Summer is coming again. But what would a beach be without a good book, an interesting podcast or intriguing blog post to read? That’s why we consulted our community and bring you our shortlist of must-reads and listens for an extra productive summer.


How to Win Friends and Influence People

We start our list with a classic. This book was first published in 1936, and in it Dale Carnegie explains how to get along better with others. So how to make friends, and influence others. Which of course is a very important skill for any entrepreneur. Not surprisingly, a series of top entrepreneurs, such as Warren Buffett, have declared themselves fans of the book.

Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

A slightly drier subject, but this is pretty much THE book on capital raising. It explains in detail how to raise venture capital, and how the whole process works. Author Brad Feld has been in the startup world since the 1990s, co-founding the accelerator Techstars and being an early investor in companies like Fitbit and Zynga. An ideal person to guide you through the often obscure world of venture capital.

Brain Food: How to Eat Smart and Sharpen Your Mind

What you eat largely determines your health, but it also has a significant impact on your brain. So what you eat is what you think. Lisa Mosconi, a neuroscientist, explains in this book how a good diet keeps your mind as sharp as possible. For example, you can prevent stress in the short term and make sure you stay mentally tip-top. But in the long run, you’ll also be less affected by negative health effects like dementia and memory loss.

Never too busy: a clear head in a crowded world

Tony Crabbe is a business psychologist who has worked for Microsoft and Disney, and in this book he describes how best to deal with the enormous number of impulses and obligations of our modern lives. Crabbe’s key message is that we must dare to make choices in our commitments. Something he did in his own life, and made sure he lived in a more balanced and happy way.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Finally, we give you another classic. Published in 1989, this self-help book gives you a series of tips on how to grow personally and find success. Since its release, it has sold over 25 million copies and influenced a range of entrepreneurs such as Seth Godin and Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos. Even ex-president Bill Clinton declared himself a fan.


The Tim Ferriss Show

In terms of podcasts for entrepreneurs, The Tim Ferriss Show is something of a gold standard. Ferriss previously wrote successful books like The 4-Hour Work Week, and in his podcast interviews people like top entrepreneurs, top athletes, and top artists to discover their secrets to success. Everyone from LeBron James to Peter Thiel already did an interview on the show, showing how to get the most out of your own life.

Aubrey Marcus Podcast

Aubrey Marcus is a fitness coach and self-help writer whose podcast interviews a range of successful people, from Adam Savage of Mythbusters to writer Robert Greene. The topics are quite eclectic, ranging from music and entrepreneurship to psychedelic drugs and open relationships.

a16z podcast

This is the podcast of the legendary investment firm Andreessen Horowitz. In it, they talk about technology and entrepreneurship every week, and recent episodes covered such topics as AI for medical applications and the challenges of blockchain. But they look equally at politics and how to do business in a better way. So every week you can expect top speakers to enlighten you on those topics.

The Context Club

A smaller podcast about young entrepreneurial people finding their way. In the show the guests talk about subjects like how to get through a difficult period, what you need to know about the combination of studying and doing business or how to grow personally. So if you want to spot young entrepreneurial talent, be sure to listen to this podcast.

Masters of Scale

A podcast by Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn and investor at Greylock. Here, Hoffman himself engages with other entrepreneurs and business leaders, think the CEOs of Mailchimp and Eventbrite or even Arianna Huffington (who runs The Huffington Post).

Blogs & newsletters

WeTransfer Blog

You probably know WeTransfer as the site for sending large files online. But in addition to that, they also maintain an excellent blog. Here they share a series of marketing tips, cool stories and news about their company. Also be sure to check out WePresent, their content platform where they showcase cool new artists.


Planoly is a service to schedule Instagram posts, but they also maintain an interesting blog with content about marketing. So, do you want to know more about the world of influencers, how best to launch campaigns on Instagram or simply how to put together a content calendar? Then be sure to read this blog.

Paul Jarvis

Paul Jarvis is a writer and freelance software developer, and every Sunday he shares his views on business, design and freelancing in his newsletter. What makes him special is that his opinions often go against what entrepreneurs consider normal. For example, he believes that growth should not be the main thing when you are an entrepreneur, and that you should focus on making yourself happy. So do you want to be challaned every Sunday? Then his newsletter is highly recommended.

Nicolas Colin

Nicolas Colin is the co-founder of the European incubator The Family, and he writes a weekly newsletter on business, tech and politics. The last few editions covered everything from deep tech and entrepreneurship in the cannabis space to how to understand the rise of China. So do you want to broaden your vision of tech? Then this newsletter is definitely a tip.

Exponential View Newsletter

Finally, we end with the newsletter of British entrepreneur and analyst Azeem Azhar. There, he gives you a wide range of news stories and analysis each week on all kinds of technology topics such as AI, climate change and new transportation technology. Especially if you are interested in new tech trends this is a must-read.