8 Books Recommended by Entrepreneurs

Anything You Want

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:

“How To Win Friends and Influence People” — Dale Carnegie (recommended by Rohan Puri)

“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 Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves” — Matt Ridley (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)

“The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses” — Eric Ries (recommended by Abby Fichtner)

“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

“Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” — David Allen

“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.