Clear Reading List

Books we have read that have taught us, inspired us and helped our entrepreneurs in their journey.


An Empire Of Wealth
John Steele Gordon
Boys In the Boat
Daniel James Brown
The Creators
Daniel Boorstein
The Fountainhead
Ayn Rand
Eiji Yoshikav
 Shoe Dog
Phil Night

General Business:

Malcolm Gladwell
The Industries of the Future
Alec Ross
Option B
Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant
Malcolm Gladwell

Company Building:

Built to Last
Jim Collins
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Patrick Lencioni
Founders at Work
Jessica Livingston
Good to Great
Jim Collins
Great by Choice
Jim Collins
The Hard Thing about Hard Things
Ben Horowitz
High Output Management
Andrew S. Grove
How the Mighty Fall
Jim Collins
How to Start a Startup
Lecture Series by Sam Altman
The Lean Startup
Eric Ries
The Mind of the Strategist
Kenichi Ohmae
Tom DeMarco
Startup CEO
Matt Blumberg
Talent is Overrated
Geoff Colvin

Company Culture:

The Culture Code
Daniel Coyle
Patrick Lencioni
The Gospel of Wealth
Andrew Carnegie
How Google Works
Eric Schmidt
The Score Takes Care of Itself
Bill Walsh

Decision Making:

Blue Ocean Strategy
W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne
The Book of Five Rings
D.E. Tarver, Miyamoto Musashi
Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success
John Wooden, Jay Carty
Chip Heath, Dan Heath
The Effective Executive
Peter F. Drucker
Emotional Intelligence 2.0
Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves
First, Break all the Rules
Marcus Buckingham
The Founder’s Dilemma
Noam Wasserman
Only the Paranoid Survive
Andrew S. Grove
Poor Charlie’s Almanack
Peter D. Kaufman, Charles T. Munger
Predictably Irrational
Dr. Dan Ariely
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey
The Social Animal
David Brooks
Thinking Fast and Slow
Daniel Kaheman
Poor Charlie’s Almanack
Reginald Rose, Sidney Lumet

Engineering & Technology:

The Datacenter as a Computer
Luiz André Barroso, Jimmy Clidaras, Urs Hölzle
Deep Learning
 Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, Aaron Courville
How to Write and Publish Engineering Reports
Herbert Michaelson
Paul Graham Essays
Paul Graham
Scaling up Machine Learning 
Ron Bekkerman, Mikhail Bilenko , John Langford

Financial Planning: 

The Intelligent Investor
Daniel Coyle
The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need
Andrew Tobias

Fund Raising: 

Creative Capital
Spencer E. Ante
Pioneering Portfolio Management
David F. Swensen
Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
Gary Kinder
The Startup Game
William H. Draper III
Venture Deals
Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson
Warren Buffet Shareholder Letters
Warren Buffet


Alan Turing
Andrew Hodges
The Innovator’s Dilemma
Clayton M. Christensen
Made to Stick
Chip Heath, Dan Heath
Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
Zero to One
Peter Thiel


The Four Obsessions of
an Extraordinary Executive

Patrick Lencioni
How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Simon Sineck
Primal Leadership
Daniel Goleman
The Prince
Niccolo Machiavelli
The Rational Optimist
Matt Ridley
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action Simon Sinek
Together is Better
Simon Sinek
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
John C. Maxwell


Branded Customer Service
Janelle Barlow and Paul Stewart
Crossing the Chasm
Geoffrey A. Moore
Call Me Ted
Ted Turner
The Four Steps to the Epiphany
Steve Blank
Play Bigger
Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, Christopher Lochhead, Kevin Maney
The Tipping Point
Malcolm Gladwell


In the Line of Fire
Jerry Weissman
Pitch Anything
Orren Klaff
The Power Presenter
Jerry Weissman
Presentations in Action
Jerry Weissman
Presenting to Win
Jerry Weissman
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter

Recruiting & Human Resources:

Great People Decisions
Claudio Fernández-Aráoz
Geoff Smart, Randy Street


Cold Calling Techniques
Stephen Schiffman
The New Selling Strategy
Robert B. Miller, Stephen E. Heiman, Tad Tuleja
Predictable Revenue
Aaron Ross, Marylou Tyler

Clear Ventures Reading List also provides a list of summaries for all our recommendations.

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