Have you had a budding tech idea that you’re now ready to bring to life? Knowledge is power in business, and in the rapidly evolving sector of technology, staying ahead is critical.
To succeed with your business ventures, you must grasp inspiration from somewhere — so we’ve curated a list of motivational self-help books that all have a business theme. From how to create the optimum working environment for creative minds, to the world’s next consumer-changing trends, there’s a lot you don’t know yet about entrepreneurship and the tech industry…
The Industries of the Future — Alec Ross
Want to know your position in the game and what move to make next? This is the book you need. A New York Times bestseller, Ross delivers an extensive insight into your industry’s most important advances, from cybersecurity and robotics to genomics and big data, using input from global leaders.
Believe it or not, the author of this book was once an innovation advisor for Hilary Clinton. His extensive travel has given him access to the some of the most powerful people in business, and his book is packed with astute observations regarding opportunities for growth and the unknown tech forces that are changing — or will change — the world.
Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World — Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
What makes this book so different to other self-help business books, is that it helps readers understand the process through different stages. The first section gives you an incredible insight into how start-up companies are today going from ‘initial concept’ to ‘multi-million-pounds status’ quicker than ever, and how tech — like 3D printing and androids — might be influencing this trend.
If you like to take inspiration by successful people, this book includes some secrets from Richard Branson. Bold’s finale discusses the various, actionable ways you can build your company, with tips on creating lucrative campaigns designed to rocket your start-up to the top. A must-read for the big dreamer.
The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future — Kevin Kelly
What does the future look like for the tech sector? This book discusses the next three decades! The best part of The Inevitable is how it paints a picture of ways in which technological forces will overlap, mix and come to co-depend on each other — crucial to know if any of these trends relate to your business.
Of course, technology is having long-term effects, but how does this impact our regular day-to-day? Want to prep your company now for the customer of tomorrow? Then, get ahead of the game.
How Google Works — Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
We’ve all heard of Google and the incredible impact it has had on the tech sector. But how did it all start and how has the firm stayed at the top of the game for so long?
The two authors of the book are actually executives from Google, and know everything about the inside of the search giant — from culture and management to brilliant strategies. Renowned for its innovation, creativity, and ability to bounce back from errors (remember Wave?), this glimpse into the birth and evolution of Google is a must for anyone who wishes to emulate even a part of its success.
Networking Like a Pro — Ivan R. Misner
Networking with other professions in the tech industry is essential for success! Read this book, and you’ll boost your knowledge of overcoming various networking hurdles that could hold you back as your company grows.
From making useful contacts to develop your business, to implementing an effective referral marketing campaign; Networking Like a Pro offers tools, templates and a results-measuring system to help you action your networking strategy and make valuable business connections.
The Lean Start-Up — Eric Ries
If you’re not already established in the tech industry and have no current experience, this book is a must-read. This book looks at how new companies can launch, adapt and grow within an industry that has fierce competition. Offering real examples of setting up a new business, you get a great insight into how to make a success of your business and avoid the typical pitfalls.
By reading this, you’ll come to understand the importance of constantly thinking ahead and how you can rise above your competitors.
Your One Word — Evan Carmichael
At the age of 19, this books author created and sold his biotech business — and this read will give you all the top tips and tricks that will inspire your next business move.
This will not only inspire your next move but will help you unlock your potential and set your own goals. If you need a boost of confidence and an injection of motivation to start making your tech-business dreams come true, immerse yourself in the powerful words of Carmichael.
The Upstarts — Brad Stone
This book is essential for practical advice. The best thing about this book is the incredibly detailed account of two global companies: Uber and Airbnb. Reading this book, you find out how these giants began and developed to become two of the most respected and innovative brands in the world.
There’s a lot to be learnt from this read too. As an entrepreneur yourself, this fascinating read will show you how you can also change standards — such as how people travel and what they expect from accommodation — to mirror these companies’ almost renegade attitude towards the established rules of business. What can your business do to change the world?
Conscious Capitalism — Raj Sisodia and John Mackey
Interestingly, the authors of this book highlight that capitalism could help everyone around the world if executed correctly.
Communication is crucial and to make appropriate business moves, knowing how to speak to people in the tech sector can help you prove your woth. Referencing several other leading companies — such as UPS, Google and Amazon — Conscious Capitalism gives an insightful and expert analysis of how you can infuse your business environment with positivity for the optimum workplace culture (an essential component of Google’s success and almost expected by many people working within the innovative tech industry today).
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