7 Startup Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

So you have an idea. It’s a big topic and you know that your lofty dreams of entrepreneurship and a “unicorn” startup could really come true if you can bring it into the world.

But before you get started, how can you learn from the creative, motivated men and women who were once in your shoes? That’s where we come in — and we recommend checking out the seven groundbreaking books below.

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The cult of us: WeWork, Adam Neumann and the great start-up craze

By Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell

The definitive story of the rise and fall of WeWork, from the real journalists whose Wall Street Journal The coverage rocked the company, revealing a financial system drunk on the elixir of Silicon Valley innovation. Hear our Book Bite summary read by co-authors Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell on the Next Big Idea app

Hangry: A Startup Journey by Mike Evans

Hangry: A Startup Journey

By Mike Evans

GrubHub founder reveals the inside story of how he raised a billionaire giant that transformed the way we eat. Hear our Book Bite synopsis read by author Mike Evans on the Next Big Idea app

Build the Damn Thing: How to Start a Successful Business When You're Not a Rich White Guy by Kathryn Finney

Build the Damn Thing: How to start a successful business if you’re not a rich white guy

By Kathryn Finney

For all builders striving to build their businesses in a world that has overlooked and underestimated them: this is the essential guide to knowing, breaking, redesigning and building your own rules of entrepreneurship. Hear our Book Bite summary read by author Kathryn Finney on the Next Big Idea app

Burn Rate: Starting a Startup and Losing My Mind by Andy Dunn

Burn Rate: Start a startup and lose my mind

By Andy Dunn

burn rate is an unconventional entrepreneurial memoir, a parable for the 21st century economy and an insightful look at the prevalence of mental illness in the startup community. Hear our Book Bite summary read by author Andy Dunn on the Next Big Idea app

The Soul of an Entrepreneur: Work and Life Beyond the Startup Myth by David Sax

The soul of an entrepreneur: working and living beyond the startup myth

By David Sax

An award-winning business writer deconstructs the myths of entrepreneurship and replaces them with a foundational story about the experiences of real entrepreneurs in modern business. Hear our Book Bite summary read by author David Sax on the Next Big Idea app

The Unicorn Inside: How Businesses Can Create Game-changing Ventures at Startup Speed ​​By Linda K. Yates

The unicorn within: How companies can create breakthrough ventures at startup speed

By Linda Yates

Imagine if the multinational hotel groups founded Airbnb, the big car companies created Uber or created blockbuster Netflix. Big companies can start new ventures. You have ideas, talent, brand and capital and you can fight back. Hear our Book Bite synopsis read by author Linda Yates on the Next Big Idea app

Exit Path: How to Win Touraj Parang's Startup End Game

Exit Path: How to Win the Startup End Game

By Touraj Parang

An early exit strategy is the surprising secret to ultimate startup success. Find out why — and how to develop one — in this comprehensive, hands-on guide from an experienced Silicon Valley dealmaker. Listen to our Book Bite Summary read by author Touraj Parang in the Next Big Idea app

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