242 Books Recommended by Founders and Investors


Nathan Latka interviews founders on his Podcast The Top Entrepreneurs. Each CEO shares their favorite book.

1. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

2. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t

4. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition

5. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

6. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

7. How to Win Friends & Influence People

8. Steve Jobs

9. Rework

10. Think and Grow Rich

11. High Output Management

12. Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers

13. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business

14. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

15. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

16. Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal (Business Skills and Development)

17. Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into a Sales Machine with the $100 Million Best Practices of Salesforce.com

18. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

19. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

20. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

21. Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry

22. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

23. The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

24. The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry

25. The 48 Laws of Power

26. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

27. The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

28. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

29. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less

30. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

31. The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

32. The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Program to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence, and Happine ss

33. Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)

34. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

35. Thinking, Fast and Slow

36. Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier

37. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

38. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

39. The Sales Acceleration Formula: Using Data, Technology, and Inbound Selling to go from $0 to $100 Million

40. Think and Grow Rich

41. The Hockey Stick Principles: The 4 Key Stages to Entrepreneurial Success

42. Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm

43. Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers (Collins Business Essentials)

44. Steve Jobs

45. Anything You Want

46. Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat (Agora Series)

47. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

48. Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business

49. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

50. Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World

51. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

52. Ego Is the Enemy

53. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition

54. Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

55. Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)

56. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials)

57. Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers (Collins Business Essentials)

58. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

59. The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future

60. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

61. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

62. How Google Works

63. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

64. Guerilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business

65. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

66. Breakthrough Advertising

67. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

68. Ask: The Counterintuitive Online Method to Discover Exactly What Your Customers Want to Buy…Create a Mass of Raving Fans…and Take Any Business to the Next Level

69. How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It

70. The Marine Corps Way to Win on Wall Street: 11 Key Principles from Battlefield to Boardroom

71. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

72. Conversion Optimization: The Art and Science of Converting Prospects to Customers

73. Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

74. What Is Your WHAT?: Discover The One Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do

75. The Predictable Profits Playbook: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Dominating Any Market And Staying On Top

76. The Art of Fielding: A Novel

77. The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

78. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

79. The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies

80. Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet)

81. The Compound Effect

82. The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance

83. Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business, + Website

84. Storming The Magic Kingdom

85. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

86. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

87. Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets

88. Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends

89. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

90. The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime.

91. The Path (Business Books)

92. The Ultimate Question 2.0 (Revised and Expanded Edition): How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer-Driven World

93. How to Win Friends & Influence People

94. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

95. One Simple Idea, Revised and Expanded Edition: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work (Business Books)

96. The Power of the Other: The startling effect other people have on you, from the boardroom to the bedroom and beyond-and what to do about it

97. The Executive in Action : Managing for Results, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Effective Executive

98. Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story, Updated and Expanded Edition (paperback)

99. The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing and Thinking

100. The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Fourth Edition

101. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

102. Extreme Revenue Growth: Startup Secrets to Growing Your Sales from $1 Million to $25 Million in Any Industry

103. Choose Yourself!

104. Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat

105. Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competit ion

106. The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

107. Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves

108. The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies

109. Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd

110. As a Man Thinketh (Life-Changing Classics Ser) (Life-Changing Pamphlet)

111. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

112. King Icahn: The Biography of a Renegade Capitalist

113. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

114. Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success

115. The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living

116. Yeager: An Autobiography

117. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

118. Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives

119. In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies

120. The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day And Control Your Life

121. Brave New World

122. The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

123. Pitching and Closing: Everything You Need to Know About Business Development, Partnerships, and Making Deals that Matter (Business Books)

124. Do the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately

125. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

126. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

127. The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership

128. From Impossible To Inevitable: How Hyper-Growth Companies Create Predictable Revenue

129. The All-Day Energy Diet: Double Your Energy in 7 Days

130. The Purpose Principles: How to Draw More Meaning into Your Life

131. The Halo Effect: . . . and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers

132. Boundaries for Leaders: Results, Relationships, and Being Ridiculously in Charge

133. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

134. Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing

135. Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?: Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change

