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TOP-10 Books for Startupers

Though the word “startup” showed up in the language almost 40 years ago, it nevertheless isn’t becoming less popular. Even old ladies from the nearby village know about it.

In this article, I gathered the best books about startup that can improve anybody’s skill: from freshman in startup world to anyone who knows the ropes.

1 The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki

Well, I think no one will mind letting Guy Kawasaki be the first in this list. He is an Evangelist of the Apple brand, great marketer, entrepreneur, head of the company specializing in startups and writer. Read if you want to get inspired for risky steps, great discoveries and, of course, the creation of a startup.

The next time you think that there's something that you "can't live without", wait for a week and then see if you're still alive or not.

2 Rework by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

Well, this is an unusual book about creating a startup because the author tells us how to think about business to attract Fortune, fairy or another magical creature. This book will turn your world upside down, inspire, make you leave a comfort zone and give a bunch of useful information.

What you do is what matters; not what you think or say or plan.

3 The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank, Bob Dorf

One of the best published books for anyone who have already started something but on a certain stage and didn’t know what to do next. Here are clear instructions regarding where to, when to and how to for starupers from different spheres.

It’s a crime to create something without understanding what you're doing and without a break

4 Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

Do you want to learn how you can create a startup without attachments? Then, this apparent must-read for beginners is exactly for you. Smart Uncle Peter Thiel will guide you through all the business challenges with stories about how he co-founded PayPal and ran Clarium Capital and Founders Fund.

All failed companies are the same; they failed to escape competition.

5 The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

The author tells a lot of interesting things: why the majority of startups fail, what technique helps to build a business, avoiding unnecessary costs, and, most importantly, learn to not be afraid of failure.

The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else.

6 The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur: The Tell-It-Like-It-Is Guide to Cleaning Up in Business, Even If You Are at the End of Your Roll by Mike Michalowicz

Do you know who are toilet paper entrepreneurs? And what can you do in a business situation where there is only 3 leaves of toilet paper? Michalowicz answered these questions, and also added how to keep the drive in the already-not-start-up companies. You will like the book, if you do not want stories about the rise of Facebook, Google and YouTube, and crave cool facts.

Action is the only way to make progress. Take action now; don’t wait for a convenient time. It can’t be overemphasized.

7 Lucky or Smart?: Secrets to an Entrepreneurial Life by Bo Peabody

Bo Peabody was a millionaire in the 90s, but the interesting thing is that he is still a millionaire. In this book, he writes about 3 things you should know before even starting a business. Your work must be fundamentally innovative, morally compelling, and philosophically positive. How to do this? Read in the book!

If your idea is big enough and crazy enough, all you have to do is survive. If you survive you will succeed.

8 The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo

When you create a new business or startup, persuasion skills become terribly important. Steve Job’s methods will make your audience listen attentively and enthusiastically. It doesn’t matter why you need to give a speech; it could be for presentation of a new product, negotiations with clients or investors or transactions. You only need to read the book and use at least a couple of lessons.

Find something you love to do so much; you can’t wait for the sun to rise to do it all over again.

9 Angels, Dragons and Vultures: Capital Advice for Entrepreneurs by Simon Acland

This book will help to shed light on the dark forest for every entrepreneur - the process of raising funds. The author calls investors strange nicknames: Angels, Dragons and Vultures, and then explains how to communicate with each of them . Unclear? Read the book and become the guru-Lion.

If reckless friends or family initially invest money in your business, you should treat them as all other external shareholders or creditors.

10 Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland

Yes, Scrum was repeatedly mentioned in our blog, but do not tell about it in this article; it is unforgivable. This is the best book about startup, the aim of which is not to teach you how to make money, but to tell you how you can change your life. You will learn how to organize customer-oriented teamwork, receive the result, and apply Scrum in life with pleasure. This is all in only one book.

Greatness can’t be imposed; it has to come from within. But it does live within all of us.
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