Must-Reads for Beginning Entrepreneurs
May 6, 2016 Leave a comment
In every life, some books must fall. If you’re a new entrepreneur—or even a seasoned one looking to add to your own edification—there are plenty of books on every subject related to sales, business, and making something of yourself. From finance to start-ups, here are a few noteworthy titles to get you started on your business journey.
Capital Instincts: Life as an Entrepreneur, Financier, and Athlete, Richard L. Brandt and Thomas Weisel
If you would like to hear from someone who has truly done it all, Thomas Weisel is your guy. Largely responsible for the formation and duration of Silicon Valley as a tech hub, Weisel’s determined personality has carried him through several high-profile companies and endeavors. His investment firm, Thomas Weisel Partners, was worth half a billion dollars in revenues two years after it was founded. He is also a leader in national cycling and skiing. His insights are powerful, plenty, and worth listening to.
Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
One of the most-beloved business books of the last century, the wisdom in Hill’s Think and Grow Rich is timeless. Originally published in 1937, Hill interviewed over 500 affluent men and women about their money-making philosophies. What he discovered were a handful of universal tenets that he explains in the book. An updated version includes modern-day tips and tricks from Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally-recognized author and lecturer in human resources management.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
This book takes a look at the culture we live in and the ways in which it’s governed, hindered, and improved by the presence of modern-day technology. The book also examines the individual entrepreneur’s place in that world and the challenges facing them, as well as the new opportunities that weren’t previously available. Zero to One is a great place to start if you’re curious about how you and your ideas fit into this technological world.
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader, Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli
Becoming Steve Jobs examines not only the Apple founder himself, but also the circumstances that led to his success and the thick cloud of myth and mystery that surrounded him. This book shines a light on how Jobs, reckless and arrogant as a young man, became the most well-recognized business leader ever. Schlender’s and Tetzeli’s account of Jobs’ life is rich and contributes much to what we understand about him.