I am Drew Giovannoli and I created this blog to document the learning process of starting a business and the world around it. Originally from Ridgefield, CT, I attended the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University for a B.S. in Economics and Entrepreneurship. Subsequently, I moved down to Houston, Texas for a technical consulting job where I help implement software for my 8-6, and entrepreneurship 6-8.
My interests lie in community building, game mechanics, and lean startups but hope to cover a wide range of topics. The majority of discussion should revolve around lessons learned from www.photoplay.me, a venture I have been working on since May 2011. The next post will give a full explaination about PhotoPlay, where it’s been and where it is going.
To leave you with a least a little value beyond an introduction, below I am going to post what I believe are the 3 business books every aspiring entrepreneur should read. These books changed the way I look at life and entrepreneurship.
1. “The Lean Startup” - Eric Ries
ABSOLUTE MUST READ. This book shows you the importance of proving your concepts. Too many entrepreneurs jump into business spending thousands upon thousands on a business because they think they know what the customers want. You don’t know. So put out prototypes or “minimum viable products” and learn.
2. “The Four Hour Work Week” - Tim Ferriss
If you tie your business to your time, you are severely limiting your scalability. This book demonstrates the importance of building a business that you can take yourself out of and continue to make $$. Who doesn’t like that?
3. “The E-Myth Revisited” - Michael E. Gerber
It has been a long time since my last read, but its values have stuck with me forever. Become an opportunistic entrepreneur, not a craftsman entrepreneur. Don’t start a business because you are a brilliant chair maker and you think you can sell chairs. Start a business because you see a market gap in the chair industry, and you believe you can exploit the opportunity.
That concludes the first official blog post and I’d like to thank you for stopping by! Now I want to know, what business books have changed your life??