The Top 7 Books to Read for Student Entrepreneurs

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Viktória Bundschuhová

Viktória Bundschuhová

Viktória studies an international course at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in a business-related field. She is a marketing ambassador of DSIF, who works on a project-based position.

Books are a valuable source of information that can enrich a person in various fields. As for business books, there are so many that it may be challenging to choose the right one. In this blog, we bring you our 7 books, suitable for beginning start-ups and business enthusiasts.

More and more people are starting a business. Even though the path to success differs, each of them would say that it is not easy. It is full of ups and downs and mainly full of lessons that are worth sharing with others. Based on this experience sharing, many books on entrepreneurship have been created, where entrepreneurs share advice that has helped them grow their business, or mistakes to avoid.

Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston

This is the kind of book where a well-known saying applies: „Do not judge a book by its cover“. Even though the cover may not grab your attention at first sight, the book’s content will. The book is made in a form of interviews where the author asks founders about their experience. This book includes several interviews with founders of companies like Apple, Paypal and Flickr. By giving the right questions, readers can easily understand what were failures and successes of each business. This book includes answers to questions like how they persuade investors, where they get ideas, how they recover from losses. Interviews cover the common areas of technology, business, marketing strategy, and funding. 

Jessica Livingston is a funding partner of Y Combinator that made her experienced in terms of start-ups and the struggles they face. She is also the organizer of Startup School – a huge start-up conference.

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Starting a Business – Quick Start Guide by Ken Colwell

This book is the right source of information for all business enthusiasts, soon-to-be entrepreneurs, and company owners. Well-organized and informative content will guide the reader through the various aspects of the business. What is the difference between idea and opportunity, what are the first steps of entrepreneurship, including legal forms and company structure, and how to create a business plan and business model. Basically, a step-by-step guide that can be read by anyone interested in business regardless of the acquired knowledge.

Ken Colwell, PhD., MBA, has twenty years of experience working in the entrepreneurial sphere. He worked with starting entrepreneurs, start-ups, and veteran-company owners. 

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The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy

It is an excellent  book that will prepare beginner entrepreneurs for the wild ride in a business field. It dives into business failures that are not caused by external factors but mostly internal ones – such as the emotional roller coaster of an entrepreneur. This book will take the reader through the best strategies the author collected from experienced ones. It will cover skills needed for business – sales, recruiting, leadership and productivity. Next to this, it includes great tips to overcome forthcoming fears and doubts. 

Darren Hardy is a successful mentor to CEOs and New York Times best-selling author. With a wide range of experience in a business field, Hardy guides a lot of entrepreneurs in their way to succeed. 

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Secrets of Sand Hill Road by Scott Kupor

Everyone who needs funding from VC funds would like to see the mind of a decision-maker. In this book, Kupor answers questions on why most VCs typically invest in only one startup in a given business category, why the ability to tell a compelling story is crucial when raising capital, and much more. The reader can find a clear explanation of a typical fund´s lifecycle and how VC funds are set up. 

Scott Kupor is an investing partner at Andreessen Horowitz (based in Silicon Valley) responsible for all operational activities. 

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The Founder's Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman

A book based on data and research that summarises common pitfalls of new start-ups. The story consists of 10 000 case studies of founders from different industries. Covered topics include the pros and cons of various founder’s dilemmas, such as whether to go solo as a founder or with a team, the assignment of roles among the startup team, and much more. The author highlights the importance of being careful while controlling the start-up and researching the best resources to grow it. 

Noam Wasserman is an American academic, currently the Dean of the Yeshiva University Sy Syms School of Business with research that focuses on entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. 

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Zero to One by Peter Thiel

A book offering a realistic view of how to start a business. If we are creating something completely new that is not on the market yet, we start from scratch. It is a journey full of questions and discoveries. Peter Thiel emphasizes the importance of creating something new and not just improving the existing product. He explains the importance of promotion and distribution of each product and how starting smaller is more beneficial.

Peter Thiel is a co-founder of PayPal and an outside investor in Facebook. He is a managing partner in The Founders Fund where he provides venture capital and guidance to entrepreneurs with big ideas.

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Getting Things Done by David Allen

Productivity and great time management are the basis of everything we do, and it is no different when starting a business. However, by completing various tasks, it is easy to get overwhelmed. David Allen gives specific guidance on organizing daily tasks, putting ideas into the structure to avoid constant distractions, and simply reducing stress by better planning.

David Allen is an American consultant for effective task planning, mostly known for his method named “Getting Things Done”.

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