Books are a great recourse that can be used to draw inspiration and new ideas. Here’s a list of fives must-reads for every entrepreneur.
1. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Thiel is best known as the co-founder of PayPal. Zero to One stresses that progress comes from monopoly, not competition. The book is about creating companies that create new things. This New York Times Bestseller is perfect for both large companies and new entrepreneurs alike.
2. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Silicon Valley entrepreneur and co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, Ben Horowitz, wrote The Hard Thing About Hard Things to address the issues that business school does not cover. Rather than writing about how exciting it is to create a business, Horowitz writes about the daily struggles that leaders will come across.
3. Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works by Ash Maurya
In today’s age we are creating more products than ever, but most of these products fail due to wasted money, time, and effort spent on the wrong product. Through his own experience building numerous products, Mauray spells out a plan for achieving a “product/market fit.”
4. Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei
Manage Your Day-to-Day is all about quitting the busy work and starting your best work. This book provides advice about managing the new challenges that come along with the ever-changing workplace. Manage Your Day-to-Day includes feature contributions from twenty creative minds.
5. High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove
Former CEO of Intel, Andrew S. Grove, created High Output Management to revolutionize the way we work. Grove states that the crucial skill of creating and maintaining new businesses comes down to this single word: managing. This book covers how to create productive teams and methods of motivation for top performance.