It would be nice to get book recs on how to break into the tech industry from Silicon Valley experts— but there are so many books out there, where should you start? At BookVibe we recorded the votes of the 80 million Twitter users who tweeted about a book last year to figure it out.
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
- App Empire: Make Money, Have a Life, and Let Technology Work for You by Chad Mureta
- The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
- Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley
- The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life by Robin Sharma
- The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
- Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton
We’ve created this definitive list using our unique technology that reads tweets and identifies when books are discussed. Its impressive accuracy, even when dealing with books with common titles, ensures that the list reflects public opinion closely. Recently, for instance, we’ve noticed a surge in discussions about start-up and career improvement books—a sure sign that 2015 is the year to get involved with a cool new company.
This year’s list features new books from people at the cutting edge of their field, as well as books that have stood the test of time—an eclectic collection with one theme in common – they can all help you to land and keep the job of your dreams.
But which one should you read first?
The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life by Robin Sharma—one of the most sought-after leadership advisers in the world—capitalizes on the importance of influence and how to exercise it like a superstar.
Brothers David and Tom Kelley, founder and partner of IDEO, wrote Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All to dissect the principles and strategies of innovation, while entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau gives a crash course on investment in The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future.
This list isn’t restricted to contemporary works —Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution throws it back to legendary greats ranging from Ada Lovelace and Vannevar Bush, to John von Neumann and Alan Turing. Isaacson hones in on the timeless skills that made them successful—in particular their ability to collaborate with others—while Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (released during the Great Depression and famously credited for Ken Norton’s boxing upset of Muhammad Ali in 1973) continues to stun with its ageless methods that help people achieve success in all lines of work.