My answer on Quora to ‘What books should entrepreneurs read?’
Entrepreneur’s Bible(s): This short-list of entrepreneurship ‘prerequisite’ will put you in a great position to get started. It features my #1 rated for every category in entrepreneur’s must-have skill set:
The Four Steps to the Epiphany
is the text book for leading Entrepreneurship MBA programs and is by far the best I’ve read about idea validation and the right process to make a product/service you can sell. http://www.amazon.com/Four-Steps…
The Art of the Start
is a great straight-to-the-point intro to the entire entrepreneurial process with a helpful section on how to put an effective pitch presentation together.
is a must read if you’re going for a new-media venture, specifically a web application or any browser based product or service. This book is available for free reading online.
also by 37Signals, suggests a set of principles and practices on how to start, manage and scale your company and how to get things done the fast, affordable and smart way. It’s a quick and entertaining read that totally redefines some of the most basic ideas about business and management. http://37signals.com/rework/
— other recommended reading —
Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People
You’ll be negotiating from day one with service providers, people you hire, potential investors etc and this means a solid understanding of negotiation process, strategies and psychology is key.
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
For a boost of inspiration and remarkable thoughts about differentiation.