Kickass Books for Entrepreneurs, Spring 2017

  • Peak: Secrets From the New Science of Expertise
    Anders Ericsson, 2016, HMH
    Finally, a layman’s book on achieving world class performance by the scientist who started it all.
  • Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance
    Angela Duckworth, 2016, Scribner Publisher
    “For anyone hoping to work smarter or live better, Grit is an essential” – Daniel Pink
  • The Creator’s Code: 6 Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs
    Amy Wilkinson, 2015, Simon and Shuster
    “It’s required reading for anyone looking to build the next big thing.” – David Kelley
  • The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need
    Andrew Tobias, 2016,
    “So full of tips and angles that only a booby or a billionaire could not benefit,” – NY Times
  • Industries of the Future
    Alec Ross, 2016, Simon and Schuster
    “The benefits and challenges of the coming wave of global innovation.” – Arianna Huffington
  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
    Adam Grant, 2016, Viking
    “ . . . Originals will help you inspire creativity and change.” – Sir Richard Branso
  • The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment
    Arun Sundararajan, 2016, MIT Press
    An insightful guide to the forces shaping our economy today — and tomorrow.” – Hal Varia
  • Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secret of Being Productive
    Charles Duhigg, 2016, Random
    “A brilliant distillation of behaviors that produce extraordinary results.” – Susan Cain
  • Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories …
    Nancy Duarte, 2016, Portfolio
    “Change can be fear-filled. Illuminate lights a path through that . . .transition.” – Robt. Cialdini
  • The Local Economy Solution, Michael Shuman
    2015, Chelsea Green Publishing
    “A terrific resource for cash-strapped communities building wealth . . .” – Judy Wicks
  • A Beautiful Constraint: How to Transform Your Limitations
    Adam Morgan, 2015, Wiley
    “How businesses succeed by figuring out how to use their limitations.” – Don Wieden
  • Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self
    Amy Cuddy, 2015, Little, Brown
    “Reading this book will forever change how you carry yourself.” – Jane McGonigal
  • Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder
    Jim Clifton, 2014, Gallup Press
    A study of 2500 entrepreneurs that identifies the 10 skills that determine success.
  • Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth
    Gabriel Weinberg & Justin Mares, 2015, Portfolio, Penguin
    “Anyone trying to break through to new customers can use this book.” – Eric Ries
  • The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community
    Janelle Orsi, 2009, Nolo Press
    Using the sharing concept to build community with agreements and other forms for use
  • Change or Die
    Alan Deutschman, 2007, HarperCollins Publishing
    If you’re having a hard time changing into an entrepreneur, this book is for you!
  • The Purpose Economy
    Aaron Hurst, 2014, Elevate, Russell Media
    “How technology is changing not only how we work but what we want from work.” – Reid Hoffman
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On
    Jonah Berger, 2013, Simon & Schuster
    “Contagious will show you how to make your product spread like crazy.” – Chip Heath
  • The Startup Owner’s Manual
    Steve Blank & Bob Dorf, 2012, K&S Ranch
    A truly thorough step-by-step technical guide for building your company.
  • A More Beautiful Question
    Warren Berger, 2014, Bloomsbury
    “Mastering the art of asking questions is essential for creativity and innovation.” – Tim Brown
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things
    Ben Horowitz, 2014, Harper Business
    “An inspiring story of a business rebirth through sheer willpower.” – Larry Page
  • Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better
    Doug Lemov, 2012, Jossey-Bass
    “A recipe for organizations that are committed to their people.” – Jean-Claude Brizard
  • The Art of Work
    Jeff Goins, 2015, Thomas Nelson
    “Provides a clear framework for discerning our calling, developing our mastery.” – Michael Hyatt
  • The Little Book of Talent: 52 tips for Improving Your Skills
    Daniel Coyle, 2012, Bantam
    “This book should be given to every graduate at commencement.” – Charles Duhigg
  • Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Way We Gain Insights
    Gary Klein, 2013,
    “Definitive collection on how decisions are and should be made.” – Gen. Anthony C. Zinni
  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, Power of Character
    Paul Tough, 2012, HMH
    What makes for a successful childhood holds the same principles for successful entrepreneurs.
  • Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power
    Dan Hurley, 2012, Hudson St. Press
    “For anyone who wants to be better at solving problems, learning new things . . .” – Daniel Pink
  • Rethinking Positive Thinking
    Gabriele Oettingen, 2014. Penguin Publishing
    “This exciting and important book shows you how to turn your dreams into reality.” – Carol Dweck
  • The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
    Steven Kotler, 2014, HMH
    “Offers us a map to achieve massive upgrades in our capacities and potential.” –Jason Silva
  • To Sell Is Human: Surprising Truth About Moving Others
    Daniel Pink, 2012, Riverhead
    Entrepreneurs need to understand how to sell. This book shows selling in the right way.
  • Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect
    Matthew Lieberman, 2013, Crown
    “Explains the origins and everyday applicability of our social superpowers.” – Kevin Ochsner
  • Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence
    Daniel Goleman, 2013, Harper
    “Makes the convincing case that focus is a key to excellence.” – Gretchen Rubin
  • Compelling People: Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential
    John Neffinger, 2013, Penguin.
    Required reading at Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School.
  • The Founder’s Dilemmas
    Noam Wasserman, 2012, Princeton Press
    “I wish every entrepreneur and prospective founder would read this book.” – Eric Ries
  • 99U Book Series: Maximize Your Potential, Make Your Mark, Manage Your Day
    Jocelyn Glei, Editor, Amazon Publishing.
    Short articles on creativity, expertise and entrepreneurship
  • The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born, It’s Grown
    Daniel Coyle, 2009, Bantam Dell
    “I am willing to guarantee you will not read a more important and useful book.” – Tom Peters
  • Mindset: How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential
    Carol Dweck, 2007, Ballantine
    This book is the basis for many of today’s social science publications on expertise and mindsets.