Top 225 Books Recommended by Founders and Investors


Nathan Latka, Producer of The Top Entrepreneurs Podcast has interviewed 600+ founders, each sharing their favorite book. This list highlights the most popular by number of times mentioned.

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. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition


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


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


6. How to Win Friends & Influence People


7. Steve Jobs


8. Rework


9. Think and Grow Rich


10. High Output Management


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


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


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


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


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


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


17. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business


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


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


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


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


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


23. The 48 Laws of Power


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


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


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


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


28. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products


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


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


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


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


33. Thinking, Fast and Slow


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


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


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


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


38. Think and Grow Rich


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


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


41. Steve Jobs


42. Anything You Want


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


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


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


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


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


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


49. Ego Is the Enemy


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


57. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us


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


59. How Google Works


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


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


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


63. Breakthrough Advertising


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


65. 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


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


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


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


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


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


71. The Art of Fielding: A Novel


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


73. Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet)


74. The Compound Effect


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


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


77. Storming The Magic Kingdom


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


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


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


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


82. Rockefeller, Sr.


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


84. The Path (Business Books)


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


86. How to Win Friends & Influence People


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


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


89. 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


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


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


92. The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing and Thinking


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


100. Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd


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


102. King Icahn: The Biography of a Renegade Capitalist


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


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


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


106. Yeager: An Autobiography


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


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


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


110. Brave New World


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


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


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


114. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us


115. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


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


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


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


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


120. and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers


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


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


123. Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing


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


125. The Alchemist


126. Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built


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


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


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


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


131. Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle


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


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


134. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology


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


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


137. 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


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


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


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


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


142. Slash


143. and Learn from the Worst


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


145. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) (Collins Business Essentials)


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


147. Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams


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


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


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


151. Mini MBA


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


153. It’s Not My Department!


154. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less


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


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


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


158. Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers


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


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


161. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow


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


163. The School of Heart Knocks


164. 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.


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


166. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes


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


168. The Art of SEO (Theory in Practice)


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


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


171. The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age


172. The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings


173. Inside Steve’s Brain


174. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear


175. A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing


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


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


178. The Magic of Thinking Big


179. The Art of War: Slip-case Edition


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


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


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


183. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In


184. John Adams


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


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


187. Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love


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


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


190. Commercial Real Estate Investing For Dummies


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


192. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter


193. The Art Of War


194. Changes That Heal


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


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


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


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


199. Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business


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


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


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


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


204. Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise


205. The Power of Your Identity


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


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


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


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


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


211. Trump: The Art of the Deal


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


213. Warfighting


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


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


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


217. Turning the Mind Into an Ally


218. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement


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


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


221. Great CEOs Are Lazy


222. Der Weg zum erfolgreichen Unternehmer


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


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


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


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