?

Going Infinite (2023) offers a behind-the-scenes look at the scandal surrounding Sam Bankman-Fried and the epic collapse of his cryptocurrency companies. It aims to answer the question: How can a man go from earning billions of dollars in a matter of years to losing it all in a matter of months?

Who should read Going Infinite?

  • News junkies interested in current financial events
  • Anyone who likes a good rise-and-fall story
  • People curious about the Sam Bankman-Fried trial

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Entrepreneurship Books: Playing to Win by A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin

Playing to Win

A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin
How Strategy Really Works
3.6 (332 ratings)
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What's Playing to Win about?

Playing to Win (2013) introduces a strategic framework that illustrates how companies can achieve success by making deliberate and well-considered choices. It delves into the "Five Choices Framework," detailing essential decisions that leaders must make to develop winning strategies. Using real-world examples, it emphasizes that a disciplined approach to strategy can create sustainable competitive advantage and turn companies into industry leaders.

Who should read Playing to Win?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to refine their business strategy for market dominance
  • Business students curious about practical strategic frameworks used by leading corporations
  • Start-up founders looking to position their ventures for success in competitive markets

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Entrepreneurship Books: Financial Intelligence by Karen Berman & Joe Knigh with John Case

Financial Intelligence

Karen Berman & Joe Knigh with John Case
A Manager's Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean
3.7 (240 ratings)
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What's Financial Intelligence about?

Financial Intelligence (2006) is an indispensable guide for managers seeking to interpret financial data. It’s known to be one of the clearest and most practical resources for decision makers without a background in finance.

Who should read Financial Intelligence?

  • Managers who need to make numbers-based decisions
  • Entrepreneurs who want to make the numbers work for them
  • Anyone who’s ever stared in confusion at an income statement

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Entrepreneurship Books: $100M Leads by Alex Hormozi

$100M Leads

Alex Hormozi
How to Get Strangers to Want to Buy Your Stuff
4.3 (102 ratings)
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What's $100M Leads about?

$100M Leads (2023) is a proven playbook for attracting more leads than you’ll know what to do with. Through step-by-step frameworks and cutting-edge tactics, it shows you how to build self-sustaining marketing machines that convert at record rates.

Who should read $100M Leads?

  • Fledgling founders who want to make their dream business work
  • Experienced entrepreneurs who struggle with advertising and marketing
  • Seasoned salespeople who want to level up their strategies

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Entrepreneurship Books: Nine-Figure Mindset by Brandon Dawson

Nine-Figure Mindset

Brandon Dawson
How to Go from Zero to Over $100 Million in Net Worth
3.8 (90 ratings)
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What's Nine-Figure Mindset about?

Nine-Figure Mindset (2023) explores the mindsets and philosophies for building massively successful business empires. Drawing from the real-life experiences of several entrepreneurs, it reveals the blueprint for taking your business and wealth to the next level.

Who should read Nine-Figure Mindset?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs looking for business insights
  • Current business owners seeking exponential growth 
  • Anyone desiring more wealth and life fulfillment

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Entrepreneurship Books: Competing in the Age of AI by Marco Iansiti & Karim R. Lakhani

Competing in the Age of AI

Marco Iansiti & Karim R. Lakhani
Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World
3.5 (168 ratings)
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What's Competing in the Age of AI about?

Competing in the Age of AI (2020) unveils a future where AI is the cornerstone of business. It reveals how AI removes age-old business constraints, enabling a quantum leap in scale, scope, and learning. Step into a realm where strategy is reinvented and the economy is reimagined, offering both unprecedented opportunities and profound challenges for leaders in the digital epoch.

Who should read Competing in the Age of AI?

  • Tech entrepreneurs seeking to disrupt traditional business models
  • Executives exploring the impact of AI on operational and strategic decisions
  • Business strategists interested in digital transformation and innovation

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Little Book of Market Wizards by Jack D. Schwager

The Little Book of Market Wizards

Jack D. Schwager
Lessons from the Greatest Traders
4.3 (49 ratings)
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What's The Little Book of Market Wizards about?

