Best books to help launch a successful tech start-up

Eager to make a success of your new tech company? Knowledge is power and being one step ahead is vital in business. So, what do you need to know?

From how to network like a seasoned pro to how to stay aware of emerging trends in your sector, this must-read list features the top books you need in your possession if you want to run a successful tech business…

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World

Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler have done a great service with this tech guide. Divided into three sections, the first walks you through how newfirmstransform from ‘initial concept’ to ‘multi-million-pounds business’. What’s more, you’ll learn how innovations like 3D printing and robots could impact on development in the sector.

Learn directly from the likes of Richard Branson, before reading about actionable ways you can ensure your business grows. For tips on creating innovative campaigns to accelerate the growth of your company, this book should be top of your list.

The Start-Up: It’s a Blood Sport

Written by Warren Kirby, this book shows you the science and practicality behind making your start-up a commercial success. Covering six, crucial themes, you’ll learn what is truly important in the business including strategy, development, creativity, engineering, finance, processes, and staff.

Whether you’re B2B or B2C, this book is for you. Showing you how to tackle the obstacles in front of you as you grow your new company, The Start-Up: It’s a Blood Sport is a bible for tenacious and determined business people.

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

Every day, it seems that there are multiple new products and ways of doing things in tech. With this book, you get a glimpse of the next three decades, such as how technological forces will connect, mix and rely on each other — essential to know if any of these trends relate to your company.

Kevin Kelly discusses AI, VR and the effects of technology. How will these parts of technology affect how we live, work and purchase goods? If you want to stay ahead, these are things you need to know.

How Google Works

Google is an inspiring company for almost everyone in the industry. But just how exactly has it become the giant it is?

Put together by Google executives, Eric Schmidt, and Jonathan Rosenberg, this book explores strategy, culture, business philosophy, and the crucial decisions that have made the brand. Instill Google’s innovation and spirit in your new venture with How Google Works!

Networking Like a Pro

Your business will hit a wall if you can’t network and make contacts properly. Need a few tips to boost your skills and confidence? This is it.

From who to approach to what to say, Networking Like a Pro gives you the tools to boost and perfect your networking strategy, making invaluable business connections that may make the difference between success and failure in the future.

Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping Our Future

We all need inspiration sometimes, particularly when starting out in business, which can be tough at first. If you’re in the tech industry, you have to read up on the incredible Elon Musk. Born in South Africa, he’s the innovator behind PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity. Determined to send people to space, help the planet and colonize Mars while making money, Musk has a captivating outlook and character that may change how you even deal with day-to-day business opportunities.

Starting out with a tough upbringing and school life, Musk excelled academically, before launching two dot-com successes — including PayPal. Opting to go it alone and investing in rockets and electric cars, technology took over Musk’s life and this book by a reporter, Ashlee Vance, details the exciting, whirlwind personal and business life of Elon Musk.

The Upstarts

Brad Stone weaves an incredible story of innovation and determination with this insight into two of the globe’s biggest businesses: Uber and Airbnb. You’re now an entrepreneur and this book will help you make a standout brand that people will remember. From how people travel to what they expect from accommodation, Uber and Airbnb are true innovators that have altered consumer behavior. What can your business do to change the world?

Conscious Capitalism

Can capitalism actually be a good thing? Or is it always just a way for the rich to become richer? This book looks to dispel the theory that capitalism is only for the ‘people at the top’.

How you interact with people who come into contact with your business is essential. With details about UPS, Google, and Amazon, Conscious Capitalism looks at infusing your business with positivity and a good workplace culture.

Encouraging creativity and innovation in your staff as a new tech company is obviously important. Conscious Capitalism will help you achieve this and steer your business to a positive future that not only turns a profit, but also attracts quality employees who are looking for a positive place to work and develop their skills.


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