10 Books Entrepreneurs Should Read Before They Die



This list is by no means exhaustive but it’s meant to give budding entrepreneurs of any age a starting point for their first adventure. These books were chosen based on their readability (easy to understand, key points highlighted, non-technical language), the information they provide and their scope (social media, leadership, strategy, navigating the landscape, finances etc.). Enjoy!

  1. Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Great tips like “learn by doing”, “take intelligent risks”, and have a “Plan A, B and Z”.

  1. Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen

Probably the best book on social media available.

  1. The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs by David Kidder and Reid Hoffman

Learn from well-known entrepreneurs what it takes to start and run successful companies.

  1. How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

This book contains lessons on learning and leading.

  1. Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur by Pamela Slim

Details a practical and comprehensive action plan for making the entrepreneurial jump.

  1. Competitive Strategies for Dummies by Richard Pettinger

Learn about business planning and strategy.

  1. Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t by Jeffrey Pfeffer

A provocative read on understanding people and relationships.

  1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Think differently. Change the rules of the game.

  1. World Changers: 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business as We Knew It by John A. Byrne

Inspiring read featuring entrepreneurial rock stars from a diverse set of industries.

  1. Venture Deals: Be Smarter than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

Learn about the structure of venture deals, term sheets and other financials.

Full list of books on my reading list can be found here.

Reprinted by permission.

Image Credit: CC by azrasta

About the author: Dr. Charlene Ngamwajasat

Dr. Charlene Ngamwajasat is the creator and writer of the blog Just Curious. She practices in New York City, specializing in internal medicine. She describes herself as a physician who loves to travel, read and experience new things.

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