Not to be rude to my great teachers in undergrad business but none of the books prepared me for the “real world.” I have spent 24 years compiling this list. This list comprises the best books to read for anybody wanting to be an entrepreneur or have a solid foundation in business. The categories the books include are: investing, marketing, personal development, venture capital, sales and relationships. You must read these before you do another deal, mend a broken relationship or start your startup:
The ultimate personal development book. This is a bible to me and many others. It will guide you on living a solid life with a great foundation.
Take 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and add in the Da Vinci Code and the baby is this book. A really great tale of being a better person.
Great insight and tactics for getting a startup going. Really straightforward and practical way of taking your start up to the next level.
The real story of how VCs work. The writer followed Benchmark capital through some hard times and interesting portfolio companies
An interesting tale of LBOs, wasted money and how things change.
A simple non-networky/slimy book on how to meet the right people and get to where you need to be.
The book on being nice to people. I know it seems too fake but this and #5 are great reads and just things you need to think more about daily.
This is Warren Buffet’s secret book on investing. If you want to make money and have great skills for investing read this.
Seth Godin who owns marketing wrote this influential book on getting permission from customers. Great examples and ways to maintain customers.
The best kept secret on marketing, sales and other business things. Provides in-depth and interesting research on influencing others.
The Book for everyone wanting to learn more about blogging and their impact on businesses.
Disclaimer: I have read all these books. Anything I am missing?