Here at Hyper, the holiday season looks differently depending on which part of the world your office is based in. Our lucky colleagues in Sydney get sunshine, sand and Santas surfing. Their European counterpart gets a dash of snow, frost and memorable Christmas fairs. Our Aussie founders, Tom West and Sasha Reid, just enjoyed their first actual snowfall in the new London office! Either way, come 24th December, we’ll all be enjoying some quiet, recharging our batteries with extended family time and filling up our bellies with a frankly embarrassingly large amount food.
And when the quiet gets a little too quiet, we get out the books we stashed in our luggage or on our ebook readers and start sharpening our minds. If you feel like working out your entrepreneurship muscles and maybe laying the grounwork for kickstarting your idea next year, here’s our reading list for this holiday season. Some titles are older, some are new releases, but we think the mix is just what any aspiring entrepreneur will enjoy.
The Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki
If you ever wished someone could give you the survivor’s guide to getting a startup off the ground without all the mumbo-jumbo jargon, this book is for you. Guy Kawasaki delivers again in this book, subtitled “The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Burden for Anyone Starting Anything” for well-deserved reasons. Our favourite parts are the commonly asked questions in each chapter, ranging from planning to investors, where you get answers to things you were probably uncomfortable to ask.
Nicely Said Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose by Nicole Fenton and Kate Kiefer Lee
When you start an app business, you suddenly find yourself writing a lot: to yourself, to collaborators, to clients, to investors. And if writing is not something you do for a living, you’re probably fighting off waves of anxiety and writer’s block every time you have to sit down in front of the keyboard. This book takes that fear and gives you all the tools you need to fight back. Because while writing might seem like magic, it’s actually a calculated and structured skill that you can learn and refine.
Start With The Why by Simon Sinek
Sinek’s philosophy is as simple as it is meaningful. The idea of starting with the ‘Why?’ Was born from a drive to do fulfilling work, as well as help others get in the same position. At its basic, this book teaches you how to think strategically and to how to inspire others. But most importantly, it underlines the importance of taking a step back from the day-to-day grind and to look at the big picture.
BIG BANG DISRUPTION Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation by Larry Downes, Paul Nunes
Corporate strategy consultant meets global managing director of research at one of the top IT players worldwide and together they write a disruptive book on disruption (irony intended). It’s a must read to understand the new landscape of companies tackling (or failing to adapt) to radically fast technological changes. Their conclusion, backed by solid research: speed is the best asset you can rely on to survive. But you can learn more about the how-to’s and inside strategies by actually reading the book.
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
If you’re anything like us, overhyped self-help books make you feel queasy and you’re certain that knowing yourself and becoming a better human have more to it than sitting on a therapy couch or going on a retreat trip. And while talking does come up a lot, Brené Brown, a thick-skinned, Texan research professor and social worker takes the measuring stick to understanding why people are resilient. This is how she ends up making the case that putting yourself out there, despite feeling vulnerable, is exactly the reason you become a more resilient person.