Cameron Ripley's List of Business Books and Ratings
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Cameron Ripley's List of Business Books and Ratings
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Last Updated:11/15/2018
Provide a quality, sortable list of inspiring and high impact business books for fellow social entrepreneurs and organizational leaders.
(I dont always note all the authors. Its not that I didnt want to give credit, its more bc this spreadsheet simply exists to help people quickly find a book to buy.)
Total Book Reviews2018 Reviews2017 Reviews2016 Reviews2015 Reviews
Book NameAuthor First NameAuthor Last NameCameron's Rating (1-10)Quick TakeawaysAmazon LinkStatusYear First ReadTimes ReadCount
Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)VerneHarnish10.0Incredible read for managers/leaders as you look to scale and grow teams. Great tools and recommendations to improve how you deal with people, strategy, execution and cash. Incredibly applicable and this book shaped our daily, weekly and quarterly operations like none other.Amazon LinkComplete201631
The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the FutureSteveCase10.0Love this book. I read the entire thing twice and key parts three or four times. A must read for every tech entrepreneur or social entrepreneur. Many of the startup elite have told their story, Case waited until he had a parallel to tie his journey of leading AOL to the future, the future which will soon be the internet of everything. My most recommended book of the year, I’ve told everyone about it.Amazon LinkComplete201631
Principles: Life and WorkRayDalio10.0Not only do you get direct access to one of the brightest financial minds in history, this book is a must read for any entrepreneurs interested in auditing their own mindset to tackle what feel like insurmountable challenges. Very well done and Ray Dalio is going to be releasing follow up work as well.Amazon LinkComplete201731
Measure What MattersJohnDoerr10.0An absolute game-changer for how we are going to run our business. My gut is this is the insight we needed to go from seven figures to eight. There are some audible books I finish that I simply cant wait to restart on my commute in. Its mandatory for leaders.Amazon LinkComplete201821
Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the WorldScottHarrison10.0Scott Harrison, the Founder and CEO of Charity:Water, delivers an authentic, inspiring piece that shares the real journey of Charity:Water's impressive and hard fought rise to becoming a leading NGO in combatting the clean water crisis. Honestly, this book brought tears to my eyes several times and was equally educational in better understanding the creation of so many nonprofit marketing techniques that Charity:Water has pioneered over the last decade.Amazon LinkComplete201811
Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindYuval NoahHarrari9.5Not necessarily business related but so well done and puts much of life into perspective. Interesting to go from the beginning of the human race to the modern day, yet done in an engaging way.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
AdamGrant9.5Powerful and thought provoking read on how non-conformists are the leaders that drive innovation, entrepreneurship and more.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the WorldPeterDiamandis9.5Love reading and re-reading this when its time to think bigger. Diamandis' approach is easily digestible yet inspiring to think of what is truly possible.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate MarketsAlRamadan9.5Incredibly well done playbook on how to create and design an entire category. The authors deliver a compelling argument as to why business leaders need to think in terms of category design and its something we will certainly try on for our business and our clients.Amazon LinkComplete201811
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NikePhilKnight9.5Loved this story, one of the best written bussiness biographies Ive ever read. Strong takeaways and inspires resilence.Complete201811
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and BusinessCharlesDuHigg9.5As a neuroscience nerd and someone looking to play at my best, its a fantastic read. Also, as a marketer it was really fascinating too. Highly recommend.Complete201811
Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom PlaybookTonyRobbins9.5I scored this so high because its really important, especially for most entreprenurs that often are taking a unique path into long-term wealth. Its a trimmed down version of Money Master the Game. However, I'd advice all employees to take it in. They dont teach these things in school.Complete201811
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.DanielCoyle9.0A cornerstone book that sparked my journey into learning, productivity and leadership. A great read for leaders and those that want to master their craft.Amazon LinkComplete201511
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and PurposeTonyHsieh9.0An inspiring read for entrepreneurs looking to foster a caring and committed, customer-first culture. A great read for those looking to build their core values.Amazon LinkComplete201511
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don'tJimCollins9.0Classic, inspiring, data-driven must read book for all management. Amazon LinkComplete201521
The Lean StartupEricReis9.0A must read for all up and coming entrepreneurs. I wish this book existed before my first failed startup as customer validation is mandatory and this is the playbook to do it effectibely.Amazon LinkComplete201511
Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without YouJoeWarrilow9.0If you own a creative/digital agency or service based business I highly recommend this read. The narrative approach is refreshing to the typical non-fiction, text book approach to business reads. This book hammers home the importance of building systems and procedures into your operation and keeping your main thing your main thing. I felt like they were telling my exact story.Amazon LinkComplete201611
