Startup Founder’s Holiday Wishlist

Christmas is coming and you have no idea what to get the startup founder in your life? Even if that founder is you? Well, look no further.

The following is a list of startup-related stuff that I own, or have a desire to own, this holiday season. And yep, it’s mostly books. Is that surprising, or just sad?

Instructions for Use

  1. “Accidentally” leave this URL open on your significant other’s computer with a sticky note that says: I heart everything on this page.
  2. Tweet it or Facebook it to let your social graph know what you’re looking for. Amazon didn’t recently add the ability to gift Kindle books for nothing.
  3. Buy something for yourself.

Note: Some of the links below are affiliate links. All of these products are things that I have experience with or a genuine desire to own. I am recommending them because they will either improve your ability to grow your company, or they’re just plain fun to have around, not because of the commissions.

Startup Marketing Books

Design and Usability Books


Copywriting Books

Books about Building Your Product

Entrepreneurial Mindset Books

Books for Inspiration

Startup Movies


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#1 markee174 on 12.13.10 at 5:51 pm

A few days off is very high on my wishlist…

Rob Reply:

Nice; I forgot to include that 🙂

#2 Niyazi on 12.13.10 at 5:59 pm

+1 to Markee!

#3 Yaroslav Vorozhko on 12.15.10 at 7:26 am

Hi Rob,
Very good list of books, I added several to my wishlist.

#4 Ryan on 12.27.10 at 3:23 pm

4 Hour Work Week? Really? Did anyone actually get any concrete, actionable info from this? Or is it just me that thinks its all TF’s self promotion?

Rob Reply:

I read the book in its first few months of publication, in 2007. At the time it was revolutionary; I read many completely new ideas (at least to me). Since then many podcasts and blogs have repeated and expanded on the same ideas, but at the time it was damn near revolutionary.

I walked away from the book with about 20 high-level todo’s, which is high for me; if I get even 3 or 4 good ones out of a book I consider it worthwhile.

Here are the top few ways the 4HWW had an impact on the way I operate:

1. Started checking email twice a day. Then once a day. Then once every other day. Each time I find myself being just a bit more productive.

2. I had never heard of a virtual assistant, and now I have 6 of them. This realization was life-changing and saves me 150+ hours every month. I could not run my businesses without the introduction to this concept.

3. The idea of building a product for the sole purpose of supporting a specific lifestyle that you very deliberately map out was new to me, and it pushed me in the directions I’ve gone with what I call Micropreneurship…something that’s been the focus of my work-life for well over 2 years.

There are others, but I’ll stop there.

I’ll agree it’s a self-promoting book as well. It’s certainly not all good – there are entire chapters I don’t care for. But the introduction to several new ideas puts this one high on my list.

#5 Pavel Chuchuva on 02.09.11 at 7:51 pm

Nice list, I have added some titles to my own wish list.