The Little Book of Market Wizards (2014) distills decades of wisdom from iconic traders, sharing key insights on strategy, risk management, and mindset. Based on interviews with hedge fund managers and commodity traders who've generated huge returns, this book is packed with engaging anecdotes to teach you how persistence, flexibility, and emotional discipline will let you excel like the pros. 

Who should read The Little Book of Market Wizards?

  • Aspiring or experienced traders
  • Finance professionals
  • Individuals trading on their own and looking to improve results

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Diary of a CEO by Steven Bartlett

The Diary of a CEO

Steven Bartlett
The 33 Laws of Business and Life
4.3 (600 ratings)
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What's The Diary of a CEO about?

The Diary of a CEO (2023) offers a compelling insight into the world of entrepreneurship and personal development. It’s a comprehensive guide that combines reflections, lessons learned, and practical advice. This aims to inspire and guide you in understanding business dynamics, personal development, and the intricacies of becoming an effective leader.

Who should read The Diary of a CEO?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders looking to start or grow a business
  • Professionals and students focused on personal and professional development
  • Anyone searching for mindset shifts and psychological tools to maximize their potential

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Entrepreneurship Books: Obviously Awesome by April Dunford

Obviously Awesome

April Dunford
How to Nail Product Positioning so Customers Get It, Buy It, Love It
3.9 (194 ratings)
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What's Obviously Awesome about?

Obviously Awesome (2019) is a guide on how to master the art of product positioning. It compiles insights and strategies from two decades of experience in B2B tech marketing, providing actionable advice for selling a product's unique attributes to the right audience. 

Who should read Obviously Awesome?

  • Startup founders in technology sectors
  • Marketing professionals specializing in B2B products
  • Entrepreneurs looking to improve market fit

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Entrepreneurship Books: Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson

Ready, Fire, Aim

Michael Masterson
Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat
3.7 (190 ratings)
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What's Ready, Fire, Aim about?

Ready, Fire, Aim (2007) reveals proven business-building methods for achieving success fast. It also shows how you can duplicate winning strategies across multiple lucrative ventures so you never have to rely on just one. Learn essential entrepreneurial skills and strategies to vastly improve any business endeavor while positioning yourself to enjoy financial freedom.

Who should read Ready, Fire, Aim?

  • Experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Career professionals
  • People working in sales or marketing

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Entrepreneurship Books: Competing Against Luck by Clayton M. Christensen, Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon & David S. Duncan

Competing Against Luck

Clayton M. Christensen, Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon & David S. Duncan
The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice
4.2 (210 ratings)
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What's Competing Against Luck about?

Competing Against Luck (2016) challenges you to rethink innovation and growth through what is known as the jobs to be done theory. This transformative concept invites you to understand on a deeper level why customers make the choices they do, thereby helping you shape how you develop and market your products or services. Dive into a world where success hinges not on luck but on a profound comprehension of your customer’s true needs and desires.

Who should read Competing Against Luck?

  • Business leaders seeking innovative growth strategies
  • Entrepreneurs exploring customer-centric product development
  • Marketing professionals interested in consumer behavior insights

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Entrepreneurship Books: Scaling People by Claire Hughes Johnson

Scaling People

Claire Hughes Johnson
Tactics for Management and Company Building
3.6 (48 ratings)
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What's Scaling People about?

Scaling People (2023) offers practical leadership and management advice for founders and executives creating high-growth startups. Drawing on the author’s experience leading operations and people at top technology companies, it guides companies in building the systems needed to scale their most valuable asset – their people.

Who should read Scaling People?

  • Founders and executives
  • Leaders seeking company growth
  • Entrepreneurs looking to scale their startups

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Entrepreneurship Books: Sales Pitch by April Dunford

Sales Pitch

April Dunford
How to Craft a Story to Stand Out and Win
3.9 (43 ratings)
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What's Sales Pitch about?

Sales Pitch (2024) emphasizes the importance of distinctive marketing in a competitive marketplace. It offers guidance for entrepreneurs, salespeople, and business leaders on crafting compelling sales narratives – and provides a step-by-step method to help build a sales pitch structure that supports confident customer decisions and solid market positioning. 

