Where do Big Ideas come from though? And why is it that only some of them succeed while others vanish into oblivion? Starting a business and staying successful at it is tougher than it looks, and takes more than just an idea.
On this tough journey, all entrepreneurs need Inspiration and knowledge – and one source of inspiration that many entrepreneurs cite is Books. Here we get the dope from some successful entrepreneurs, on the books that have helped them on their journey.
- Mukund Mohan, a serial entrepreneur and currently CEO, Jivity, a social commerce firm recommends Founders At Work, by Jessica Livingston, one of the Founders of YCombinator, a seed-stage venture funding firm. He says, “It is practical, actionable and full of stories. I love stories.”
- Sumesh Menon, Co-Founder and CEO of U2opia Mobile, a start-up in the mobile space too is a fan of Founders At Work. He says, “It’s great because it has candid interviews with people who made it big in the world of start ups. Each interview has hidden gems on what not to do, which is sometimes more important than what to do.”
- There are some great stories from Indian entrepreneurs too. Suparna Umashankar, Partner at a start-up law firm, Legal Torque, suggests High Performance Entrepreneur by Subroto Bagchi, one of the Founders of MindTree Consulting. She says, “Bagchi enlightens one on specifics such as selecting your core team/partners, how to select your employees and to retain them. A few more important concepts that every entrepreneur would benefit from are details on how to make a business plan and on branding for your venture.”
- Entrepreneurs can sometimes get so focused in the day to day challenges of running a business that the big picture gets left out. Here is a book to help entrepreneurs think beyond the daily bread. Sonu Ratra, President, Akraya Inc., an IT Consulting firm, mentions Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. She says that this book taught her how to link together the 3 core processes of managing a business: people, strategy and operations. It also helped her understand that as a leader, her most important job was selecting and appraising the people that get hired.
Learn more about the books that have served as inspiration for entrepreneurs – and you could get started with your own reading list!
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