FIVE MUST-READ BOOKS FOR BUSINESS LEADERS.
Venture Capital, Private Equity, and the Financing of Entrepreneurship
AUTHORS: JOSH LERNER, ANN LEAMON, FELDA HARDYMON TOPIC: VENTURE CAPITAL, PRIVATE EQUITY
Private equity has become a massive and influential part of the global economic landscape over the past few decades. This book, written by professors of Harvard Business School, explores the exciting world of active investing and lays out in a clear and readily accessible way the players, dynamics and incentives behind the industry. The focus is not just on the U.S. market, but also on the increasingly global nature of these activities. A must-read before raising funds from private equity firms.
AUTHORS: GERRY JOHNSON, RICHARD WHITTINGTON, KEVAN SCHOLES, DUNCAN ANGWIN, PATRICK REGNER TOPIC: STRATEGY
Strategy is a crucial element in the development, success and failure of all kinds of organizations, from multinationals to entrepreneurial startups. Written by recognized professors, and with over one million copies sold worldwide, this book raises the big questions about organizations: how they grow, how they innovate and how they change. “Exploring Strategy” has long been the essential introduction to strategy for managers of today and tomorrow. Read this book to help you define the best strategy for your business.
Tribe of Mentors
AUTHOR: TIMOTHY FERRISS TOPIC: BUSINESS CULTURE
Tim Ferriss is an early-stage tech investor/advisor, with Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Alibaba and many more in his portfolio. After his bestselling “The 4-Hour Workweek,” he published “Tribe of Mentors” in which he shares a compilation of tools, tactics and habits from 130+ of the world's top performers. From iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, and artists to billionaire investors, this compendium of short profiles can help you answer life's most challenging questions, achieve extraordinary results and transform your life.
The Startup Playbook
AUTHOR: DAVID S. KIDDER TOPIC: ENTREPRENEURSHIP
“The Startup Playbook” is a compilation of hard-hitting experiences of some of the world's most influential entrepreneurs and CEOS, revealing exclusive advice. Reid Hoffman, Elon Musk, Chris Anderson and many others share invaluable insight on how to make a new business succeed beyond all expectations. This book provides useful information for anyone interested in business and entrepreneurship.
AUTHOR: RAY DALIO TOPIC: MANAGEMENT
Ray Dalio is one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs. He is the founder and co-chairman of Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest and best-performing hedge fund. He has appeared on the TIME 100 list of the most influential people. In “Principles,” Dalio shares the unconventional principles that he has developed, refined and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business – principles that any individual or organization can adopt to help them achieve their goals.