The best 100 Entrepreneurship books

The 48 Laws of Power (New Version)

The 48 Laws of Power (New Version)

Robert Greene
The secret methods to getting what you want
4.2 (836 ratings)

What's The 48 Laws of Power (New Version) 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 (New Version)?

  • 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

The Gap and the Gain

The Gap and the Gain

Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy
The High Achievers' Guide to Happiness, Confidence, and Success
4.6 (1,632 ratings)

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

The Pumpkin Plan

The Pumpkin Plan

Mike Michalowicz
A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field
4.4 (18 ratings)

What's The Pumpkin Plan about?

The Pumpkin Plan (2012) presents a simple yet powerful strategy to help you grow your business and stand out in any industry. Through real-life examples and practical tips, you’ll learn how to identify and focus on your most profitable clients, streamline your operations, and create a company culture that fuels growth.

Who should read The Pumpkin Plan?

  • Owners of small businesses looking to grow
  • Entrepreneurs seeking sustainable success
  • Startup founders needing a roadmap

The Heart of Transformation

The Heart of Transformation

Michael J. Leckie
Build the Human Capabilities That Change Organizations for Good

What's The Heart of Transformation about?

The Heart of Transformation (2021) is a how-to guide for changing an organization. It focuses on six specific capabilities that leaders can adopt to meet the demands of the twenty-first century.

Who should read The Heart of Transformation?

  • Anyone working in management or leadership
  • Entrepreneurs or small business owners 
  • Anyone curious about how to change a workplace for the better

Unreasonable Hospitality

Unreasonable Hospitality

Will Guidara
The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect
4.4 (230 ratings)

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

The 1-Page Marketing Plan

The 1-Page Marketing Plan

Allan Dib
Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From The Crowd
4.5 (146 ratings)

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

Burn the Boats

Burn the Boats

Matt Higgins
Toss Plan B Overboard and Unleash Your Full Potential
4.3 (239 ratings)

What's Burn the Boats about?

Burn the Boats (2023) tells the story of how Matt Higgins went from abject poverty to wealth and success using one simple approach: tossing Plan B and going all-in. Through both guidance and inspiration, it will help you apply this strategy to achieving your own goals and dreams.

Who should read Burn the Boats?

  • Visionaries with big ambitions
  • Self-doubting entrepreneurs 
  • Anyone holding back on their dreams

Who Not How

Who Not How

Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy
The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork
4.5 (480 ratings)

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

How to Grow Your Small Business

How to Grow Your Small Business

Donald Miller
A 6-Part Strategy to Help Your Business Take Off
4.8 (42 ratings)

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

Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules

Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules

Napoleon Hill
The Lost Writings
4.6 (310 ratings)

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

Find Your WHY

Find Your WHY

Simon Sinek
A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team
4.3 (459 ratings)

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

The Infinite Game

The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek
How Great Businesses Achieve Long-Lasting Success
4.6 (593 ratings)

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

Zero to One (New Version)

Zero to One (New Version)

Peter Thiel with Blake Masters
Notes on Startups, or How to Build The Future
4.6 (758 ratings)

What's Zero to One (New Version) 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 (New Version)?

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

The Self-Made Billionaire Effect

The Self-Made Billionaire Effect

John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen
How Extreme Producers Create Massive Value
4.1 (141 ratings)

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

Buy Back Your Time

Buy Back Your Time

Dan Martell
Get Unstuck, Reclaim Your Freedom, and Build Your Empire
4.6 (203 ratings)

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

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson
Find out how Apple’s Steve Jobs became a worldwide technology icon
4.6 (647 ratings)

What's Steve Jobs about?

This book chronicles the audacious, adventurous life of Steve Jobs, the innovative entrepreneur and eccentric founder of Apple. Drawing from Jobs’s earliest experiences with spirituality and LSD to his pinnacle as worldwide tech icon, Steve Jobs describes the man’s successful ventures as well as the battles he fought along the way.

Who should read Steve Jobs?

  • Anyone curious about the tempestuous creative life of entrepreneur Steve Jobs
  • Anyone interested in how Apple achieved its massive success
  • Anyone inspired by the personalities who create our everyday technology gadgets

Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy

W. Chan Kim
How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
4.2 (355 ratings)

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



Mike Michalowicz
Design Your Business to Run Itself
4.7 (120 ratings)

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

The Millionaire Next Door

The Millionaire Next Door

Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
4.0 (332 ratings)

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

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

John C. Maxwell
Live Them and Reach Your Potential
4.6 (322 ratings)

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



Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World
4.2 (126 ratings)

What's Bold about?

Bold (2015) is a guide to creating wealth by using today’s most impactful, cutting-edge tools: exponential technologies. Using real-life examples and step-by-step guides, the blinks explore how to transform start-up concepts into billion-dollar companies.

