I like to read as much as I can. It’s not as much as I’d like, so when I do, I want to read something great. My pal @JoeYevoli is also an avid reader, and we share a lot of books back and forth, particularly about business.
A while back, we decided to start the “Overtime Media Library” - a collection of great books for our startup company that we would reference for new employees and such. Sure, we don’t really have any employees yet, but it’s now a part of our company culture moving forward.
Also, I get asked for advice on startups a lot, especially since Fred said I’m doing something right. I’ve found myself continually referencing and emailing this list, so I figured I’d just post it once and for all and I’ll update it when appropriate.
Books - there are a bunch that I love, but these are the ones that have helped me most in entrepreneurship.
Getting Real - mandatory at Overtime Media Inc
The Monk and the Riddle - career choices
Made to Stick - effective communication
Atlas Shrugged - capitalism, entrepreneurship, amazing story
Good to Great - how to build a great company
Purple Cow - marketing/product
Deep Survival - awesome book on survival mentality (great for startups)
Crossing the Chasm - business development/market strategy
Let My People Go Surfing - by Patagonia founder, a very different view on business and building a great company
Sway - ‘The irresistible pull of irrational behavior' [Added 5/4/10]
Negotiation Genius - effective negotiation strategy/tactics. Good actionable advice. [Added 6/27/10]
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - by Daniel Pink. Great read to help understand how to motivate your team. Another one with actually actionable advice. This video is a great teaser for it. [Added 8/25/10]
Blogs - there are tons of blogs out there, but these are the ones I return to most often.