Entrepreneur: 12 Books Every Tech Entrepreneur Should Read

20 DECEMBER 2023

In today's world, where knowledge is so accessible, it's crucial to learn from others' mistakes, draw inspiration from philosophers and stay informed about scientific breakthroughs without stepping into labs, libraries or universities. Failing to leverage this opportunity would be a disservice.

Literature, in its varied forms (and not just business-oriented), can significantly enhance an entrepreneur's management skills. Here's my personal must-read book list for tech startup founders.

  1. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky
    The principles of brain function will help you better understand your main working tool — your brain. Stanford University professor Robert Sapolsky uses an unconventional interweaving of biology and political history to explain the motives of human behavior. This comprehensive approach to the topic gives entrepreneurs many insights.
  2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    This book is the foundation for the decision-making system. It will help you develop critical thinking skills, which are so necessary in business. Knowing that cognitive errors exist is not the same as being able to notice them in yourself. But to start noticing them, I recommend reading this book.
  3. When Nietzsche Wept: A Novel Of Obsession by Irvin Yalom
    Irvin Yalom teaches us that everyone chooses how much truth they can bear. This book is the key to understanding the complex life questions faced by entrepreneurs.
  4. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
    Pratchett shares his vision of the meaning of life, the path of a person and his place in the social environment with its intricacies. True English humor and irony are included. This book, combining an unusual proportion of sensuality, realism and fantasy, will help you look at the world in a new way. Note how easily the text rhymes with modernity and has no shades of the past or future, as it is relevant at all times. Perhaps this will inspire you to create just such a company — one that will be in demand for many years.
  5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    This is not just a classic but also the best textbook on strategic management. It will teach you to think globally. One of the main thoughts for a manager: Life is long enough, and if you want your idea to be realized, then the decision must be born, mature and formed. You cannot implement a project if it goes against the logic of life. For example, Andrey Bolkonsky did everything tactically right but lost strategically, while Pierre Bezukhov did just the opposite. Think about this.
  1. Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations by Ronen Bergman
    There is a possibility that studying such a complex organization as Mossad will give you more ideas for reflection than analyzing successful companies. This fundamental work is the story of the conflict in the Middle East, the tactics of fighting on both sides, stories of personalities and the role of the individual in history. It is important to note that the author impartially describes events and does not lean towards any side.
  2. The Ark 47 Librae by Boris Stern
    This book shows that not only an individual but also an entire society can dream. It will inspire you to achieve extraordinary results. The science-fiction novel is about the colonization of a lifeless planet 60 light-years from Earth, and it develops within the limitations imposed by the laws of astrophysics — it will only be possible to reach the planet after many thousands of years. Overcoming interstellar distances turns out to be the most difficult task, not only in the technological but also in the moral and social sense: No one will see the results of their labor, which took up a large part of their life.

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