Who should read Bold?

  • Anyone who is interested in entrepreneurship
  • Anyone who wants to positively impact the world and make money doing it

Sun Tzu and the Art of Business

Sun Tzu and the Art of Business

Mark R. McNeilly
Six Strategic Principles for Managers
4.6 (200 ratings)

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

Financial Intelligence

Financial Intelligence

Karen Berman + Joe Knight with John Case
A Manager's Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean
3.2 (103 ratings)

What's Financial Intelligence about?

Financial Intelligence (2013) is an accessible handbook that helps managers and decision makers interpret financial data and understand its importance.

Who should read Financial Intelligence?

  • Managers who want to become more financially literate
  • Decision makers seeking to improve their company’s financial results
  • Anyone who’s confused by cash flow statements

The Innovator’s Dilemma

The Innovator’s Dilemma

Clayton Christensen
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
4.4 (332 ratings)

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

Superhuman Innovation

Superhuman Innovation

Chris Duffey
Transforming Business with Artificial Intelligence
4.2 (138 ratings)

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

The Startup Playbook

The Startup Playbook

David S. Kidder
Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs
3.8 (203 ratings)

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

Two Weeks Notice

Two Weeks Notice

Amy Porterfield
Find the Courage to Quit Your Job, Make More Money, Work Where You Want, and Change the World
4.2 (193 ratings)

What's Two Weeks Notice about?

Two Weeks Notice (2023) is your step-by-step guide to launching a successful online business. It provides you with the tools and tricks you need to become your own boss – and gain the creative and financial freedom to live your best life. 

Who should read Two Weeks Notice?

  • Newly minted online entrepreneurs and established business owners
  • Courageous women who are ready to be their own boss
  • Anyone fantasizing about ditching their 9-to-5 

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz
Building A Business When There Are No Easy Answers
4.4 (356 ratings)

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

On Grand Strategy

On Grand Strategy

John Lewis Gaddis
A master class in strategic thinking
4.2 (188 ratings)

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

The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power

Robert Greene
The secret methods to getting what you want
3.9 (565 ratings)

What's The 48 Laws of Power about?

The 48 Laws of Power (1998) takes an irreverent look at the fundamental characteristics of power, and how to understand it, defend against it and use it to your advantage These blinks offer 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



Marty Cagan
How To Create Products Customers Love
4.4 (398 ratings)

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

Do the Work

Do the Work

Steven Pressfield
Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way
4.2 (190 ratings)

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

Zero to One

Zero to One

Peter Thiel with Blake Masters
Notes on Startups, or How to Build The Future
4.4 (867 ratings)

What's Zero to One about?

Zero to One explores how companies can better predict the future and take action to ensure that their startup is a success. The author enlivens the book’s key takeaways with his own personal experiences.

Who should read Zero to One?

  • Current and potential startup founders
  • Investors
  • Anyone interested in why certain startups succeed and others fail

Secrets of Sand Hill Road

Secrets of Sand Hill Road

Scott Kupor
Venture Capital and How to Get It
4.4 (138 ratings)

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

Blue Ocean Shift

Blue Ocean Shift

W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth
4.4 (163 ratings)

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



Mark McGuinness
Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success
4.4 (91 ratings)

What's Resilience about?

Resilience (2013) points the way to the true path to success. Making your dreams come true isn’t something that only happens in fairy tales; if you’re willing to put in the hard work and not shy away at the first sign of difficulty, you can pursue your dreams and live the life you’ve always wanted. All it takes is resilience – the ability to keep moving forward even when your inner voice is trying to stop you.

Who should read Resilience?

  • Artists and creative people
  • Dreamers who long for a better life
  • Entrepreneurs and other risk takers

Choose Yourself

Choose Yourself

James Altucher
Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream
4.1 (215 ratings)

What's Choose Yourself about?

Author James Altucher explains that after the 2008 global economic crisis, you can’t wait to be chosen; you have to Choose Yourself. This means you have to take full responsibility for your own success and happiness by reclaiming control of your aspirations and dreams. To do this, the book gives you both tools and effective practices to stay physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually healthy.

Who should read Choose Yourself?

  • Anyone who wants to learn how to become rich in today’s economy
  • Anyone who wants better understand the state of the economy since 2008
  • Anyone interested in entrepreneurship

Profit First

Profit First

Mike Michalowicz
Transform Your Business From a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine
4.5 (387 ratings)

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

Side Hustle

Side Hustle

Chris Guillebeau
From Idea to Income in 27 days
4.0 (138 ratings)

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

The Four Steps to the Epiphany

The Four Steps to the Epiphany

Steve Blank
Successful Strategies for Products that Win
4.1 (112 ratings)

What's The Four Steps to the Epiphany about?

By looking at examples of companies that failed, The Four Steps to the Epiphany explains the key insights startups need to achieve and sustain success, and to steer clear of the path to failure.

