Entrepreneurship Reading List

Explore the following texts on entrepreneurship to discover amazing insights from celebrated authors. 


Chaos Monkeys

Antonio Garcia Martinez

An brutally honest examination into silicon valley’s cult culture. 



Creative Destruction

Richard Foster, Sarah Kaplan

An examination into the forces of dynamic discontinuity that companies must accept and embrace in order to remain relevant in an every changing market. 



Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

Dan Lyons

A autobiographical story of Dan Lyons’ experience at technology startup Hubspot, what life is like in a tech bubble and how to reinvent your career in the technology age.



Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Elon Musk

Follow Elon Musk’s journey from south africa to silicon valley and how he sparks new levels of innovation and visionary progress while making plenty of enemies along the way. 



Four Steps to the Epiphany

Steve Blank

A practical and proven guide to quickly building a customer base and insights into what make some startups successful over others. 



Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works

Roger Martin, Sally Osberg

A defense for the entrepreneurial drive to not only make a profit, but do the right thing, and how entrepreneurs are discovering ways to transform social systems in sustainable ways. 



Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Nir Eyal

A practical framework for encouraging user engagement and building rewarding and predicable customer habits. 



How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

Jim Collins

An analysis that outlines why successful companies fail, and how they can reverse their course. 




Henry Mintzberg

Observations of twenty-nine managers across different industries and the qualities of what makes them successful leaders through practice rooted in experience and context. 



Shoe Dog

Phil Knight

A memoir and inside look on the rise of Nike and it’s evolution into a global athletic powerhouse and iconic brand. 



Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking

Shane Snow

An exploration into the habits and strategies that lead to the fast rise successful individuals and companies, and how conventional wisdom of reaping success through hard work should be abandoned in lieu of smart shortcuts to reach goals quickly. 



Startup Owner’s Manual

Steven Blank, Bob Dorf

A step-by-step to building a successful, shareable and profitable company. 



The A.D.D. Entrepreneur

Matt Curry

A challenge to the common misconceptions of A.D.D. and how the disorder can be transformed into an opportunity to discover insights, strategies and enthusiasm. 



The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

Guy Kawasaki

An inspirational guide to discovering techniques to transform an idea into action and jumpstart an impactful business. 



The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs

Keven D. Johnson

How to change your thinking and develop the entrepreneurial mind to achieve unimaginable business success and financial wealth.



The Entrepreneurial Mindset

Rita Gunther McGrath, Ian MacMillan

A practical blueprint for thinking and acting in environments that are rapidly changing and highly uncertain. 



The Entrepreneurial Spirit Lives: 25 Tales to Help Entrepreneurs Start, Grow, and Succeed in Small Business

Cavanaugh L. Gray

A collection of short stories that illustrate how small business owners can overcome common strategic challenges from management to marketing.



The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Ben Horowitz

Practical advice on building a new business and insights on managing the toughest problems that confront entrepreneurs on a daily basis. 



The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change The Way You Do Business

Clayton M. Christensen

To discover success, and sustain it, entrepreneurs must chance their perceptions of how to lead their business and listen to drive innovation and adapt to market changes. 



The Innovator’s Solution

Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor

An expansion upon the idea of disruption that explains how companies can and should become dynamic disrupters to stay ahead of the market.



The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses 

Eric Ries

To stay competitive, entrepreneurs must continuously test their ideas and be willing to adopt quickly to market changes. 



The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups From Their Founding Entrepreneurs

David Kidder

An examination of the lessons and experiences from 4 different founders, and the insights into what made them successful. 



The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell

An examination into the tipping point when unknown concepts transform into social epidemics, and the factors that converge to generate rapid, dramatic changes in society. 



The Wright Brothers

David McCullough

An exploration of learning through failure and the value of teamwork and perseverance. 



The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen R. Covey

Why adaptation and principled-centered solutions are the keys to entrepreneurial success.



The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

Chris Guillebeau

An inspirational guide to leading a life of adventure, meaning and purpose, and earning a good living while you do it. 



Think and Grow Rich

Napolean Hill

How embracing the philosophy of personal achievement drives success. 



Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Peter Thiel

An examination of how entrepreneurs can shape the future by having the right team in place, despite any knowledge of how impactful a business will be over the long term, and whether the solution is truly unique.  



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