Books for Entrepreneurs

Happy Labor Day! All of us at Stacklist hope you’ve headed to the beach for some fun, relaxation, a glass of rose, and some light reading. Mostly the rose. However, now that you have some time to yourself, it’s a great time to catch up on some of the great books for entrepreneurship and startups that you may have missed. Check out our picks for the summer below.


Company/Founder Biographies

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days by Jessica Livingston

This great read is a collection of interviews with some of the greatest founders of of the 20th century, such as Apple’s Steve Wozniak and PayPal’s Max Levchin. Find out where they got their ideas and how they convinced their investors. Buy it here.

Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Martinez

Described as “eye-popping” by Vanity Fair, this book details Martinez’s exciting adventures through Silicon Valley at some of the biggest companies in the digital space, such as Facebook and Twitter. Buy it here.

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

Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, early Facebook investor (and more recently, Gawker undertaker) exclaims “competition is for losers” and entrepreneurs should embrace monopolies. Buy it here.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk is without a doubt one of the greatest entrepreneurs and innovators of the modern era. Find out about him and his journey in Vance’s biography of the man behind Tesla and SpaceX. Buy it here.

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

You might have noticed we link to Amazon for every book on this list. Amazon is the place to get anything and everything. Learn about its evolution to one of the world’s largest online retailers. Buy it here (on Amazon).


Building a Company/Product

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal

In his book, Eyal dives deep into the Hook Model which brings customers back for more and more. It gives advice on building a product that will enforce good user behavior and insight on how to create a great product. Buy it here.

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

Running a startup is incredibly difficult, by failure is avoidable. Ries demonstrates how companies can survive and build better products, without spending too much cash. Read more here.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp

Straight from the halls of Google, this Wall Street Journal bestseller focuses on easy steps you can take to try and test new products in just 5 days. Buy it here.

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton Christensen

This industry standard shows that even by doing everything right your business can ultimately fail. They to success: innovation. Buy it here.

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau has never had a real job, but he has a talent: turning ideas into profits. Follow his journey through the startup space. Buy it here.

Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends on It by Al Ries

Many companies implode through over expansion and diversification of products. Ries advises that you focus on your core product and mission. Buy it here.

From Impossible To Inevitable: How Hyper-Growth Companies Create Predictable Revenue by Aaron Ross

As a startup, it’s hard to generate revenue. And sometimes you can’t bring in revenue or scale fast enough. Ross, using the template for hyper-growth, shows to how to grow your business successfully. Buy it here.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

A veritable bible in the startup world. Experienced entrepreneur Ben Horowitz walks his reader through the challenges facing a budding startup and how to surmount them. Buy it here.

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter Drucker

Drucker identifies the 5 essential to business practices to improve your business. In this way, you can keep your company on track and growing. Buy it here.


Consumer Behavior

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

In this international bestseller, Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman explains how we all think. He offers understanding into how decisions are made in business and in our personal lives. Buy it here.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

This New York Times bestseller (for over 60 weeks) enlightens its readers to the powers of habit. Giving examples from the business world to sports, Duhigg shows how habits affect our everyday lives. Buy it here.


Marketing & Sales

Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday

A self-described “media manipulator,” Holiday speaks to his own experience of managing brand reputations and controlling the media. Learn his secrets in this thrilling tale. Buy it here.

Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth by Gabriel Weinberg

This book is all about gaining traction in the startup space, building an audience and getting the customers you want. It also draws on more than 40 interviews with successful founders. Buy it here.

Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising by Ryan Holiday

Traditional marketing is dead. Long live growth hacking! In the digital age, marketers have to be more innovative than ever to discover the tricks to successfully market products and services. Buy it here.

The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly by David Scott

This revised bestseller (with over 350,000 copies sold) goes through step-by-step how to implement constructive and effective marketing and PR strategies to attract new customers to your business. Buy it here.

Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers by Geoffrey Moore

People can be slow to move on innovative products, usually waiting for proof of their productivity. Moore gives some in-depth advice on how to market your product for a disruptive product. Buy it here.

Marketing: A Love Story: How to Matter to Your Customers by Bernadette Jiwa

Marketing can be a necessary evil, but, done well, it can revolutionize your business. Learn Jiwa’s tried and tested techniques. Buy it here.

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley

Content is what largely drives traffic to websites and retains a loyal readership and consumer base. Learn how to write great, compelling content with this guide. Buy it here.

Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into a Sales Machine with the $100 Million Best Practices of Salesforce.com by Aaron Ross

Salesforce.com is a great example of how to make your sales process work for you. Ross details their successful expansion and explains how it’s applicable to your business. Buy it here.