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  • 7 MUST-TO-READ BOOKS FOREntrepreneursGanesh Samarthyam

  • START WITH WHY

    Why do leaders like Steve Jobs inspire action (and why many others dont)?

    Answer: They start with why - the complete opposite to everyone else.

    Simon Sineks Golden Circle: WHY -> HOW -> WHAT

    Watch his TED talk (How great leaders inspire action) that captures the essence of this book.

    Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek, Portfolio, 2011

    https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action?language=enhttp://amzn.com/1591846447http://amzn.com/1591846447

  • HOW TO GET IDEAS

    We live in times when ideas can be turned into a service or a product faster than ever before; but how to get ideas?

    This is a fun to read book on getting ideas

    Has nice cartoons, practical suggestions (Give yourself a deadline, the shorter the better!), and catchy phrases (e.g., Different questions, different answers, different solutions)

    How to Get Ideas, Jack Foster, Larry Corby, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007

    http://amzn.com/1576754308http://amzn.com/1576754308

  • THE LEAN STARTUP

    Most startups fail by burning out cash too quickly!

    Startups operate under extreme uncertainties

    Fundamental idea: Startup == Experiment

    Lean thinking defines value as providing benefit to the customer (everything else is a waste!): Success is not delivering a feature; success is learning how to solve the customers problem.

    The Lean Startup, Eric Ries, Crown Business, 2011

    http://amzn.com/0307887898http://amzn.com/0307887898

  • ZERO TO ONE: NOTES ON STARTUPS

    Book from venture capitalist and the billionaire co-founder of PayPal

    Discusses how to create a game-changing company that goes from nothing to something (instead of running yet-another business)

    Many insights; example: Every great entrepreneur is first and foremost a designer

    Bold ideas; example: Every startup should start with a very small market. Always err on the side of starting too small

    Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel, Blake Masters, Crown Business, 2014

    http://amzn.com/0804139296http://amzn.com/0804139296

  • RICH DAD POOR DAD

    Most of us are financial illiterates

    Our schooling system does teach us how to handle money (even when we earn money, we don't know how to deal with it)

    Key points: The poor and the middle class work for money but the rich have money work for them; financial literacy is the key to financial freedom

    Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert T. Kiyosaki, Plata Publishing, 2011

    http://www.amazon.com/Rich-Dad-Poor-Teach-Middle/dp/1612680011http://www.amazon.com/Rich-Dad-Poor-Teach-Middle/dp/1612680011

  • THE POWER OF LESS

    Most of us are hyperactive with our lives filled with unnecessary work and distractions - 24 hours a day doesnt seem enough

    We live only in weekends!

    A 4-hour work-week is certainly attractive

    Essence of this book: Simplicity boils down to two steps:

    1. Identify the essential.

    2. Eliminate the rest.

    The Power of Less, Leo Babauta, Hachette Books, 2009

    http://amzn.com/1401309704http://amzn.com/1401309704

  • THE 21 IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP

    Everything rises and falls on leadership is my favourite quote by John C. Maxwell

    This books condenses the wisdom about leadership in the form of laws

    Has colourful examples, interesting anecdotes and pithy quotes

    Example: Law of Influence (law #2); Mother Theresa as a leader is understandable, but Princess Diana was also a leader because of her influence

    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell, Thomas Nelson, 2007

    http://amzn.com/0785288376http://amzn.com/0785288376

  • Read at least one of these books!

    http://amzn.com/1591846447http://amzn.com/1576754308http://amzn.com/0804139296http://amzn.com/1401309704http://amzn.com/0785288376

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