Who should read Sales Pitch?

  • Entrepreneurs and salespeople who want to identify and understand their target audience
  • Marketers and business leaders looking to create compelling sales pitches through storytelling 
  • Anyone seeking to overcome objections and close deals

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Entrepreneurship Books: Product Operations by Melissa Perri & Denise Tilles

Product Operations

Melissa Perri & Denise Tilles
How Successful Companies Build Better Products at Scale
3.5 (44 ratings)
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What's Product Operations about?

Product Operations (2022) makes the case for implementing dedicated systems and roles to align complex product development processes across an organization. Covering team structures, discovery methods, development workflows, and continuous optimization, it provides frameworks to facilitate cross-functional transparency and harmony from conception through to delivery and iteration. 

Who should read Product Operations?

  • Product managers seeking insights into implementing product operations
  • Business analysts and product owners looking to streamline product roadmaps, release oversight or feedback integration
  • Collaborators in marketing, sales or UX design who want to better understand the broader vision of the product life cycle

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Entrepreneurship Books: Empire Builder by Adam E. Coffey

Empire Builder

Adam E. Coffey
The Road to a Billion
3.8 (166 ratings)
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What's Empire Builder about?

Empire Builder (2023) offers a wealth of hard-won, real-world strategies and serves as a blueprint for entrepreneurs aiming to achieve exponential growth in their businesses. It provides practical advice on building a strong foundation, framing a growth-oriented structure, and developing an effective exit plan.

Who should read Empire Builder?

  • Owners of large businesses looking to sell their companies
  • Business leaders aiming for rapid expansion 
  • Aspiring business owners needing inspiration

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Strategy Legacy by Alex Brueckmann

The Strategy Legacy

Alex Brueckmann
How to Future-Proof a Business and Leave Your Mark
4.3 (108 ratings)
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What's The Strategy Legacy about?

The Strategy Legacy (2023) is a groundbreaking exploration of strategy and leadership. Catering to a wide audience, from experienced executives to emerging entrepreneurs, it provides invaluable insights, practical examples, and engaging illustrations to equip readers with the tools they need to future-proof their organizations.

Who should read The Strategy Legacy?

  • Business leaders seeking strategic growth and organizational development
  • Entrepreneurs aiming to align strategy with company identity
  • Executives focused on long-term success and leadership skills

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Win Without Pitching Manifesto by Blair Enns

The Win Without Pitching Manifesto

Blair Enns
3.9 (182 ratings)
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What's The Win Without Pitching Manifesto about?

The Win Without Pitching Manifesto (2018) outlines 12 proclamations that guide creative business owners in distinguishing themselves from competitors and mastering client relationships. It emphasizes a strategic approach for those selling ideas and advice, focusing on winning business without compromising their creative integrity or drafting extensive proposals.

Who should read The Win Without Pitching Manifesto?

  • Creative business owners seeking to refine their client relationships and business strategies
  • Consultants and advisors in the creative industry looking to enhance their value proposition
  • Entrepreneurs in creative fields who want to transition from generalists to niche experts

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Entrepreneurship Books: Know What Matters by Ron Shaich

Know What Matters

Ron Shaich
Lessons from a Lifetime of Transformations
3.9 (211 ratings)
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What's Know What Matters about?

Know What Matters (2023), delves into the journey of Ron Shaich, the founder and former CEO of Panera Bread, and his relentless pursuit of what truly matters in business and life. It’s a study of how asking the right questions and embracing transformative changes can lead to monumental success in both the professional and personal realms.

Who should read Know What Matters?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Business leaders
  • Food industry enthusiasts

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Entrepreneurship Books: No-Excuses Innovation by Bruce Vojak & Walter Herbst

No-Excuses Innovation

Bruce Vojak & Walter Herbst
Strategies for Small- and Medium-Sized Mature Enterprises
3.9 (15 ratings)
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What's No-Excuses Innovation about?

No-Excuses Innovation (2022) offers a transformative approach for small- and medium-sized enterprises looking to thrive in today’s competitive landscape. It uncovers the secrets of design thinking and emotional design to deepen customer connections and drive innovation. It also emphasizes the importance of continuous renewal, strategic innovation management, and understanding customer needs to navigate challenges and steer your business towards sustained success and industry leadership.

