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Alex DejeuFounder at Do Good Technology

What book do you most often give as a gift? πŸ“–πŸ’

I have been doing a lot of reading recently and I would love to know which books the Product Hunt community most recommends πŸ€— Any genre is fair game!
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  1. 121
    Zero to One

    Notes on startups, or how to build the future

    Wesley ForlinesMaker at FormFunc. Β· 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.
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    Great book and a must read for the entrepreneurs and startup folks
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    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.
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  2. 95
    How to Win Friends and Influence People

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

    Mike Coutermarsh71Code @ Product Hunt Β· 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.
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    Harry RaymondFounder Drinkeasy, Product Hunt NYC Β· Written
    Great book
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    Emad IbrahimCoder and productivity nut. Β· Written
    Dad gave to me as a gift when I was a teenager and it probably changed my life.
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  3. 82
    Sapiens

    A brief history of humankind

    I find myself giving this book as a gift more and more. It's an incredibly well written, thought provoking book.
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    Alena DeleΓ±aUI/UX Designer at Dialogue Β· 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.
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    Jean-Baptiste AlarconGrowth Marketer at Kameleoon Β· Written
    100% agree, best book I've read in a while. Even got it for my dad :)
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  4. 67
    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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    Alex MarshallHead of CX, Comms @HealthIQ, Prev@GSachs Β· Written
    one of my favorites i totally agree!!
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  5. 55
    Ready Player One

    An endearing rags to riches story set in a dystopian future

    Sarah A. DowneyPrincipal, Accomplice Β· 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.
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    Jeremy Shco-founder repped.io Β· Written
    Read this cover to cover over the weekend. So much fun. Can't wait to see what Spielberg does with it for the movie.
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  6. 52
    The Design of Everyday Things

    Good, usable design is possible

    Kunal Bhatia44Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp Β· 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.
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    It changed my life
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    David WhiteWorking on digital health at Philips CSV Β· Written
    The essential guide to design for people who aren't designers - and that includes me....
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  7. 51
    Hooked

    A book on how to build habit-forming products

    Raj BhattMarketing & Growth at PromptCloud Β· 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.
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    Abhilash Jain3Product Marketing / Growth Β· Written
    Another gem, that I swear by.
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    David AdamuCo-founder, Cultured πŸ¦„ Β· Written
    If s(he) loves to build stuff, I'd get her this.
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  8. 46
    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

    A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

    Keith PunchesOwner @kisshire Β· Written
    Life is short and precious
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    Gary TorresSoftware developer Β· Written
    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.
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  9. Evan WongCo-Founder, Liveable Β· Written
    Neat little hacks to work more effectively and succeed
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    Jonathan YagelVP of Partnerships @ Spire Labs Β· Written
    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!
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    Sainath KMMaker of BedsForFans.com Β· Written
    Always!
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  10. 32
    The Lean Startup

    Use continuous innovation to create successful businesses

    Deepak SrinivasanHustler | Loves Technology Β· Written
    It gives great insights and practical advice which can be applied while starting up.
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    Abe SeksekCOO boundlesshr Β· Written
    A great read open my eyes to allot of issue
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  11. 31
    When Breath Becomes Air

    What makes a life worth living?

    Michael LeungReact Native Developer Β· Written
    I read this a while ago. I just remember it was very inspiring and very emotional.
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    Gananath MisraProduct@Zefo & Maths Grad IIT-R Β· 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."
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    Kyle Hess4Fintech Product Manager Β· Written
    I think this is a great one. Really interesting story about purpose, success, and failure.
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  12. Atul YadavCo-founder Databack Β· 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.
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  13. 26
    Creativity, Inc.

    Remarkable Insights by the President of Disney & Pixar

    Kunal Bhatia44Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp Β· 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."
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  14. 20
    Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    Nassim Taleb's concluding book to his randomness trilogy

    Kate51Community + Product @ Product Hunt Β· 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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  15. 21
    The Power of Habit

    Why we do what we do in life and business

    Shantanu RaghavProduct Guy @Mobiefit Β· 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.
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  16. 18
    Ego Is The Enemy

    Ryan Holiday's new book on humility and resilience

    Lukasz KonofalskiFounder of Postepic app Β· 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. MataAuthor @ Minimal Lifestyle Β· 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.
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  17. 17
    Meditations

    Words of wisdom by Marcus Aurelius

    Patrick SmithHomeRemodelBuddy Β· Written
    Wise words for anyone.
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  18. 18
    The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    Essential advice on building and running a startup

    One of the great real management books!
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  19. 16
    Do The Work

    Overcome Resistance And Get Out Of Your Own Way

    Stefan Theofilos8UI/UX Designer, Lucro Solutions Β· Written
    a great short book to knock out in a weekend
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  20. 15
    The Go-Giver

    A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

    Kim DΓΈflerEntrepreneur and tech lover Β· 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.
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    James Welch5CEO @ innovationcompany.co.uk Β· 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.
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