Eleven Useful Books For First-Time Tech Founders



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I found myself recommending the same books time and again to first-time tech founders, so decided to just put together this list:

(1) The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company – By Steve Blank and Bob Dorf

(2) The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup – By Noam Wasserman

(3) Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers – By Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur

(4) Talking to Humans: Success starts with understanding your customers – By Giff Constable

(5) Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days – By Jessica Livingston

(6) Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – By Chip Heath & Dan Heath

(7) Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist – By Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

(8) Venture Capitalists at Work: How VCs Identify and Build Billion-Dollar Successes – By Tarang Shah

(9) Here’s the Pitch: How to Pitch Your Business to Anyone, Get Funded, and Win Clients – By Martin Soorjoo

(10) Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors – By Brad Feld & Mahendra Ramsinghani

(11) The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Law – By Constance E. Bagley & Craig E. Dauchy (4th Edition, 2011)

Mahesh Bhatia (MIT SM’99)

(NOTE: This list has also appeared as a Linkedin post and as one of my answers on Quora earlier.)

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