Top 10 Books of 2013 for Entrepreneurs

2013 has been another terrific year for books about startups, entrepreneurs and the innovation ecosystem! See also our list from last year of Top 10 Books of 2012 for entrepreneurs.

Of the dozens of books received for review and picked up from overseas visits, here is my pick of the Top 10 Books of 2013 for entrepreneurs. The selection includes books with advice for startups, tips for aspiring entrepreneurs, assessments of Indian innovation, case studies of entrepreneurs, guidelines for scaling up startups, and insights on how to sustain a culture of innovation.

1. Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business, by Matt Blumberg

2. Unrelenting Innovation: How to Create a Culture for Market Dominance, by Gerard Tellis

3. Brand Breakout: How Emerging Market Brands Will Go Global, by Nirmalya Kumar and Jan-Benedict Steenkamp
Brand Breakout

4. Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup, by Bill Aulet
Disciplined Entrepreneurship

5. Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs, by Larry Keeley, Ryan Pikkel, Brian Quinn and Helen Walters

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6. Startup Guide for the Technopreneur: Financial Planning, Decision Making and Negotiating from Incubation to Exit, by David Shelters

7. The Wide Lens: What Successful Innovators See That Others Miss, by Ron Adner
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8. 8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence, by Vinay Dabholkar and Rishikesha Krishnan

9. The Agile Startup: Quick and Dirty Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know, by Jeff Scheinrock & Matt Richter-Sand

10. The Captainship: First Gen Entrepreneurs, edited by Anya Gupta

We look forward to your comments on these book reviews, and suggestions for books to review for 2014.

YourStory wish our readers and partners a happy holiday season and a terrific year ahead – may a million successful entrepreneurs bloom and expand around the world!

About the author

Madanmohan Rao is research director at YourStory Media and editor of five book series ( His interests include creativity, innovation, knowledge management, and digital media. Madan is also a DJ and writer on world music and jazz. He can be followed on Twitter at @MadanRao

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