A.I. & Optimization

Advanced Machine Learning, Data Mining, and Online Advertising Services

Top 20 Startup & Entrepreneurship Books



The A.I. Optify data science team writes about topics that we think entrepreneurs, startup founders and technology distruptors will love.

Top Startup, Entrepreneurship & Business Books - The A.I. Optify data team has scraped web to collect many signals (e.g. online reviews, ratings, author influence, publication year, price, book content, and many more) for 100's of Startup and Entrepreneurship books. We feed these signals to our machine learning models and compute a Fit Score for each book to publish the list of top Startup, Entrepreneurship, & Business books.

The readers will love the list because it is Data-Driven & Objective. Enjoy the list:


1. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
$15.73

Fit Score: 10/10

In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world.


2. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
$16.66

Fit Score: 10/10

The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if were too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice.


3. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
$15.73

Fit Score: 9/10

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startuppractical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesnt cover, based on his popular bens blog.


4. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
$15.73

Fit Score: 9/10

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.


5. How Will You Measure Your Life?
$10.11

Fit Score: 8/10

From the world's leading thinker on innovation and New York Times bestselling author of The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen, comes an unconventional book of inspiration and wisdom for achieving a fulfilling life. Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma, notably the only business book that Apple's Steve Jobs said "deeply influenced" him, is widely recognized as one of the most significant business books ever published.


6. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
$19.27

Fit Score: 7/10

Business Model Generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow's enterprises. If your organization needs to adapt to harsh new realities, but you don't yet have a strategy that will get you out in front of your competitors, you need Business Model Generation.


7. Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works (Lean (O'Reilly))
$19.23

Fit Score: 7/10

We live in an age of unparalleled opportunity for innovation. We're building more products than ever before, but most of them fail--not because we can't complete what we set out to build, but because we waste time, money, and effort building the wrong product.


8. Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
$18.03

Fit Score: 7/10

Value Proposition Design helps you tackle a core challenge of every business creating compelling products and services customers want to buy. This practical book, paired with its online companion, will teach you the processes and tools you need to succeed.


9. Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
$16.42

Fit Score: 7/10

As each new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, there is a renewed interest in how venture capital deals come together. Yet there is little reliable information focused on venture capital deals. Nobody understands this better than authors Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson.


10. The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company
$18.03

Fit Score: 7/10

More than 100,000 entrepreneurs rely on this book for detailed, step-by-step instructions on building successful, scalable, profitable startups. The National Science Foundation pays hundreds of startup teams each year to follow the process outlined in the book, and it's taught at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia and more than 100 other leading universities worldwide.


11. Managing Oneself (Harvard Business Review Classics)
$5.97

Fit Score: 6/10

We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: with ambition, drive, and talent, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession regardless of where you started out. But with opportunity comes responsibility. Companies today aren't managing their knowledge workers careers.


12. Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup
$24.28

Fit Score: 6/10

Disciplined Entrepreneurship will change the way you think about starting a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs arent born with something special they simply make great products. This book will show you how to create a successful startup through developing an innovative product.


13. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)
$9.03

Fit Score: 6/10

The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.


14. Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential
$14.81

Fit Score: 5/10

Required reading at Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School. Everyone wants to be more appealing and effective, but few believe we can manage the personal magnetism of a Bill Clinton or an Oprah Winfrey. John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut trace the path to influence through a balance of strength (the root of respect) and warmth (the root of affection).


15. The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators
$16.66

Fit Score: 5/10

A new classic, cited by leaders and media around the globe as a highly recommended read for anyone interested in innovation. In The Innovators DNA, authors Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and bestselling author Clayton Christensen (The Innovators Dilemma, The Innovators Solution, How Will You Measure Your Life?)


16. The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
$10.11

Fit Score: 5/10

In The Innovators Solution, Clayton Christensen and Michael Raynor expand on the idea of disruption, explaining how companies can and should become disruptors themselves. This classic work shows just how timely and relevant these ideas continue to be in todays hyper-accelerated business environment.


17. Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers
$14.95

Fit Score: 5/10

Here is the bestselling guide that created a new game plan for marketing in high-tech industries. Crossing the Chasm has become the bible for bringing cutting-edge products to progressively larger markets. This edition provides new insights into the realities of high-tech marketing, with special emphasis on the Internet.


18. The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs
$15.73

Fit Score: 5/10

According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, more than 565,000 new businesses were created in 2010 in the United States aloneeach one of them hoping to strike gold. The Startup Playbook will help them succeed. Going insider to insider with unprecedented access, New York Times bestselling author and Clickable CEO, David Kidder, shares the hard-hitting experiences of some of the world's most influential entrepreneurs and CEOs, revealing their most closely held advice.


19. Escape Velocity: Free Your Company's Future from the Pull of the Past
$18.99

Fit Score: 5/10

In Escape Velocity Geoffrey A. Moore, author of the marketing masterwork Crossingthe Chasm, teaches twenty-first century enterprises how to overcome the pull of the past and reorient their organizations to meet a new era of competition. The world’s leading high-tech business strategist, Moore connects the dots between bold strategies and effective execution, with an action plan that elucidates the link between senior executives and every other branch of acompany.


20. Inside the Tornado: Strategies for Developing, Leveraging, and Surviving Hypergrowth Markets (Collins Business Essentials)
$14.95

Fit Score: 5/10

In this, the second of Geoff Moore's classic three-part marketing series, Moore provides highly useful guidelines for moving products beyond early adopters and into the lucrative mainstream market. Updated for the HarperBusiness Essentials series with a new author's note.