Who should read The Four Steps to the Epiphany?

  • Entrepreneurs, founders or employees in a startup
  • Anyone interested in the startup scene in the early days of the Internet
  • Anyone who wonders why startups are so different from big companies

Masters of Scale

Masters of Scale

Reid Hoffman
Surprising Truths from the World's Most Successful Entrepreneurs
4.3 (456 ratings)

What's Masters of Scale about?

Masters of Scale (2021) is part fascinating anecdote, part how-to guide for entrepreneurs who are preparing to launch their product or scale up their company. With case studies and stories behind some of the world’s biggest companies, it isolates the principles behind successfully scaling up.

Who should read Masters of Scale?

  • Serial entrepreneurs
  • Investors looking to scale a startup
  • Executives seeking to grow their companies

Employee to Entrepreneur

Employee to Entrepreneur

Steve Glaveski
How to Earn Your Freedom and Do Work that Matters
4.5 (247 ratings)

What's Employee to Entrepreneur about?

Employee to Entrepreneur (2018) demonstrates how to transition from the mentality of an employee to that of an entrepreneur. It shows how you can pursue purpose in your work while avoiding the pitfalls that most first-time entrepreneurs encounter. With practical strategies for launching and testing your ideas, this exploration of the entrepreneurial mindset proves that anyone can find fulfillment in work and in life when equipped with the right tools and attitude.

Who should read Employee to Entrepreneur?

  • Unsatisfied employees who want to quit their day job and start a business
  • New entrepreneurs seeking practical advice on how to launch a startup
  • Anyone who wishes to find more fulfillment in their work

The Mom Test

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 (149 ratings)

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

7 Business Habits That Drive High Performance

7 Business Habits That Drive High Performance

Nicholas S. Barnett
Organizational values and behaviors that drive success
4.4 (113 ratings)

What's 7 Business Habits That Drive High Performance about?

7 Business Habits That Drive High Performance (2014) outlines the organizational values and behaviors that drive success. These blinks explore how high-performing businesses race ahead of their competitors and explain how every company can transform their everyday activities to boost their bottom line. 

Who should read 7 Business Habits That Drive High Performance?

  • Entrepreneurs looking for fresh insights
  • Business leaders seeking to boost employee engagement
  • Managers wanting to drive productivity

Super Founders

Super Founders

Ali Tamaseb
What Data Reveals About Billion-Dollar Startups
4.5 (226 ratings)

What's Super Founders about?

Super Founders (2021) offers an in-depth analysis behind the success of billion-dollar startups. After crunching over 30,000 data points, it unravels the multitude of false notions surrounding tech unicorns and reveals what it really takes to make it in Silicon Valley. 

Who should read Super Founders?

  • Investors seeking to sharpen their eye for opportunities
  • Entrepreneurs looking for actionable advice
  • Startup veterans hoping to learn from their mistakes

Make No Small Plans

Make No Small Plans

Elliott Bisnow
Lessons on Thinking Big, Chasing Dreams, and Building Community
4.1 (289 ratings)

What's Make No Small Plans about?

Make No Small Plans (2022) is the inside story of how a group of young entrepreneurs created one of the world’s most exciting platforms for global events and conferences – the Summit Series. This isn’t just a chance for them to recount their company’s history, though. Packed with actionable takeaways and business wisdom, this is a book designed to inspire readers on their own entrepreneurial journeys.

Who should read Make No Small Plans?

  • Recent graduates unsure which path they should follow
  • Entrepreneurs and self-starters looking for inspiration
  • Anyone interested in building better business relationships

The CEO Next Door

The CEO Next Door

Elena Botelho and Kim Powell
The Four Behaviors That Transform Ordinary People Into World-Class Leaders
4.3 (157 ratings)

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

How to Have a Happy Hustle

How to Have a Happy Hustle

Bec Evans
The Complete Guide to Making Your Ideas Happen
4.5 (123 ratings)

What's How to Have a Happy Hustle about?

How to Have a Happy Hustle (2019) is an empowering guide to making ideas happen. Puncturing the mystique surrounding successful startups, Bec Evans reveals how anyone can grow an idea into a business by starting small, thinking creatively and getting feedback from their target market. Most importantly, by focusing on the process of testing and building an idea, connecting with people, and learning from mistakes a happy hustle redefines success to include personal growth, fulfilment as well as financial gain.

How to Have a Happy Hustle won the Startup Inspiration category at the Business Book Awards 2020.

Who should read How to Have a Happy Hustle?

  • Women who’d love to get into tech but have been put off by the macho culture
  • Aspiring startup founders who lack the confidence, time and money to get started
  • Innovative thinkers itching to introduce their ideas to the world
  • Busy professionals keen to build their entrepreneurial skill set

Unprepared to Entrepreneur

Unprepared to Entrepreneur

Sonya Barlow
A Method to the Madness of Starting Your Own Business
4.2 (190 ratings)

What's Unprepared to Entrepreneur about?

