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What we’re reading at Compass.to

Before another beautiful and inspiring summer is over we’d like to share some of the books that inspire and motivate us most to work on ourselves and to share knowledge within the team.
To be creative and hungry to grow and build great sustainable ideas and products. All of them should be must reads for entrepreneurs and startups. To be continued..

1. Creativity Inc.

 

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by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace digs deep into the creative world of Pixar. It helps us to learn how to build talent, creating teams, fueling the creative process,alignment, useful communications, organizational structures, and about the importance of storytelling. Biggest learning to motivate ourselves and the team: building something great makes them us proud of one another.

2. The Lean Startup

 

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by Eric Ries was and is the blueprint for us how to organize developing a product most efficiently. It took me personally 3 years and 2 pivots to finally understand how to learn faster from (potential-) customers and about the importance to get rid of ego when building successful features. Build-measure-learn:-)

3. The Art of Startup Fundraising

 

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by Alejandro Cremades is the handbook for startups based on the authors experience as C-founder and Chairman at Onevest, currently operating with 1000 Angel investors. An easy introduction into the world of startup financing.  

4. The Checklist Manifesto 

 

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by Atul Gawande is a great read for everyone who wants to improve solving complex and even unexpected tasks and it helps teams to work and to communicate better. For better results despite the confidence about with intuition or gut instinct.

5. The Second Machine Age

 

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by Erik Brynjolfsson is a terrific, fascinating and optimistic read not only for tech entrepreneurs about technology changing the world. Explaining the economics behind the tech revolution we’re all part of. 

6. Outliers: The Story of Success

 

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by Malcolm Gladwell. Actually all of his books are amazing summer vacation reads to keep the brain creative and to have a good time reading.  This is about the surprising rules and mathematics behind serendipitous events and why some people succeed while others never reach their potential.

7. The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

 

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by Steve Blank is the bible how to run and grow a scaleable startup. Excellent entrepreneurship education! 

8. The Five Temptations of a CEO

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by Patrick Lencioni is having it’s 10th anniversary today and still is one of the best written leadership advice  for any executive to learn how to recognize mistakes leaders are tempted to make and how to avoid them. 

9. Zero to One

 

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by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters is based on a course about startups Thiel taught in Stanford 2012.  One student’s (Blake Masters’) notes revised for a broader audience.

Coffee meets Laptop: Proximity based solution to find your best coffee spot

New York is known for its overwhelming number of coffee shops but also for its Starbucks-in-every-corner movement. As an international student, coming from one of the top coffee-makers in the world, Colombia, I was happy to know that in every corner, I was going to find my ever-so-tasteful Colombian coffee. Uh, no. It’s tough to find good, tasting coffee. At least for the pickiest people – as we all know New Yorkers are. With Compass.to, I’ve been able to find and get friends to join me at some of the coolest spots in town to share those coffee-meets-laptop moments. Here are a few.

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What’s up New York students? 5 things you don’t want to miss this Summer

Part of our efforts in providing relevant, contextual, and quality content, lie in being able to cut through the internet noise of endless Buzzfeed publications, or ridiculous cat GIF’s, to finally discover all great content happening around us as you read this post. As a former New York student, I wish there could have been a sleek and simple place to go and find out about the best things to do, but also adding a touch of contextual content. Enter Compass.to! We’re here to bring you all the great content and things to do in the city, while giving you a solution to enrich those moments by joining friends in your proximity or sharing stories with photos and music. Here are the 5 things you don’t want to miss this Summer!

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