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Stay Inspired: 5 Books for Entrepreneurs

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May 26, 2020

If you’re a budding entrepreneur during this time of social distancing, you might have trouble keeping a steady workflow. But even if you’re away from the office, there are a ton of resources that can keep you inspired during some time off. That’s why we’ve rounded up 5 ONE-ROQ-approved books for new entrepreneurs. Here are a few of the latest 2020 releases.  The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century is a book by Adam Davidson, the creator of NPR’s Planet Money podcast. This experienced staff writer explains the current framework for the economy and lays out its logic. The goal is to reveal its inner workings as businesses continue to try to get off the ground during this historic time in our economy. The book is fantastic for entrepreneurs because it shows them how the economy has changed in the 21st Century.  This book was published in January 2020 and can be purchased from Penguin Random House. The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time is a book by Jim McKelvey, who is the co-founder of Square, which many companies use to take credit card payments from customers. This is an entertaining read that shows everyone what it’s like to truly be an entrepreneur. The story chronicles the rise of a resilient, hard working entrepreneur who started in the glassblowing world of St. Louis back in 2009.  This book was published in March 2020 and is available at Barnes and Noble. No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram is a book by Sarah Frier that takes readers behind the scenes to show how Instagram rose from the ground to become a major cultural icon. Published in April of 2020, this book is a fantastic read and shows everyone what it takes for a social media platform to succeed in a competitive environment. This book will teach every entrepreneur what it takes to out-perform the competition.  This book is available from Simon and Schuster Always Day One: How the Tech Titans Plan to Stay on Top Forever Always Day One: How the Tech Titans Plan to Stay on Top Forever is a book by Alex Kantrowitz and it tells the story of Amazon and the various stages a company goes through to find success in a hyper competitive environment. The book divides companies into various days, where “Day One” is when the startup is invested and “Day Two” is its stasis and decline. The book interviews various insiders and shows entrepreneurs what it takes to succeed.  This book was published in April 2020 and is available on Amazon. Facebook: The Inside Story Facebook: The Inside Story is a book by Steven Levy that follows the story of Mark Zuckerberg. During his sophomore year of college, he created a website that would grow into Facebook. The book gives young entrepreneurs an inside look at what the life of a young entrepreneur truly means as Zuckerberg deals with competition, fame, fortune, and scrutiny.  This book was published in February 2020 and is available on Penguin Random House.

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