Unprepared to Entrepreneur (2021) is a frank, lively guide to starting a business for those who fear they don’t have the requisite knowledge, worry they’ll fail, or aren’t sure how to begin. Packed with practical tips and personal anecdotes, it shows you that to be successful in the business world, you don’t need a perfect plan or an expensive degree. You just need a vision, the motivation –⁠ or madness –⁠ to make it happen, and the resilience to always get back up on your feet.

Who should read Unprepared to Entrepreneur?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs who identify as women or minorities
  • Young people wondering what it takes to run a business
  • Anyone struggling with imposter syndrome

Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO

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 (162 ratings)

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

The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital

The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital

Andrew Romans
Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Start-up Game
4.5 (145 ratings)

What's The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital about?

The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital (2013) is a must-read for any entrepreneur or business leader looking to fund their next great idea. Venture capital firms seek start-ups that show potential and often commit to the tune of millions of dollars. If you want to make it in today’s competitive start-up world, you need to understand how venture capital works.

Who should read The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital?

  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders seeking venture funding
  • Business students curious about the start-up scene
  • Investors looking to become venture capitalists

Testing Business Ideas

Testing Business Ideas

David J. Bland and Alexander Osterwalder
A Field Guide for Rapid Experimentation
4.4 (86 ratings)

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

Hopping over the Rabbit Hole

Hopping over the Rabbit Hole

Anthony Scaramucci
How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure into Success
4.2 (55 ratings)

What's Hopping over the Rabbit Hole about?

Hopping over the Rabbit Hole (2020) is an honest, straight-talking look at what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. The brutal truth is that the vast majority of businesses fail – yet many budding entrepreneurs still operate with their rose-tinted glasses firmly in place. But by following a few crucial tips – drawn from a successful business career with its fair share of mistakes – you’ll be more likely to survive, rather than succumb to failure.

Who should read Hopping over the Rabbit Hole?

  • Young entrepreneurs and salespeople
  • Prospective business owners searching for a realistic take on running a company
  • Mid-career entrepreneurs who’ve experienced failure and want to avoid doing so again

First, Break all the Rules

First, Break all the Rules

Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
4.2 (122 ratings)

What's First, Break all the Rules about?

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

Company of One

Company of One

Paul Jarvis
Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business
4.5 (249 ratings)

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

Million Dollar Micro Business

Million Dollar Micro Business

Tina Tower
How to Turn Your Expertise Into a Digital Online Course
4.4 (54 ratings)

What's Million Dollar Micro Business about?

Million Dollar Micro Business (2021) is a hands-on guide to creating your first online course – and making lots of money in the process. From coming up with an idea that feeds your passions to perfecting your marketing, it provides guidance on how to claim your place in this innovative, burgeoning industry of online learning.

Who should read Million Dollar Micro Business ?

  • Talented introverts who want to share their skills without venturing out of the house
  • Entrepreneurs who strive to be successful without working round the clock
  • Educators with a passion for teaching who want to expand their reach

Scale for Success

Scale for Success

Jan Cavelle
Expert Insights into Growing Your Business
4.2 (160 ratings)

What's Scale for Success about?

Scale for Success (2021) is a guide to turning your small business into a far bigger and more successful enterprise than it is today. From crowdfunding to job descriptions, it covers the ins and outs – and highs and lows – of scaling up any firm.

Who should read Scale for Success?

  • Entrepreneurs trying to break into the big league
  • Anyone working at a small business or early-stage start-up
  • Veteran businesspeople interested in mentoring small business owners



Daniel Priestley
How to Get People Lining Up to Do Business with You
4.0 (65 ratings)

What's Oversubscribed about?

Oversubscribed (2015) explains how to create a business that generates more demand than it can supply. Used by Apple to create a passionate and loyal customer base and by boutique brands to manufacture desire and earn huge profits, the business model of oversubscription both gets attention and keeps it. In these blinks, you’ll learn how it works.

Who should read Oversubscribed?

  • Entrepreneurs and investors looking for the next big thing
  • Students of marketing and business
  • Readers interested in the secrets of success

Crushing it!

Crushing it!

Gary Vaynerchuk
How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence – and How You Can, too.
4.3 (177 ratings)

What's Crushing it! about?

Crushing It! (2018) explains and explores why having a strong personal brand is crucial in business. Following up on his 2009 best seller, Crush It!, the author draws on both his own experiences and those of readers to illustrate why having a strong presence across multiple digital-media channels is a blueprint for success.

Who should read Crushing it!?

