Do you already have your start-up business idea and ready to bring it to life? Well, understanding that knowledge is power in business, and in the rapidly evolving sector of technology, staying ahead of the game is critical — we’ve got a list of the top nine reads for young entrepreneurs.
Motivational books can drive you forward in the right direction and will allow you to learn from some of the most successful people in the field. From how to create the optimum working environment for creative minds, to the world’s next consumer-changing trends, there’s a lot you don’t know yet about digital start-ups in the fashion industry…
1. Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World
(By Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler)
For upcoming business owners, this book looks at each level of starting a business and splits the book into three sections to create an easy reading experience for budding entrepreneurs. The first section gives you an incredible insight into how start-up companies are today going from ‘initial concept’ to ‘multi-million-pounds status’ quicker than ever, and how tech — like 3D printing and androids — might be influencing this trend.
If you take inspiration by successful business people, this book includes stories from the likes of Richard Branson. Bold’s finale discusses the various, actionable ways you can build your company, with tips on creating lucrative campaigns designed to rocket your start-up to the top. A must-read for the big dreamer.
2. The Industries of the Future
(By Alec Ross)
Do you like to remain ahead of the competition? This is the book you need. A New York Times bestseller, Ross delivers an extensive insight into your industry’s most important advances, from cybersecurity and robotics to genomics and big data, using input from global leaders.
Interestingly, the author Alec Ross was once an advisor for innovation for Hilary Clinton — meaning that his experiences are worth reading about. His extensive travel has given him access to the some of the most powerful people in business, and his book is packed with astute observations regarding opportunities for growth and the unknown tech forces that are changing — or will change — the world.
3. How Google Works
(By Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg)
It’s no secret that Google is one of the most advanced companies in the world of technology. But how did it all start and how has the firm stayed at the top of the game for so long?
The book which was penned by two Google executives opens up about workplace culture and overall management — from decision making to worthwhile strategies. Renowned for its innovation, creativity, and ability to bounce back from errors (remember Wave?), this glimpse into the birth and evolution of Google is a must for anyone who wishes to emulate even a part of its success.
4. Networking Like a Pro
(By Ivan R. Misner)
If you’re new to your sector, this book will be the perfect driving force behind networking. Read this book, and you’ll boost your knowledge of overcoming various networking hurdles that could hold you back as your company grows.
If you want to have a chance of making it, you must reach out to other people. From making useful contacts to develop your business, to implementing an effective referral marketing campaign; Networking Like a Pro offers tools, templates and a results-measuring system to help you action your networking strategy and make valuable business connections.
5. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
(By Kevin Kelly)
Predicting the future of the tech sector can be hard, but former Wired magazine executive editor does it so well. The best part of The Inevitable is how it paints a picture of ways in which technological forces will overlap, mix and come to co-depend on each other — crucial to know if any of these trends relate to your business.
Looking at the next 30 years, this book shows how technology could impact our daily lives. Want to prep your company now for the customer of tomorrow? Then, get ahead of the game.
6. The Lean Start-Up
(By Eric Ries)
This book looks at how new companies can launch, adapt and grow within an industry that has fierce competition. Offering real examples of setting up a new business, you get a great insight into how to make a success of your business and avoid the typical pitfalls.
Although the beginning stages of opening a business can be difficult, this book will help you remain creative at all times.
7. The Upstarts
(By Brad Stone)
This book is perfect for guidance on innovation and pulls in story from real companies. The best thing about this book is the incredibly detailed account of two global companies: Uber and Airbnb. Reading this book, you find out how these giants began and developed to become two of the most respected and innovative brands in the world.
This much-needed read will break down the attitude towards business rules. What can your business do to change the world?
8. Your One Word
(By Evan Carmichael)
Believe it or not, the author of this book founded and sold his own biotech company at the tender age of 19. If you’re looking for inspiration, this book is definitely for you.
This book can help you understand your own business, while looking at new opportunities in the meantime. If you need a boost of confidence and an injection of motivation to start making your tech-business dreams come true, immerse yourself in the powerful words of Carmichael.
9. Conscious Capitalism
(By John Mackey and Rajendra Sisodia)
Knowing how to treat the people who are around your business is essential, from an employee level to those who sit on your investor board, and this is exactly what this book illustrates. Referencing several other leading companies — such as UPS, Google and Amazon — Conscious Capitalism gives an insightful and expert analysis of how you can infuse your business environment with positivity for the optimum workplace culture (an essential component of Google’s success and almost expected by many people working within the innovative tech industry today).
Check out these life-changing books today and start your tech business off on the right foot in 2018.
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