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 –

Wired News –

Both Sides of the Table –

The Venture Edge –

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