It is summer! That means it is time for a summer reading list. I tend to mostly read during vacation times, and then I read a lot but this year I actually prepared for my vacation with literature. The theme of this summer is business, startups and (personal) finance. Not as casual as most literature I read but interesting. Without further ado, here is my reading list for the summer:
I Will Teach You to be Rich: No Guilt, No Excuses
I Will Teach You to be Rich (by Ramit Sethi) is a quite pretentious title but the book is well worth a read, I got the UK version of it which is not entirely applicable to Swedish situations but the core of the book is very relevant. It is basically a personal finance book with actionable advice how to start saving, easily and automatically manage your savings. The book’s author also has a blog with the same type of advice and more available for free, lots of good content on his mailing list. I have read about half the book so far and you can get most of the same advice from /r/personalfinance. I feel I knew most of the advice already but it is an easily digestible book with check-lists of what you should do to improve your finances. Well worth a read. For the gist of the book check out the video below, Ramit is talking about personal finance at Google:
This lecture is quite America-centric but has valuable advice for everyone. Check out the book at Amazon (Don’t worry! This isn’t a referral link!) The book is well worth a read for anyone who is looking to sort out their finances in the near future, this is especially important if you need to get cash for a down payment on a flat in Stockholm….
The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume
The Personal MBA is 400 odd pages MBA. That is the premise of the book. Josh Kaufman‘s book is a crash course into the world of business. Well written, to the point and actually extensive. It is not terribly in-depth but it will give you an idea of the most essential things that you probably would like to know about business. It can easily be used as a reference manual for business-stuff. Well worth a read for anyone interested in business. Is it a personal MBA? Perhaps, it sure is cheaper than a traditional MBA. The book has a vendetta against MBA programmes, which Kaufman thinks are WAY too expensive. And he is probably right. The book spawned from his blog PersonalMBA.com. Don’t think the book is in-depth enough? It is not meant to be, but Kaufman has compiled a list of the 99 best business books over at his blog so there is plenty of additional reading available!
I am half way through the book and it is really good. I am not sure it is an MBA replacement but it sure is a compliment that should be read by everyone who is involved in the business world. It is a great introduction/reference book. Well written and engaging but the vendetta against MBAs brings it down a bit. None the less my recommendation is: READ THIS BOOK! You can pick it up at Amazon (No referral this time either!).
The Four Steps to the Epiphany
The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steven Gary Blank is one of the most recommended books for technology entrepreneurs. I have so far only read a few pages but it seems great so far. All recommendations claim that this is THE book you should read as an entrepreneur. The four steps of Customer Discovery, Customer Validation, Customer Creation and Company Building. I cannot yet recommend this book as I am only a few pages in but it definitely seems to be worth a read, not only for start-ups but for anyone within a company launching a new product, or developing a current product. I will report back when I’ve finish the book.
You can pick it up on Amazon.
The Intelligent Investor
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham was originally published in 1949 and is about investing, as you may suspect by the title. This 600+ pages book is a classic. Graham preaches Value Investing rather than focusing on hype. I have not yet started reading this, but by all accounts it appears to be a rather heavy read. To quote an Amazon review: in sum, this book is full of gold; but be prepared to dig for it. The book is a classic and regarded by some as the investment bible. It appears to be worth the time to read but it will probably be quite the journey. I will, as with the previous book, report back once I’ve finished it. Focusing on value rather than hype seems like a good idea though (I am looking at you Zygna, Groupon).
You can pick up the book at Amazon but be prepared for a heavy read.
That is it! This is my summer reading list
That is my current reading list. Subject to change! I think I will throw in a few relaxing fantasy books once I get back to Sweden but this is what I will spent my summer reading, apart from all the academic literature my Thesis requires. Personal finance and business literature feels like a good thing to read now that I am finishing up my master and will soon be entering the ‘real world’.
I ‘borrowed’ all the images in the post from Amazon.
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