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Recommended Reading: For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs

Posted in Uncategorized by JD on October 12, 2009

I got lucky and attended the first half of the 2009 Startup Bootcamp hosted by MIT today.  Like a lot of folks, I get a kick out of listening to the stories and advice of entrepreneurs who’ve “made it”, and on top of that is the fact that many of them had book recommendations for wannabe entrepreneurs like us! 😀

  • Adam Smith of Xobni – Xobni is “inbox” spelled backwards, and its a Y Combinator startup.  His favorite books include: Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston, High Stakes No Prisoners, and (no surprise here) Paul Graham’s essays.
  • Dan Theobald of Vecna – A profitable social venture technology company – who knew?  His favorite books include: On the Folly of Rewarding A, While Hoping for B.
  • Angus Davis of Tellme – A company that specialized in telephone-based apps, acquired by Microsoft in 2007 for around $800 mil.  Yup.  His favorite books include: Four Steps to Epiphany.

I took a slew of notes because all of the speakers had sage advice, including Reddit’s Alexis O, Justin.TV’s Kyle Vogt, and MIT Professor Ken Zolot.  I’ll try to post all of their wisdom sometime today either here or the Brainyflix blog.