Startups and the French, what a great love story! Startups have even become a hope for the country’s economy (according to 52% of those polled by the Think agency). Whether we join them or create them, the decision to turn to startups often results from a desire for change (a fed up of the fixed procedures of established companies, the ambition to launch out on his own, the need for more room for maneuver or the desire to see concretely the value that one creates, etc.) …
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More and more of us want to join this beautiful, but difficult, ecosystem (needless to say how many startups will unfortunately not pass the 3-year stage). But today, we are not here to observe the dark and difficult side of this challenge, but to light up, boost and open up horizons!
Creating a startup means reinventing the way you work, choosing the one that suits you (and that works).
So I asked the twittosphere around the hashtag #startup to ask them what books had inspired them, what books they would recommend to new entrepreneurs.
Here are the 10 titles that came out:
1. Business model generation, by Osterwalder & Pigneur
Business Model Generation presents itself as a manual for “visionaries”, those who want to change the game. This book offers a series of innovative practices used today by leading consultants and companies around the world, including 3M, Ericsson, Capgemini, Deloitte, and others. Designed by those who do, it is for those who are ready to abandon old models and ready to embrace new models of value creation.
2. Losing my virginity, by Richard Brandson
In this book, it’s Richard Brandson, founder of the Virgin group, who shares his experience: personal life, professional success, lessons learned along the way, etc. You’ll find out how he’s committed to building a better world.
3. 4 hour week, by Timothy Ferriss
Escape the subway-work-dodo routine, earn money without getting exhausted, or just live more by working less. This is how this book comes down. You will learn how to organize yourself to work 4 hours a week without losing money. This book is a real manifesto for a radical change in lifestyle and joining “the New Blessed” who have decided to enjoy life first.
4. Rework, through Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (37 signals)
Rework offers a new approach to enterprise and business. He invites you to take on the opposite of today’s dogmas: forget the constraints of the real world, embrace the constraints (rather than complain about them), share your experiences and above all take action! Another vision of the corporate world!
5. The hard thing about hard things, by Ben Horowitz
Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, is one of the most respected entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. In his book, he gives essential advice on building and managing a startup and responds to issues that are not addressed in business schools. Ben Horowitz sets out to analyze the problems that leaders face on a daily basis.
6. The guide to startups, by Olivier Ezratty
/>This collaborative work lists many startups, nurseries, support structures, fab labs, business angels, venture capital funds … It is not necessarily a directory. It also covers: the human aspect, marketing, finance, legal, etc. of a startup. At the same time you will find advice on how to raise funds or establish a strategy.
7. Zero to one, by Peter Thiel
Yes, there are still unexplored boundaries to explore and inventions to create. According to Peter Thiel, we live in a time of technological stagnation (although we are too distracted by the latest phones to realize this). Information technology has evolved rapidly, but that does not mean that progress should be limited to computers or to Silicon Valley. However, to innovate, it is necessary to learn to think for yourself. Zero to One presents both an optimistic vision for the future and a new way of thinking about innovation. This book will help you ask yourself the right questions: the ones that lead you to find value in unexpected places.
8. Creativity inc, by Ed Catmull
Written by Ed Catmull, co-founder (with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter) of Pixar Animation Studios, this incisive book deals with creativity in business. Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to take their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who aspires to originality, and the very first trip to the nerve center of Pixar Animation (meetings, autopsies and “BrainTrust” sessions) where some of the most successful movies have been made.
9. A little bit of creativity, by Virginie Caplet
In the area of creativity and innovation, here is a new manual to add to the list. Because yes, everyone can be creative! I said everyone! With an approach that is both scientific and funny, A little bit of creativity desecrates creativity and helps you awaken and maintain your creativity on a daily basis.
10. And last but note least: Reinventing Organizations, by Frédéric Laloux
Do you feel it too? Our way of thinking and managing seems to be running out of breath. This is what drives many people to become their own boss. In this book, Frédéric Laloux demonstrates that each time that humanity has entered a new era, it has invented a new way of organizing itself. A phenomenon that seems to be happening today. This book leads us to explore the past, the present, the future and opens up new management perspectives and describes the advantages and disadvantages of it, drawing inspiration from concrete cases.
I find this book particularly inspiring, as it invites us to invent the world in which we want to work tomorrow (or why not now ?!)
With these 10 books, you have something to keep you busy for the year (which I hope you will be happy and inspired).
Do not hesitate to complete the list in comment too!
Enjoy reading and see you soon !
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