  • Aspiring or established entrepreneurs ready to take their business to the next level
  • Employees who want to increase their professional opportunities
  • People who recognize the game-changing nature of digital and social media

How to Start a Start-up

How to Start a Start-up

The Silicon Valley Playbook for Entrepreneurs
3.9 (78 ratings)

What's How to Start a Start-up about?

How to Start a Start-up (2015) is a practical guide to founding your own company. From pitching for funding to hiring employees, these blinks offer tips, strategies and insights about the first steps a start-up should take to forge a path toward solid, sustainable growth.

Who should read How to Start a Start-up?

  • Budding entrepreneurs
  • Business students thinking about their options after completing their degree
  • Anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes at start-ups

The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management

The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management

Stephen Denning
Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century
4.2 (70 ratings)

What's The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management about?

The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management (2010) offers seven key principles that will help managers stay focused on making their customers happy. You’ll find that the practical tools presented in these blinks will not only increase your profits; they’ll keep you and your workforce focused on what’s really important.

Who should read The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management?

  • Managers and CEOs
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Readers interested in good management techniques

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got

Jay Abraham
21 Ways You Can Out-think, Out-perform, and Out-earn the Competition
4.0 (43 ratings)

What's Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got about?

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got (2000) is a guide to spotting new opportunities, securing new clients and succeeding, no matter what your area of business. These blinks explain how to make more out of what you already have and how best to use it to your business’s advantage.

Who should read Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got?

  • Business leaders who want a leg up in their market
  • Entrepreneurs looking for new ways to get ahead of the competition
  • Any reader with an interest in business and marketing



David Giles Lewis
How Bold Leadership Changes the World
4.4 (241 ratings)

What's Mavericks about?

Mavericks (2022) makes a case for maverick leadership. It shows that independent thinkers motivated by meaningful goals can transform their careers and communities – and that anyone can develop their inner maverick by focusing on five key characteristics.

Who should read Mavericks?

  • Leaders interested in shaking things up
  • Anyone who wants to become more resourceful or resilient
  • People who want to change their organizations or communities for the better

The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster

The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster

Darren Hardy
Why Now Is the Time to #JoinTheRide
4.5 (83 ratings)

What's The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster about?

The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster (2015) is the essential guide to building a successful business. These blinks will walk you through the most important aspects of entrepreneurship by taking a close look at the four skills crucial to success: sales, recruiting, leadership and productivity.

Who should read The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster?

  • Those who dream of opening their own business but can’t stomach the uncertainty
  • New entrepreneurs who want a guiding hand
  • Any business owner who craves greater success

How I Built This

How I Built This

Guy Raz
The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs
4.3 (134 ratings)

What's How I Built This about?

How I Built This (2020) is a journey along the circuitous road to entrepreneurial success. Based on the top business podcast on iTunes, with 200 million downloads to date, How I Built This chronicles the ascension of dozens of the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs, examining their darkest moments as well as their greatest triumphs. 

Who should read How I Built This?

  • Start-up employees with big ideas of their own 
  • People who want to leave their jobs but are too scared
  • Anyone interested in entrepreneurship


Finish Big

Finish Big

Bo Burlingham
How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top
4.1 (28 ratings)

What's Finish Big about?

Finish Big (2014) is a guide for how to exit an organization in a way that's healthy and positive for both a business owner and the company. Leaders often overlook this aspect of their career, mistakenly thinking that leaving will be simple, when instead it requires long-term planning to truly finish in a way that benefits everyone.

Who should read Finish Big?

  • Entrepreneurs or anyone interested in business strategy
  • CEOs or leaders looking to leave their organization soon
  • Anyone interested in the politics and philosophies of exit strategies

Idea to Execution

Idea to Execution

Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg
How to Optimize, Automate and Outsource Everything in Your Business
4.2 (71 ratings)

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



Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh
The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies
4.5 (185 ratings)

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!

Nail It then Scale It

Nail It then Scale It

Nathan Furr and Paul Ahlstrom
The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating and Managing Breakthrough Innovation
4.2 (61 ratings)

What's Nail It then Scale It about?

Nail It then Scale It (2011) is your guide to perfecting your business plan and expanding your company. These blinks outline the process of creating innovative products that solve problems, targeting and communicating with the right markets and refining your strategy before scaling your business.

Who should read Nail It then Scale It?

  • Entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to start a business
  • Business owners fed up with traditional economic models

Big Bang Disruption

Big Bang Disruption

Larry Downes and Paul Nunes
Business Survival in the Age of Constant Innovation
4.1 (35 ratings)

What's Big Bang Disruption about?

Big Bang Disruption (2014) explains how disruptive innovations are endangering many of today’s businesses, and how to keep your business alive despite these disruptions. It describes the four stages of market disruption and provides 12 rules that’ll help you get through them.

Who should read Big Bang Disruption?

