7 Books Every Entrepreneur Needs to Read


February 23, 2018 | BY Lee Williamson

We asked Generation T listers for their book recommendations. What books do they think every startup founder should read and why?



Author Yuval Hariri
Recommended by Terence Kwok, founder of Tink Labs

“The book's underlying thesis is that the human race is more successful than others because of our ability to believe in ideas and futures that do not exist, or myths. The modern-day entrepreneur is somebody who fully embodies this by believing, selling and executing on a vision that has yet to exist.”

7 Books Every Entrepreneur Needs to Read

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Author Mark Manson
Recommended by Kevin Ma, founder of Hypebeast

“As an entrepreneur, it's easy to get caught up in so many things that are seemingly urgent and important, but the truth is there are only so many hours each day. This book is about reclaiming your time and making sure you're only focusing on what makes you happy.”


Work Rules!

Author Laszlo Bock
Recommended by Gary Ngan, CFO of Meitu

“The author is the head of People Operations at Google, He shares sharing practical tips on how to make sure your organisation is always filled with highly efficient people for maximum output.

When a young organisation is growing rapidly, a human resources strategy is often overlooked because it doesn’t have an immediate impact on either user growth or revenue, and the founder can often rely on his core team to execute efficiently. Once an organisation scales, however, leadership and management skills are critical to support that growth. This book can help you sow the seeds of this within your organisation.”

7 Books Every Entrepreneur Needs to Read

The Book of Ruth

Recommended by Daryl Ng, executive director of Sino Group

“There’s so much wisdom and so many life lessons in the Bible. The Book of Ruth is particularly inspiring for entrepreneurs because of its lessons on how to run a business. Boaz, one of the main characters in the story, is a landowner who demonstrates moral leadership in the way he runs his enterprise.” 


The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Author Ben Horowitz
Recommended by Timothy Yu, founder of Snapask

“The author Ben Horowitz, founder of renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, tells the story of how he struggled to drive his company forward. 

The reason I think the book’s so special is because it shares the genuine struggle and hardship of being a CEO, instead of focusing on his success and inspirational moments. This is a must-read for all startup founders, and I recommended it to all my managers at Snapask as part of the training material. As the book says, ‘Take care of the people, the products, and the profits. In that order.’”

7 Books Every Entrepreneur Needs to Read

Digital Gold

Author Nathaniel Popper
Recommended by Joanna Cheung, founder of TusPark

“I believe blockchain is reinventing the future of internet, and entrepreneurs should read the human stories behind this technology. There's a lot of hype surrounding bitcoin and misconceptions around blockchain so it's always good to dig deep. And for those looking for a memorable read, this is a good place to start.”


The Defining Decade

Author Meg Jay
Recommended by Michelle Yuan, founder of Asia Wedding Network

“This book is important because it guides people in their twenties on how to take control of this important period of their lives. The author is a trained psychologist who’s worked with thousands of young people. She asks the tough questions about relationships, jobs, money and education and answers them in a very logical and practical manner. I think every person in their twenties should read this book, but especially young entrepreneurs.”

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