Looking at my dropbox folder the other day, I realized that I have collected and read some of the major publications on startups. Thinking about it, I realized that I could probably offer some insight to people that are looking into this subject, so I went ahead and prepared a short paragraph for some of them. Enjoy!
Startup Owner’s Manual – Steven Blank, Bob Dorf
Startup Owner’s Manual is a must read for every entrepreneur that is starting out to try his/her ideas through a new business venture. It contains the basics that you need to keep in mind to make your product a success. If you need to brush up on your economics a bit, this is the place to start. It can be a difficult read but it’s not one you are going to regret. A nice alternative if you don’t have the time to get into the book, is the online course offered by Steven Blank: https://www.udacity.com/course/ep245
The Lean Startup – Eric Ries
This was the first book that I read related to all these approaches and I have to say that it was fairly easy to go through and an excellent introduction to the topic. It is not as big as the previous one and it’s really well-written with some parts that are repeated, allowing you to really absorb all the information within. It may seem a bit superficial, and it is, but it is still a really nice introduction to the topic. It will not scare you away and it will give you everything you need to move into more advanced topics reading books like “Running Lean”.
Running Lean – Ash Maurya
Running lean is one of these books that really deserve the title “manual”. It is clearly written, self explanatory with all the right examples for every piece of theory that is discussed. Personally, I read it right after “The Lean Startup” and it was an excellent duo for me as it allowed me to understand all the startup concepts in an easy way and spending the fewest time possible as both books are not too lengthy. To be honest though, Running Lean is a book that you will need to go back to once in a while, to better digest the techniques described when applying them. It’s not a bad thing but you should be aware that you won’t be able to memorize it from the first read.
Don’t Just Roll the Dice – Neil Davidson
For me, this short book was the epitome of usefulness! It allowed me to grasp some basic concepts related to software pricing that, I have to admit, I hadn’t thought of. It’s useful both to technical people that have not struggled with pricing yet, but also to innovators and entrepreneurs that have little if any experience on software pricing and want to get a crash course on them. You can read it in an afternoon, so why not go ahead and do it?
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*Please note that the previous lines are not a synopsis of the book. All the related posts are just about my personal interpretation of what a book contains, including some reflection as to what each book means for me. If you hold any copyright over the material discussed, please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns.