The Top 10 books of 2015 for entrepreneurs!


2015 has been another outstanding year for books about startups and innovation, reflecting a global interest in the entrepreneur ecosystem. See our earlier lists of ‘Top 10 Books for Entrepreneurs’ from 2014, 2013 and 2012 as well. YourStory has also published the pocketbook Proverbs and Quotes for Entrepreneurs: A World of Inspiration for Startups as a creative and motivational guide for innovators, accessible as apps (Apple; free Android version).

From the stacks of books received for review and picked up from overseas visits, here is my pick of the Top 10 Books of 2015 for Entrepreneurs, along with links to my review of each book. The selection includes books with advice for startups, case studies of entrepreneurs, insights on how to sustain a culture of innovation, technology transformations, cross-sector linkages, and views from India and China.

1. Gamechangers: Are you ready to change the world? by Peter Fisk

2. The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs by Amy Wilkinson

3. The Four Lenses of Innovation: A Power Tool for Creative Thinking by Rowan Gibson

4. Scaling up Business Solutions to Social Problems: A Practical Guide for Social and Corporate Entrepreneurs by Olivier Kayser and Valeria Budinich

5. Frugal Innovation: How to do More with Less by Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu

6. The Hardware Startup: Building Your Product, Business, and Brand by Renee DiResta, Brady Forrest and Ryan Vinyard

7. Peers Inc: How People and Platforms Are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism by Robin Chase

8. Big Data Revolution: What Farmers, Doctors and Insurance Agents Teach us about Discovering Big Data Patterns by Rob Thomas and Patrick McSharry

9. Dream with Your Eyes Open: An Entrepreneurial Journey by Ronnie Screwvala

10. China’s Disruptors: How Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, and Other Companies are Changing the Rules of Business by Edward Tse

We look forward to your comments on our book reviews of these titles, and to your suggestions for books to review in 2016. All of us at YourStory wish our readers and partners a happy holiday season and a terrific year ahead in 2016 – may a million successful startups bloom!