My first week of the Startup Institute has come to an end. It was a whirlwind of meeting fellow new students, listening to Boston startup community legends and taking lots of notes! What follows are just some of the highlights. A race against other teams to build a tower with only raw spaghetti, a string and a marshmallow. Going around the room and saying what you honestly suck at. A happy birthday song sung to a very surprised recipient. Soaking up alumni wisdom from the Summer 2012 class.
Some of the presenters mentioned books that influenced them along their way. Here they are in no particular order:
“Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time” — Keith Ferrazzi & Tahl Raz (recommended by Brent Grinna)
“Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation” — Steven Johnson (recommended by Abby Fichtner)
“The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win” — Steven Gary Blank (recommended by Abby Fichtner)
“Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t” — Jim Collins (recommended by Richard Banfield)
“The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything” — Guy Kawasaki (recommended by Ben Carcio)
“Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All” — Jim Collins (recommended by Richard Banfield)
“Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs” — Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah
“Anything You Want” — Derek Sivers (recommended by Sean Laurence)
That last recommendation is from me, not a presenter. You can read it in less than a day. There’s some incredible advice in there.
Did I miss any? Do you know of other influential books? Add a comment below.