Business and Entrepreneurship Books
I do not recommend many business books on my site. Like everyone else I have limited time and I like to know that I am going to learn something from the book. I have business and entrepreneurship books that fill a bookcase and were collected over time. I would not call it a “collection” as no one would ever want my copies which have been read, lent to others, dog eared, written in, highlighted and otherwise been read and re-read.
Learn from Others
My point is that I believe if you ever get a chance to work with someone that has years of experience and insight you should take it. The second best alternative is to read what those individuals right. Blogs are great to follow what they are doing and obtain advice, however a book written by one of these individuals is gold as they have taken the time to put a book together which is no easy task. There are books published constantly, I always like to know who the author is. The author has to be someone with experience and has “been there, done that” otherwise you are wasting your time.
The last book I recommended was Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model by Randy Komisar of Kleiner Perkins. As to my earlier comment, when I was part of a startup in Silicon Valley I presented monthly to the board, all of those individuals had “been there done that” and are some of the most, if not the most experienced venture capital, start-up and accomplished individuals in their respective industries. That was half the reason I joined a startup pre-funding and moved to Silicon Valley for a number of years, knowing I could learn from the best. One of the individuals there was Randy Komisar and through my monthly limited interaction I learned an amazing amount from Mr. Komisar and the others. I highly recommend his book above. Now on to this recommendation.
Brad Feld and David Cohen
I suggested you work with those you can learn from, and if you cannot work with them (either on your board or as a mentor) you read what they right. One of my favorite blogs is Feld Thoughts by Brad Feld. He is a venture capitalist and managing director at Foundry Group. However what I find most interesting, and the focus of this book, is his work with TechStars that he and David Cohen founded in 2006. TechStars is a three month mentorship driven seed program. They fund Ten companies every year. Mr. Feld has four years of experience running this program as does Mr. Cohen. So here is a book written by them, having both venture capital experience (on-going) and seed company experience (10 new ones every year, over four years is 40 companies). This is an individual you want to hear from. I just ordered the book, here is some information about it. This video is taken from their site Do More Faster where you can learn more about the book, or just go to Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc. to order a copy.
Video From the Authors