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13 Must Read Books For Startups

Dec 30, 2013

"Reading makes ready man"~said Francis Becon. Therefore, having a handpicked, gratifying, and effective reading list for start-ups is important. This list is an overall indiscriminate reading list that shades light on multiple areas of start-up and building a company. It includes reading on how to generate ideas, how to start and make it happen step by step, how to spread idea, how to build your habit and how to think. Happy reading. 

1. Lean startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

2. The Startup owner’s manual: Step by step guide for building a great company by Steve Blank

3. Give & Take: A revolutionary approach to success by Adam Grant

4. Linchpin by Seth Godin

5. A technique for getting ideas by James Young Wood

6. Stay Hungry, Stay foolish by Rasmi Bansal

7. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

8. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

9. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur

10. Manage your day to day: Build your routine, find your focus, and sharpen your creative mind by 99u

11. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Chares Duhigg

12. What I wish I knew when I was 20 by Tina Seelig

13. The 80/20 principle: The secret to success by achieving more with less by Richard Koch


1. Master mind: How to think like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

2. The everything store: Jeff Bezos & the age of Amazon by Brad Stone

3. Thinking, Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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Ruhul Kader is a technology and business analyst based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Future Startup and author of Rethinking Failure: A short guide to living an entrepreneurial life. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, technology policy, and society. He can be reached at

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