1. The Entrepreneur's Guide to a Biotech Startup, Peter Kolchisnky
This succinct guide is essential reading for anyone launching biotech companies but also applies for deep tech companies more broadly. It covers the abstract and strategic as well as the concrete and tactical elements of building a startup.
2. Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life, Nassim Taleb
Taleb provides numerous frameworks and quips that are highly relevant to entrepreneurship. I particularly like his notion of finding something where one has “soul in the game.”
3. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Paul Hawken
This is the best overview of the top solutions we can leverage to combat climate change. Pick a problem and come solve it with us!
4. Self-Reliance and Other Essays, Ralph Waldo Emerson
One my favorite philosophical essays from the transcendentalist movement. I think it’s a must read for entrepreneurs who must be, well, self-reliant.
5. This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life, David Foster Wallace
Words I wish everyone would read.