Gal Dubinski
Gal DubinskiCo-Founder at Poptin, Prospero & Premio

What is your one favorite startup book?

You're on a lonely island and this is going to be the only book you'll read till the end of your life :)
59 recommended
  1. 259
    Zero To One

    Peter Thiel's new book on Startups

    Probably no use to me if I'll be stuck on an Island for the rest of my life, but an essential read for founders! And/or 4-steps
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    Niv Dror
    Niv Dror¯\_(ツ)_/¯ · Written
    Zero to One is a great book to share with people outside of the tech industry as well. Lots of practical life lessons that makes you think differently about how you view the world, and what's a good outcome.
    Janine Yorio
    Janine YorioFounder of Compound, Lover of Hammocks · Written
    This book changed my worldview and my approach to building a company.
  2. 173
    The Lean Startup

    Use continuous innovation to create successful businesses

    Nivas Ravichandran
    Nivas RavichandranStartup Partnerships at Freshworks · Written
    I would recommend The Lean Startup and Zero to One. Two Must Read Books for Entrepreneurs.
    Charlie Kaplan
    Charlie KaplanVP Product @ Audiomack · Written
    Back when I first realized building companies was what I wanted to do with my life, someone tipped me off to this book and it's remained the healthiest framing for my thinking about any problem in startups to this day. More powerful even than the methodological bent of this book is its brilliant use of anecdotes and examples that come back to mind on a weekly basis. I've sent it to friends who have toyed with the idea of working on new projects, regardless of how serious they are about the pursuit: This book identifies a way of thinking that is useful in many corners of life. I highly recommend it.
    Vinit Agrawal
    Vinit AgrawalCo-Founder at Tars ( · Written
    I think this is one of the most valuable books you can read if you are thinking of working on your company. Although chances are high that the lessons in this book is something you will understand in retrospect. But even with that you will save a lot of time that could have been wasted.
  3. 141

    A book on how to build habit-forming products

    Nir Eyal
    Nir EyalHooked and Indistractable, · Written
    Nir Eyal made this product
    Thank you for the upvotes! So happy we wrote something so many talented change-makers found useful. I'm in awe from all that's been done with the Hooked Model. Thank you!
    KeyulMaker of Coursesity · Written
    Step by step process to teach you how to build and design the great product.
    Adam Riggs-Zeigen
    Adam Riggs-ZeigenFitness || Tech || Gaming || Startups · Written
    This book strongly influenced the creation of our latest product (reward-driven fitness chatbot). Our first few thousand users have been proving just how much this hook model works every day.
  4. 93
    The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    Essential advice on building and running a startup

    Leif Baradoy
    Leif BaradoyCEO and founder of @giftbit. · Written
    Amazing book. Best read 2-4 years into your startup journey.
    Deepak Fialok
    Deepak FialokCo founder at Alliswell Healthtech · Written
    Filled with real world experience
    Yusuf Adeyemo
    Yusuf AdeyemoTechcrux Technologies · Written
    I have read Zero to One and I feel like reading it again and widen my horizon about starting up a company.
  5. 61
    Elon Musk Biography

    A book on Tesla, SpaceX, & the quest for a fantastic future

    Nicolaj Højer
    Nicolaj HøjerInvestor + entrepreneur => Author · Written
    I know...a cliche, but the book is really great!
    Paul Dunn
    Paul DunnBusiness Development Director, 360DMG · Written
    it was a very interesting story and gave some wonderful insights on what it takes to be as successful as Elon has been
    Fabio E
    Fabio EBrand Manager, @guangalachocolate · Written
    Amazing book giving you and inside look at Elon's trajectory. Not all that glitters is gold, people have to go through ups and downs to be who they are, its a continuous cycle and the more you are willing to accept it, the faster you will grow. Helped me tons!
  6. 49
    An all-new Intercom

    A bold aesthetic. Simplified navigation. Faster workflows.

