Book Club

FIVE MUST-READ BOOKS FOR BUSI­NESS LEAD­ERS.

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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.

Ex­plor­ing Strat­egy

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.

Prin­ci­ples

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.

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