Note: This post contains updates
I am frequently asked by MBA students I work with what books I recommend. Many of these students are like myself: generalists interested in startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital. This list is for you.
The following is a good starting point, but contains few surprises. My list likely overlaps with many others. For other great suggestions, search for lists by Tim Ferriss and Patrick O’Shaughnessy.
Non Fiction – Startups and Venture
Non Fiction – Management and Strategy
- High Output Management
- The 7 Powers
- High Growth Handbook
- The Checklist Manifesto
- Extreme Ownership
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things
- Atomic Habits
Non Fiction – Mental Frameworks
- AntiFragile + Fooled by Randomness (& All Nassim Taleb)
- The Upside of Stress
- The Obstacle is the Way (& All Ryan Holiday)
- The Accidental Superpower
- The Fourth Turning
- Thinking in Bets
- Man’s Search for Meaning
I love to read and you can see my full list on Goodreads.
Some Reading Advice:
- You don’t have to read cover to cover. Number of books read is just a vanity metric.
- According to Nassim Taleb, the older the book, the better (lindy effect).
- I have found successful reading is about timing: sometimes you read a book at exactly the right time for you — that is when magic happens. But since you can’t know if there will be magic in advance, just keep reading!