Even the most creative thinkers don't come up with ideas in a vacuum. Founders of some of the most disruptive companies point to books that inspired them to think big in the first place. Here are some of their favorites.

Nate Morris, Rubicon Global

"Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. I've read that book hundreds of times, and it's always reminded me to stay focused on the most powerful thing we have: our thoughts."

Emily Leproust, Twist Bioscience

"Having an idea is one thing, but the main fuel of a startup is capital, so one of the main roles of an entrepreneur is to raise money. I learned everything I needed to know about fund raising from Venture Deals. It is my bible."

Sam Chaudhary, ClassDojo

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey. It's a classic that's been on my dad's nightstand for years."

Published on: Aug 19, 2017