Entrepreneurial resources

What are the best books and websites for entrepreneurs?

Josh Jones Entrepreneur

August 12th, 2014

What are your favorite books about entrepreneurship and why?  Which ones have really made an impact?  any other helpful resources come to mind (websites,etc.)?

Victor Chapela Co-founder & CEO at Suggestic

August 14th, 2014

I agree with most of the suggestions in this list. 

But I would add the book that has had the most impact on me as an entrepreneur. It certainly changed the way I do many things now. I do not know if I would have appreciated it as much if I had not lived through some similar extreme experiences, but it certainly teaches some extraordinary practical strategies and tactics for being a startup CEO.

The hard thing about hard things by Ben Horowitz.

Rob G

August 12th, 2014


Sandy Fischler Experiential Marketing Director | Event Producer | Event Management | Entrepreneur

August 12th, 2014

1) The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Steve Blank
Why: Blank is the granddaddy of the Lean movement. His early ideas about Customer Development created the foundational principals on which Lean is structured. The first 3 chapters should be required reading for anyone starting a company. 

2) The Founder's Dilemmas: Noam Wasserman
Why: there are a lot of hard questions that need to be dealt with in the early stages of founding a company and this book makes you confront a lot of them, especially noteworthy are the sections on how to deal with co-founders. 

I could list a dozen more, but those are two standouts for me. 


Good stuff for SaaS startups

Customer Lifetime Value Calculator

Good stuff on working with Technical folks

Aaron Bumbarger Founder at Shark Pond

August 12th, 2014

I also like Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson.  It's a great read, and I think very necessary if you're pursuing funding.
Among my friends there is some disagreement about when and why to read The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, but everyone agrees that it's required reading.

LaunchRock also put together a list of great resource links on one page.  Bookmark this page for access to Steve Blank's blog, Y Combinator startup library and a few other great resources.

Tom French Founder & CEO, Supply Chain Coach

August 15th, 2014

Charles you have listed some great books. 

However, the book that change my life both personally and professionally is Steven Covey's book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People".  After rereading this book several times I sat down and wrote my personal mission and from that point my life changed and my decision on what I would agree to work on changed.  Every step in the 7 Basic Habits if learned will help you in managing business, employees and accelerated sales growth.  Coaching people how to apply these habits both personally and professionally delivers great satisfaction.  I recommend to all business professionals who are starting out.

Eric Bernal Co-Founder, Director of Web Development & Design

August 14th, 2014

I just finished reading "Hatching Twitter" - it's a great inside look at the growth stages of a company, its co-founders, and the dynamics created by taking VC money and partners. I would put this on the must read list for anyone thinking of starting a business, growing it, and eventually taking it public. 

Shahab Layeghi Software Professional

August 12th, 2014

Founder's Dilemmas is a great book, kind of long with a lot of stats, but you can fast forward on some parts.

Mike Bidgoli Building something new

August 14th, 2014

Venture Deals by Brad Feld is a must 


August 15th, 2014

Thanks to all who have contributed thus far; Sati, I like the direction you've taken your reads and how those apply just as much as a 'direct entrepreneur book' would.  Here are my picks:

The Future of Management - Gary Hamel (which connects to CK Prahalad's BOP Markets)
The Fifth Discipline - Peter Senge
The Soul of a Business - Tom Chappell
The Hard Thing About Hard Things - Ben Horowitz
Small is Beautiful - EF Schumacher
Leaders Eat Last - Simon Sinek
Disrupt - Luke Williams
Leadership and the New Science - Margaret Wheatley

Charles Nick CEO at The Wright Cup

August 15th, 2014

For general business applications these are some of my favorites:
1) Good to Great by Jim Collins
2) The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
3) Reality Check by Guy Kawasaki
4) The E-myth by Michael Gerber
5) Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
6) The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
7) Zig Ziglar's Secrets of Closing the Sale (audiobook, very entertaining with fundamental sales principles)
8) The 48 laws of Power by Robert Greene