The 15 Best Books for Entrepreneurs Starting a Business in 2021

By Altar.

Every entrepreneur is a life-long learner. 

And that’s not just because you have the mindset for it. You don’t have a choice. New challenges appear every day and you need to learn and figure out how to solve them.

That’s true for you, as it is for any one of my founders here at They are all ex-startup founders that learned the lean way by doing it, but also by reading an unhealthy amount of books over the years.

So I sat down with them, as well as some of the entrepreneurs we work with, to discover which books had an impact on them and shaped their entrepreneurial journey. 

The result of those conversations is this list. In which I’ve combined the top 12 recommendations, and why they found them so valuable.

In the interest of full transparency: Neither myself, or the entrepreneurs I spoke to create this list receive any money to recommend the following books. They were chosen based on personal experience and the experience of those I spoke to.

The Lean Startup by Eric Reis

The Lean Startup is a must-read and easily tops the list of the best business books for entrepreneurs. This book is all about how to turn your startup idea into a sustainable business. 

The detailed approach Eric Ries takes can help you build a product or service that customers want, and are willing to pay for. All with minimum wasted time or effort. 

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