Who should read No-Excuses Innovation?

  • Owners of small- or medium-sized enterprises
  • Product designers
  • Innovation strategists

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Entrepreneurship Books: Choose Your Enemies Wisely by Patrick Bet-David

Choose Your Enemies Wisely

Patrick Bet-David
Business Planning for the Audacious Few
4.2 (48 ratings)
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What's Choose Your Enemies Wisely about?

Choose Your Enemies Wisely (2023) presents a system for creating a practical yet emotional business plan that goes beyond tactics to explore the deeper motivations and vision that drive exponential success. It demonstrates how to harness negative emotions about “enemies” to fuel entrepreneurial fire and achieve ambitious goals.

Who should read Choose Your Enemies Wisely?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to start or rapidly grow a business
  • Business leaders aiming to build a motivated, high-performance company culture
  • Anyone who feels held back by naysayers and wants to prove them wrong

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Entrepreneurship Books: Make Possibilities Happen by Grace Hawthorne, Stanford d.school

Make Possibilities Happen

Grace Hawthorne, Stanford d.school
How to Transform Ideas into Reality
4.1 (301 ratings)
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What's Make Possibilities Happen about?

Make Possibilities Happen (2023) is filled with practical strategies to turn your dreams into realities through hard work, vision, and perseverance. Through approachable storytelling and actionable advice, it empowers you to take control of your life and pursue your biggest goals and ambitions.

Who should read Make Possibilities Happen?

  • Dreamers who want practical advice on getting their ideas off the ground
  • Do-ers who leap into new projects but struggle to finish them
  • Anyone who wants to reach their full creative potential

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Entrepreneurship Books: Irresistible by Josh Bersin

Irresistible

Josh Bersin
The Seven Secrets of the World's Most Enduring, Employee-Focused Organizations
3.6 (17 ratings)
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What's Irresistible about?

Irresistible (2022) introduces a fresh perspective on leadership and organizational design, advocating for a “network of teams” approach rather than traditional hierarchies. It highlights the importance of fostering an employee-centric culture for improved engagement, retention, and innovation. By making your organization irresistible, it argues, you can achieve greater speed, profitability, and market leadership.

Who should read Irresistible?

  • Business leaders seeking organizational growth
  • HR professionals focused on talent development
  • Entrepreneurs building employee-centric cultures

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Entrepreneurship Books: Built, Not Born by Tom Golisano

Built, Not Born

Tom Golisano
A Self-Made Billionaire's No-Nonsense Guide for Entrepreneurs
4.1 (22 ratings)
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What's Built, Not Born about?

Built, Not Born (2022) is an instruction manual that explores how to transform any promising business idea into a thriving enterprise. Detailing the key steps for success from early planning stages through exits and everything in between, it dismantles the myths of exclusivity surrounding entrepreneurship to prove that concrete and learnable principles can lead any determined person toward sustained success.

Who should read Built, Not Born?

  • Entrepreneurs trying to start, buy, and grow businesses
  • Managers intent on building profitable and performant departments within organizations
  • Any successful entrepreneur looking for a good exit strategy

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Entrepreneurship Books: Culture Is the Way by Matt Mayberry

Culture Is the Way

Matt Mayberry
How Leaders at Every Level Build an Organization for Speed, Impact, and Excellence
3.7 (11 ratings)
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What's Culture Is the Way about?

Culture is the Way (2023) provides an insightful blueprint for enhancing employee engagement and achieving peak productivity in the workplace. This guide delves into how leaders across all levels can cultivate a workplace culture that fosters organizational excellence and maximizes the potential of every employee. It shows how to build a dynamic and effective organizational culture that drives success and impact.

Who should read Culture Is the Way?

  • Leaders seeking to enhance workplace culture and employee engagement
  • Managers aiming for organizational excellence and team development
  • Business professionals interested in leadership and cultural transformation

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Idea Is the Easy Part by Brian Dovey

The Idea Is the Easy Part

Brian Dovey
Myths and Realities of the Startup World
4.2 (35 ratings)
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What's The Idea Is the Easy Part about?