  • Executives and managers
  • Investors and entrepreneurs
  • Economists and strategists

Trillion Dollar Coach

Trillion Dollar Coach

Eric Schmidt
The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell
4.1 (221 ratings)

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

Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way

Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way

Jennifer Lee
Sustainable Success for the Creative Entrepreneur
4.3 (25 ratings)

What's Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way about?

Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way (2014) offers a practical translation of the basics of entrepreneurship into a language creatives can easily understand, through focusing on the strengths of the right hemisphere of the brain, such as as creativity, emotion and visualization.

Who should read Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way?

  • Anyone who wants to make a living from creative work
  • Creatives looking to gain more knowledge about the world of business
  • Entrepreneurs exploring alternative business models

Never Get a “Real” Job

Never Get a “Real” Job

Scott Gerber
How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke
3.9 (76 ratings)

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

Why Startups Fail

Why Startups Fail

Tom Eisenmann
A New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success
4.4 (215 ratings)

What's Why Startups Fail about?

Why Startups Fail (2021) identifies six core reasons why startups fail. It presents a framework for analyzing startup failure that explores how different aspects of a business work together. Entrepreneurs can use this framework to evaluate the health of their own ventures. 

Who should read Why Startups Fail?

  • Founders of early-stage startups
  • Entrepreneurs looking to scale their companies successfully
  • Innovators who’ve failed to get their project off the ground

Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

Jocelyn K. Glei
The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact
4.3 (38 ratings)

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

The Common Path to Uncommon Success

The Common Path to Uncommon Success

John Lee Dumas
A Roadmap to Financial Freedom and Fulfillment
4.2 (163 ratings)

What's The Common Path to Uncommon Success about?

The Common Path to Uncommon Success (2021) arms you with the tools to create valuable content and turn it into financial independence. Drawing on more than 3,000 interviews with successful entrepreneurs, it lays bare the path to transforming your big idea into a profitable business.

Who should read The Common Path to Uncommon Success?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to make their big idea a reality
  • Career professionals seeking an escape from the daily grind
  • Content creators eager to up their game



Tien Tzuo with Gabe Weisert
Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company’s Future – and What to Do About It
4.2 (75 ratings)

What's Subscribed about?

Subscribed (2018) looks at a business model that’s currently enjoying unprecedented success around the globe: subscriptions. Whether it’s Netflix, Spotify or Uber, companies have realized that more and more people are interested in services rather than ownership – they want the ride rather than the car. It’s an insight that’s literally worth billions. But more than that, it’s the future. If you want to make it in today’s crowded marketplace, it pays to take a closer look at the phenomenon.

Who should read Subscribed?

  • Entrepreneurs and business owners looking for new ideas
  • Anyone who’s ever wondered how exactly Amazon and Uber made it so big
  • Subscribers curious about how the services they use work



Shane Snow
How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success
4.0 (33 ratings)

What's Smartcuts about?

Smartcuts (2014) is about the secrets used by innovative companies and bright minds to achieve big successes in the shortest possible time. It outlines the reasons why unconventional methods are much more powerful than traditional ones in today's business world, and what you can do to take advantage of them.

Who should read Smartcuts?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Anyone interested in productivity or innovation

The Economist: Numbers Guide

The Economist: Numbers Guide

Richard Stutely & The Economist
The Essentials of Business Numeracy
4.0 (45 ratings)

What's The Economist: Numbers Guide about?

The Economist: Numbers Guide (1991) explores a variety of mathematical tools that are exceptionally useful across a range of business environments. These blinks reveal just how simple it is to manage risk by quantifying it, helping improve decision making in the process. The book’s mathematical notions are explained at a basic level, so no prior math knowledge is required.

Who should read The Economist: Numbers Guide?

  • Entrepreneurs wondering how to apply mathematical ideas to their business
  • Anyone seeking reliable tools for making decisions in uncertain business situations

Self-Made Boss

Self-Made Boss

Jackie Reses and Lauren Weinberg
Advice, Hacks, and Lessons from Small Business Owners
4.4 (156 ratings)

What's Self-Made Boss about?

Self-Made Boss (2022) is a practical starter kit for anyone looking to start a small business. It’s packed with advice and case studies looking at small businesses from across the United States, with step-by-step instructions for turning your great idea into a successful business. 

Who should read Self-Made Boss?

  • Small business owners
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Anyone curious about how brands are built from the ground up

Being Boss

Being Boss

Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson
Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms
4.1 (163 ratings)

What's Being Boss about?

Being Boss (2018) is a guide for creative entrepreneurs determined to build successful businesses. From fostering the right mentality to establishing boundaries, setting goals, and taking time away, Being Boss shares helpful tactics for having it all, in work and in lif

Who should read Being Boss?

