Essential reading for non-tech founders building a tech product: 10 recommended books
Here is a list of ten books that I think would be helpful for a non-tech founder who is planning to build a tech product:
- “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries — This book provides a framework for quickly and efficiently building a successful tech startup, based on the principles of lean manufacturing and rapid experimentation.
- “The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton M. Christensen — This book explores the challenges that established companies face when trying to innovate and disrupt their own markets.
- “The Four Steps to the Epiphany” by Steve Blank — This book provides a step-by-step guide to building a successful tech startup, based on the author’s own experiences as a serial entrepreneur.
- “Crossing the Chasm” by Geoffrey A. Moore — This book discusses the challenges that technology startups face in moving from early adopters to mainstream customers.
- “The Mom Test” by Rob Fitzpatrick — This book provides practical advice on how to gather customer feedback in a way that is useful and actionable, without leading customers to give you the answers they think you want to hear.
- “The Art of Possibility” by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander — This book offers a framework for thinking about entrepreneurship and innovation in a more expansive and creative way.
- “The Lean Entrepreneur” by Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits — This book provides a practical guide to applying lean startup principles to the process of building a tech product.
- “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion” by Robert Cialdini — This book provides an in-depth look at the psychological principles that drive human behavior and decision-making, and how these principles can be used to persuade and influence others.
- “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” by Nir Eyal — This book offers practical advice on how to design products that are engaging and addictive, and that can create long-term customer loyalty.
- “The Startup Owner’s Manual” by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf — This book provides a comprehensive guide to building a successful tech startup, covering everything from product development and marketing to fundraising and scaling.