I loved these books. Maybe you will too!


Start-Ups and Entrepreneurship



Good for getting "centered" on thinking through your career arc. Helpful in determining your assets, what value you bring to the table.

Chock full of practical tools for building and maintaining networks.


More of a reference book -- no need to read straight through from beginning to end.

Incredibly powerful, simple and practical tools for thinking through Product-Market-Fit (Customer Development)


A wonderful complement to StartUp Owner's Manual and Lean StartUp ... focused on the core business model.

Fantabulous tool for sketching out your own Business Model Canvas.

Feel free to try this version of the Business Model Canvas I made in Powerpoint


Eric Ries is a pupil of Steve Blank (StartUp Owner's Manual). This book by Eric is a common sense approach to building a company with limited resources. Distills the StartUp Owner's Manual philosophies into practical, iterative steps.

Another book chock full of practical tools and resources.

By Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

A fun take on what work could be like.


A cookbook full of recipes for creating innovative (read: Disruptive) ideas.

I've read this one at least twice and still use as a reference book.


Inspiring and provides a sharp focus on how to truly build a differentiated company.

Felt repetitive about half way through.

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Another cookbook of recipes, this time for packaging and pricing. I cannot over-emphasize how important this book is to read in order to understand how to design your product for your customer.





Bill Gurley Must Reads for every Entrepreneur:

  • Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gottschalk

  • Competitive Strategy, Michael Porter

  • Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey A. Moore

  • Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton Christensen

  • Startup, Jerry Kaplan

  • Shoe Dog, Phil Knight




  • Waking Up, Sam Harris

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson

  • The Age of Spiritual Machines, Ray Kurzweil

  • Germs, Guns, and Steel, Jared Diamond

  • Collapse, Jared Diamond

  • The World Without Us, Alan Weisman


Fiction and Non-Fiction Stories