Best Books on Startups & VC

Until recently, there have been astonishingly few good books by and for people who are building (or investing in) high-growth startup companies.   Fortunately that has changed:  after digesting far too many (burp), here are my picks of the most actionable and readable.  Unlike the many “textbook” treatments, these are written engagingly by successful principals who have “been there done that”, share their real-name stories, and know what you’re facing.   For fun there are couple of books in the “how to spend it” department by successful VCs (Tom Perkins) and entrepreneurs (Larry Ellison.) Andrew Roman’s Entrepreneurial Bible  < (Click to buy from Amazon) My pick for the best, most complete, and most applicable CEO / founder oriented startup book in print.   Mr. Romans has extensive experience in venture capital and has been an entrepreneur, so he writes from the useful perspective of one who has been on both sides of the table.   (Some of us think such experience makes the best VCs because we who have been entrepreneurs understand what it takes.) The book’s real stars are the domain-expert guest authors who have written many valuable chapters.  These range from well-known attorneys like Elton Satusky of famed Silicon Valley law firm Wilson-Sonsini, to legendary founders of venture funds including Pitch Johnson (Asset Management) and Tim Draper (DFJ), and successful CEOs.  The chapters are self-contained bite-size sections and the examples are real,  which makes for a fun read whether cover to cover, or in an a la carte open-it-anywhere style. It focuses mainly on consumer-oriented companies (as do most of these books) so it lacks some depth in IP and...