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Ask HN: What are the best books on startups?
13 points by hammock on Feb 13, 2011 | hide | past | favorite | 11 comments
I saw this list (http://bit.ly/go7yE4) and wondered if there were any others. Not how-tos like four steps to the epiphany, but more general reading, maybe case studies, or theory, or something fun like that. What are your recommendations?



The book I've learned most from is Founders at Work: http://www.amazon.com/Founders-Work-Stories-Startups-Problem....


I feel like in the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that this is pg's wife's book.

I second the recommendation, however ;)


Hmm... a few that jump to mind for me would be:

The Art of the Start - Guy Kawasaki http://www.amazon.com/Art-Start-Time-Tested-Battle-Hardened-...

Outside Innovation - Patricia Seybold http://www.amazon.com/Outside-Innovation-Customers-Co-Design...

Unleashing the Killer App - Larry Downes & Chunka Mui http://www.amazon.com/Unleashing-Killer-App-Strategies-Domin...

Wellsprings of Knowledge - Dorothy Leonard Barton http://www.amazon.com/Wellsprings-Knowledge-Building-Sustain...

The Innovators Dilemma - Clayton Christensen http://www.amazon.com/Innovators-Dilemma-Revolutionary-Busin...

Crossing the Chasm - Geoffrey A. Moore http://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Chasm-Geoffrey-Moore/dp/00605...

The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs - William H. Draper http://www.amazon.com/Startup-Game-Partnership-Capitalists-E...

Some of these aren't necessarily about startups, but I think they all have something valuable to offer. YMMV.


I don't see this here yet, but I really enjoyed all of the stories in Founders at Work (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1590597141).

Not sure how helpful it will be, but it is definitely a source of inspiration, and also possibly examples of how things can work. Either way, once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down.




I respectfully disagree. I find Gladwell's books to be somewhat unsubstantial.

Instead I would recommend that you read Steve Blank's "4 Steps To The Epiphany." Also, I picked up "Do More Faster" recently on recommendation from a previous thread, which I found fascinating. There's some great advice within both books.


A similar question was posted on Quora. See this link: http://www.quora.com/What-books-should-entrepreneurs-read


Definitely agree with "Do More Faster." Great book with excellent advice. I also recommend "Startup Lessons Learned"


The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses - Amar Bhide


Good to great.

Blue ocean strategy




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