Lean? Agile? Bootstrapping? Minimum Viable Product? Read all about it from the like of Thiel, Andreseen, and…Trump?
If these terms above make about as much sense to you as an Alan Sugar tweet, you need to smarten up on your startup lingo, and the best way to do that is to go to the source. In all honesty, you might even learn something too – entrepreneurialism isn’t all about following your gut – if it was, restaurant tech would be bigger than social media!
The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses – here it is, the numero uno of startup instruction manuals. It’s a New York Times Bestseller, been translated into 30 different languages, and written by entrepreneur in residence at Harvard University, Eric Ries. The ultimate place to start.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers – not heard of Ben Horowitz? Heard of Andressen Horowitz? One of the Valley’s most celebrated VCs, this is the bible for entrepreneurs, written by a Silicon Valley “Name” who has been there, done it, and got the..ahem, book.
Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future – love him, loathe him, or perhaps you’ve never heard of him, Peter Thiel was a founder member of Paypal, an early investor in Facebook, and the Chairman of Palantir Technologies, the secretive analytics company that is rumoured to be working with the Trump administration. Thiel is an intelligent guy and his views on startups aren’t just worth considering, they are essential reading.
The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich – would you define yourself as a “lazy intellectual”. If so, this book could be for you. So, meetings and hackathons aren’t your thing – well then outsource your life to a virtual assistant and do whatever you want!
This, and many other handy tips that will shock and surprise you, in Tim Ferriss’s seminal work.
How to Win Friends and Influence People – a classic to end with – this book teaches you charm, persuasiveness, how to win socially, and all with a dash of Machiavellian ruthlessness. Hey, we were either going to recommend this or “The Art of The Deal”, so count yourself lucky!