Alex Dejeu
Alex DejeuFounder at Do Good Technology

What book do you most often give as a gift? 📖💝

I have been doing a lot of reading recently and I would love to know which books the Product Hunt community most recommends 🤗 Any genre is fair game!
76 recommended
  1. 171
    Zero To One

    Peter Thiel's new book on Startups

    Wesley Forlines
    Wesley ForlinesMaker at FormFunc. · Written
    Zero to One is for anyone who wants to do things better, its told with the perspective of startups in mind, but most of the ideas Peter presents are brilliant and universal.
    I may live in a bit of a bubble, but I give this one out to my friends at college. Most of the stuff pertains to their interests.
    Great book and a must read for the entrepreneurs and startup folks
  2. 135
    How to Win Friends and Influence People

    A must read every 6 months for the rest of your life

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike CoutermarshEngineer @ PlanetScale · Written
    Everyone should read this. It's like cheating at life. Some people just get a lot of what's in it naturally. But if you struggle with people & communication - READ.
    Emad Ibrahim
    Emad IbrahimCoder and productivity nut. · Written
    Dad gave to me as a gift when I was a teenager and it probably changed my life.
    Harry Raymond
    Harry RaymondProduct guy, Product Hunt NYC · Written
    Great book
  3. 128

    A brief history of humankind

    Ben Lang
    Ben LangCommunity @NotionHQ, angel investor · Written
    I find myself giving this book as a gift more and more. It's an incredibly well written, thought provoking book.
    Alena Deleña
    Alena DeleñaUI/UX Designer at Dialogue · Edited
    One of the most eye opening books I've ever read. The author writes in a way that his straightforward and scientific approach to politics, consumerism, religion and society is accessible to the average person.
    100% agree, best book I've read in a while. Even got it for my dad :)
  4. 95
    The Alchemist

    Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santi

    Though it is not a startup specific book, this is one of my all time favorites. If you haven't read this yet, I would highly recommend. Paulo says that when you really want something, the universe always conspires in your favor. The book is a source of inspiration and will make you chase your dreams. :) "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams" - From Alchemist
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    Girl Alex
    Girl Alex🇲🇽VC @First Round Capital · Written
    one of my favorites i totally agree!!
    Robin M Koppensteiner
    Robin M KoppensteinerBig fat boss, Raindropcatcher e.U. · Written
    The Alchimist has influenced my life quite a bit, especially since I read it in my early teens for the first time. Very spiritual, but in the shape of a fairytale like novel.
  5. 81

    A book on how to build habit-forming products

    Raj Bhatt
    Raj BhattMarketing & Growth Fanatic · Written
    One of the best books on understanding how to build habit-forming products. A must read if you are an entrepreneur or building a side project or just curious about how good products work.
    Abhilash Jain
    Abhilash JainCustomer Success / Growth · Written
    Another gem, that I swear by.
    David Adamu
    David Adamudesigner of the future 🦄✨ · Written
    If s(he) loves to build stuff, I'd get her this.
  6. 80
    The Design of Everyday Things

    Good, usable design is possible

    Kunal Bhatia
    Kunal Bhatiadesign @mercury · Written
    Aside from the Macbook and Facebook, this is the one I think everyone should read, even if they're not a designer. Donald Norman is a master of explaining design concepts and making them interesting for anyone. He updated the book with more current examples in the latest release, but it was originally published in 1988. You know it's a classic when people still talk about the book and the concepts in daily discussions.
    It changed my life
    David White
    David WhiteWorking on digital health at Philips CSV · Written
    The essential guide to design for people who aren't designers - and that includes me....
  7. 71
    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

    A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

    Keith Punches
    Keith PunchesOwner @kisshire · Written
    Life is short and precious
    I just got this book and I've been enjoying it a lot! Been thinking in giving away as a gift for loved ones. Very easy going, straight to the point book.
  8. 65
    Ready Player One

    An endearing rags to riches story set in a dystopian future

    Sarah A. Downey
    Sarah A. DowneyGamer, capitalist, psychology fan · Written
    It's basically the bible of VR for today's generation while mixing in tons of extremely entertaining 80s nostalgia. Plus Spielberg is directing the movie and it's in production now.
    Read this cover to cover over the weekend. So much fun. Can't wait to see what Spielberg does with it for the movie.
  9. 62
    Evan Wong
    Evan WongCo-Founder, Liveable · Written
    Neat little hacks to work more effectively and succeed
    This one is mandatory reading for all of our new hires. Each lesson / concept is just a page or two, so it's very easy to consume. So many helpful insights!
    Sainath KM
    Sainath KMFounder, · Written
  10. 46
    Creativity, Inc.

