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Startup Books

Latest update: 23/02/2015

How to read this list

** = Must Read

* = Classics

All other books are books I read about startups which were interesting enough to finish :)

Most of these books are in the StartUp42 library and can be borrowed for free


Before starting

The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won’t Learn in College About How to Be Successful – Michael Ellsberg**

The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career – Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha**

How Will You Measure Your Life? – Clayton M. Christensen**

Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill**

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

Idea Man – Paul Allen**

inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity**

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution – Chris Anderson


The Art of the Start – Guy Kawasaki**

The startup owner’s manual – Steve Blank**

Business Model Generation – Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur**

The Lean Startup – Eric Ries*

Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works – Ash Maurya*


The hard thing about hard things – Ben Horowitz**

ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever – Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson**

Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster – Alistar Croll & Benjamin Yoskovitz**

Do more faster – David Cohen & Brad Feld

Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less – Robert L. Sutton & Huggy Rao

No Startup Hipsters: Build Scalable Technology Companies – Samir Rath & Teodora Georgieva

Storytelling & Presentation

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery – Garr Reynolds**

Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions – Guy Kawasaki*

Own the Room: Business Presentations – David Booth, Deborah Shames, & Peter Desberg

Sales, Marketing & Communication

Never eat alone – Keith Ferrazzi**

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook – Gary Vaynerchuk**

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie*

Purple Cow: Transform your Business by Being Remarkable – Seth Godin*

Talking to Humans: Success starts with understanding your customers

Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us – Daniel H. Pink

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Humans: Success starts with understanding your customers – Giff Constable

The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing – Thomas Nagle, John Hogan, Joseph Zale

Human Resources & Culture

Finding the Next Steve Jobs – Nolan Bushnell & Gene Stone**

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose – Tony Hsieh**

Power: Why Some People Have It-and Others Don’t – Jeffrey Pfeffer

Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?: What It Takes To Be An Authentic Leader – Robert Goffee & Gareth Jones


Creative Confidence – Tom Kelley & David Kelley**

Designing for Growth: a design thinking tool kit for managers – Jeanne Liedtka & Tim Ogilvie

Innovating for People: Handbook of Human-Centered Design Methods – Luma Institute

Product Design for the Web: Principles of Designing and Releasing Web Products – Randy J. Hunt

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation – Tim Brown

Raising Money

Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get From Start-Up to IPO on Your Terms – Jeffrey Bussgang*

Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist – Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson*

Early Exits: Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors (But Maybe Not Venture Capitalists)*

The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs – William H. Draper III

The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital: Inside Secrets From the Leaders in the Startup Game – Andrew Romans


The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge – Vijay Govindarajan & Chris Trimble**

Crossing the Chasm – Geoffrey A. Moore*

In Search of Excellence – Thomas J. Peters & Robert H. Waterman, Jr.

The Essential Drucker – Peter F. Drucker*

The Innovater’s Dilemma – Clayton M. Christensen*

Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne*

Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance: Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change – Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Other lists

Steve Blank – Books for startups

Y Combinator Startup Library

  • Anne-Laure Chorro

    Certains vont bientôt disparaitre dans ma bibliothèque… ;)
    Rework, je ne l’ai pas vu à StartUp42…

    • djarjoura

      J’ai du le lire en Kindle, Je vais le recommander en physique

      • Anne-Laure Chorro

        Super ! :D