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy AnswersBenHorowitz9.0A must read for all aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs alike, Silicon Valley legend, Ben Horowitz provides incredible insights on dealing with the business challenges that aren’t covered in your normal text book and the mindset needed to navigate them.Amazon LinkComplete201611
The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and GoogleScottGalloway9.0Excellent read on the rise and risk of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google dominating the tech space. Amazon LinkComplete201711
Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into A Sales Machine with the $100 Million Best Practices of Salesforce.comAaronRoss9.0For anyone looking to build or update their sales team approach and processes, a very strong read and playbook in how to approach and execute. If you are not building a sales team, well you probably wouldn't score this so high.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Topgrading, 3rd Edition: The Proven Hiring and Promoting Method That Turbocharges Company PerformanceBradford D.Smith9.0A tremendous read in ensuring to hire and retain A-Player talent.Amazon LinkComplete201711
The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer ConversationMatthewDixon9.0A great read for sales managers to improve their team's selling efforts in today's solution-based selling world.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Tough Things First: Leadership Lessons from Silicon Valley's Longest Serving CEORayZinn9.0Really enjoyed this read, as Ray Zinn shares his journey building Microcel without venture capital. Strong insights on culture, leadership and battling challenging times.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Crushing It! How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence How You Can, TooGaryVaynerchuk9.0Gary Vee is arguably my favorite entrepreneur/business influencer. I really resonate with the majority of his content. I'd likely give the book a 10 if I hadn't consumed all his previous content. Its heavy on digital and mindset. Amazon LinkComplete201811
Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup WorldRandFishkin9.0Rand Fishkin, founder of SEO Moz, delivers an incredibly real, transparent, and yet, inspiring piece. I feel like this book should be required reading for all startup founders post 2000. One of the most authentic books I have ever read and in that provides tremendous value.Amazon LinkComplete201811
The Sun Does Shine: Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 SelectionAnthony RayHinton9.0This is a 10 if this list wasnt supposed to be business focus. A powerful and unimaginable true story.Amazon LinkComplete201811
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
KimScott9.0A great read on being a strong manager that is committed to real relationships that grow team members in a more authentic way.Complete201811
The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold VentureScottBelsky9.0Incredibly well done. Focused on the "messy middle" of starting a business which is often underemphasized in resources.Complete201811
This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to SeeSethGodin9.0Great read on the root issues of marketing and what drives success for the long-term.Amazon LinkComplete201811
Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Help Others, Do Work that Matters, and Make Smarter Choices about Giving BackWilliamMacAskill9.0Insightful read on effectively measuring social impact. Great for nonprofit leaders and those looking to give and make the biggest difference possible with their donations.Amazon LinkComplete201811
Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable CompaniesReidHoffman8.8Very well done by co-founder of Paypal and LinkedIn. Reid always breaks down things so simply in clean frameworks. Book is filled with great examples. However, it is (as you can allude from the title) naturally focused on tech strategy and incredibly hyper-growth going from a tribe to a city size business.Amazon LinkComplete201811
Tools of TitansTimFerris8.5Tim Ferris' latest, pick up and any chapter from a top performer and there are insightful takeaways, that can live forever on your coffee/conference table.Amazon LinkIn Progress201711
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True InspirationEdCatmull8.5A very interesting read into the beginnings and rise of Pixar. Excellent read for those looking to build creative, high performing cultures.Amazon LinkComplete201511
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take ActionSimonSenek8.5Great read for those that want to dive deeper past the famous you tube video. A strong help to brand messaging and how to best position your value proposition.Amazon LinkComplete201511
Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of TalentSydneyFinklestein8.5Based on over ten years of research and breaking down some of the greatest leaders in recent times (from Bill Walsh, to Larry Ellison, to Ralph Lauren and more) Superbosses is an inspiring and insightful read into some of the world’s top CEOs, coaches and entrepreneurs and how they powerfully lead their incredibly high performing teams.Amazon LinkComplete201611
Relentless: From Good to Great to UnstoppableTim S.Grover8.5Tim Grover, legendary trainer of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and many more, shares his framework (are you a cooler, closer, or cleaner) and mindset coaching of what it takes to go from good, to great, to unstoppable. Inspiring is an understatement and be prepared to lesson and never want to quit.Amazon LinkComplete201621
The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term GrowthEricRies8.5Great piece on addition from Ries. Loved the examples of companies applying the Lean Startup Method to improve product offerings and culture.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Fanatical Prospecting: The Ultimate Guide to Opening Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, Email, Text, and Cold CallingJebBlount8.5A great read for fresh sales team members about how they can crush in today's digital world.Amazon LinkComplete201711
