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What are the best books and websites for entrepreneurs?

What are your favorite books about entrepreneurship and why? Which ones have really made an impact? any other helpful resources come to mind (websites,etc.)?

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Sandy Fischler
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Sandy Fischler Entrepreneur
Experiential Marketing Director | Event Producer | Event Management | Entrepreneur
1) The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Steve Blank
Why: Blank is the granddaddy of the Lean movement. His early ideas about Customer Development created the foundational principals on which Lean is structured. The first 3 chapters should be required reading for anyone starting a company.

2) The Founder's Dilemmas: Noam Wasserman
Why: there are a lot of hard questions that need to be dealt with in the early stages of founding a company and this book makes you confront a lot of them, especially noteworthy are the sections on how to deal with co-founders.

I could list a dozen more, but those are two standouts for me.

Websites:

Good stuff for SaaS startups
http://christophjanz.blogspot.com/

Customer Lifetime Value Calculator
http://hbsp.harvard.edu/multimedia/flashtools/cltv/

Good stuff on working with Technical folks
http://www.socalcto.com/



Daniel Owen McGuire
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Daniel Owen McGuire Entrepreneur
Fundamentally reinventing online pricing
Steve Blank's startup tool page has everything you could need. Take a look. Super helpful!
http://steveblank.com/tools-and-blogs-for-entrepreneurs/
Rob Gropper
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Rob Gropper Entrepreneur
Director at PetHero, SPC - Member at Eastside Incubator - Principal at Tuxedo Technologies Group
SteveBlank.com

Shahab Layeghi
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Shahab Layeghi Entrepreneur
Software Professional
Founder's Dilemmas is a great book, kind of long with a lot of stats, but you can fast forward on some parts.
Yugene Lee
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Yugene Lee Entrepreneur • Advisor
Production Coordinator at TouchOfModern
Hi Josh,
Can you be a little bit more specific? What kind of resources?
Aaron Bumbarger
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Aaron Bumbarger Entrepreneur
Founder at Shark Pond
I also like Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. It's a great read, and I think very necessary if you're pursuing funding.
Among my friends there is some disagreement about when and why to read The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, but everyone agrees that it's required reading.

LaunchRock also put together a list of great resource links on one page. Bookmark this page for access to Steve Blank's blog, Y Combinator startup library and a few other great resources.
http://blog.launchrock.co/entrepreneur-mega-resource-list-9-great-startup-resources/


Luis Berga
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Luis Berga Entrepreneur
Co-Founder at Music Meets Video
I second the Venture Deals suggestion, I think it's a must read for anyone going through fundraising.
Josh Jones
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Josh Jones Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur
Thanks Everyone, All great feedback, and I have saved the links provided and will read these books.

Here are a few of my favorite books:

good to great- great factual study for CEO's
the e-myth revisited- great for establishing the mindset of improving and writing processes
the goal- identify the bottlenecks and operation refinement to increase profits
the Dip, Mastery, As a man thinketh (these three are great for establishing mindset and attitude)

Eric Bernal
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Eric Bernal Entrepreneur
Co-Founder, Director of Web Development & Design
I just finished reading "Hatching Twitter" - it's a great inside look at the growth stages of a company, its co-founders, and the dynamics created by taking VC money and partners. I would put this on the must read list for anyone thinking of starting a business, growing it, and eventually taking it public.
Brett Fox
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Brett Fox Advisor
Respected, Results-Oriented CEO, Entrepreneur, Author, and Coach
Josh,

Read:

  1. Clayton Christensen's, "The Innovators Dilemma". It's a handbook for disruptive technology businesses.
  2. Sun Tzu's, "The Art of War". Find the James Clavell translation if you can.
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