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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days

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Ask HN: Non-tech books that have helped you grow professionally?

p333347: Immensely inspirational.

rckrd: Founders at Work was phenomenal. Its a collection of interviews with early startup founders where Jessica Livingston asks great, probing questions. An excellent example of how to conduct a good interview.

Ask HN: Recommendations on books and documentaries on tech companies/people?

Simorgh: I quite enjoyed this book because it gave insight into the hard work and dedication that characterised many individuals, such as Max Levchin, the co-founder of Paypal.

Hates_: Is a good collection of stories

Hates_: A good collection of stories

Ask HN: Best books you read in the past decade?

photon_lines: Great interviews by incredibly successful start up founders. Lesson 1: determination was the number one predictor of start up success. Lesson 2: most of the founders had no idea on how huge some of the companies would become nor the huge amounts of revenue their ideas would generate. Their number one focus was always grounded in solving a problem or delivering something great; everything else was secondary.

Ask HN: Best books you read in 2012

elliottcarlson: Excellent book covering interviews with founders of companies that became really big. I thought this book was really insightful and inspirational.

Ask HN: What are the books that changed the perspective of your life?

grey-area: A great insight into the first computer revolution - interviews with a lot of very interesting people.