Marianne Hudson of the Kauffman Foundation’s Entreworld asks:
What books or articles have been most helpful to you in your entrepreneurial growth venture?
Certainly an interesting question. First, I second her recommendation of Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start, which I have suggested to a number of budding entrepreneurs lately.
But I would also suggest another book that many entrepreneurs might overlook thinking it is a political and policy work: Tom Friedman’s The World is Flat. The second half of the book has plenty of the policy and politics, but the first half is a shrewd observation of the global economy, with a special focus on what high-tech evolution and outsourcing means for a level playing field.
That’s an obvious oversimplification of the book, but trust me when I tell you it is very insightful and thought-provoking.
UPDATE: Read this, too: Charlie’s 10 rules for building web services companies