Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi 1962
The Yang of Startups
It is not the critic who counts...the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood...who knows great enthusiasms, and great devotions...who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt, 1910
Just kidding...there is no definitive book on entrepreneurship. Just did that as title-bait. Apparently it worked or else you wouldn't be reading this! ;-)
Lots of people ask me what are good books on entrepreneurship. Tough question to answer. But I just got my copy of the 2009 Kauffman Thoughtbook. Kauffman Foundation is a charitable foundation that is the global thought-leader in entrepreneurship. They founded the Kauffman Fellows Program, which I'm an alum of, so I've had some history with this entity. Take aside the home-team rooting and I still believe this book is one of the best.
It's a series of short articles and interviews with leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and scholars. Each piece is only a few pages long, so it's easy to ingest in small bites over time.
Follow the link above and you can PDF download each article for free and/or order a hard copy, also for free.
Enjoy, and if the spirit moves you please come back and add comments about your favorite articles.