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Books are pivot points for learning and personal growth.
You are what you read. Startups have 1001 things to do and you will always find a source of new idea, a solution, a trigger etc. by reading books. Why reinvent a heel? This is to support your goal to build a massively successful company where you call the shots, you might want to start with the following books.
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. – Edward P. Morgan
Incredible pizzas and authentic Italian recipes from street-foodie brothers who have taken London by storm.
Pizza Pilgrims is the brainchild of James and Thom Elliot who decided to give up their 'proper' jobs to follow a dream. Excited by the burgeoning street food movement in London, they decided to travel 4,000km around Italy in their Ape three-wheeler van, meeting food producers, top chefs and passionate local cooks, to uncover the best-kept secrets of pizza making and bring them home. Armed with their Italian foodie knowledge, they set up shop (or van) in Berwick Street market in Soho selling incredible takeaway pizzas at a reasonable price. Since then they’ve garnered five-star reviews for their food, opened a pop-up restaurant, which was an instant sell-out and fed a host of hungry festival goers throughout the summer.
This book shows how to make the best pizzas ever – from the simple but revered Neapolitan margherita to saltimbocca (pizza sandwiches) and pizza nduja (pizza topped with a spicy pork sausage). Pizza Pilgrims focuses on the key ingredients and techniques that will make your pizza stand out from the crowd as well as showcasing other cherished Italian recipes from the brothers; Pepperonata on bruschetta, Tuscan chicken with green olives, the cheese farmer’s wife’s Caciofiore ravioli, vanilla ice cream three ways and many, many more. James and Thom’s enthusiasm for Italian food is addictive and this is a cookbook to inspire and to have fun with.
Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises-Derek Lidow
Startup Leadership demonstrates how founders can adopt the skills that are required at each stage of their journey. Whether you are at the idea stage or managing a more mature enterprise, you can start to recognize the fundamental conflict: how to balance your selfish drives with the more selfless leadership required by the organization at any given time.
ROAD TEST YOUR IDEA BEFORE YOU WRITE YOUR LEAN START-UP
Thinking about starting a new business? Stop! Is there a genuine market for your idea? Do you really want to compete in that industry? Are you the right person to pursue it?
No matter how talented you are or how much capital you have, if you’re pursuing a fundamentally flawed opportunity then you’re heading for failure.
So before you launch your lean start-up, take your idea for a test drive and make sure it has a fighting chance of working.
What is Research? The facts and myths
Ask yourself this do I actually have a business
idea. Try come up with a good solid answer.
Is my idea any good? It's either going to be a yes or no simple. If no there is no point pursuing it but if it's yes ask yourself.
Decide the way you would gather opinions on
this, deciding for yourself is no where near good enough.
E.g. Deciding your going to open a doughnut shop because everyone likes doughnuts this is not a good enough answer. Think about why will people switch from other doughnut shops and come to yours instead? What's the big deal about yours, doughnuts are doughnuts.
Everybody loves this is not enough a Hugh market doesn't equal success you have to bring something to the party you have to bring something that other business don't have.
Your experience, your skill set, and your outlook on life all add into this.
This book explains why it's important to evaluate your business ideas,
The statistics on business failures make for alarming reading. From my many years of business experience I know that people want to just dive in and start their business. In many cases this is fine but in others it leads to business failure, wasted time, broken marriages, bankruptcy.
This book is a condensed examination of all the things you need to think about before your start your business:
Are you the right person to run this particcular type of business?
Is there a demand for your products / services?
Are there threats in the macro-environment that you may not be able to mitigate?
How much money will you need to start the business and operate it during it's early months and will you be able to raise this amount of money?
The book starts with some of the statistics on business success/failure and then looks at what it really means to start and run a business.
It then looks at determining demand before moving on to look at the financial aspects of starting a business and then closes with a consideration of the macro-environment, your marketplace and your competitors.
Spotting Business Opportunities-Ian Moore
Book is for anyone planning to start a business and is looking for ways to spot opportunities. Will sensitize you to the vast opportunities lying around us unnoticed.
The ideas will succeed only when it matches the interest of the wannabe entrepreneurs.
Book lays down a process for discovering business opportunities.
The Opportunity in Every Problem -Scott Taylor
Aspiring Entrepreneurs Inspiring Books
Recommended book # II
Extract from review by Lee Say Keng
Instead of waiting for opportunities to knock on your door, I strongly suggest readers to go out there & search deliberately for opportunities, with the aid of this book!ch
de Bono defines an opportunity as "a course of action that
is possible & obviously worth pursuing." He makes some very
interesting observations in this book:
"The reasons that many opportunities pass us by is a perceptual one - we do not recognize an opportunity for what it is. An opportunity exists only when we see it."
"Everyone is surrounded by opportunities. But they only exist once they have been seen. And they will only be seen if they are looked for."
That's why I have always maintained that perceptual sensitivity to the world at large is a very important skill for all of us in today's rapidly-changing, technology-savvy world.
Additionally & very interestingly, he offers possible reasons why we often missed our opportunities:
- We simply cannot see the opportunity;
- We can see the opportunity, but cannot see any possible way of evaluating it;
- We can see that it is a worthwhile opportunity, but cannot see how it can be achieved;
- We can see that it is a worthwhile opportunity & even how to achieve it, but nevertheless it is not for us;
- We can see the opportunity, but can also see huge problems with people, resources & money;
- We can see that it is a worthwhile opportunity, but we have better use of our resources & efforts;
- We can see that it is a worthwhile opportunity, but in our opinion the risks are too great/rewards too small;
This book is definitely - & undoubtedly - worth pursuing.
Aspiring Entrepreneurs Inspiring Books
Recommended book # I
The Business You Can Start: Spotting The Greatest Opportunities In The Economic Downturn (Pathway to Business Success) -Victor Kwegyir
Identify your business idea or opportunity
The first question I have to ask is, “Do you know about anything that anyone wants – but either cannot get it or they have to go through too much hassle to get it? It could be a product, service or both? If you do then that’s a great place to start!
Focus on Chapter 2
Author says 30 ways to identify Opportunities