What was the last book you read?

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Being an entrepreneur, we may need to learn from books. What was the last book you read? To me, it was "Founders at work".

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asked Dec 20 '10 at 00:30
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  • Can you please add more detail to your question? As it stands now, it risks being closed. The last book someone read could have been an excellent book, or it could have been a totally worthless book. Similar questions have already been asked on the site, see the *books* tag. – Zuly Gonzalez 13 years ago
  • I think this question is slightly different than those others, and has value as a sampling of what books other entrepreneurs are interested in at the moment, even if the selection wouldn't be in their all-time top 5 books. – Karl Krantz 13 years ago
  • The OnStartups site is to answer *specific* questions about starting up and running a business. Thank you for your participation but general polling of the membership isn't really what we do here. There are other must-read book threads that have been grandfathered in (as @Zuly linked in her comments). If you have any questions about your business, feel free to try again. – Robert Cartaino 13 years ago

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The last book I read was Rob Walling's Start Small, Stay Small.

answered Dec 20 '10 at 00:43
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  • What did you think of it? – Zuly Gonzalez 13 years ago
  • Brilliant. Full of really practical, well-researched advice backed up by lots of evidence – Mark Stephens 13 years ago
  • I've just finished it too. It's very good but it's meant specifically for solo developers. – Alex Aotea Studios 13 years ago
  • I really enjoyed it. It is packed with tips and good advice. I especially learnt alot about determining specific markets to target. I agree with Alex, it is aimed at solo developers whose prime goal is to automate as much as you can and the things you can't, outsource them. Overall a good read. – Smart Company Software 13 years ago
  • I think you can download a sample chapter if you head over to www.startupbook.netSmart Company Software 13 years ago


The last book I read (not counting those I'm in the middle of) was Making Things Happen by Scott Berkun. It was a great book on project management, which I think is important to anyone trying to run a business. The downside to it is that if you aren't involved in programming, then much of the book is too industry specific.

answered Dec 20 '10 at 12:13
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Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com. It's wonderful, and a book about building your business through core values, from the bad days to the heydays.

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answered Dec 20 '10 at 20:09
John Sjölander
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Free by Chris Anderson

It tries to shed some light on the seemingly ludicrous freemium business model. I loved it.

answered Dec 21 '10 at 01:42
Matthew Dorian
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I just finished Word of Mouth Marketing for the second time. It is filled with tons of marketing how-tos, to-dos, ideas, and examples. It puts a big emphasis on marketing to your existing customer base. Definitely worth the read.

answered Dec 22 '10 at 20:15
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