15 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

We asked a few small business leaders and VCs for their recommendations of books that every entrepreneur should read.

The suggestions ranged from straightforward business books with common-sense startup advice to  works of fiction of a more philosophical nature, but they all offer lessons on life and business that are important for everyone even thinking about starting a startup.

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Charlie O'Donnell: 'I don't know any book that sums up the entrepreneurial passion and spirit better than The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand: 'The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.''

Charlie is an EIR at First Round Capital.

Roger Ehrenberg: 'Big or small, this book focuses the entrepreneur/manager on respecting employees, focusing on process, and insisting on the collection and analysis of data. The development of metrics to manage the business is critical for the start-up founder.'

Roger is Managing Partner of IA Capital Partners, LLC.

Babak Nivi: 'Revelatory. Develop your product like this book tells you to, unless you know better (e.g. you have experience building operating systems, space shuttles, Googles.) Buy the first edition.'

Nivi is a founder of Venture Hacks.

Babak Nivi: 'The closest thing to a manual for building a startup. Marc Andreessen calls it 'a roadmap for how to get to Product/Market Fit.''

Paul Jozefak: '... great insights into saving time.'

Paul is a Managing Partner at Neuhaus Partners.

Paul Jozefak: '... best book on executing.'

Paul Jozefak: '... one of the best books on the basics of VC.'

Dan Frommer: 'Inside story of the good and bad times while Palm was growing into the dominant player in mobile computing. Must-read for anyone getting into the gadget or hardware businesses.'

Dan is Deputy Editor of The Business Insider.

Dan Frommer: 'Clear, interesting, informative interviews with top Internet entrepreneurs. A great way to learn how to do it right (or wrong) from people who have done it already.'

Nate Westheimer: 'More a 'sociology of business' book, but I love this one!'

Nate is the EVP Product & Technology and Co-founder of AnyClip.

Penelope Trunk: 'I love flipping through the chapters. Each one is like a blog post, so you learn something on every page. And each chapter reminds me to be a little bit better at something I'm doing already.'

Penelope is CEO of Brazen Careerist.

Fred Destin: 'Maslow's hierarchy of needs adapted to the business world. Not that well written (sorry Chip) but sound advice on achieving 'sustainable outperformance' and leveraging crises for the better.'

Fred is a Partner in the technology group at Atlas Venture.

Fred Destin: 'Not a business book, but if you assume self-awareness and knowing what you are really good at are key to success in business (and life in general), this is the best attempt I have read at deriving 'meaning' from the joyous mess of life.'

Fred Wilson: '...there is way more insight to be gained from stories than from business books.'

Fred is the Managing Partner of Union Square Ventures.

Fred Wilson: 'And these are some amazing stories.'

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