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7 Financial Books for Startups and Entrepreneurs

by Olusegun Egbeyinka

We are essentially what we read, and if your ambition is to own a successful business, the best place to begin will be to learn from those who have already been there. Regardless of where you are on the entrepreneurial journey-whether you are about to launch your first business or you already have a few successful ventures- there are Financial  books that contain advice for that particular period.

There’s so much to read it can sometimes be overwhelming where to start from. That is why we have made this compilation of the best 7 financial books for startups and entrepreneurs;


Aside from being a respected Venture Capitalist and creator of a blog with millions of devoted followers, Ben Horowitz is the author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things. In the book Horowitz draws from the experience he gleaned from his many years of founding, running, selling, buying, and investing in technology companies to provide practical wisdom and essential advice for navigating problems business school won’t teach you.

The 4-Hour Workweek:

This is one of the best business books for anyone who wishes to take a plunge into entrepreneurship. It is a must-read for aspiring startup founders who wish to get out of the 9-to-5 grind. Written by Timothy Ferriss, the book teaches how to create and automate an income-generator, which then allows you to spend time doing whatever you are passionate about. The book will get you excited about the challenges of building a business.

The Lean Approach:

Seventy percent of startups fail within the first three years of their creation. But most of these failures are actually preventable. The Lean Startup written by Eric Ries proposes a new way of building companies and launching products. This approach is fast gaining momentum across the globe.

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According to Eric Ries, a startup refers to an organization that is dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. Whether you are one man creating a startup in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 Boardroom, this theory holds true for you. Every one of these people has one thing in common, they are all trying to navigate through a fog of uncertainty to discover a workable path towards sustainable business.

Zero to One:

Written by legendary entrepreneur and investor, Peter Thiel, Zero to One reveals how you can explore and find singular ways to create new things. The book is based on the premise that there are uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions yet to be created.

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

The Outliers is filled with stories of people who have achieved success so extraordinary that it lies outside the realm of normal experience. Written by Malcolm Gladwell, the book examines the differences between successful and unsuccessful people. The book contains anecdotes that identify common misconceptions of success. Gladwell was able to prove that success does not depend on just IQ, but rather a combination of hard work and opportunity.

How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

One thing is certain, successful people think differently than everyone else. In this book, John C. Maxwell outlines 11 specific ways of thinking that can help you live a happier, better, and more successful life.

The book emphasizes disciple, the more you work on these skills the better you get at them.

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Founders at Work:

Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston is a collection of interviews with famous entrepreneurs where they reveal what they hugely successful business looked like during its early days. The book gives a rare inside look into what it was like when it was just a few friends with an idea. These recounts are an interesting, surprising, and realistic reflection of what it really is like to build a business. As a small business owner, you are certain to sympathize with some of what these entrepreneurs have to say.

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