BoS Europe 2017 Reading List: Great Business Books for Growing Software Companies

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A lot of our BoS Europe speakers (and attendees) are very well-read individuals, so we take their recommendations seriously.

As requested, we’ve compiled a list of books name-checked during the course of our conference last week. If we missed any, do let us know! (Hat-tip to @softwareverify and @leonather for their help in collating this list).

Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top: Bo Burlingham

Bo Burlingham’s interviews with entrepreneurs across a range of industries identifies eight key factors that determine whether owners leave their businesses happily.

MONEY – Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom: Tony Robbins

The inimitable Tim Robbins looks at how complex financial concepts can be made simple and actionable.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t: Jim Collins

Jim Collins analyses the difference between companies that make it and the companies that don’t, and what we can learn from the difference.

Power Of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic): David Emerald

Tips for continuing to learn and grow when life gets tough.

Life After an Exit: How Entrepreneurs Transition to the Next Stage: Credit Suisse & Columbia Business School

A review of the common shared experiences of entrepreneurs.

Jobs to Be Done: A Roadmap for Customer-Centered Innovation: Stephen Wunker and Jessica Wattman

Customers don’t always know what they want: identify the problems they need solved and successful products should follow.

What Customers Want: Using Outcome-Driven Innovation to Create Breakthrough Products and Services: Anthony Ulwick 

Ulwick’s approach aims to deliver better methods for disruptive product and service innovation.

Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice: Clayton M Christensen and Taddy Hall

Understanding the job the customer needs done is more important than understanding the customers, if company growth is to be achieved.

Tuned in: Uncover the Extraordinary Opportunities That Lead to Business Breakthroughs: by Craig Stull and Phil Myers

A six–step process to help you address unsolved problems, recognize buyer personas, quantify impact and create breakthrough experiences.


Were you there? Did we miss any? If so, drop me a line: