The Best Business Books To Achieve Explosive Growth

As my startup suddenly was acquiring 100,000 new users daily, I needed to learn many business lessons quickly. I couldn't afford to make rookie mistakes, so I turned to books. These are some of thebest startup books that helped me successfully navigate these tumultuous times. Each of them game me invaluable insights about how to sustain our growth. My book, Explosive Growth, incorporates these business lessons, and is frequently cited as one of the best business books for entrepreneurs.

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Explosive Growth: A Few Things I Learned While Growing To 100 Million Users - And Losing $78 Million

By Cliff Lerner (Full Disclosure: This Is My Book)

The Ultimate Playbook For Startups To Grow To 1 Million Users & More. Explosive Growth is a business book like no other. This compelling & inspiring narrative combines lively and often hilarious storytelling, proven tactics, 78 entrepreneur tips, and numerous case-studies to help your business achieve explosive growth.

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The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

By Clayton M. Christensen

A bestselling classic on disruptive innovation.. In this classic bestseller—one of the most influential business books of all time—innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right—yet still lose market leadership.

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Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

By Peter Thiel

If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets. The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

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Good to Great

By Jim Collins

The Challenge: Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning. But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

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The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business

By Patrick Lencioni

There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are.

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The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry

By John Warrillow

The lifeblood of your business is repeat customers. But customers can be fickle, markets shift, and competitors are ruthless. So how do you ensure a steady flow of repeat business? The secret—no matter what industry you’re in—is finding and keeping automatic customers.

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The Culture Secret: How to Empower People and Companies No Matter What You Sell

By Dr. David Vik

Why is a great company culture so rare? How can you make sure your organization has one? The good news is that creating an inspiring and sustainable culture is not as hard as you might think. Dr. David ''Doc'' Vik reveals the keys to success in The Culture Secret.

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Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

By Jim Collins and Jerry Porras

James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day -- as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: "What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?"

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

By Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.

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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

By Robert Cialdini

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say "yes"—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. You'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them.

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