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What are the books every entrepreneur should read?

Apparently Elon Musk used to read 2 books per day... Not sure how much of that is true but reality has kicked in for me and I know there is a lot to read to continue my self development. With that being said, I was wondering if you could recommend me the must read books for founders.

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Justin Roff-Marsh
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Justin Roff-Marsh Entrepreneur
Founder: Ballistix
The Goal (Goldratt)
Crossing the Chasm (Moore)
22 Immutable Laws of Marketing (Ries)
The Machine (me!)
Nigel Dessau
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Nigel Dessau Entrepreneur
Chief Marketing Officer at Wellsmith, LLC
Best place to start is Moonshot by John Sculley. Even good as an audio book. Will provide some great 101 ideas about starting and taking first steps.

Alan McNab
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Alan McNab Entrepreneur
Board Member and Managing Director, Arista Networks Ltd
Justin beat me to it, those are my favorites...I'll have to read The Machine.
I would add Good to Great (Collins)
Calvin Blair, Jr., C.S.C.S
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The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business by Ben Horowitz
Nigel Dessau
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Nigel Dessau Entrepreneur
Chief Marketing Officer at Wellsmith, LLC
Also, look for books that fit the business you are building. I am currently listening to The Membership Economy by Robbie Kellman Baxter - useful if that the type of business you are into. Also, if we are into some self-promotion, my book, Become a 21st Century Executive, maybe useful for helping people who are looking to build a career in the business world. Especially if you have never managed people.
Alejandro Cremades
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CoFounder & Executive Chairman at Onevest
1) The Lean Startup
2) Rework
3) How to Win Friends and Influence People
4) Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
5) Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days
6) Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How To Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms
7) Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
8) Startup CEO: How To Build a Company To Success
9) The Entrepreneur's Guide To Business Law
10) Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0
11) The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Startups That Win
12) High Tech Startup: The Complete Handbook for Creating Successful New High Tech Companies
13) Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup
14) Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
15) The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
16) Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur
17) Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers
18) The CEO Tighttrope: How to Master the Balancing Act of a Successful CEO
19) The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
20) The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
21) Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
22) Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
23) Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
24) Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
25) The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs
26) The Paypal Wars: Battles with Ebay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of Planet Earth
27) The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Mae a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
28) The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About it
29) Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to Plan That
30) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Inne ten Have
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Inne ten Have Entrepreneur
Co-owner, designer, web/game/app development
Hi Benjamin, The best resource I've found was the following: http://startupclass.samaltman.com/ http://startupclass.samaltman.com/lists/readings/ http://startupclass.samaltman.com/lists/about/ Good luck! Feel free to ask me for more ;-) Cheers, and my best greetings from the Nerherlands, Inne ten Have
Christopher Whipple
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Christopher Whipple Entrepreneur
Associate Animatronics Engineer at Hasbro
Hi Benjamin,

I too have been reading quite a bit lately. My father is an author and has been giving me a lot of his research material to read as of late. He focuses more on management of existing companies rather than entrepreneurship, but there are some great parallels and tips and tricks for early companies. Here is a list of some of the recent books that I have read, including some that were required reading from my Masters degree program.

Innovators Dilemma:
https://www.amazon.com/Innovators-Dilemma-Revolutionary-Change-Business/dp/[removed to protect privacy]/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=[removed to protect privacy]&sr=8-1&keywords=innovators+dilemma

Heart Smarts Guts Luck:
https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Smarts-Guts-Luck-Entrepreneur/dp/[removed to protect privacy]/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=[removed to protect privacy]&sr=8-1&keywords=hearts+guts+luck

Think and Grow Rich:
https://www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Landmark-Bestseller/dp/[removed to protect privacy]/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=[removed to protect privacy]&sr=8-1&keywords=think+and+grow+rich

Good To Great:
https://www.amazon.com/Good-Great-Some-Companies-Others/dp/[removed to protect privacy]/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=[removed to protect privacy]&sr=8-1&keywords=good+to+great

We Are Market Basket:
https://www.amazon.com/We-Are-Market-Basket-Grassroots/dp/081443665X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=[removed to protect privacy]&sr=8-1&keywords=we+are+market+basket

And my father's book(sorry for the shameless plug): ACT Now or Fail

https://www.amazon.com/ACT-Fail-Become-C-E-Lead/dp/[removed to protect privacy]/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=[removed to protect privacy]&sr=8-1&keywords=ACT+now+or+fail

Lastly, this is the next book I will be reading, recommended by a CEO I met recently:

Smartest Places On Earth:
https://www.amazon.com/Smartest-Places-Earth-Rustbelts-Innovation/dp/[removed to protect privacy]/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=[removed to protect privacy]&sr=8-1&keywords=smartest+places+on+earth

Good luck and happy reading!

-Chris
Alexander Bierling
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Alexander Bierling Entrepreneur
Developing the world's Proximal Internet with Hugleberry Corp. in Brooklyn.
Hi Ben, I've been reading some very helpful books for startups over the summer. You can find my blogpost with some comments here:http://www.compass.to/2016/08/29/what-were-reading-at-compass-to/#.V9qzQGX-htU
Christopher H Price
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Christopher H Price Entrepreneur • Advisor
President and CEO, Biodeptronix
I teach a graduate-level entrepreneurialism course at Duke University and recommend these to my students and others (not in any particular order): Founder at Work: Livingston The Discipline of Market Leaders: Treacy and Wiersema The Lean Startup: Ries Six Thinking Hats: De Bono Tangible Strategies for Intangible Assets: Berry The Fifth Discipline: Senge The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Ries and Trout The Inventor's Dilemma: Christensen Good to Great: Collins IProperty: Profiting from Ideas in an Age of Global Innovation: Barrett, Price, and Hunt Good luck. Chris Christopher H. Price, PhD, MBA President and CEO Biodeptronix, LLC 200 Commons Way Chapel Hill, NC 27516 [removed to protect privacy]; ([removed to protect privacy]
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