Top Startup Books to Read
Must-Have Book List for Founders, Entrepreneurs and Startup Investors
Review & Ranking of Top Startup Books
#3 Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson - Venture Deals
Provides a detailed look at startups from the perspective of both the entrepreneur / founder, as well as the investor. Venture Deals gives detailed insight and examples of important concepts such as the term sheet and what investors need to know before starting as angel investors or venture capitalists.
Overall, Venture Deals by Brad Feld is rated a 3.9 out of 5.0 by our VC firm's team.
#2 Eric Ries - The Lean Startup
Overall, a pragmatic and comprehensive approach to starting a new company. Whether you're building a product as a new startup, or re-imagining an existing company, the Lean Startup gives you a way to build, measure and learn... faster.
Overall, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries is rated a 4.3 out of 5.0 by our VC firm's team.
#1 Peter Thiel - Zero to One
Thiel holds back nothing. Thiel uproots common myths about startups, investing, and how to create billion dollar companies. Thiel is a contrarian who sees a future that few are able to imagine. However, Thiel dispels this advice in a way that anyone can understand.
Overall, Zero to One by Peter Thiel is rated a 4.8 out of 5.0 by our VC firm's team.
Of course, the favorite of our team and the newest book on startups and investing Kings Over Aces.
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Which books on startups make our list of best books for founders, startup CEOs, and investors:
I have three must-read books that I've not only read, but I believe every founder, startup investor, and entrepreneur needs these on his or her bookshelf.
The number one book is a book by Peter Thiel called "Zero to One." I've read it many, many times and it was based off of Peter Thiel who's the founder of PayPal and investor in many great companies. He wrote the book and it was based on his lectures at Stanford University. I think it's a great read for any founder, any startup, because it rethinks and reimagines the way that companies are put together. It's very counterintuitive. And to juxtapose that book, I also think that "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries is an important book. I don't necessarily agree with all of what he has to say about the minimum viable product or on how startups can be successful. I think there's many, many ways beyond the lean startup that a company can succeed, but I also think it's a great book to read.
The third book is called "Venture Deals." I mentioned this in a previous video, but "Venture Deals" is excellent, especially for a startup founder, who more often than not relies on lawyers and people to put together the term sheet, and then they don't understand the term sheet. If you want to thoroughly understand term sheets, how founders should raise capital and how they should deploy their capital, "Venture Deals" is another great book.
These are great startup books. Another one is "Kings Over Aces," which I'm very proud of, and it is an excellent book on startups, especially if you're into investing or want to get into startup investing under the new JOBS Act. I like all those books and hopefully those will help you get a start into startups.