10 Best Business Startup Books: Every Entrepreneur Must Read

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Here, I’ll discuss the 10 best business startup books that every entrepreneur should read.

There is a myth about the startup that every nine out of 10 startups fail in their first year. We can’t deny this myth but we can change it. We can change it with better knowledge about startups, with courage, constant struggling, and with enthusiasm. It is well said that the more you learn, the more you earn.

Every successful person has a quality of learning constantly either by other persons or by books and these qualities make them successful.

In this article, we discuss some of the best business startup books which are very crucial for every entrepreneur, and novice in a startup. Here you will find the best books about startups which are very necessary for any entrepreneur as well as a business owner.

There are the top 10 best books for startup entrepreneurs listed below-

List of Top 10 Business Startup books of all time

  1. Zero to One
  2. The Hard Thing About Hard Things
  3.  Explosive Growth
  4. The Lean Startup
  5. Rework
  6. Tools of Titans
  7. The Startup Owner’s Manual
  8. Hooked
  9. 100 Side Hustles
  10. The Startup Checklist

1.Zero to One

AuthorPeter Thiel
PublicationSeptember 16, 2014
Rating4.6 out of 5

Peter Thiel is the author of this beautiful book and Blake Masters also helped him in writing this book. The other famous book is The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Intolerance at Stanford.

Zero to One is one of the best business startup books. It has decent knowledge and comprehensive discussion and also has a success story of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of facebook.com, and Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX.

This book defines the basics to advance the fundamental of starting a business. Every people who think differently from a multitude should read this book because it has practical knowledge more than theoretical knowledge.

 2.The Hard Thing About Hard Things

AuthorBen Horowitz
Rating4.7 out of 5

Ben Horowitz, an American businessman, investor, blogger, and entrepreneur is the author of this knowledgeable book. What You Do is who you are: How to Create Your Business Culture is another of his famous book.

In the book “The Hard Thing About Hard Things“, you will learn how your mindset is very important to fulfill your dreams. Your mindset defines to yourself who you are and what you want in your life. It is well written, well structured, very insightful, simple style that is most crucial for readers.

This book all about difficulties that many entrepreneurs face during their struggles. It provides a new way to face these situations.

3 Explosive Growth: A Few Things I Learned While Growing To 100 Million Users – And Losing $78 Million

AuthorCliff Lerner
Rating4.5 out of 5

Cliff Lerner is the author of this best selling startup book. He is an American author, entrepreneur, media personality, and co-founder and former CEO of Snap-Interactive, a software company.

It is one of the best business startup books. The book teaches you very important lessons to learn and take away and appeal to your business. It is well structured. Since the author himself is an entrepreneur so he expressed his experience practically.

The beauty of this book is that it is written in an entertaining way and has detailed knowledge. Anyone who wants to start their own business should read this book and surely you will have amazed by this after reading it.

4.The Lean Startup

AuthorEric Ries
Rating4.6 out of 5

Eric Ries is the author of this knowledgeable book. He is an American blogger, author, and entrepreneur.

The content of the book is very insightful and lucid. If you are looking key point of this book then you will find that it is all about business management, self-development books. It changes the way of thinking and helps in establishing a successful business.

It has business statistics and so many charts and tables that attract the reader most and give them a simple way to understand.


AuthorDavid Heinemeier Hansson, Jason Fried
Rating4.5 out of 5

David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried both are the authors of this self-helping book. David is a programmer, and partner at the web-based software development agency. Jason is the founder of 37 signals and he held a web-based software development company.

Almost entrepreneurs and early-stage business owners are victims of attractive distractions that cause them to lose. In this book, the author guides you on how to avoid those distractions and think positively.

There is much advice given by the author through this book like-Problem is not a problem until it takes reality. Almost 95% of the problems we worry about never happen.

Although it doesn’t provide the best value but it is a series of small chapters of advice for starting a business.

6.Tools of Titans

AuthorTim Ferriss
Rating4.7 out of 5

Tim Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, podcaster, and investor. He was born on July 20, 1977, in New York. The 4-Hour Body; Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World are some of his famous books.

Your network is your net worth.is the key point of this book. In this book, the author introduces an amazing and interesting group of people who build their own empire successfully.

It is also one of the best books on self-improvement. One without basic knowledge of self-improvement must read this book because it is able to change something great.

Tools of Titans is considered the goldmine of useful and valuable information that gives people a great experience. Surely we can say that it is a must-read book for startups.

7.The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building A Great Company

AuthorSteve Blank, Bob Dorf
Rating4.5 out of 5

Steve Blank and Bob Dorf are the authors of this beautiful book. Steve Blank is an entrepreneur and founder of Rocket Science Games. He is well known for customer development methodology. Bob Dorf is the co-author of this book. He is also a serial entrepreneur, customer-development consultant.

Every startup begins with an extraordinary idea. In most cases, the ideas are failed because of a lack of proper guidance and proper knowledge.

It is one of the best books for guidance to start a business. The authors remind us that our business totally depends on customers. We have to create new products considering the customer’s requirements.

For a successful business you have to discover your own customers, you have to create new customers and you have to scale up your marketing techniques.

8.Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

AuthorNir Eyal
Rating4.6 out of 5

Nir Eyal is the author of this radiant book. He is an American author, investor, entrepreneur, and lecturer. He was born on February 19, 1980, and graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business and also from Emory University.

It is a well written and very insightful book. It has real examples of how one can become a successful businessman with the right decision and how one can lose everything by the wrong decision.

The author tells us how companies made the customer addicted to their products by dealing the psychology.

The knowledge which is sharing through this book is very powerful and crucial for an entrepreneur. On the basis of its importance, we can say it is one of the best books for entrepreneurs.

9.100 Side Hustles: Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job

AuthorChris Guillebeau
Rating4.5 out of 5

Chris Guillebeau is an American author, speaker, and blogger. He was born on April 04, 1978. He graduated from Athens State University, University of Washington. Some of his famous books are-

  • The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World;
  • The Money Tree: A Story About Finding the Fortune in Your Own Backyard;
  • The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life etc.

After reading this book you will find many ideas to start side hustles. You will be much inspired by real people through this book. It is well structured and well designed.

The book has 100 case studies that tell the owner’s story, also tell how much money they have when they started and how much money they make till now.

I will highly recommend this book if you want to make extra money by doing side hustle.

10.The Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business

AuthorDavid S. Rose
Rating4.6 out of 5

David S. Rose is an American author, serial entrepreneur, and investor. He was born on June 12, 1957, in New York.

Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups is another famous book.

It is one of the best startup books of all time. This book is a very informative book and a must-read for early entrepreneurs. It offers a comprehensive checklist for anyone who starts new startups.

The book has lots of real-time examples. It mainly focuses on practically not theoretical knowledge. With practical knowledge, anyone can achieve their business goal.


Hope all of you will read these top startup books at least once in your life, it is not a book but also it is the treasure of business experience.

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