Books I Like
The Startup Owners Manual, Steve Blank – This is the book accelerators, incubators, angels and Venture capitalists recommend as a first read for their clients.
Business Model Generation, Alex Osterwalder – This is the companion book accelerators, incubators, angels and Venture capitalists recommend as a first read for their clients.
Value Proposition Design, Alex Osterwalder – How to really use the Value Proposition Canvas and make products customers want. The sequel to Business Model Generation.
How to Measure Anything, Douglas Hubbard – A bold assertion that anything can be measured. A great read on probability and statistics.
Lean Analytics Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz – Measure, analyze and validate. Good for those using the Business Model Canvas.
The Lean Startup, Eric Reis – Shorten product development cycles using lean methodology.
Running Lean, Ash Maurya – A systemic process for vetting new ideas and innovations.
Lean Customer Development, Cindy Alvarez, A nice primer on customer development with a good focus on the interview process.
Effectuation, Saras Saravathy – The use of non-predictive control for creating new firms, markets and economic opportunities.
Winning at New Products, Robert Cooper – The Stage Gate process for bring products to market.
Henry Mintzberg The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning – Strategy cannot be planned. Strategy as a learning process.
Competitive Strategy, Michael Porter – Simply, one of the best books on strategy
Strategy Safari, Henry Mintzberg – Strategy does not have a single agreed upon definition of the discipline. Here is a tour of the different strategic schools of thought.
Made to Stick, Chip & Dan Heath – Stories are important
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg – Why habits exist and how they can be changed
Own the Room, David Booth & Deborah Shames – Making memorable presentations as told by an actor and a director.
Presentation Zen, Garr Reynolds – Better design for more effective presentations
Blogs I Follow:
Infochachkie – http://johngreathouse.com/
Wired News – http://www.wired.com/
Both Sides of the Table – http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/
The Venture Edge – http://theventureedge.com/