Writing about entrepreneurship is as difficult as delivering a lecture on entrepreneurship. It is a multidisciplinary topic with no good step-by-step guides, or titles such as “Be An Entrepreneur In 21 Days”, though I won’t be shocked if a book with this title is published at some time in the future. In this post, I attempt to compile a list of my favorite books on entrepreneurship.
Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs
This book, originally called “The Knack” in the first edition, is a practical advice guide on entrepreneurship from two Inc. Magazine columnists Brodsky and Burlingham. Although, it originally aims at providing advice to entrepreneurs, it can be of much value to senior managers and executives who would like to apply entrepreneurship dynamics in their organizations.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz,offers essential advice on building and running a startup, but the most interesting part is the practical wisdom, rarely provided in other books, it offers to assist in dealing with the toughest business challenges, such as buying and selling companies, managing cash problems, negotiating with management and employees, and raising investments. It is an insightful book for startups at the middle stage, but remains an aspiring reading for early stage entrepreneurs.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
This book by Peter Thiel, the entrepreneur and investor behind PayPal and Palantir, is not precisely a practical wisdom guide, but rather a manifesto on ideation, imagination and invention. Although the book is more suited for classification under economics and development policy, it offers interesting insights to entrepreneurs interested in unconventional startups and disrupting technologies. It is basically a book for game changers, not challengers.