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startupism book

Startupism

In my first ever book I will write about everything you'll need to know in order to start and scale your own startup.

instagram flywheel

Instagram Flywheel

Do you want to grow your Instagram account and eventually monetize it? This free e-book will help you get started with building an audience!

saas growth tactics

SaaS Growth Tactics

Free e-book on how I started my SaaS startup Upvoty and how I managed to get it to $500 MRR within months.

My favorite books ❤️

anything you want

Anything you want

This book by Derek Sivers is absolutely amazing. It's very small, but full of great tips and hacks on building a business.

Rework

Jason Fried is the founder and CEO of Basecamp. In Rework he discusses everything you'll need to know in order to start and scale your startup!

the airbnb story

The Airbnb story

An amazing story on how 3 young entrepreneurs started an air bed & breakfast website and eventually scaled to one of the largest businesses.

Make Time book

Make Time

If you want to work more efficient, this book by Jake Knapp (known for the Sprint book) is an absolutely must-read!

getting things done

Getting things done

Practice the world's most advanced productivity hacks. David Allen is a real genius when it comes to this kind of things.

traction book

Traction

Building a product is just the start. It's all about getting traction. In this book you'll learn everything you need to know on how to use the different marketing channels out there.

The Lean Startup

The holy bible of startups. An absolute must-read for every starting entrepreneur. You'll learn everything you need to know!

lost and founder

Lost and Founder

This book by Rand Fishkin is all about his inspiring story of becoming the CEO of one of the largest online marketing software companies out there.

Crushing it!

Gary Vaynerchuk is an absolute legend. In this book you'll learn everything you need to know about how to build a personal brand.

Intercom on starting up

Intercom on Starting up

Wow. One of my favorite books ever. Especially when you're building a SaaS product, this is a must-have. The CEO of Intercom, Des Traynor, is a genius!

The obstacle is the way

The obstacle is the way

This is probably my favorite non-management book. Ryan Holiday describes perfectly how to handle adversity and how you turn things around in your favour.

The messy middle

The messy middle

As the CEO of Behance, Scott Belsky do know a thing or 2 about starting and scaling a business. In "the messy middle" he talks about the hard part of building a startup. Must-read!

Zero to one

Zero to one

Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, political activist, and author. He is a co-founder of PayPal. So, this book is huge!

The 10x rule

The 10x rule

To reach the next level in your startup, you must understand the 10 X Rule. It's the level that guarantees companies realize their goals.

Losing my virginity

Losing my virginity

Richard Branson spawned nearly a 100 successful ventures. From the airline business (Virgin Atlantic Airways) to music (Virgin Records and V2).

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Mark Manson, a superstar blogger, cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become happier.

Tribe of mentors

Tribe of mentors

The legendary Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, shares the ultimate hacks from the best entrepreneurs.

The 4-hour work week

The 4-hour work week

Tim Ferriss is a legend and it's all because of this book. Forget the old concept of retirement and earn a monthly income with zero management!

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

An inside look into the extraordinary life of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur known for Tesla, SpaceX and the Boring company.

hooked book

Hooked

Nir Eyal explains the Hook Model, a four-step process embedded into the products of many successful companies like Facebook.

The startup way

Bestselling author of The Lean Startup, Eric Ries, reveals how entrepreneurial principles can be used by businesses of all kinds.

The hard things about hard things

The hard things about hard things

One of the most respected entrepreneurs, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz, offers essential advice on building and running a startup.

Radical candor

Kim Scott provides clear and honest guidance on the fundamentals of leading others: how to give (and receive) feedback

Hatching Twitter

You'll read all the behind the scenes of Twitter’s early exponential growth, following the 4 hackers—Ev Williams, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Noah Glass.

Behind the cloud

The story of Marc Benioff, the CEO, on how Salesforce.com went from idea to billion-dollar company-and revolutionized an industry.

Subscribed

Companies like Netflix, Spotify, and Salesforce are just the tip of the iceberg for the subscription model. Learn everything about this business model!

YouTube secrets

YouTube secrets

Learn everything about making money on YouTube. Read stories from successful people on YouTube that make 6-figures a month!

Hacking growth

There is a methodology behind the growth of companies like Facebook and Airbnb. That methodology is called Growth Hacking.

Tools of Titans

Tools of Titans

Another great book by Tim Ferriss. Learn the Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class entrepreneurs.

Three simple steps

Three simple steps

The author started a virtual company from home, using just a few thousand dollars. Now, he sold it for more than $100 million. Here's how.

shoe dog book

Shoe dog

An inspiring story from Phil Knight on how he started Nike and became the world's most popular brand with it. This is Bill Gates' favorite book.

Start with why

Learn how some companies, like Apple, can launch anything and sell the sh*t out of it. Book is based on the 3rd best watched TED talk ever!

Before I won

The author writes about how he was not that lucky to be the son of a wealthy father. He had to fight for everything to become successful.

The cheat code book

The cheat code

24 year old entrepreneur Brian Wong raised $24 million in venture capital and became a giant in just 4 years. His secret? The Cheat Code.

Startupland

An inspirational story of the founders of Zendesk, one of the most popular companies and customer support platforms out there.

It doesn't have to be crazy at work

The author of Rework, Jason Fried, introduces an iconoclastic strategy for creating the ideal "calm" company culture.

Made to stick book

Made to stick

Learn how to communicate your ideas more efficiently so your audience will understand your message and takes interest.