As an entrepreneur, you know the importance of making time for ongoing learning. From long-time favorites like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey to instant classics like The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris, we know books hold invaluable, game-changing information for entrepreneurs. Check out these five must-read books authored by members in our Endeavor network.
1. Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies by Reid Hoffman & Chris Yeh
Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, investor, and “startup whisperer” (per his peers) delivered Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies, alongside Chris Yeh, businessman, co-founder of Wasabi Ventures, and Endeavor board member. In it, they leverage years of experience scaling startups and coin the term “Blitzscaling,” which is “prioritizing speed over efficiency in the face of uncertainty.” The book offers a set of techniques that ignite and improve the ability to handle extraordinary growth. It’s throwing out traditional practices and mindsets to go beyond the competition and go from startup to scale-up successfully.
2. The Third Wave by Steve Case
Steve Case, entrepreneur, co-founder of America Online, and Endeavor Mentor explains The Third Wave of the internet. He dives into AOL’s birth and legacy that led to the first wave of the internet. He then predicts the third wave, which is what we’re living in now. Case provides perspective on how it would change the way we live and, using the power of collective storytelling, offers entrepreneurs insight into the skill-set necessary for maneuvering this new paradigm.
3. The Founder’s Mentality by Chris Zook and James Allen
Renowned business author and Endeavor Mentor, Chris Zook, shares the key to a sustainable growth company in The Founder’s Mentality. Zook explains the inevitable challenges of growth and what it takes to overcome them. The Founder’s Mentality holds insights into why founder’s lose this mentality and the six building blocks to gaining it back. Zook helps entrepreneurs gain new understandings of work and success with the Bain Micro-battles System and more.
4. Crazy is a Compliment by Linda Rottenberg
If you’ve ever been called crazy for having a relentless belief in your idea when no one else did, this book is for you. Our Founder and CEO, Linda Rottenberg, helps entrepreneurs around the world on a daily basis and decided to turn her life’s motto into her book, Crazy is a Compliment. Rottenberg uses real-life examples of the entrepreneurs she works with to guide the reader to thinking in a way that will take their dream to the next level, whether they are just starting or years in. Rottenberg preaches, “If people aren’t calling you crazy, you’re probably not thinking big enough.”
5. The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker’s Essential Writings on Management
Deemed “the man who invented management,” Peter Drucker was a management consultant and philosopher that dedicated his life to creating a “functioning society.” In The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker’s Essential Writings on Management, the serial author’s lifetime experience and research are compiled into one body of work. The book contains 26 indispensable selections that answer his most asked question: “which writing is most essential?” Drucker explains the fundamental principles of management and its challenges. He sheds light on the changes of tomorrow and imparts leaders and managers with the skills to get ahead.