Entrepreneurship is no simple job. We have read many inspiring stories of startups and entrepreneurs out there. There are bad times as well as excellent times. Though the amount of hard work one has to put in is limitless, but if all goes well the returns are equally comparable, and the achievement of reaching such unimaginable feats is what fascinates more and more people to become entrepreneurs.

Every successful businessperson has a natural need to learn new things. Where for most of the people, learning essentially stops after formal academic education, for entrepreneurs it’s a part of their daily routine. And this knowledge isn’t restricted to one’s core field of expertise, and experience needs to be gained for all aspects of business management and self-management. Here is a list of 10 books for Indian startup entrepreneurs recommended by various successful entrepreneurs themselves.

1. How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company

Author – Varun Agarwal, co-founder of Alma Mater

2.  Zero to One / Notes on Startups or How to build the Future

Author – Peter Thiel with Blake Masters

3. Inspiring Stories of Student Entrepreneurs in India – Bhaag!

Author – Ganesh V, entrepreneur and marketing consultant

4. Connect The Dots: The Inspiring Stories of 20 Entrepreneurs Without An MBA Who Dared To Find Their Own & Right.


Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish is the story of 25 such IIM Ahmedabad graduates who chose the rough road of entrepreneurship.

Author – Rashmi Bansal, co-founder of Jam Magazine

5. The 30-Something CEO.

Author – Vineet Bajpai

6. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Following Your Dreams & Destiny.

Author – Robin Sharma

7. Losing my Virginity.

Author – Richard Branson

8. The Accidental Billionaires: The founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal.

Author – Ben Mezrich

9. Super Women



AuthorPrachi Garg Author, Founder of GhoomoPhiro.

10. Crush It! Why Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion.

Author – Gary Vaynerchuk

11. ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever.

Author – David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

Are there any other useful books that you would like to recommend? Please share in the comments section below, we would take them up in our second post in this series.

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