Reading List

This reading list is comprised of books that are designed to shape the thinking of future entrepreneurs, impact investors, and economic development professionals. If you need a good book to read and refer back to, you should consider purchasing the titles below. Each book has served as a resource and reference in the lives of the Entreprenavel team members. Without further adieu, we present the Entreprenavel Reading List:

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This book explains the mindset you must adopt to endure the trials and tribulations that await you. Taleb provides an superb philosophy for life as an entrepreneur.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

If you want an alternative perspective on how to build a company, this book is for you. Thiel is one of the most provocative thinkers in Silicon Valley, and he provokes people to question assumptions.

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

Influencing countless entrepreneurs, The Lean Startup outlines the methodology for building a company, based on testing assumptions. This book teaches you how to build, measure, and learn.

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau

A collection of bootstrapping stories, The $100 Startup is full of business ideas and anecdotes about how resourcefully launch a company.

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger

This book lays the groundwork for creative thinking, based on asking questions. A More Beautiful Question offers frameworks for business concept creation and problem solving as your company grows.

The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas―and What to Do About It by Ross Baird

Telling the Tale of Village Capital, his impact investing firm, Ross Baird identifies three major blind spots hindering our innovation process. How we pick new ideas, where we find new ideas, and who we invest in all present problems in the innovation economy. The Innovation Blind Spot provides an excellent introduction to the world of impact investing, along with a peek into the future of the industry.

Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City by Brad Feld

Explaining how to cultivate startup communities, Brad Feld teaches the cornerstone principles of economic development and startup ecosystem formation. Startup Communities is an essential book for anyone who is interested in economic development or working within a startup ecosystem.

Where the Jobs Are: Entrepreneurship and the Soul of the American Economy by John Dearie and Courtney Geduldig

Focused on public policy in the United States, Where the Jobs Are provides a ground-breaking analysis of economic development concepts. Dearie and Geduldig argue that entrepreneurship is the soul of the American economy and that policies need to be designed to support startups. If you are a policy wonk who is interested in entrepreneurship, then this book is for you.

How to be The Startup Hero: A Guide and Textbook for Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs by Tim Draper

The Startup Hero is essentially a collection of stories from the career of Tim Draper, a renowned venture capitalist. If you need entrepreneurial motivation, this book will give it to you.


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