1. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
This book is a biography of Elon Musk, one of the most audacious businessmen in Silicon Valley. He is the man behind the very popular PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, and SolarCity. He is not just a tech genius but also a self-made billionaire.
For the unversed, Musk's tech journey started at the age of twelve when he invented and sold a video game called Blastar. Eleven years later, he co-founded an online city guide software company, Zip2. This was soon after dropping out of college. The venture became a quick hit and was quickly acquired by Compaq. Musk poured almost all of his profit from the deal into another venture, a startup that eventually morphed into PayPal. He sold this one too in 2002 and the profits were put into setting up SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. SpaceX aims to reduce space transportation costs and colonize Mars. Tesla manufactures electric vehicles and SolarCity provides renewable electricity. Clearly, what separates Musk from most other entrepreneurs is his meaningful worldview.
Ashlee Vance, the author of the book, followed Musk for years while writing this book. It gives an insight on not just his entrepreneurial journey but also on his personal life, routine, and the thought process which fuelled his success. Read this book if you need a little more motivation.
2. Hit Refresh: A Memoir by Microsoft's CEO
This book is written by Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella along with Greg Shaw and Jill Tracie Nichols. Nadella discusses here his journey from childhood in India to leading the digital transformation happening inside Microsoft. He also shares his vision for the new wave of technologies such as artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing.
With many people losing jobs recently, we are bound to wonder if the growth of AI will be helpful or destructive to humankind. In this book, Nadella presents a detailed trajectory of AI and its possible influence on society. If you are a tech entrepreneur wanting to design or use artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT, you will definitely gain from his insight.
3. Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built
In just a decade and a half, Jack Ma founded and built this huge e-commerce empire that we now know as Alibaba. Each year, over 400 million people make purchases from Alibaba's websites. Its IPO has been the largest global IPO in history.
Duncan Clark, the author of this book, was an advisor to Alibaba in its early years and has played a huge role in its international expansion. Having closely observed the journey of this company, he shares the strategies and practices adopted by Jack whenever there came any challenge. Reading this book, you can learn some important business lessons while also getting to know more about Jack Ma.
Books on tech businesses and entrepreneurs can change your perspective on how a business should be run in dot com era. Is there any other book that you found valuable and would like to suggest? Share with us in the comments below.