Start-Up Starter Library

Jenn Sydeski
3 min readJun 8, 2020


I’m this kind of nerd, so it’s a pretty long list though I’m trying to keep it relevant to start-up entrepreneurship business. What books am I missing here?

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
Steven Kotler (Author) Peter H Diamandis (Author)

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World
Peter H Diamandis (Author) Steven Kotler (Author)

Markets & Products
Free: The Future of a Radical Price
Chris Anderson (Author)

The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More
Chris Anderson (Author)

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
Nir Eyal (Author) Ryan Hoover (Editor)

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
Clay Shirky (Author)

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
Daniel H. Pink (Author)

The Virgin Way: If It’s Not Fun, It’s Not Worth Doing
Richard Branson (Author)

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others
Daniel H. Pink (Author)

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
Simon Sinek (Author)

Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches
Dave Ramsey (Author)

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Ed Catmull (Author) Amy Wallace (Author)

Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Sheryl Sandberg (Author)

The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else: How Great Talent Stands Out
George Anders (Author)

Minimum Viable Entrepreneur Brain
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Duckworth (Author)

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
Sheryl Sandberg (Author) Adam Grant (Author)

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Carol S Dweck (Author)

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Charles Duhigg (Author)

The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy
Chris Bailey (Author)

Flow: Living at the Peak of Your Abilities
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Ph.D. (Author)

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
Mason Currey (Editor)

I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time
Laura VanderKam (Author)

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts
Annie Duke (Author)

Building to Meet Rising Realities
The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts
Richard Susskind (Author) Daniel Susskind (Author)

The Industries of the Future
Alec Ross (Author)

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
Erik Brynjolfsson (Author) Andrew McAfee (Author)

Africa Rising: How 900 Million African Consumers Offer More Than You Think
Vijay Mahajan (Author)

China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa
Howard W French (Author)

Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups
David S Rose (Author) Reid Hoffman (Foreword by)

Generally speaking these wouldn’t make the list based on quality, but there is common language and concepts used from them, so they are useful

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Stephen R. Covey (Author)

How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie (Author)

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
Jerry I Porras (Author) Jim Collins (Author)

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t
Jim Collins (Author)

Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds
Carmine Gallo (Author)

Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History’s Greatest Speakers James C Humes (Author)



Jenn Sydeski

CEO of Connect Wolf, professor, tinkerer, operations nerd, recovering scientist, and mama.