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mindcrime · 2014-03-19 · Original thread

I believe any one or more of those will get you going in the right direction. All of those I've either read, or have seen recommended highly enough by people I trust, that I feel comfortable recommending them. The Guy Kawasaki book is a good, basic introduction to starting a startup, although it's a little old now. I think most of it is still relevant though.

A lot of this stuff is probably on the 'net as well, but you may have to dig around for it a bit. Quora has a lot of good questions (and good answers) on VC / startup topics, so that might be worth a look. Also, a number of high profile VCs maintain blogs where they share a lot of useful information. Mark Suster comes to mind ( and does Brad Feld ( Note that Brad Feld is the author of one of the above books.

liquidcool · 2013-08-26 · Original thread
I liked Guy Kawasaki's "The Art of the Start" ( because every time I picked it up, it motivated me to put it down and get back to work.

I am kind of surprised to see Steve Blank's "The Four Steps to the Epiphany" ( omitted. Is that one that everyone mentions, but nobody reads?

chanced · 2013-02-01 · Original thread
I suggest the following books:

- The Lean Startup []

- Rework []

- Art of the Start []

c250d07 · 2012-05-11 · Original thread
I recently started to collect some links off HN that had to do with business books that were somewhat more programmer friendly. Sadly, nothing that matches what you speak of (though that would be very cool!)

some books

Heres a big thread that had many suggestions:

mindcrime · 2012-04-04 · Original thread
Guy Kawasaki - The Art of the Start -

Brad Feld - Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist -

Dermot Berkery - Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur -

Jeffrey Bussgang - Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms -

William Draper - The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs -

mindcrime · 2011-02-13 · Original thread
Hmm... a few that jump to mind for me would be:

The Art of the Start - Guy Kawasaki

Outside Innovation - Patricia Seybold

Unleashing the Killer App - Larry Downes & Chunka Mui

Wellsprings of Knowledge - Dorothy Leonard Barton

The Innovators Dilemma - Clayton Christensen

Crossing the Chasm - Geoffrey A. Moore

The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs - William H. Draper

Some of these aren't necessarily about startups, but I think they all have something valuable to offer. YMMV.

edw519 · 2007-10-26 · Original thread
I have a dozen business books (only the best) on the shelf, available at all times. This is one of them:

(I especially like one of his 2 word phrases: "Make Meaning")

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