    Remarkable Insights by the President of Disney & Pixar

    Kunal Bhatia
    Kunal Bhatiadesign @mercury · Written
    This is one of my favorite books of all time and I love giving it to others. There's a lot to connect with and (1) I love Pixar, and (2) Ed Catmull is a master at managing creative endeavors. At the time of publishing, some now released movies (including Inside Out) were in the concept phase, so you get to see a midpoint snapshot of where they were. Fun fact: Inside Out originally used to be called "The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind."
  11. 47
    The Lean Startup

    Use continuous innovation to create successful businesses

    Deepak Srinivasan
    Deepak SrinivasanInterested in all things Startups · Written
    It gives great insights and practical advice which can be applied while starting up.
    Abe Seksek
    Abe SeksekCOO boundlesshr · Written
    A great read open my eyes to allot of issue
  12. 46
    The Hard thing about Hard Things
    Atul Yadav
    Atul YadavCo-founder Taskbucks & Databack · Written
    It's real, it's inspirational. Imagine your product / business is down to last dollar, everyone writes you off but you still hustle.. and you win! Not once but many times. Remarkable journey of Ben Horowitz This book shows one can win even when failure appears inevitable . Very important lesson coz life isn't always a rose garden.
  13. 40
    When Breath Becomes Air

    What makes a life worth living?

    Michael Leung
    Michael LeungReact Native Developer · Written
    I read this a while ago. I just remember it was very inspiring and very emotional.
    Gananath Misra
    Gananath MisraProduct@Zefo & Maths Grad IIT-R · Written
    When at crossroads regarding choices in life, this book is a great pick and a must recommended one. This book reflects on the challenge of facing mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both. Paul writes about science as "Science, I had come to learn, is as political, competitive, and fierce a career as you can find, full of temptation to find easy paths." On perfection his views are "Even if you're perfect, the world isn't. You can't ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving."
    Kyle Hess
    Kyle HessFintech Product Manager · Written
    I think this is a great one. Really interesting story about purpose, success, and failure.
  14. 31
    The Power of Habit

    Why we do what we do in life and business

    Shantanu Raghav
    Shantanu RaghavProduct Guy @Mobiefit · Written
    Helps you understand yourself, your habits and teaches you to replace them with better ones. Every habit will trigger a domino effect and you will be amazed.
  15. 30

    Words of wisdom by Marcus Aurelius

    Patrick Smith
    Patrick SmithHomeRemodelBuddy · Written
    Wise words for anyone.
  16. 27
    Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    Nassim Taleb's concluding book to his randomness trilogy

    KateMarketer; prev Product Hunt, GitHub · Written
    Dan Rummel, of Shyp, recommended this to me while I was in college and it blew my freaking mind. I've been recommending it or giving to people ever since (always with the disclaimer that, yeah, it's pretty dense). Everyone can benefit from learning how to benefit from chaos / disorder (because, spoiler alert, if you haven't figured this out, the world is f*cking messy)
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  17. 26
    The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    Essential advice on building and running a startup

    One of the great real management books!
  18. 27
    Ego Is The Enemy

    Ryan Holiday's new book on humility and resilience

    Lukasz Konofalski
    Lukasz KonofalskiGrowth @ Displate. Founder @ Postepic · Written
    Gave a few of these as gifts lately for friends who were dealing on a daily basis with people with ego described in Ryan's book: "an unhealthy belief in our own importance. Arrogance. Self-centered ambition"
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    Photis D. Mata
    Photis D. MataAuthor @ Minimal Lifestyle · Written
    This is not just a book, it's a mindset. Ryan tries through stories in the book to communicate the message of "Ego being the enemy" on many levels. Sometimes he manages to get the message through, sometimes he doesn't because this is a topic that you have to understand for yourself. Once you do, you can see it everywhere in your life. Relationships, business, and everything human interaction is involved. Why are you doing what you do? Is it what you want or is it your Ego that wants to prove its worth? Great book.
  19. 20
    Amazon Go

    Amazon stores with no lines or checkout 🛍

    Stefan Theofilos
    Stefan TheofilosProduct Designer, Entrepreneur · Written
    a great short book to knock out in a weekend
  20. 18
    The Go-Giver

    A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

    Kim Døfler
    Kim DøflerEntrepreneur and tech lover · Written
    It is a great book about how giving and putting others first can be a game changer for your own life. It is written as a story, which makes it easy to digest and remember.
    James Welch
    James WelchCEO @ · Written
    Came here to add this, but @doefler had already done so. Must have given this and The Go-Giver Leader 40+ times in past years.