1789 books total
Warren Buffett attributes his success to… a book. That’s right, 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.
Hold it right there. Just because certain books were right for them, doesn’t mean they’re also the answer for your needs as an early entrepreneur.
First of all, it’s impossible to read all the books recommended by the business founders we admire – nobody has all that time!
Second of all, correlation does not imply causation. Just because we’re reading the same books that impacted those we admire, it’s no guarantee that we’ll ever become as successful as them. Luck and context are important factors. Survivorship bias needs to be taken into consideration.
So this is why we’re here. We want to make sense out of the torrent of information and help you, as an early entrepreneur, figure out the right books for you. Those that fit your current needs. To put them 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 your most valuable asset: time.
The CEO Library was started in September 2017 by Cristina Chipurici and Bobby Voicu, two old friends who are passionate about reading and 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. We started this website out of purely selfish reasons: to gather in a single place all the books that shaped the journey of business people we look up to.
Cristina’s addicted to reading – it’s the default activity that she falls back to when she isn’t working or… running.
Whatsoever, this hasn’t always been the case. When she was just a small kid, she self-taught how to read and devoured everything from her parent’s bookshelves (even those reads that were inappropriate at her age). It all changed when Cristina started school and reading became compulsory. From a pleasant activity, it turned into something she started hating and rejecting. Years went by without her finishing even one book. Only when school education was officially over, was she was 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 are “just in time”, so she can immediately apply those lessons she learns.
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 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.
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.