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Recommended Reading for Tech Startups

Recommend Reading for Tech Startups

Nobody gets better on their own. We all need help along the way. One way to do this is through reading some industry changing/leading books.

Here’s our list of the top 12 books to add to your reading list:

  1. “Lean Startup” by Eric Ries ­–­ Here’s everything you need to know about how to run your startup, as well as ways to innovate within existing organizations. (Read our review.)
  2. “Business Model Generation” by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur ­­– Before starting a business, you need to have a plan and a way to test it. The business model canvas is the “new” business plan.
  3. “The Startup Owners Manual” by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf – This book brings lean startup and business model generation together; it’s the textbook for running a startup. There are also a lot of online resources.
  4. “REWORK” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson – This is a great example of how an existing business was able to bootstrap their startup while achieving a work/life balance. You need less than you think. (Read our review.)
  5. “Crush It” by Gary Vaynerchuk – Starting a business is hard and having a motivating voice cheering you on makes all the difference.
  6. “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time” by Jeff Sutherland and JJ Sutherland – Agile scrum is a quintessential framework for managing the development of your business and product. (Read our review.)
  7. “E-Myth Revisited” by Michael Gruber – Assumptions often get in the way of you running your business. This book walks you through the steps in the life of a business to help you grow your business in a predictable and productive way.
  8. “5 Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni – Once you find your team, you need to help them grow and build them up. (Read our review.)
  9. “Death by Meeting” by Patrick Lencioni – Meetings are a necessary evil. This book provides a blueprint to get more out of your meetings and to make sure you’re holding the “right” meetings.
  10. “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug – When developing your product, you need to know how people will use it. This book helps you understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design.
  11. “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell – As your business grows, it’s important to help your team identify and grow their leadership skills.
  12. “Good to Great” by Jim Collins – A study was done to identify those companies that went from good to great and what they did to get there. The findings in this book are eye opening and may help you identify the next steps to making your business great! (Read our review.)

Why not check out a few books and see what knowledge from industry-leading experts will do for you and your business?