Three Startup Books To Buy Today

As a huge reader, I love the recent plethora of startup / entrepreneurship books. I’m involved in three new ones – one that I’ve co-authored, one that FG Press has published, and one where I’m part of a Kickstarter campaign. I encourage you to grab each of them.

The first is Startup Opportunities: Know When To Quit Your Day Job. I wrote it with Sean Wise, a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. It’s aimed at the first time entrepreneur or soon to be entrepreneur who is asking herself the question, “Is this a good idea?” or “Is this an opportunity I should dive all in on?” I’ll be writing a lot more about this on my blog in the coming weeks. For now, go get a copy of Startup Opportunities.

The second is Bend The Curve: Accelerate Your Startup’s Success, written by Andrew Razeghi and part of the Techstars series of books. Andrew is a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is involved in Techstars. Bend The Curve includes a huge amount of information useful to any existing startup and I’m excited about what Andrew has put together. I’ve got a section in the book on board of directors and you’ll recognize many other contributors to this book.

The last is Eric Ries’ new project, The Leaders Guidewhich just launched on Kickstarter. One of the award levels is a day in Boulder with me, time with Techstars, several of my portfolio companies, a night at the St. Julien Hotel, and dinner with me at Kasa Sushi (my favorite sushi place in Boulder.) Oh, and you get a bunch of other stuff, including a ton of Eric’s Lean Startup work, access to the new community he’s creating, and special bonus lean startup content.

When I started my first company in 1987, there was almost no information on being an entrepreneur, starting, or scaling a company. While there were business biographies and lots of ego books, almost everything was about management and leadership of large companies. It’s awesome to see how that has changed and I’m glad to be a tiny part of it.

  • Is it okay if I run a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund a Kickstarter contribution?

  • Brad, I’m not a Kindle user, how do I buy a paper version of Startup Opportunities?

    And fuck do I wish I could drop five grand on Eric Ries’ Kickstarter to spend the day with you.

  • Neda Ghazi

    We are a start-up company based in Toronto. I really love to meet you in person. We are heading to Boston for a conference about Management and Entrepreneurship next week, when you are here in Toronto for your book. I hope to meet you next time you come to our city.

    • Sorry we’ll miss!

  • Matt Kruza

    Hey Brad random question, but what do you do with the affiliate fees from amazon link? I assume you get them. To be 100% not calling you out for getting them, I know how much you give back to the community broadly, so I was curious if there was anyway you could channel them to a charity or startup cause / resource of your choice? Maybe you already do, but I think that would be a really neat feature either from amazon to offer directly or a small company / widget that allowed you to say “proceeds are going to boulder food bank, or boulder code and learn for elementary tech”.. would have the added benefit for people like you and fred Wilson etc who have big audiences of connecting people to more causes to get involved with. Just curious if there are any solutions to do this that you know of or if you’d have interest in something like that? Just thought you might like implementing an idea like that.

    • I mostly use the Amazon thing for tracking data. The amount of money it generates is trivial. Amy and I give a large amount of our net worth / earnings philanthropically (I occasionally mention things on this blog that we do) so I guess you could consider the Amazon affiliate fees in the mix. I’m certainly not doing it for the money.

      • Matt Kruza

        Oh I know you aren’t for sure. (hope I wasn’t implying that, tried to be really clear of that). Just didn’t know if the idea I talked about existed, as I thought it would be a cool way for people such as myself to see causes that you and Amy are passionate about (I bought a book from a link you sent so it made me think) in a seemless way as it could raise awareness etc.

        • Yeah – it’s a neat idea as long as it’s frictionless to implement.

  • Got me excited Brad, but 5K for Sushi is beyond my humble means.. no matter how much fun it may be 🙂

  • kermit64113

    Definitely will pick up all three. I agree with your comment, Brad, on the array or resources available to the entrepreneur. Perhaps yesterday’s news is just that, but I still pick up (and give out) Bill Aulet’s “Disciplined Entrepreneurship” and Alexander Osterwalder’s “Business Model Generation” (and, as the company grows, the book you and Jason wrote “Venture Deals”). Thanks for the post – Jim Patterson

    • I talk about both Bill’s book and Alexander’s book / work in Startup Opportunities. They are both outstanding, along with what Eric Ries and Steve Blank has done. Part of our goal was to write the book “before the other books” – the general version that is very broadly accessible, after which any of these books can be even more helpful.

  • Thanks for these tips, Brad. Looking forward to reading.