  • Aspiring creative entrepreneurs
  • Small business owners looking for practical advice
  • Employees thinking of launching passion projects on the side

The Innovation Stack

The Innovation Stack

Jim McKelvey
Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time
4.6 (124 ratings)

What's The Innovation Stack about?

The Innovation Stack (2020) explores what it takes to be a true entrepreneur – that is, to find a problem no one else has solved, and do everything you can to solve it. It reveals how two friends built a billion-dollar financial-services company from the ground up through courage, ingenuity, and a touch of humor. 

Who should read The Innovation Stack?

  • Would-be entrepreneurs looking to build their first company
  • Established entrepreneurs seeking fresh inspiration
  • Anyone interested in the evolution of a multibillion-dollar company

Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0

Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0

Jim Collins and Bill Lazier
Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company
4.5 (125 ratings)

What's Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0 about?

Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0 (2020) updates Jim Collins and Bill Lazier’s essential 1992 business handbook, Beyond Entrepreneurship for the entrepreneurs, visionaries, and innovators of today. This new edition combines the timeless business advice and strategy of the original text, supplemented with cutting-edge insights and case studies pertinent to today’s business world.

Who should read Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0?

  • Office drones who want to break out of their nine-to-five
  • Fledgling start-up founders wondering where to, well, start
  • Successful entrepreneurs looking to scale up to the big time



Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares
A Start-Up Guide to Getting Customers
4.0 (57 ratings)

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

Disrupt Yourself

Disrupt Yourself

Whitney Johnson
Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work
4.3 (98 ratings)

What's Disrupt Yourself about?

Disrupt Yourself (2015) is about embarking on the journey of constant discovery that is your career. By following your interests, discovering your unique talents, taking the right risks and being prepared to learn, you will find yourself constantly stimulated and satisfied by your work.

Who should read Disrupt Yourself?

  • Employees and CEOs of small companies or start-ups
  • Entrepreneurs considering their next business venture
  • Anyone seeking inspiration for their professional calling

Clay Water Brick

Clay Water Brick

Jessica Jackley
Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least
4.2 (22 ratings)

What's Clay Water Brick about?

Clay Water Brick (2015) explores the author’s unusual business career in connection with stories of successful micro-entrepreneurs all over the globe. These blinks reveal the strategies of entrepreneurs who make something out of nothing while making a difference in struggling communities.

Who should read Clay Water Brick?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs worried that a lack of resources will hold them back
  • Activists interested in sustainable approaches to changing the world
  • Those who want to see global issues from an optimistic perspective

Anything You Want

Anything You Want

Derek Sivers
40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur
4.1 (98 ratings)

What's Anything You Want about?

Anything You Want (2011) is a guide to realizing your dream business, which is easier than you might think. These blinks will teach you why the conventional ideas of amassing tons of money, consultants and technology are all wrong, and that the real key to success is you and your stellar ideas.

Who should read Anything You Want?

  • All entrepreneurs
  • Anybody with a great idea they don’t know how to realize

What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School

What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School

Mark H. McCormack
Notes From a Street-Smart Executive
4.0 (132 ratings)

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

Smart People Should Build Things

Smart People Should Build Things

Andrew Yang
How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America
4.4 (39 ratings)

What's Smart People Should Build Things about?

Smart People Should Build Things explores the dangerous consequences of top students’ career choices in the United States, and offers practical solutions to reset the country’s course toward prosperity by encouraging students to adopt an entrepreneurial attitude. Along the way, the author provides solid advice for budding entrepreneurs on their first adventure into business.

Who should read Smart People Should Build Things?

  • Anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Anyone who wants to initiate positive change in the US economy
  • Anyone with no idea about which career path to choose

The Four

The Four

Scott Galloway
The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google
4.0 (126 ratings)

What's The Four about?

The Four (2017) examines the great superpowers of our digital age – Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google – and attempts to answer a few tough questions: How have these companies changed the world we live in and what is their formula for success? How can other companies rise to similar echelons of power? And what does it take to thrive in a world shaped by the Four?

Who should read The Four?

  • Facebook and iPhone users
  • Anyone who regularly performs searches on Google, shops on Amazon, uses an Apple device or spends time on Facebook
  • Business enthusiasts and business analysts

Content Inc.

Content Inc.

Joe Pulizzi
How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses
4.6 (63 ratings)

What's Content Inc. about?

Content, Inc. (2015) is a useful and practical guide on how to use content management to market your business, attract an audience and bring your ideas to the world. These blinks are packed with tips and tricks that will help you turn that audience into loyal subscribers and allow you to diversify your brand and move to the forefront of your industry.

Who should read Content Inc.?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to start a business
  • CEOs who want a more effective marketing strategy
  • Anyone who wants to disseminate their ideas

The Change Masters

The Change Masters

Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the American Corporation
4.0 (27 ratings)

What's The Change Masters about?