The Idea is the Easy Part (2023) offers a refreshing, no-nonsense guide to the entrepreneurial journey, countering common myths about startup success and failure. With insights from decades of firsthand experience, it’s an enthusiastic yet realistic manual for aspiring entrepreneurs, providing practical advice on making informed decisions at every stage of the startup process, from ideation to execution.

Who should read The Idea Is the Easy Part?

  • Current and aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Anyone wanting to sort the startup fact from fiction 
  • People with big ideas that they want to become a reality

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Entrepreneurship Books: All-in On AI by Tom Davenport & Nitin Mittal

All-in On AI

Tom Davenport & Nitin Mittal
How Smart Companies Win Big with Artificial Intelligence
3.2 (60 ratings)
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What's All-in On AI about?

All-in On AI (2018) unpacks the critical interplay between human skills and artificial intelligence in driving successful business transformation. It contends that organizational culture, leadership, and talent are equally, if not more, crucial as technology.

Who should read All-in On AI?

  • Business transformation leaders 
  • AI enthusiasts 
  • People interested in organizational culture

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Entrepreneurship Books: All In by Mike Michalowicz

All In

Mike Michalowicz
How Great Leaders Build Unstoppable Teams
4.1 (140 ratings)
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What's All In about?

All In (2024) argues that to build highly effective teams, great leaders must invest time and effort into recruiting people for potential rather than credentials, and fostering a sense of ownership and community in everyone.

Who should read All In?

  • Aspiring managers learning how to recruit and motivate others
  • Team leaders looking to improve engagement and productivity
  • Anyone focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of great teams

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Entrepreneurship Books: Power And Prediction by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans & Avi Goldfarb

Power And Prediction

Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans & Avi Goldfarb
The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence
3.2 (43 ratings)
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What's Power And Prediction about?

Power And Prediction (2018) explores the impact of AI's advancements in prediction on decision-making processes, where AI handles the predictive elements and human judgment is important in their interpretation and application.

Who should read Power And Prediction?

  • AI enthusiasts
  • Business leaders
  • Career strategists

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Entrepreneurship Books: Going on Offense by Behnam Tabrizi

Going on Offense

Behnam Tabrizi
A Leader's Playbook for Perpetual Innovation
4.2 (11 ratings)
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What's Going on Offense about?

Going on Offense (2023) equips you with the strategies to transform your organization into a powerhouse of innovation. Dive into the stories of industry giants who dared to be different, and learn how to apply their bold approaches to your own challenges. Unleash your potential to lead change and drive your company toward a future of continuous growth and success.

Who should read Going on Offense?

  • Aspiring tech industry leaders
  • Corporate strategy enthusiasts
  • Innovation-driven business students

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Entrepreneurship Books: Uncommon Service by Frances Frei & Anne Morriss

Uncommon Service

Frances Frei & Anne Morriss
How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business
4.1 (43 ratings)
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What's Uncommon Service about?

Uncommon Service (2012) unveils an innovative approach to conquering the business world. It emphasizes excellence in customer service by making strategic trade-offs and focussing on what the customers value most.

Who should read Uncommon Service?

  • Startup founders
  • Customer relationship managers
  • Strategy consultants

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Entrepreneurship Books: The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking by Michael D. Watkins

The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking

Michael D. Watkins
Leading Your Organization Into the Future
4.2 (214 ratings)
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What's The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking about?

The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking (2024) is a comprehensive guide designed to enhance your leadership skills by focusing on strategic thinking. It identifies six key components of strategic thought: mental agility, pattern recognition, political savvy, problem-solving, systems analysis, and visioning, each essential for recognizing threats and opportunities, establishing priorities, and driving organizational success. Offering a blend of academic insights and practical tools, it aims to develop and nurture your strategic thinking, making it an invaluable resource.

Who should read The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking?

  • Aspiring business leaders seeking strategic skills
  • Executives facing complex organizational challenges
  • Professionals interested in leadership and organizational change

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Entrepreneurship Books: How to Make a Few Billion Dollars by Brad Jacobs

How to Make a Few Billion Dollars

Brad Jacobs
3.6 (155 ratings)
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What's How to Make a Few Billion Dollars about?

