Entrepreneurship Reading Lists
Center for Entrepreneurship Studies (GBS)
Stanford Graduate School of Business
"Beyond Entrepreneurship," James C. Collins, William C. Lazier: New Jersey: Prentice
Discussion of the roles of leadership, vision, and creativity in growing, entrepreneurial
"Glorious Accidents," Michael J. Glauser: Utah. Shadow Mountain, 1998.
How everyday Americans create thriving companies.
"New Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur," Howard H. Stevenson, Michael J.
Roberts, and H. Irving Grousbeck: Boston: Richard D. Irwin, Inc., 1989.
Textbook that traces the entrepreneurial process from the initial idea through business
operations to harvest and includes case studies.
"Soloing," Harriet Rubin: New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., 1999.
Discussing the ups and downs of going solo in business.
"The Book of Entrepreneurs' Wisdom," edited by Peter Krass: New York: John Wiley &
Sons, Inc., 1999.
Classic writings by legendary entrepreneurs such as; Lillian Vernon, Phil Knight, and
"The Entrepreneurial Mindset," by Rita McGrath and Ian MacMillan: Cambridge:
Harvard University Press, 2000.
Strategies for continuously creating opportunity in an age of uncertainty.
"The 10-Second Internet Manager," by Mark Breier: New York: Crown Business, 2000.
Survive, thrive, and drive your company in the information age.
"Moral Intelligence: Enhancing Business Performance and Leadership Success" by Doug
Lennick & Fred Kiel.
Demonstrates that maintaining the highest ethical standards is not only the 'right' thing to
do, but produces the best companies and the best results.
"Engineering Your Start-Up: A Guide for the High-Tech Entrepreneur" by James A.
Swanson and Michael L. Baird, 2003.
Gives you all the basic information needed to make your idea a business reality. James
Swanson is a GSB Alum.
"Upstart Start-Ups!," Ron Lieber. New York: Broadway Press, 1998.
Learnings from 34 young entrepreneurs, including 1993 Stanford GSB graduates, Steve
Pollock and Gary Alpert, founders of Wet Feet Press.
"Growing a Business," Paul Hawken. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987.
A classic story of building a business.
"Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure," Jerry Kaplan. New York: Penguin Books, 1994.
A behind-the-scenes look at a company's creation and eventual demise.
"The Home Business Bible," David R. Eyler. New York: John R. Wiley & Sons, Inc.,
An encyclopedia of information for the home-based entrepreneur.
"The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law," Constance E. Bagley, Craig E. Dauchy.
West Educational Publishing Company, 1998.
This guide walks the entrepreneur through all the legal steps required to start a business.
"uuchilj uz & Borrowed Money," Tom S. Gillis. Austin: Bard Press, 1997
Nuts and bolts guide to starting your own business.
"Business Start-up Kit," California Chamber of Commerce. Lafayette, Productivity
Products, Inc., 1997.
Everything you need to comply with government requirements throughout the year,
whether you are a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation. The series also includes
labor law, OSHA, and business planning kits.
Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Hass School of Business
University of California - Berkeley
Adizes, Ichak. The Pursuit of Prime. Knowledge Exchange, 1997.
Blank, Steve. Four Steps to the Epiphany, Cafepress.com 2005.
Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator's Dilemma. Harvard Business School Press, 1997.
Dorf & Byers. Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise with Student DVD
Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Bay Back Books, 2002.
Harroch, Richard D. Start-up and Emerging Companies: Planning, Financing& Operating the Successful Business.
Hegedus, Chris. Start-up.com (DVD)
Leifer, Richard et al. Radical Innovation: How Mature Companies Can Outsmart Upstarts. Harvard Business
School Press, 1st edition, 2000.
Moore, Geoffrey A. Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers.
New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.
Sahlman, William, Stevenson, Howard, Roberts, Michael and Bhide, Amar. The Entrepreneurial Venture. 2nd
edition. Boston. Harvard Business School Press, 1999
Stevenson, Howard, Roberts, Michael, and Grousbeck, H. Irving. New Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur.
Irwin McGraw-Hill, 5th edition, 1998.
Timmons, Jeffry A. New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century. Irwin McGraw-Hill, 2004
Timmons, Jeffry A., Andrew Zacharakis, and Stephen Spinelli. Business Plans that work: A guide for Small
Business. McGraw-Hill, 2004.
MIT Entrepreneurship Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cullinane, John J. The Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide: 101 Tips for Managing in Good Times & Bad. Illinois:
Business One Irwin, 1993.
Esser, Teresa. The Venture Café: Secrets, Strategies, and Stories from America’s High-Tech Entrepreneurs. New
York: Warner, 2002. www.theventurecafe.com
Kaplan, Jerry. Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure. New York: Penguin, 1996.
Koplovitz, Kay. Bold Women, Big Ideas: Learning to Play the High-Risk Entrepreneurial Game. New York:
Krass, Peter, ed. Book of Entrepreneurs' Wisdom: Classic Writings by Legendary Entrepreneurs. New York: John
Wiley & Sons, 1999.
Kravitt, Gregory I. How to Raise Capital: Preparing and Presenting a Business Plan. Dow Jones-Irwin, 1984.
Books HG 4026 .K7 1984
Lang, Jack and the Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre. The High-Tech Entrepreneur’s Handbook: How to
Start and Run a High-Tech Company.. London: Pearson Education Limited, 2002.
Lusk, John and Kyle Harrison. The MouseDriver Chronicles: The True-Life Adventures of Two First-Time
Entrepreneurs. Cambridge: Perseus, 2001.
Merrill, Ronald E. Raising Money: Venture funding and how to get it. AMA, 1990. Reserves HG 4751 .M47 1990.
Roberts, Edward. Entrepreneurs in High Technology: Lessons from MIT and Beyond. Oxford University Press,
1991 Books HC 108 .B65 .R62 1991.
Timmons, Jeffrey. New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century, 4th ed. Irwin, 1994 Reserves
HD 69 .N4 .T55 1994.
Utterback, James M. Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation, 1994. Jim focuses on the creative and destructive
effects of technological change on the life of a company. Utterback is chair of the MIT Management of Technology
von Pierer, Heirich and Bolko v. Oetinger, eds. A Passion for Ideas: How Innovators Create the New and
Shape Our World. Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2002.