At some point in one’s life, you must come across the saying, “Reading can seriously damage your ignorance” and if you haven’t come across it before, you just did.
And for the Tech Founders information is vital to the work you do, from building relevant products and scaling while remaining relevant.
One of the ways of equipping oneself with this knowledge is by reading and learning from founders, leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, and CEOs who have walked the path before you, giving you insights on the steps to take yourself.
This year don’t blindly build, seek knowledge, it will save you from avoidable pitfalls.
While there are numerous books to recommend, here are 7 carefully selected books Tech Founders should read in 2023:
The Four Steps to the Epiphany
In this book, Steve Blank draws from his own experiences and from other successful startups to illustrate the importance of customer development, rapid iteration, and testing assumptions.
The book goes further to also guide how to create a successful sales process, how to raise capital, and how to build a strong team.
“The Four Steps to the Epiphany” is a must-read for entrepreneurs and startup founders and is also valuable for anyone looking to create and launch a new product or service.
Founder vs. Investor
The Honest Truth About Venture Capital from Startup to IPO by Elizabeth Joy Zalman and Jerry Neumann explores what happens in the venture capital ecosystems, giving insights into the connection between the founder and the investor while also sharing their personal experiences and practical advice for founders.
The book covers a range of topics, including how to prepare for and conduct successful pitch meetings, how to negotiate terms and valuations, and how to manage the tension that can sometimes arise between founders and investors.
It also explores the role of venture capital firms and how they operate, and guides how founders can choose the right investors for their businesses.
How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
The 25 Principles of Success by Jack Canfield provides a practical and actionable guide for achieving personal and professional success through things like setting clear goals, taking action, developing a positive attitude, and managing your time effectively.
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
Written by Al Ries and Jack Trout, the book illustrates a founder who wants a competitive edge in the market. The book sheds light on how different laws such as the law of leadership, the law of the mind, the law of category, and various other laws come today to yield a successful market campaign.
The authors draw examples from a wide range of industries and products to illustrate their principles, from well-known brands like Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, and Marlboro, to smaller and less familiar products and services.
Stories That Stick
Kindra Hall explains how storytelling is the effective underdog for marketing and branding, the book shows the perfect way to integrate storytelling into your marketing efforts, customer relationship, stakeholder mapping, and retention.
The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success
Written by William N. Thorndike, the book illustrates why founders need strong leadership skills and this book examines the leadership styles and strategies of eight successful CEOs who were able to create significant wealth for their shareholders through unconventional methods.
The CEOs studied include Tom Murphy of Capital Cities Communications, Jack Welch of General Electric, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Henry Singleton of Teledyne, Bill Anders of General Dynamics, Katherine Graham of The Washington Post Company, Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates, and T. Boone Pickens of Mesa Petroleum.
The Lean Startup
By Eric Ries, The Lean Startup isn’t new to divided into three parts, the first part lays out the principles of the lean startup, the second part provides a methodology for putting those principles into practice, and the third part goes deeper into the culture and management practices of building startups more efficiently and effectively using a “build-measure-learn” feedback loop.
Get these books and enjoy 2023 with astounding results