Disrupt You by Jay Samit - In Disrupt You, author and digital media expert Jay Samit, describes the method he used to invent new markets and expand business in established sectors. Samit himself has launched and sold startups and worked with Fortune 500 companies, running the gamut. The book aims to deliver a replicable formula for disruption and successful innovation, and while a little self-help-y at times is a great guide for those just starting out. Samit also does not shy away from talking about his failures, which are just as informative as his successes.
Venture Deals by Brad Feld - Before you talk to a startup lawyer. venture capitalist or angel investor, you need to read and understand venture deals. Okay, you don’t have to understand the entire thing, but at least 70% of it. Venture Deals is a very practical guide to venture capital (VC) fundraising. Raising venture capital means going to an investor, or group of investors and exchanging equity in your company for cash. Feld’s book explains how to do that, describes terms, how to negotiate, valuations, different financing stages, just to list out a few. It’s all the things that founders need to learn to love if they are going to succeed. It’s the “eat your vegetables” part of entrepreneurship. Bon Appetite!