What are some of the best books about entrepreneurship that you've read? What makes them stand out?
I really enjoyed reading Little Bets when I was doing the [email protected] program. It talked a lot about the idea of failing small and quickly, so you could improve and find what works.
A memorable example: Chris Rock will go to open mic nights at bars to test out new jokes - taking notes of what people react to and what doesn't work. I think we often think that someone like him is just naturally funny and doesn't have to work at it.
I don't read a lot of books on entrepenership, but ReWork by 37 Signals is great. It's short and easy to digest.
I took an Uber ride recently with a guy who had a startup which was going to be "bigger than Facebook" and I wished I had the time to tell him some of the key lessons from this book: be profitable from the start, launch your product early, keep risks to a minimum. There are dozens of essential ideas in this book.
EMyth by Michael Gerber. It helps someone get into the entrepreneurial mindset and understand the various facets of business. Something I learned from reading the book is that there is a difference between working in your business vs. on your business. A really important concept!
It's more about sales than entrepreneurship, but Dan Pink's 'To Sell Is Human' helped me become more entrepreneurial in my professional life. I read it during my first internship, and again before I started interning at FEE. I spent hours working on learning to pitch, and that helped me pitch myself during my interview, FEE while I was working in the fundraising department, and the program that got me hired. It also taught me a lot about creating value for customers. 10/10 would recommend.
Is Lean In worth reading?