11 Books that Inspired Startup Entrepreneurs

If you engage with Startup Entrepreneurs enough, you’ll hear from them that there’s always one or two books they recall that were impactful towards pushing them over the edge, getting them to do the leap of faith1, start a business and go for it! At times where things got challenging, they may refer back to these same books, because these were the books that got them started in the first place. I was curious to what those highly inspirational books were, books that revolutionized our founders’ worlds, I asked around and compiled my list. Some of these include my personal favs, others I’ve listed included what inspired others. There’s also some books that are recommended as must-haves in order to get a good grounded perspective of being successful in the business. Here’s the list, enjoy.

Books that tip you over the edge:

  1. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, TOMS founder and Chief Shoe Giver.
  2. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss – turned down by 26 publishers initially, but now a #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, sold into 33 languages.

Books that serial entrepreneurs swear by, that helped them tremendously in all aspects of business. Absolute must-read:

  1. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  2. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  3. The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz
  4. Endless Referrals by Bob Burg
  5. Why Managing Sucks and How to Fix It by Jody Thompson
  6. The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries and Laura Ries
  7. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur by Mike Michalowicz
  8. The Last Prospecting Guide You’ll Ever Need by Bob Burg
  9. The 4-Hour Chef by Timothy Ferriss

Do you have books you’ll recommend? Ones that’s speak to you and are ghastly inspirational? Feel free to contribute.

Did you find this interesting? If you did, you might also like this post about entreprenuerial lessons from Tim Ferriss.