5 books for startup founders to make their business a success in 2021
The road to starting up is often secluded. It’s an unconventional path where you are on your own and is directly responsible to sort out every matter. Being it customer research or building the perfect product or hiring the best people. You have to take every decision wisely.
This is why we have created a list of 5 books that most budding entrepreneurs swear by and have benefited a lot. While some of these books saved many entrepreneurs a ton of resources, others have opened up their minds to the non-traditional and easy way of doing things.
Read on to know why we’ve included all these titles in this list. You are also welcome to drop in your recommendations after going through ours.
1. The Startup Owner’s Manual by Steve Blank
"To avoid infant/instant mortality of your venture and boost success chances, this book is a 'must-have' and must practice.'"
-- Alexander Osterwalder, author, "Business Model Generation"
True to its name, this encyclopedic guide is a comprehensive, step by step manual to help you while you are starting up. Covering the startup process taught at prestigious B-Schools like Stanford, this guide breaks down what seems to be a complicated and unstructured process into smaller, practical, and attainable steps to launch successfully.
Another amazing fact about these books is how it’s divided into three 3 manuals:
- The Startup Owner’s Manual Strategy Guide
- The Startup Owner’s Manual for Web/Mobile Channel Startups
- The Startup Owner’s Manual for Physical Channel Startups
This means, you can be an entrepreneur or thinking of starting up in any of these spaces, and this would still come to your rescue.
With almost 11000 people rating it a solid 4.12 on Goodreads. This book by lank, Steven Gary and Bob Dorf (2012) has saved people years by giving them a thorough understanding of the important aspects like Customer discovery, customer creation, company building, etc. The guide also has over 100+ charts, graphs, and checklist to offer for better navigation and follow-up journey for its readers interested in starting up their own ventures.
Read The Startup Owner's manual by Steve Blank for a thorough understanding of important aspects like Customer discovery, customer creation, company building, etc. The guide also has over 100+ charts, graphs, and checklist to offer for better navigation and follow-up journey for its readers interested in starting up their own ventures.
2. Zero To One by Peter Thiel
Written by Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal and early investor of Facebook has been given a whopping 4.17 on Goodreads by close to 200000 people.
This book will challenge many of your preconceived notions and challenge you with the new idea of building a business. Zero to one focuses on an optimistic view of the future. It teaches you to ask questions in order to find value in unexpected places. And explore what is yet to be explored.
Zero to One is about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything I’ve learned directly as a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and then an investor in hundreds of startups, including Facebook and SpaceX
- Peter Thiel
3. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
The author Eric rise is known for developing and introducing the idea of Lean Startups in the world of business from his experience as a startup advisor, employee, founder, and the failure of his first one.
In this, the author argues that most startups can prevent failure by adopting a lean-approach. An approach to help companies change the way they are built and launch products. The book also focuses on fostering business irrespective of the fact that they are capital-efficient or leverage human creativity.
With over 20000+ people rating it a solid 4.09 on Goodreads.
The book is inspired by lean manufacturing and covers validated learning from various scientific experiments, and counter-intuitive experiments aimed at shortening the product development cycle, understanding what your customer really wants, and progressing on the market without having to resort to vanity metrics.
The Lean Startup approach concentrates on increasing the capital efficiency of the companies as well as using the human creativity to its highest level. The book explains difficult concepts like validated learning and vanity metrics, with ease. It puts forward new ideas to make the company agile and flexible.
4. The 10%Entrepreneur: Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job by Patrick J. McGinnis
Tackling one of the most common dilemmas every entrepreneur while starting out. This book walks you through the process of how you can use 10% of your time to work on your dream as an entrepreneur while having the stability and steady income from your job.
The book is a step by step plan that takes its reader from identifying the right entrepreneurial projects to wisely and optimally allocating resources to and figuring out the best projects that can make your entrepreneurial dream a reality while perfecting you and making you better at your day job as well.
The author himself is a 10% entrepreneur and also covers various examples from real-life people who have gone on to become a sensation while they have started as a 10% entrepreneur as well.
The dilemma of stability is very most common among people who are just starting out. So, we think this book is a very good resource to understand how you can not just manage the two field but also win at them.
The books have racked up a rating of 3.6 by 800+ people on Goodreads.
A successful 10% Entrepreneur himself, McGinnis explains the multiple paths you can follow to invest your cash, time, and expertise in a start-up—including as a founder, angel, adviser, or aficionado. Most importantly, you don’t have to have millions in disposable income to become a 10% Entrepreneur. When you put McGinnis’s 10% principles into action, you’ll quickly start racking up small wins, then watch as they snowball into your new (and far more entrepreneurial) life.
5. Rework by Jason Fried
Recommended by almost all top entrepreneurial and startups gurus, Rework opens up your mind to do things in anon-traditional way.
From telling you why you need outside investors or an office for that matter to get the ultimate exposure without breaking g your bank, the author Jason Fried has freed the conventional notions of starting up and running a business.
The work is power-packed with easy flowing language and easy to follow approaches. Rated a 3.9 by almost 200000 people on Goodreads, this book has been cherished by small business owners, artists, professionals for its practical advice and inclusive style.
Rework by Jason Fried shows you how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.
At anywhere, we are always stacking up our brains with the literature of best of the best authors to become a little better each day. But, we also like to share the same wisdom with fellow entrepreneurs, professionals, and users of our platform. We hope the above list helps you in a way or two.
Now, which books do you think are the best to read when starting up in 2021? Let us know in the comments below.