Top 100 Books Every Startup Founder And Entrepreneur Should Read in 2021

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Last updated: Aug 9, 2021

Self-Development and Personal Growth are a few of the key important factors that every startup founder and entrepreneur should understand. Teams tend to stay together for long if the company shows an intent to grow continuously and tries not to be in a stagnant positing for long.

Out of all the available resources, Books are the only source that guarantees overall growth. If you are a Founder or an Entrepreneur, it’s always suggested to read other founders books and learn from the experiences, mistakes, hardships, issues resolutions, success and etc. It’ll help you to get a new spectrum of knowledge and it may even solve chunks of your existing problems.

But running a Startup already takes a toll on your time. You have to manage teams, product marketing and development, preemptively handle competition, etc. and you have very little time to find and decide a good book that can do justice for your time. Therefore, to save your time, we have consolidated the Top 100 books that you should read without a miss.

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness(4.6 ⭐️) written by Jorgenson, Eric

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness




Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny(4.55 ⭐️) written by Sadhguru

Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny


Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike(4.47 ⭐️) written by Knight, Phil

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike


The Six-Figure Freelancer: Your Roadmap to Success in the Gig Economy(4.43 ⭐️) written by Laura Briggs

The Six-Figure Freelancer: Your Roadmap to Success in the Gig Economy


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind(4.4 ⭐️) written by Harari, Yuval Noah

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


The Psychology of Money(4.38 ⭐️) written by Housel, Morgan

The Psychology of Money




Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It(4.38 ⭐️) written by Voss, Chris

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It


Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones(4.36 ⭐️) written by Clear, James

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones


When Breath Becomes Air(4.36 ⭐️) written by Kalanithi, Paul

When Breath Becomes Air




Man’s Search for Meaning(4.35 ⭐️) written by Frankl, Viktor E.

Man's Search for Meaning


The CEO Factory: Management Lessons from Hindustan Unilever(4.35 ⭐️) written by Sitapati, Sudhir

The CEO Factory: Management Lessons from Hindustan Unilever


Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think(4.34 ⭐️) written by Rosling, Hans

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think




Black Box Thinking: Why Some People Never Learn from Their Mistakes - But Some Do(4.31 ⭐️) written by Syed, Matthew

Black Box Thinking: Why Some People Never Learn from Their Mistakes - But Some Do


Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty(4.28 ⭐️) written by Banerjee, Abhijit V.

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty


The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness(4.24 ⭐️) written by Epictetus

The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness


The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers(4.24 ⭐️) written by Horowitz, Ben

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers


Wings of Fire: An Autobiography(4.23 ⭐️) written by Kalam, A.P.J. Abdul

Wings of Fire: An Autobiography




The Intelligent Investor(4.22 ⭐️) written by Graham, Benjamin

The Intelligent Investor


Meditations(4.22 ⭐️) written by Marcus Aurelius

Meditations


Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow(4.21 ⭐️) written by Harari, Yuval Noah

Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow




Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future(4.21 ⭐️) written by Vance, Ashlee

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future


How to Win Friends and Influence People(4.21 ⭐️) written by Carnegie, Dale

How to Win Friends and Influence People


Personality Isn’t Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story(4.21 ⭐️) written by Hardy, Benjamin P.

Personality Isn't Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story




Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World(4.2 ⭐️) written by Siegel, Seth M.

Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World


Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration(4.2 ⭐️) written by Catmull, Ed

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration


The Infinite Game(4.19 ⭐️) written by Sinek, Simon

The Infinite Game




Autobiography of a Yogi(4.19 ⭐️) written by Yogananda, Paramahansa

Autobiography of a Yogi


The Art of Closing the Sale: The Key to Making More Money Faster in the World of Professional Selling(4.19 ⭐️) written by Tracy, Brian

The Art of Closing the Sale: The Key to Making More Money Faster in the World of Professional Selling


Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics(4.18 ⭐️) written by Thaler, Richard H.

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion(4.18 ⭐️) written by Cialdini, Robert B.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion


Simply Fly(4.19 ⭐️) written by Gopinath, G.R.

Simply Fly




Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World(4.18 ⭐️) written by Newport, Cal

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World


Debt: The First 5,000 Years(4.18 ⭐️) written by Graeber, David

Debt: The First 5,000 Years


Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing the Sale(4.17 ⭐️) written by Ziglar, Zig

Zig Ziglar's Secrets of Closing the Sale




Think and Grow Rich(4.17 ⭐️) written by Hill, Napoleon

Think and Grow Rich


Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future(4.17 ⭐️) written by Thiel, Peter

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future


The Golden Tap: The Inside Story of Hyper-Funded Indian Startups(4.17 ⭐️) written by Deorah, Kashyap

The Golden Tap: The Inside Story of Hyper-Funded Indian Startups




Thinking, Fast and Slow(4.16 ⭐️) written by Kahneman, Daniel

Thinking, Fast and Slow


21 Lessons for the 21st Century(4.16 ⭐️) written by Harari, Yuval Noah

21 Lessons for the 21st Century


How Innovation Works: Serendipity, Energy and the Saving of Time(4.16 ⭐️) written by Ridley, Matt

How Innovation Works: Serendipity, Energy and the Saving of Time


The Design of Everyday Things(4.14 ⭐️) written by Norman, Donald A.

