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Books every Entrepreneur must read

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers

Business Model Generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow's enterprises. If your organization needs to adapt to harsh new realities, but you don't yet have a strategy that will get you out in front of your competitors, you need Business Model Generation.

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

The Back of the Napkin (Expanded Edition): Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures

BusinessWeek's best innovation book of the year A Fast Company best business book of the year The (London) Times business creativity book of the year "A must read for younger generation managers." -BusinessWeek "Roam shows that even the most analytical right-brainers can work better by thinking visually."

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Rework

Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.

The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win

The essential book for anyone bringing a product to market, writing a business plan, marketing plan or sales plan. Step-by-step strategy of how to successfully organize sales, marketing and business development for a new product or company. The book offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture. Packed with concrete examples, the book will leave you with new skills to organize sales, marketing and your business for success.

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

Crossing the Chasm

Here is the bestselling guide that created a new game plan for marketing in high-tech industries. Crossing the Chasm has become the bible for bringing cutting-edge products to progressively larger markets. This edition provides new insights into the realities of high-tech marketing, with special emphasis on the Internet. It's essential reading for anyone with a stake in the world's most exciting marketplace.

Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works (Lean Series)

Are you an entrepreneur about to create a new web application? If you want to maximize your chances of building something customers want, this book demonstrates ways to apply and test techniques for customer development, Lean Startup, and bootstrapping. Learn how to identify and engage customers throughout the development cycle so you can focus on building a product that people will actually buy and use.

Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others–struggle to make their ideas “stick.”

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Personal finance author and lecturer Robert T. Kiyosaki developed his unique economic perspective from two very different influences - his two fathers. This text lays out Kiyosaki's philosophy and his relationship with money.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea–the power of our mindset.

Kopf schlägt Kapital. Die ganz andere Art, ein Unternehmen zu gründen. Von der Lust, ein Entrepreneur zu sein.

Viele glauben zu wissen, wie es geht. Wenige tun es wirklich. Noch weniger sind damit erfolgreich. Etwas ist falsch an der Art, wie wir versuchen Unternehmen zu gründen.

Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers

Play a Game from Gamestorming We're hardwired to play games. We play them for fun. We play them in our social interactions. We play them at work. That last one is tricky. "Games" and "work" don't seem like a natural pairing. Their coupling in the workplace either implies goofing off (the fun variant) or office politics (the not-so-fun type).

Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind

"One of the most important communication books I've ever read. I highly recommend it!"­­Spencer Johnson, author of Who Moved My Cheese? and co-author of The One Minute Manager "...Ries and Trout taught me everything I know about branding, marketing, and product management.

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter)

Best-selling author and popular speaker Garr Reynolds is back in this newly revised edition of his classic, best-selling book, Presentation Zen, in which he showed readers there is a better way to reach the audience through simplicity and storytelling, and gave them the tools to confidently design and deliver successful presentations.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (9780061353239): Dan Ariely: Books

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (9780061353239): Dan Ariely: Books

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business: Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business [Charles Duhigg] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years,she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World

Major life transitions such as leaving the protected environment of school or starting a new career can be daunting. It is scary to face a wall of choices, knowing that no one is going to tell us whether or not we are making the right decision. There is no clearly delineated path or recipe for success. Even figuring out how and where to start can be a challenge. That is, until now.

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare.

The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

What does it take to turn ideas into action? What are the elements of a perfect pitch? How do you win the war for talent? How do you establish a brand without bucks? These are some of the issues everyone faces when starting or revitalizing any undertaking, and Guy Kawasaki, former marketing maven of Apple Computer, provides the answers.

Start With Why

Start With Why inspires people to do the things that inspire them.

Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don't Work: Dan Roam: 9781591844594: Amazon.com: Books

Ever been to so many meetings that you couldn't get your work done? Ever fallen asleep during a bulletpoint presentation? Ever watched the news and ended up knowing less? Welcome to the land of Blah Blah Blah.

The Problem: We talk so much that we don't think very well. Powerful as words are, we fool ourselves when we think our words alone can detect, describe, and defuse the multifaceted problems of today. They can't-and that's bad, because words have become our default thinking tool.

The Solution: This book offers a way out of blah-blah-blah. It's called "Vivid Thinking."

In Dan Roam's first acclaimed book, The Back of the Napkin, he taught readers how to solve problems and sell ideas by drawing simple pictures. Now he proves that Vivid Thinking is even more powerful. This technique combines our verbal and visual minds so that we can think and learn more quickly, teach and inspire our colleagues, and enjoy and share ideas in a whole new way.

The Destination: No more blah-blah-blah. Through Vivid Thinking, we can make the most complicated subjects suddenly crystal clear. Whether trying to understand a Harvard Business School class, or what went down in the Conan versus Leno battle for late-night TV, or what Einstein thought about relativity, Vivid Thinking provides a way to clarify anything.

Through dozens of guided examples, Roam proves that anyone can apply this systematic approach, from leftbrain types who hate to draw to right-brainers who hate to write. This isn't just a book about improving communications, presentations, and ideation; it's about removing the blah-blah- blah from your life for good.

Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries

Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small DiscoveriesWhat do Apple CEO Steve Jobs, comedian Chris Rock, prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, the story developers at Pixar films

Wir nennen es Arbeit: Die digitale Boheme oder: Intelligentes Leben jenseits der Festanstellung

Sie verzichten dankend auf einen Arbeitsvertrag und verwirklichen den alten Traum vom selbstbestimmten Leben. Mittels neuer Technologien kreieren sie ihre eigenen Projekte, Labels und Betätigungsfelder. Das Internet ist für sie nicht nur Werkzeug und Spielwiese, sondern Einkommens- und Lebensader: die digitale Boheme. Ihre Ideen erreichen – anders als bei der früheren Boheme – vor allem über das Web ein großes Publikum und finanzieren sich damit. Ein zeitgemäßer Lebensstil, der sich zu einem bedeutenden Wirtschaftsfaktor entwickelt.