Saturday, January 27, 2007

Useful Books and Sites for New Ventures

Kelley Porter, our new ventures professor, gave us a list of books that one could read in leisure.Wonderful list, I thought I'll post them on my blog as it would be useful for anyone looking for some info.Here they go:

How to Change the World by David Bornstein – Great for those who are interested in learning more about social entrepreneurship.

The Price of a Dream by David Bornstein – Provides an in-depth look at the growth and success of the Grameen Bank.

Pour Your Heart Into It by Howard Schultz – The story of the founding and growth of Starbucks.

The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar – Part autobiography, part fable, part insight into the thinking of venture capitalists.

Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York by Stephen Birmingham – A great overview of the families behind some of the most recognized names on Wall Street. The book was originally published in 1967 but republished in 1996 and again in 2005.

Harvesting the Dream: The Rags-to-Riches Tale of the Sutter Home Winery by Kate Heyhoe – A good story about the transformation from small business to entrepreneurial venture.

The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, overview of the corporation and its methodology.

The Venture Imperative: A New Model for Corporate Innovation by Heidi Mason – A great book for those who are working in a corporation that has or is thinking about setting up a corporate venturing unit within their own company.

Beermat Entrepreneur by Mike Southon and Chris West – So named, because the authors sketch the idea for their company on the back of a beer coaster (as opposed to the usual envelope). This is a “what we learned turned into tips for want-to-be-entrepreneurs” kind of book.

Brand New: How Entrepreneurs Earned Consumers' Trust from Wedgwood to Dell by Nancy Koehn

Websites/blogs/podcasts :

Start-up Nation podcast


Audi Channel


At 4:13 AM, Blogger Manish Malik said...

Nice list.

What do you think about 'The Art of the Start' by Guy Kawasaki?


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