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.


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. 

Websites: 

Good stuff for SaaS startups
http://christophjanz.blogspot.com/

Customer Lifetime Value Calculator
http://hbsp.harvard.edu/multimedia/flashtools/cltv/

Good stuff on working with Technical folks
http://www.socalcto.com/



Rob G

August 12th, 2014

SteveBlank.com

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.
http://blog.launchrock.co/entrepreneur-mega-resource-list-9-great-startup-resources/


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. 

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.

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.

Luis Berga Co-Founder at Music Meets Video

August 12th, 2014

I second the Venture Deals suggestion, I think it's a must read for anyone going through fundraising. 

Josh Jones Entrepreneur

August 12th, 2014

Thanks Everyone, All great feedback, and I have saved the links provided and will read these books.  

Here are a few of my favorite books: 

good to great-  great factual study for CEO's 
the e-myth revisited- great for establishing the mindset of improving and writing processes
 the goal- identify the bottlenecks and operation refinement to increase profits 
the Dip, Mastery, As a man thinketh (these three are great for establishing mindset and attitude) 

Mike Bidgoli Building something new

August 14th, 2014

Venture Deals by Brad Feld is a must