20 Top Business Books 2017 – DIY MBA LIST

By Shawn Dexter / March 26, 2017
Top 20 Business Books

Top Business Books 2017

This isn’t just your regular compilation of Top Business Books 2017 that you see ever so often. I have handpicked these books during my self-learning journey about tools like this  w2 form creator.

During my journey, I maintained a list of books that my readers at SkipMBA can use to eliminate redundancy & save time. The list is categorized and updated as I continue to read more books. New books enter the list, and some books leave the list. C’est la vie.

Top Business Books 2017

  Entrepreneurship & Business

The Lean Startup – Eric Reiss

Eric Reis talks about why most startups fail — and how many of these failures are avoidable. A reader friendly and entertaining read, Eric provides a framework to work within the chaos of entrepreneurship.

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Running Lean – Ash Maurya

Based on his own experience in building a wide array of products from high-tech to no-tech, Ash Maurya walks you through an exacting strategy for achieving a “product/market fit” for your fledgling venture.

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Will It Fly – Pat Flyn

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Pat has a refreshing & approachable take on how to go about building a product with the correct mindset. The anectodes he uses throughout the book had me smiling fondly as I flipped page after page.

The Four Steps to Epiphany – Steven Blank

The Four Steps offers the practical and proven four-step Customer Development process for search and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture. The often overlooked holy grail for any startup environment. The Top Business Books 2017 lis would be incomplete without Steve Blanks Customer Development process in here.

Zero to One – Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel shows how progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself. The books filled with polarizing and eyebrow raising views of an intriguing visionary. I don’t agree with all of Peter Theil’s claims, but I still added this book to SkipMBA’s Top Business Books 2017 so readers can ponder and question. After all, a business education requires critical thinking.

Ready Fire Aim – Michael Masterson

In Ready, Fire, Aim, self-made multimillionaire and bestselling author Masterson shares the knowledge he has gained from creating and expanding numerous businesses and outlines a focused strategy for guiding a small business through the four stages of entrepreneurial growth.

E-Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber

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The title refers to the author’s belief that business owners – typically brimming with good but distracting ideas–make poor entrepreneurs. Gerber takes time to explain what it is to learn true Entrepreneurship and work on your business rather than working in your business.

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Traction – Gabriel Weinberg, Justin Mares

Traction will teach you the nineteen channels you can use to build a customer base, and how to pick the right ones for your business.This book provides startup founders with the framework successful companies have used to get traction.

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Permission Marketing – Seth Godin

This Internet pioneer introduces a fundamentally different way of thinking about advertising products and services. Permission Marketing enables companies to develop long-term relationships with customers, create trust, build brand awareness — and greatly improve the chances of making a sale.

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behaviour crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. Even though Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers did not make the Top Business Books 2017 list in SkipMBA, this one made the list with confidence!

The Long Tail – Chris Andersen

Chris Anderson shows how the future of commerce and culture isn t in hits, the high-volume head of a traditional demand curve, but in what used to be regarded as misses — the endlessly long tail of that same curve.

Free – The Future Of A Radical Price — Chris Andersen

In Free, Chris Anderson explores this radical idea for the new global economy and demonstrates how it can be harnessed for the benefit of consumers and businesses alike.

  Finance & Accounting

Venture Deals – Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

Engaging and informative, this reliable resource skillfully outlines the essential elements of the venture capital term sheet—from terms related to economics to terms related to control. It strives to give a balanced view of the particular terms along with the strategies to getting to a fair deal.

Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs – Karen Berman

Drawing on their work training tens of thousands of people at leading organizations worldwide, the authors provide a deep understanding of the basics of financial management and measurement, along with hands-on activities to practice what you are reading.

How to Read a Financial Report – John A Tracy


Investors will find everything they need to fully understand the profit, cash flow, and financial condition of any business. This book

Naked Statistics – Charles Wheelan

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Charles Wheelan brings entertainment and statistics into one package! Pick up this book and you’ll be bragging about the Central Limit Theorem and how awesome it suddenly all is! Many of you might be thinking “Statistics?” Ew. But Charles Wheelan has done a splendid job in making a bland but crucial (especially for business) topic fun! A must-have addition to the Top Business Books 2017!


How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment. By far one of the most life-changing books anyone can read. Why is it included in the Sales section? Because we sell every single day – whether we know it or not. Dale Carnegie enters the top of this category in SkipMBAs Top 20 Business Books 2017 list. You will learn how to win over your boss, clients and turn enemies into business prospects!

Spin Selling- Neil Rackham

By following the simple, practical, and easy-to-apply techniques of SPIN Selling, readers will be able to dramatically increase their sales volume from major accounts.

​The Psychology of Influence – Robert B. Cialdini

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Cialdini goes over the techniques of Reciprocation, Commitment, Social Proof, Liking, Authority and Scarcity — all of which are used to bring about compliance with another human being. An enjoyable read filled with anecdotes!

Pitch Anything – Oren Klaff

Whether you re selling ideas to investors, pitching a client for new business, or even negotiating for a higher salary, Pitch Anything will transform the way you position your ideas.

The Psychology of Selling – Brian Tracy

This book gives readers a series of ideas, methods, strategies, and techniques that you can use immediately to make more sales, faster and easier than ever before.

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About the author

Shawn Dexter

Shawn Dexter is a Product Manager, Entrepreneur & Software Developer. He is passionate about innovation management & technology.