The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success

By William Thorndike

An indispensable resource on capital allocation and the personalities and approaches of an effective capital allocator.

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A perspective-changing book on hidden risks, tinkering, and optionality expanded on the author’s previous books.

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

By Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

A practical framework on building business models that opens up new market spaces to generate ‘leapfrog’ growth.

The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win

By Steve Blank

The book that launched the Lean Startup movement. This is perhaps the first book anyone considering starting a new venture should read.

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

An eye-opening book on how humans are susceptible to underestimating the impact of highly improbable events even though they shape our world.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

By Phil Knight

A highly intimate and extraordinary journey of how Nike was built told in a sincere and heartfelt manner by the founder himself.

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

By Brad Stone

The quintessential book on the importance of long-term thinking and customer-centricity.

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days

By Jessica Livingston

A rare glimpse into some of the world’s most prominent companies at their infancy.

Made in America

By Sam Walton

A market pioneer of discount retailing, Sam Walton tells us how he built Walmart into the empire that it is today.

Meditations

By Marcus Aurelius

A compilation of notes written by the last emperor of the Pax Romana on how to live and be a person of high character.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

By Ben Horowitz

An indispensable guide on dealing with the intricacies and challenges inherent in running a business based on the author’s own experience.

The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor

By Howard Marks

A collection of wisdom on investing and risk management that is also applicable to business management in general.

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