Entrepreneur First’s Must-Reads (& Listens)

16 December, 2022

With a new year inevitably comes new ideas, and new thinking about what you’re going to achieve in the next 12 months.

Whether you’re thinking about how you can maximise your impact, know you want to found a company, or are already on the path, we’ve pulled together our list of must-reads and listens, that any aspiring innovator should get stuck into.

And if you’re feeling inspired, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’d love to talk about how you can turn the ideas you’ve generated into something real with our programme in 2023.

On starting up.

Founding a company is the most impactful thing you can do with your life. Here’s the best practical advice and guidance out there on getting started.


  • ‘How to be a Founder’ by Alice Bentinck and Matt Clifford
  • ‘Zero to One’ by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters
  • ‘The Mom Test’ by Rob Fitzpatrick
  • ‘The Lean Startup’ by Eric Ries
  • ‘Founders at Work’ by Jessica Livingston
  • ‘Four Steps to the Epiphany’ by Steve Blank
  • ‘The Startup Owner’s Manual’ by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf




On the road ahead.

Founding a startup is just the beginning. These are our picks for infinite learners.


  • ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’ by Patrick Lencioni
  • ‘The Power Law’ by Sebastian Mallaby
  • ‘Secrets of Sand Hill Road’ by Scott Kupor
  • ‘Venture Deals’ by Brad Feld
  • ‘Traction’ by Gabriel Weinberg
  • ‘The Hard Thing About Hard Things’ by Ben Horowitz
  • ‘Founder’s Dilemmas’ by Noam Wasserman
  • ‘Predictable Revenue’ by Ross and Taylor
  • ‘Spin Selling’ by Neil Rackham



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