How to Make a Few Billion Dollars (2018) presents an insightful roadmap to assembling a team that's equipped to catapult a company to staggering heights of success. It zeroes in on the art of team building, detailing a multidimensional approach to recruit, manage, and incentivize a high performing squad.

Who should read How to Make a Few Billion Dollars?

  • Aspiring billionaires
  • Business team leaders 
  • HR recruitment specialists

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Entrepreneurship Books: Your First Million by Arlan Hamilton

Your First Million

Arlan Hamilton
Why You Don't Have to Be Born Into a Legacy of Wealth to Leave One Behind
3.2 (248 ratings)
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What's Your First Million about?

Your First Million (2020) shines a light on the imperative of establishing multiple revenue streams to cultivate financial resilience. No matter the circumstances, it insists that wealth is accessible to everyone.

Who should read Your First Million?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Economic equality advocates
  • Personal finance enthusiasts

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Entrepreneurship Books: Million Dollar Weekend by Noah Kagan

Million Dollar Weekend

Noah Kagan
The Surprisingly Simple Way to Launch a 7-Figure Business in 48 Hours
3.3 (38 ratings)
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What's Million Dollar Weekend about?

Million Dollar Weekend (2024) offers a deep dive into converting entrepreneurial dreams into concrete successes. Through riveting insights, you’ll be guided on how to overcome the fear of starting, embrace the power of asking, and leverage every rejection as a stepping stone toward your goals. All of this will set you on a path of exponential growth and lasting impact in the entrepreneurial world.

Who should read Million Dollar Weekend?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking practical startup advice
  • Digital marketers looking for growth hacking techniques
  • Small business owners interested in community building

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Entrepreneurship Books: SYSTEMology by David Jenyns

SYSTEMology

David Jenyns
Create Time, Reduce Errors and Scale Your Profits with Proven Business Systems
4.0 (9 ratings)
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What's SYSTEMology about?

SYSTEMology (2020) explores the critical importance of creating and implementing efficient systems in businesses to improve productivity and ensure consistency. It provides a step-by-step guide for business owners and managers to design processes that automate and streamline operations to reduce reliance on individual team members and enhance overall performance.

Who should read SYSTEMology?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to reduce hands-on involvement
  • Small business owners seeking to scale or sell
  • Business consultants specializing in systems improvement

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Entrepreneurship Books: AI for Business Leaders by Michael Ramsay

AI for Business Leaders

Michael Ramsay
A Practical Guide to Business Growth and Success
3.5 (28 ratings)
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What's AI for Business Leaders about?

AI for Business Leaders (2023) unveils the transformative power of artificial intelligence in reshaping business strategies, operations, and competitive landscapes. It guides you through integrating AI into your business, offering strategies for overcoming implementation hurdles, enhancing customer experiences, and achieving sustainable growth. Engage with this comprehensive analysis to unlock AI’s potential in driving your business forward.

Who should read AI for Business Leaders?

  • Tech-savvy entrepreneurs seeking competitive advantages
  • Executives interested in AI-driven operational efficiency
  • Marketing professionals exploring AI for customer engagement

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Entrepreneurship Books: Coach Builder by Donald Miller

Coach Builder

Donald Miller
How to Build a Profitable Career As a Small-Business Coach
4.4 (10 ratings)
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What's Coach Builder about?

Coach Builder (2024) presents an essential guide for professionals aspiring to transition into the coaching and consulting industry, offering an 8-step strategy designed to ensure success. It’s particularly valuable for those who have realized their current careers don’t offer the security or fulfillment they seek and are looking to leverage their expertise into a profitable consulting career. It outlines practical steps to establish a consulting business, from creating a service menu and attracting ideal clients to setting realistic goals and building supportive communities, making it an indispensable resource for aspiring coaches.

Who should read Coach Builder?

  • Aspiring coaches seeking a career transition
  • Established coaches who want to improve their offerings
  • Personal development enthusiasts exploring new career paths

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