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas KingerPMM @ Plum | Prev. @ Freshworks Hiver · Written
    Intercom is pretty much my personal reference model when it comes to the subject of scaling a startup. This book summarizes the journey pretty well.
    Briefly but effectively sums up main challenges faced, and provides proven strategies for overcoming them
  7. 30
    Paul-Henri Brunet
    Paul-Henri BrunetHead of Innovation, Digital · Written
    If you want to build better products fast, you just need to do what it says !
    FrancisFounder at @webwrk · Written
    Worth the read 👍
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    Every time we apply this process we make greater strides
  8. 24
    The Four Steps to Epiphany
    Steve Blank introduced the concepts of Customer Development and Product-Market Fit. He got Eric Ries started down the Lean Startup path. Just read it.
  9. 24
    Delivering Happiness

    Seeking happiness and making people happy

    Great life story of an entrepreneur. Highly inspired by the resilience showed by Tony when growing Zapos from a small e-commerce to a billion dollar company.
    Avi Zuber
    Avi ZuberFull-stack Engineer @ Maze · Written
    So many valuable lessons in this gem.
  10. Deepak Srinivasan
    Deepak SrinivasanInterested in all things Startups · Written
    This book gives us insights on most important things such as techniques to increase revenue, profitability and productivity.
  11. 17
    An all-new Intercom

    A bold aesthetic. Simplified navigation. Faster workflows.

    KeyulMaker of Coursesity · Written
    A short guide that will help you on taking right decesion about the product.
  12. 18

    Global platform for the sourcing of early-stage investments

    Lee Lance
    Lee LanceCo-Founder, ecobot, SiteBy, EV Message. · Written
    A lot of great books on broad theory (like Lean Startup / Ries) or focused on one aspect (like Scrum / Sutherland), but this one really does a great job of touching on all aspects of starting and growing your startup. And it's filled with tons of references to other great books / authors / thought leaders on the various subjects it covers.
  13. 14
    Poor Charlie's Almanack

    The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger

    Recommended by Naval, Charlie Munger clearly and efficiently walks you through dozens of mental models that he's used to understand the world.
  14. 14
    Disciplined Entrepreneurship

    24 steps to a successful startup

    Step-by-step guide to identifying your Target Customer Profile, Identifying Key Assumptions and much more. A straightforward way to avoid errors of management omission.
  15. 15
    How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

    The creator of Dilbert on how to turn failure into success

    Robert T. Maisano
    Robert T. MaisanoI help brands tell their story. 😊 · Written
    It's a no frills, no bs story about a guy who's setup simple systems instead of goals to find success without any specificly gifted talents. Great book for generalists and creatives. Plus it's hilarious.
  16. 12
    Running Lean

    An exacting strategy for achieving a product/market fit

    Paul Millward
    Paul MillwardStartup Consultant · Written
    A great guide to evolve your idea and building your company around it.
    Good one regarding
  17. 12
    Founders at Work

    Stories of successful founders

    Niv Dror
    Niv Dror¯\_(ツ)_/¯ · Written
    The original must-read startup book, by Jessica Livingston
    This is the perfect bedside book to learn more about early web (now famous) companies and their founders, how they actually get started. Gold.
  18. Martin Eriksson
    Martin ErikssonMind the Product & EQT Ventures · Written
    Martin Eriksson made this product
    I maybe biased but a large part of this book was written based on interviews with founders and product leaders around not just how to build great products but the teams who build them too.
  19. 11
    5 Habits to Building Better Products Faster

    Learned from 12 years and 5 multimillion dollar products

    Walter Chen
    Walter Chenfounder, Animalz. previously, iDoneThis · Written
    Building a product that retains users and customers needs to be the 100% focus of every startup.
  20. 8
    Gotta be Rework... Quick, to the point, makes you want to get started today.
    This book is by Basecamp founders and they go into great detail about what you actually need to do to have a successful company!
    Ahmed Cogenli
    Ahmed CogenliBusiness Systems Architect · Written
    Lots of great advice both for product and company management