Recommended entrepreneurship books for 2016

2016-08-02

In order to succeed in entrepreneurship, you have to be prepared to dedicate a vast amount of your time in learning new things in different forms. Such means of learning are books, and below you can find our top choices for books published during the first half of 2016, that are especially helpful for entrepreneurship.

 

A Paperboy’s Fable by Deep Patel

A Paperboy’s Fable is a concise, entertaining fable that makes revolutionary points using age old principles. Whether someone is opening a lemonade stand or leading a startup software company, the 11 Principles of Success make A Paperboy’s Fable a timeless tale that is as fresh as it is universal. A Paperboy’s Fable also features interviews with many professors, entrepreneurs, CEO’s and General David Petraeus.

 

Originals by Adam Grant

“Originals is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read, full of surprising and powerful ideas. It will not only change the way you see the world; it might just change the way you live your life. And it could very well inspire you to change your world.” – states a review from Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In.

Originals is about how to champion new ideas and fight groupthink. Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, the author explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent.

 

Smarter Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

From the author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon The Power of Habit comes a fascinating new book that explores the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life.

At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently.

 

The Third Wave by Steve Case

In The Third Wave, internet forefather and AOL co-founder Steve Case predicts the third phase of tech entrepreneurship. The first phase (which he calls a “wave” in homage to Alvin Toffler’s 1980 sci-fi book The Third Wave) was connecting the internet — the technical logistics of making the Internet both possible and widely available. The second wave consisted of connecting the Internet to things — digitizing physical products and services. And the third wave, Case predicts, will mean connecting the Internet to everything. In this aspect, the third wave will more closely resemble the first wave than the second. It will be a second digital revolution.

Case believes that the third wave of tech entrepreneurship will require collaborations with mature industries — such as healthcare, finance and foreign policy — to navigate bureaucratic regulations and instigate systemic change.

While the second wave had little barriers of entry and focused on making people’s lives easier, the third wave will be more complex, more institutionally oriented, and more societally meaningful. He also predicts that it will be decentralized, taking business away from Silicon Valley.