Following a recent poll made on Twitter by WebMarketing & Com, here is a 10 book list that inspired some current startupers and might inspired you as well.
1. Business model generation, Osterwalder & Pigneur
Business Model Generation is as a manual for “visionaries”, for those who want to change the world. This book offers a series of innovative practices used today by leading consultants and companies worldwide, including 3M, Ericsson, Capgemini, Deloitte, and others. Inspired by those who do, it is for those who are ready to abandon old models and ready to embrace new models of value creation.
2. Losing my virginity, Richard Brandson
Richard Brandson, founder of the Virgin Group, shares his experience: personal life, professional successes, great lessons learned along the way, etc. You will discover how he is committed to building a better world.
3. La Semaine de 4 heures, Timothy Ferriss
How to escape the routine of metro-work-sleep, ow to earn money without killing yourself at work, or just how to live more and work less. That is basically the summary of this book. You will learn how to organize it for you to work 4 hours a week without losing money. This book is a manifesto for a radical lifestyle change and join “the New Blessed” who decided to enjoy life first.
4. Rework, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (37 signals)
Rework offers a new approach to business and affairs. He invites you to take the foot against the dogmas of today: forget the real-world constraints, embrace constraints (rather than to complain), share experiences and above all act ! Another vision of the world of business!
5. The hard thing about hard things, Ben Horowitz
Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, is one of the most respected entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley. He gives in his book essential advices on the construction and management of a startup and addresses issues that are not discussed in business schools. Ben Horowitz analyze here the problems faced by managers in daily life.
6. Le guide des Start-Ups, Olivier Ezratty
This collaboratively created book list many startups, incubators, accompaniments structures, fab labs, business angels, venture capital funds … It is not a directory though. You will also find various intersting topics such as: the human aspect in business, marketing, finance, legalities,… of a startup. FInally, you’ll find tips to raise funds or set up a strategy.
7. Zero to one, Peter Thiel
Yes, there are still unexplored frontiers to explore and inventions to create. According to Peter Thiel, we live in an age of technological stagnation (although we are too distracted by the latest cutting edge phones to realise it). Information technologies have indeed changed quickly, but that does not mean that progress must be limited to computers or to the Silicon Valley. Now, to innovate, it is necessary to learn to think for oneself. Zero to One presents both an optimistic view of the future and a new way of thinking innovation. This book will help you ask the right questions: those that lead you to find value in unexpected places.
8. Creativity Inc., Ed Catmull
Written by Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios (with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter), this book deals with incisive creativity in business. Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who aspires to originality, and the first trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation (meetings, sessions and autopsies “BrainTrust”) where some of the most successful films were designed.
9. Petit Précis de Créativité, Virginia Caplet
In the field of creativity and innovation, this is a new handbook to add to the list. Yes, everyone can be creative! Everybody! With an approach that is both scientific and funny, Petit Précis de Créativité desecrates creativity and helps you to awaken and nurture your creativity everyday.
10. Reinventing Organizations, Frederic Laloux
You feel it too? Our way of thinking and manager seems to get out of breath. This is what also drives many people to become their own boss. In this book, Frederic Laloux demonstrates that every time humanity has entered a new era, she invented a new way to organize. A phenomenon that seems to recur today. This book brings us to explore the past, present, future and opens up new perspectives and management portrays the advantages and disadvantages on the basis of concrete cases.I find it particularly inspiring book, as he invites us to invent the world in which we want to work tomorrow ( or why not now ? !)