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Five Must-Read Books Before Starting Your Start-Up

I'm an entrepreneur. And I'm the first one to say that it's the hardest thing you'll ever have to do. Those words will not mean much unless you get knee-deep into a venture of your own. The road is winding, blinding, fascinating, it's crushing, it's ambiguous, it's surreal. It's the most high-maintenance relationship you'll ever have. But it will also be the most rewarding, even for your very small milestone successes. Although I believe grit and fire is what will make a person fit to be an entrepreneur, there are so many things I wish someone told me before I started. I wish I had more patience at the beginning to learn from others. Here are 5 books that I got to reading, but that I wish I had read before I started my start-up.

Delivering Happiness

In his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely-admired CEO of on-line shoe retailer, Zappos, explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own experiences and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success. Even better, he shows how creating happiness and record results go hand-in-hand. 

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup-practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn't cover, based on his popular ben's blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. 

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The Lean Startup

This ebook offers a summary of the book "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries. Why do so many startups fail? The business myth says: A lone entrepreneur - beavering away in a lab or a garage somewhere - through hard work, grit and sheer perseverance develops a great product which then becomes a blockbuster hit. That sounds appealing but the reality is most startups tend to burn through their resources and then disappear because they never get around to seeing what their potential customers think of what they're developing.

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