The Conversion Code: Capture Internet Leads, Create Quality Appointments, Close More SalesChrisSmith8.5A strong read, especially for anyone who is new to digital marketing and how marketing connects with sales and closing. Really the only book that is not only extremely up to date, but more importantly, ties the full digital funnel together. A strong read for a CMO looking to understand how digital marketing can more effectively fit into their sales pipeline.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Sales Management. Simplified: The Straight Truth About Getting Exceptional Results from Your Sales TeamMikeWeinberg8.5Highly recommend for anyone who is new to building a sales team. Strong insights in meeting rhythm, KPIs and why doing sales and running a sales tam need to be separate.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding JoySherylSandberg8.5I saw Sandberg and Grant and immediately bought the book. It is less business and fully set on mindset and overcoming huge life setbacks and even depression. A really good book.Amazon LinkComplete201711
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About ItMichaelGerber8.5Amazon LinkComplete201711
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful GroupsDanielCoyle8.5I'm certainly a believer in building a strong culture is key to growth, fullfillment and happiness. Coyle does a great job here and this book is highly recommended for budding startups.Amazon LinkComplete201811
Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and ResponsibilityPattyMcCord8.5Patty McCord, the former Chief Talent Officer of Netflix, delivers a tremendous piece on designing a great culture. She dives deep into the transformation, and paradigm shifting work of Netflix and how culture contributed.Amazon LinkComplete201811
I Love Capitalism! An American StoryKenLangone8.5The CEO of Home Depot crushes this. Really interesting biography.Complete201811
The Happiness HypothesisJonathanHaidt8.5Not business related perse, but a great read if you love psychology and neuro-science and incredibly thought provoking on improving mental health, happiness and fulfillment.Complete201811
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at WorkJasonFried8.5Big fan of all Fried and the Basecamp team's work. They have built such a cool company and culture and love the emphasis on a calm, workplace, especialyl given how sexy "hustle: as become in today's business and startup world.Complete201811
The Audacity to WinDavidPlouffe8.0Politics meets marketing. Deep dive into Obama's rise on social media and gaining traction as the underdog.Amazon LinkComplete201511
THe Little Red book of SellingJeffreyGittomer8.0Some great tips to succeed in sells, covering some cornerstone principles.Amazon LinkComplete201511
David and GoliathMalcolmGladwell8.0A great read for entrepreneurs and startups looking to train mindset and gain an advantage over larger, slower competitors.Amazon LinkComplete201511
MasteryRobertGreene8.0Solid read on what it takes to master your craft and also what does fulfillment and happiness really entail.Amazon LinkComplete201511
The 4 Hour Work WeekTimFerris8.0A classic read for aspiring entrepreneurs. Great insights on productivity hacking but becoming slightly out of date as technology accelerates. I lean more towards a full hustle mindset, but an inpsiring read for the lifestyle entrepreneur.Amazon LinkComplete201511
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the FuturePeterThiel8.0A fast-moving, highly informative read. A great read for all innovative, tech-focused entrepreneurs.Amazon LinkComplete201621
Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer GrowthGabrielWeinberg8.0A great read for all entrepreneurs and marketers-alike who live and breath the world of customer acquisition and growth. I can’t count the times I have drawn on the white board the “traction channel bulls-eye”. This book has benefited both our own business and definitely our clients.Amazon LinkComplete201611
How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do ItMarkCuban8.0So I am from Dallas, and have always liked Mark Cuban for not only his stance on business but how he turned around the Dallas Mavericks. Nonetheless, this is a great insight into Cuban's story. He hits on some notes I personally believe, such as, investors suck, you can control effort, learning is key and you only have to be right once.Amazon LinkIn Progress201711
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic FutureAshleeVance8.0Inspiring read and a deep dive into Elon Musk's life, vision and practices. A great read as Tesla, SpaceX and more continue to dominate in 2017 and beyond.Amazon LinkComplete201711
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of AmazonBradStone8.0One of, if not the best reads on the historic rise of Jeff Bezos and Amazon. Jeff Bezos is by far one of the most brilliant, relentless entrepreneurs in the world today and Amazon quite possibly might become the world’s most valuable company.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream CustomersGeoffrey A.Moore8.0A solid read that covers some important principles as a startup moves from selling to innovators to the early majority market.Amazon LinkComplete201711
The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership
RichardBranson8.0Inspiring, read on leadership, being bold and culture.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don'tSimonSenek8.0Senek is one of my favorites when it comes to culture and high performing teams.Amazon LinkComplete201711
#GirlBossSophiaAmoruso8.0Sophia's story is inspiring and thought-provokgin and shes a very incredibly talented and funny story-teller. Alot of takeaways on navigating the entpreprenurial path in this one.Complete201811
Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
TimFerris8.0A nice coffee table, pick up and browse book for the aspiring entrepreneur.Amazon LinkComplete201711
ReworkJasonFried7.5From the team that brought us Basecamp, 37 signals founders go deep on how they run a fully remote workplace.Amazon LinkComplete201511
Innovation Secret of Steve JobsCarmineGallo7.5Got to love books that dive into the greatness of Jobs.Amazon LinkComplete201511
