About “The CEO Library”

The founders of the largest companies in the world share a common trait: they’re all avid readers, driven by an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Every day they’re dedicating hours to deliberately learn new things.

Warren Buffett attributes his success to a book. He considers Paul Graham’s ‘The Intelligent Investor’ to be the best investment he’s ever made, saying that his financial life changed with that purchase. In fact, he’s renowned for spending most of his day reading.

When asked how he learned to build rockets, Elon Musk said: “I read books”. He didn’t just read them, he devoured them, even before planning to go to Mars.

Bill Gates is also known for reading tons of books per year and reviewing them afterwards on his blog.

And the list could go on and on and on. But, since you’re reading this, I can safely bet we’re on the same page when it comes to books: they can be one of our most valuable assets, an underrated opportunity to access valuable knowledge and mentors.

At the same time, they’re also potential huge time wasters. Most of them are bloated, filled with nonsense, and media-hyped. Time’s not a luxury you have as an entrepreneur.

Not to mention that correlation does not imply causation. Just because we’re reading the same books that impacted those business leaders we admire, it’s no guarantee that we’ll ever become as successful as them. We need to take into consideration survivorship bias, as well as luck and context – important factors when it comes to maximizing a startup’s success.

Why The CEO Library?

Our mission is to help you figure out the right books that will make a difference in your entrepreneurial journey. To put those books into context, show you what, why and when you should read, but also how you can apply those lessons when you’re building a business, thus saving you your most valuable asset: time.

Just to be clear: we’re helping you read with intent, not just for leisure or general education.

There’s expertise behind these choices we help you make. We put a lot of time into making sense out of clutter, tearing those books apart and figuring out which are the ones for your need and context.

The CEO Library was started in September 2017 by Cristina Chipurici and Bobby Voicu, two old friends who are avid readers and passionate about entrepreneurship.

It is a project built at the intersection of our long-lasting relationship with reading, and the strong desire to know what books influenced the people we admire. The initial idea behind this website was a pure selfish reasons: to gather in a single place all the books that shaped the journey of business people we look up to.

Meet the team:

Cristina Chipurici
Cristina’s addicted to reading – it’s the default activity that she falls back to when she isn’t working or… running on mountain trails.

Whatsoever, this hasn’t always been the case. When she was just a small kid, she self-taught herself how to read and devoured everything from her parent’s bookshelves (even those reads inappropriate for her age). This changed when Cristina started school and reading became compulsory. From a pleasant activity, it turned into something she hated and rejected. Years went by without her finishing even one book. Only when school education was officially over, was she able to enjoy reading once again.

Cristina’s now painfully aware of everything that she didn’t learn, all those years when others gained an advantage by absorbing knowledge from books, so she’s currently trying to reduce that gap. She’s attracted especially to books that serve a purpose in life and come “just in time”, so she can immediately apply those lessons she learns.

In the event of a fire at her place, she’d save Ryan Holiday‘s and Tim Ferriss‘ books.

Bobby Voicu
He’s an avid reader, entrepreneur and investor.

Reading was always his “hobby”, no matter what else was going on in his life. From fiction (he loves SciFi books) to non-fiction (business books and biographies, mostly), he’s reading a lot when he has the chance.

At some point in 2017 he looked at his Kindle and asked himself: Why did I download all these books? Who recommended them?

This is how the idea for The CEO Library came to exist. He then asked Cristina, with whom he founded another project about 10 years ago, to join and, hopefully, the rest is history 🙂

Theo Grigore
Theo was never an avid reader, but she has a tremendous love for words. She’s been in love with Stephen King and Agatha Christie’s novels ever since she can remember. At the age of 14, she already had 3 notebooks filled with personally-written poems and wanted to be a thriller writer. That dream came true back in 2016, when she took her first shot at writing a fiction novel: Wicked Intentions.

Since the past years have brought Theo closer to psychology and understanding human behavior, her conviction that words are the most powerful tools in the world is now stronger than ever. Theo will proudly tell you that she is the perfect result (a.k.a. “daughter”) of a mother with a passionate love for books and a father who also wrote a couple of books himself.

Theo worked with Bobby, Cristina and Vlad before The CEO Library was born, on other projects where she was (surprise, surprise) a writer and editor-in-chief.

Vlad Balan
Not necessarily a bookworm, but Vlad loved his Jules Verne collection when he was a kid. He found the way that man sparked his imagination absolutely fascinating.

Fast forward 20 years and he was running websites, creating content, doing online marketing, living the self-employed life but reading was now missing from his life. You know the good old excuse which seems to be everyone’s favorite these days: “I love reading, would love to do it more often, I just don’t have the time”. But he decided he would make time, so now, a few years later, he’s the proud owner of a magnificent reading habit, even though he now has absolutely nothing to say when during a night out with friends, the topic switches to TV series.

Despite reading a couple of business books at certain moments in his life (especially his professional life), business reading seriously started since joining The CEO Library team and he couldn’t be happier about it. He does that when he’s not busy being nagged by the rest of the team about something that doesn’t work properly on the website.