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Inspirational Books for Hands-on Startup founders


Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré recommends these 5 books:

Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer): Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, Gregory Bernarda, Alan Smith, Trish Papadakos: 8601410712150

  • Rated 4.3 by 224 users
  • Before you build the product, as you’re building the product, and after you’ve built the product – you have to know, and be able to explain, the value you’re really bringing to your customer. Go through this book page by page, step by step, and you’ll come out with a perfect value proposition that speaks to your ideal customers. (Posted on Blog)

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Dear Client: This Book Will Teach You How to Get What You Want from Creative People: Bonnie Siegler: 9781579658335

  • Rated 4.9 by 12 users
  • Working with creatives is something we all do, but on a fundamental level, the communication skills covered in this book will help you with business and LIFE. You’ll be using these tools on everyone from your designer to your dog, and they will thank you for it. Well, your dog will at least look appreciative. (Posted on Blog)

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Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World (9780735213326): Rand Fishkin: Books

  • Rated 4.8 by 81 users
  • I love Rand Fishkin. He is so transparent about his journey, his successes, and his failures – to say his story is inspiring doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. He’s a man who has always tried to do right by people and built his company based on those values. But there are all of these other pressures that you can’t foresee until you’re in them… okay, I’m not going to get into spoilers. Just read it. (Posted on Blog)

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The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company (9780984999309): Steve Blank, Bob Dorf: Books

  • Rated 4.4 by 301 users
  • I’ve given this book away so many times, usually to people I’m working with, because it puts us all on the same page of knowing what’s important and why. I think it should be required reading for any business owner. (Posted on Blog)

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Buzzing Communities: How to Build Bigger, Better, and More Active Online Communities

  • Rated 4.7 by 35 users
  • Richard Millington from FeverBee wrote this book and, as a community builder and consultant myself, I can say it’s absolutely brilliant. I’ve recommended this book multiple times and now I’m giving it away! (Posted on Blog)

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Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré says,

B2B SaaS Consultant, Top Product Hunter

I have an extensive personal library of books on startups and… if you’ve read a few yourself… you know some are better than others. Well, I’m giving away ten books that have personally inspired me the most.

You can find the full list here and get her Zero bullshit, actionable AF guide to growing SaaS businesses here.

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