The Change Masters (1983) is about Rosabeth Moss Kanter's findings from her extensive research on American corporations in the 1980s. She identifies the key factors that bring about change and innovation, and explains how you can structure your organization to adapt to change more effectively.

Who should read The Change Masters?

  • Change managers and business consultants
  • Managers and team leaders
  • Ambitious entrepreneurs and anyone interested in innovation

Founders at Work

Founders at Work

Jessica Livingston
Stories of Startups’ Early Days
4.2 (74 ratings)

What's Founders at Work about?

Founders at Work (2007) is a revealing look at what went on in the early days of over 30 influential US startups. In their own words, the founders of landmark companies such as Hotmail and tell their stories about the many ups and downs and twists and turns it took to make their ideas a reality. They also share the lessons they learned and the insight they’ve gained looking back on the trials and tribulations of those chaotic early days.

Who should read Founders at Work?

  • Entrepreneurs and aspiring inventors
  • Business students
  • Anyone looking for inspiration

Business Model Generation

Business Model Generation

Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
4.3 (83 ratings)

What's Business Model Generation about?

Business Model Generation (2010) is a comprehensive guide to building innovative business models. From empathizing and connecting with customers to finding inspiration for products and learning from some of today’s most game-changing platforms, these blinks will help you kick-start your business thinking.

Who should read Business Model Generation?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Business people seeking an introduction to business models
  • Readers curious about the core elements of businesses

Moms Mean Business

Moms Mean Business

Erin Baebler and Lara Galloway
A Guide to Creating a Successful Company and a Happy Life as a Mom Entrepreneur
4.5 (19 ratings)

What's Moms Mean Business about?

Moms Mean Business is a guide to time management for mom entrepreneurs. These blinks help you discover where your true priorities lie, and provide you with planning techniques that will make it possible for you to dedicate more time to your ambitions and yourself.

Who should read Moms Mean Business?

  • Working mothers looking to get more done in less time
  • Women struggling to balance entrepreneurial commitments with family life
  • Business leaders seeking new time-management skills

Reinventing the Product

Reinventing the Product

Eric Schaeffer and David Sovie
How to Transform your Business and Create Value in the Digital Age
4.3 (150 ratings)

What's Reinventing the Product about?

Reinventing the Product (2019) takes an in-depth look at what it takes to compete in today’s increasingly digitized marketplace, outlining all the steps a company needs to take to pull itself out of the past and into a future where the marketplace is ruled by smart, digitally connected products.

Who should read Reinventing the Product?

  • CEOs, CIOs, and entrepreneurs
  • Business managers who want to stay on the cutting edge
  • People curious about the future of business

Business Execution for RESULTS

Business Execution for RESULTS

Stephen Lynch
A Practical Guide for Leaders of Small to Mid-Sized Firms
4.4 (55 ratings)

What's Business Execution for RESULTS about?

Business Execution for RESULTS (2013) is a guide to building a better business. These blinks offer a practical plan for setting appropriate goals and performing the necessary analyses to create a winning business strategy that will lead your company straight to the top.

Who should read Business Execution for RESULTS?

  • Business owners and new entrepreneurs
  • Leaders and executives in small to mid-sized companies

The Art of the Start

The Art of the Start

Guy Kawasaki
The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
4.3 (69 ratings)

What's The Art of the Start about?

The Art of the Start offers a brief overview of some of the key aspects of starting and running a business. It covers topics such as pitching for funding, recruiting the right people, and building a successful brand.

Who should read The Art of the Start?

  • Entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs
  • Anyone who works for a start-up or small company

Crush It!

Crush It!

Gary Vaynerchuk
Why Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion
4.1 (79 ratings)

What's Crush It! about?

CRUSH IT! is a motivational text, a blueprint and guide for those who want to translate their passion into a business. Using the author’s life as an example, this book details how everyone can “crush it,” i.e., realize the possibility of living their passion, determining their livelihood and making a living off of what they love to do.

Who should read Crush It!?

  • Anyone working at a small company or startup
  • Entrepreneurs looking to invest in small businesses or startups
  • Business owners wondering how to adapt and market themselves in the age of social media

The Replaceable Founder

The Replaceable Founder

Ari Meisel
Learn how to let go of the reins and allow your business to soar without you
4.4 (101 ratings)

What's The Replaceable Founder about?

The Replaceable Founder (2018) takes a unique look at how leaders can perform the valuable job of making themselves obsolete. By creating strong organizational structures, including streamlined production and hiring processes, company founders can build organizations that are sure to function and even thrive without them. This is an ideal scenario since it allows the ambitious founder to focus on what they love most: bringing innovative ideas to life and creating companies that promise great work experiences for everyone.

Who should read The Replaceable Founder?

  • Company founders who want to spend less time at work
  • CEOs who need to better organize their business
  • Anyone interested in being more efficient and productive

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