The Design of Everyday Things


AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order(4.14 ⭐️) written by Lee, Kai-Fu

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order




Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah(4.14 ⭐️) written by Bach, Richard

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah


Self-Reliance and Other Essays(4.14 ⭐️) written by Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Self-Reliance and Other Essays


The 48 Laws of Power(4.13 ⭐️) written by Greene, Robert

The 48 Laws of Power




The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change(4.13 ⭐️) written by Covey, Stephen R.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change


Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster(4.11 ⭐️) written by Croll, Alistair

Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster


Leaders Eat Last(4.11 ⭐️) written by Sinek, Simon

Leaders Eat Last




The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses(4.1 ⭐️) written by Ries, Eric

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses


The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results(4.09 ⭐️) written by Keller, Gary

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results


Venture Deals(4.09 ⭐️) written by Feld, Brad

Venture Deals




Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products(4.09 ⭐️) written by Eyal, Nir

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products


Rich Dad, Poor Dad(4.09 ⭐️) written by Kiyosaki, Robert T.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad


Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action(4.08 ⭐️) written by Sinek, Simon

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action


Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and the Government Bailout Will Make Things Worse(4.08 ⭐️) written by Woods Jr., Thomas E.

Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and the Government Bailout Will Make Things Worse


Sam Walton: Made In America(4.07 ⭐️) written by Walton, Sam

Sam Walton: Made In America




Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers(4.06 ⭐️) written by Ferriss, Timothy

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers


The Will to Power(4.06 ⭐️) written by Nietzsche, Friedrich

The Will to Power


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking(4.06 ⭐️) written by Cain, Susan

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking




Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success(4.05 ⭐️) written by Hardy, Benjamin P.

Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success


Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too(4.04 ⭐️) written by Vaynerchuk, Gary

Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too


It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work(4.04 ⭐️) written by Fried, Jason

It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work




It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership(4.03 ⭐️) written by Powell, Colin

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership


Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies(4.03 ⭐️) written by Collins, James C.

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies


Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose(4.02 ⭐️) written by Hsieh, Tony

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose


iCon: Steve Jobs, the Greatest Second Act in the History of Business(4.02 ⭐️) written by Young, Jeffrey S.

iCon: Steve Jobs, the Greatest Second Act in the History of Business


Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard(4.01 ⭐️) written by Heath, Chip

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard




Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell(4 ⭐️) written by Schmidt, Eric

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell


Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers(4 ⭐️) written by Moore, Geoffrey A.

Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers


Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity(3.98 ⭐️) written by Allen, David

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity




Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies(3.98 ⭐️) written by Hoffman, Reid

Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies


Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World(3.98 ⭐️) written by McRaven, William H.

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World


The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference(3.98 ⭐️) written by Gladwell, Malcolm

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference




From Poverty to Power(3.98 ⭐️) written by Allen, James

From Poverty to Power


The Art of War(3.97 ⭐️) written by Sun Tzu

The Art of War


The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret(3.96 ⭐️) written by Norton, Richie

The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret




Rework(3.96 ⭐️) written by Fried, Jason

Rework


The 10x Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure(3.96 ⭐️) written by Cardone, Grant

The 10x Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure


Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die(3.96 ⭐️) written by Heath, Chip

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die


The Hardware Startup: Building Your Product, Business, and Brand(3.96 ⭐️) written by DiResta, Renee

The Hardware Startup: Building Your Product, Business, and Brand


The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable(3.95 ⭐️) written by Taleb, Nassim Nicholas

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable




Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead(3.94 ⭐️) written by Sandberg, Sheryl

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead


Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking(3.94 ⭐️) written by Gladwell, Malcolm

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking


Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative(3.94 ⭐️) written by Kleon, Austin

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative




Nawabs, Nudes, Noodles: India through 50 Years of Advertising(3.92 ⭐️) written by Parameswaran, Ambi

Nawabs, Nudes, Noodles: India through 50 Years of Advertising


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life(3.92 ⭐️) written by Manson, Mark

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life


Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble(3.92 ⭐️) written by Lyons, Dan

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble




Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons In Life(3.92 ⭐️) written by Branson, Richard

Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons In Life


The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding: How to Build a Product or Service Into a World-Class Brand(3.91 ⭐️) written by Ries, Al

The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding: How to Build a Product or Service Into a World-Class Brand


The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich(3.91 ⭐️) written by Ferriss, Timothy

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich


The 12 Week Year(3.9 ⭐️) written by Moran, Brian P.

The 12 Week Year


No Limits: The Will to Succeed(3.9 ⭐️) written by Phelps, Michael

No Limits: The Will to Succeed




The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything(3.88 ⭐️) written by Kawasaki, Guy

The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything


Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, The Little Book of Lykke, Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living(3.88 ⭐️) written by Garcia Puigcerver, Hector

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, The Little Book of Lykke, Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living


Dream with Your Eyes Open: An Entrepreneurial Journey(3.87 ⭐️) written by Screwvala, Ronnie

Dream with Your Eyes Open: An Entrepreneurial Journey




The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media and Technology Success of Our Time(3.87 ⭐️) written by Vise, David A.

The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media and Technology Success of Our Time


The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World(3.87 ⭐️) written by Kirkpatrick, David

The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World


The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny(3.86 ⭐️) written by Sharma, Robin S.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny




The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future(3.86 ⭐️) written by Guillebeau, Chris

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future


The Three-Box Solution: A Strategy for Leading Innovation(3.86 ⭐️) written by Govindarajan, Vijay



The Three-Box Solution: A Strategy for Leading Innovation

Ending Note

Seeing 100 books to read may seem daunting to you. And it’s normal. As a Founder/Entrepreneur, you should choose books that are most appropriately fit in with your current structure, problems and mindset. Not every book is for everyone. Books can help you to show the path but you have to decide the trajectory. Happy reading!

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