Three Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Operating a start up means you are everything and everyone. You run the books, you proposition the partners, and—yes—you even clean the toilet from time to time. Starting up is a difficult endeavor, but there’s plenty of knowledge to be consumed that can help you along the way:

1. Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Synopsis: START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.”

Promising Review: “If you are a student of leadership or want to better understand the role of inspiration in organizations and life, this book should be a must read for you. The author clearly makes the case for why we should focus on the ‘Why.'” – William McPek, Amazon Customer

2. Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin

Synopsis: “Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, reveals how traditional Silicon Valley “wisdom” leads far too many startups astray, with the transparency and humor that his hundreds of thousands of blog readers have come to love.”

Promising Review: “Wow, this book takes you through one heck of a journey! Lost and Founder is honest, radically transparent and full of atypical but highly valuable business advice. True to the author, the story is humorous at times, clearly articulated and daringly truthful. I recommend this book to both new and seasoned entrepreneurs who are looking for a guidebook to making tough tech business decisions.” – D. Dover, Amazon Customer

3. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

Synopsis:The Innovator’s Dilemma is the revolutionary business book that has forever changed corporate America. Based on a truly radical idea—that great companies can fail precisely because they do everything right—this Wall Street Journal, Business Week and New York Times Business bestseller is one of the most provocative and important business books ever written. Entrepreneurs, managers, and CEOs ignore its wisdom and its warnings at their great peril.”

Promising Review: “One of the most insightful business books I have read, so far! If you are a manager that wants to keep your company afloat for the future this is the perfect book for you. Highly recommend to attune your mind to the counter intuitive.” – Anonymous, Amazon Customer