136. The Alchemist

137. Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built

138. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

139. The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs

140. Rembrandts in the Attic: Unlocking the Hidden Value of Patents

141. Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

142. Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle

143. Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After

144. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

145. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

146. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

147. Writing Riches: Learn How to Boost Profits, Drive Sales and Master Your Financial Destiny With Results-Based Web Copy

148. Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business

149. Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling

150. The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

151. The Science of Growth: How Facebook Beat Friendster — and How Nine Other Startups Left the Rest in the Dust

152. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

153. Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company

154. Slash

155. Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best… and Learn from the Worst

156. Elon Musk: Biography of a Self-Made Visionary, Entrepreneur and Billionaire

157. The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) (Collins Business Essentials)

158. The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success

159. Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams

160. Elevator to the Top: Your Go-To Resource for All Things Sales

161. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World

162. The Art Of Less Doing: One Entrepreneur’s Formula for a Beautiful Life

163. Mini MBA

164. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box (Agency/Distributed)

165. It’s Not My Department!

166. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

167. Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition

168. Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less

169. Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business

170. Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers

171. Make Big Happen: How To Live, Work, and Give Big

172. Profit from Happiness: The Unity of Wealth, Work, and Personal Fulfillment

173. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

174. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

175. The School of Heart Knocks

176. Approach: The Rejection-Free Way for Marketers to Reach Your Ideal Clients, Have Them Clamoring to Work with You, and Grow Your Business with Multiple Streams of Revenue.

177. There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate

178. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

179. Profit First: A Simple System to Transform Any Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine.

180. The Art of SEO (Theory in Practice)

181. The PayPal Wars: Battles with eBay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of Planet Earth

182. The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness

183. The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

184. The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings

185. Inside Steve’s Brain

186. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

187. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

188. A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing

189. Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

190. Into the Wind: My Six-Month Journey Wandering the World for Life’s Purpose

191. The Magic of Thinking Big

192. The Art of War: Slip-case Edition

193. Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live

194. Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two

195. Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator

196. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

197. John Adams

198. Anyone Can Do It: Building Coffee Republic from Our Kitchen Table — 57 Real Life Laws on Entrepreneurship

199. The All-Day Fat-Burning Diet: The 5-Day Food-Cycling Formula That Resets Your Metabolism To Lose Up to 5 Pounds a Week

200. Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love

201. The Way of the Wizard: 20 Lessons for Living a Magical Life

202. Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work

203. Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth

204. Commercial Real Estate Investing For Dummies

205. Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You

206. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

207. The Joshua Principle: Leadership Secrets of Selling

208. The Art Of War

209. Changes That Heal

210. Hacking Marketing: Agile Practices to Make Marketing Smarter, Faster, and More Innovative

211. The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal

212. Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

213. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

214. Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business

215. Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster (Lean Series)

216. Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track — and Keeping It There

217. Digital Influencer: A Guide to Achieving Influencer Status Online

218. The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster: Why Now Is the Time to #JoinTheRide

219. Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

220. The Power of Your Identity

221. The Great Game of Business, Expanded and Updated: The Only Sensible Way to Run a Company

222. Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it)

223. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days

224. The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses

225. Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less (Revised 4th edition, 2017)

226. Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966–2013

227. Trump: The Art of the Deal

228. Straight-Line Leadership: Tools for Living with Velocity and Power in Turbulent Times

229. Warfighting

230. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk!

231. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition)

232. DotCom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online

233. Turning the Mind Into an Ally

234. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

235. Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur

236. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business

237. Great CEOs Are Lazy

238. Der Weg zum erfolgreichen Unternehmer

239. The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King

240. Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul

241. Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity

242. Fooling Some of the People All of the Time, A Long Short (and Now Complete) Story, Updated with New Epilogue

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