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleStephen R.Covey7.5A classic read on personal productivity and habits.Amazon LinkComplete201511
The Brain That Changes ItselfNormanDoidge7.5Very interesting for those interested in neuroscience. A bit dry but gets you thinking, no pun intended.Amazon LinkComplete201511
Think Like a FreakStephen D.Levitt7.5The author's of freakenomics provide great content to think critically and solve big problems.Amazon LinkComplete201511
Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and ThinkViktorMayer-Schonberger7.5Amazon LinkComplete201511
Automate ThisChristopherSteiner7.5Helpful breakdown in understand today and the future and how advanced algorithms and data are forever transforming business and our world.Amazon LinkComplete201511
The Power of VulnerabilityBreneBrown7.5A good read to help identify one's strengths, weaknesses and purpose.Amazon LinkComplete201511
The Leadership Pipeline 2ERamCharan7.5A helpful read to inspire strategies to improve growing leaders from within your organization.Amazon LinkComplete201511
The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless ARt of Turning Obstacles into TriumphsRyanHolliday7.5Great philosphical read and great intro to stoicism as well. Amazon LinkComplete201511
How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working LifeCarolineWebb7.5If you are a fan of neuroscience, behavioral economics and psychology in the workplace, this is one of the best pieces I’ve found recently. Former McKinsey partner, Caroline Webb, gives some great advice to finding not only more personal happiness, but more productivity, peppered with solid, applicable frameworks. It is quite long and can be a bit dry at times but definitely worth it as it has the potential to transform your day-to-day for a lifetime.Amazon LinkComplete201611
Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five DaysJakeKnapp7.5Written by the Google Ventures team, Sprint provides a great framework that can be applied to your business or clients to help bring ideas faster and more effectively to market.Amazon LinkComplete201621
MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial FreedomTonyRobbins7.5Some love em, others don’t, but there is no arguing Robbins has exclusive access to the brightest financial minds in the world. A long but high quality read on markets, investing but more importantly, healthy personal finance habits.Amazon LinkComplete201611
Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the DealOrenKlaff7.5Some great and applicable ideas to leverage when presenting, sales pitching and negotiating. At times a little bit too NLP for my liking, however, it is an easy, fast moving read.Amazon LinkComplete201611
Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs and Maverick Scientists are Changing the Way we Live and WorkStevenKotler7.5An interesting and enlightening read (no pun intended), for those looking to achieve consistent flow state and are curious as to how some are pushing the boundaries of whats possible via science.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALS Lead and WinJockoWillink7.5Amazon LinkComplete201711
Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products
NirEyal7.5Nice read with solid frameworks and relevant examples of how to build products that drive engagement and stickness.Amazon LinkComplete201711
HBR's 10 Must Reads 2017: The Definitive Management Ideas of the Year from Harvard Business ReviewJonathanYen7.5Still working through this but wasn't fully enthralled. Still insightful though.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming ProductsNirEyal7.5Strong read for anyone building a SAAS product or interested in how social media sites, apps, etc are designed for ultimately addiction and high engagement.Amazon LinkComplete201711
Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making MachineMikeMichalowicz7.5Amazon LinkComplete201711
Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental MeditationBobRoth7.5Many great business leaders share how meditation has been game-changing and a huge factor in their results. Roth's book on why and adapting Transcendental Meditation is excellent. Personally, I had a hard time practicing mediation. This book opened my eyes of to TM, which is really one of the easiest and best ways to practice..Amazon LinkComplete201811
How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital AgeDaleCarnegie & Associates7.5A fresh revamp of the personal development classic. Solid insights to help create meaningful relationships with others and create win-win partnerships/relationships. Solid tips for early leaders.Amazon LinkComplete201811
First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do DifferentlyDonClifton7.5Great book for leaders that are new to managing and inspiring others. Amazon LinkComplete201811
The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More JaredTendler7.5For most poker players this would be a 8.5 or 9, however, for business leaders who have no interest in poker it would be a 7. Nonetheless, some strong takeways on the psychology of learning, growth, emotional steddiness, decision making, etc.Amazon LinkComplete201811
Set for Life: Dominate Life, Money, and the American DreamScottTrench7.5Honestly, I feel like personal finance is under-taught and its important to stay in check and study what others are doing well to accumulate long-term financial security and freedom. Nothing ground-breaking if you have already studied personal finance but a helpful read nonetheless.Amazon LinkComplete201811
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of LessGregMcKeown7.5My team loved this book and it is certainly good. As a avid reader I had heard alot of these ideas but it was a strong refresher.Complete201811
Do The WorkStevenPressfield7.5This had tremendous reviews and is a quick read or listen, but it didnt grab me as much as others.Complete201811
The Effective ExecutivePeterDrucker7.5A solid listen, but alot of the concepts had been past down and heard from other authors. Nonetheless, a leadership classic.Complete201811
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