Essential Reading for Anyone Building a Startup

Instead of traditional business models and receiving advice from those who play by the old rules, there is a new way to go about business today. Living the startup life and being aware of the changing environment is about making an impact on the world, embracing social media, learning new ways to network, and making mistakes along the way.

Jason Nicosia, founder of Connect for a Cause, recently published a list of his five essential books for anyone building a startup. He included a brief description of why the book is important and a quote (or video) to explain a key takeaway from each book. See below for the list!

Rework by Jason Fried and Heinemeir Hansson

“Talk like you really talk. Reveal things that others are unwilling to discuss. Be upfront about your short-comings. Show the latest version of what you’re working on, even if you’re not done yet. It’s OK if it’s not perfect. You might not seem as professional, but you’ll seem a lot more genuine.”

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

“Never eat alone. The dynamics of status are the same whether you’re working at a corporation or attending a society event— “invisibility” is a fate worse than failure.”

Lean Startup by Eric Ries

To watch the video, click here.

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

“Conscious capitalism is about more than simply making money—although it’s about that too. It’s about creating a successful business that also connects supporters to something that matters to them and that has great impact in the world.”

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk

“Your latest tweet and comment on Facebook and most recent blog post?  That’s your resumé now.”

If anyone has any books that our readers should look into, leave a comment or connect on Twitter @SiliconBayou or @Connect4Cause.