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Eddie Machaalani is the co-founder and co-CEO of Bigcommerce, the leading e-commerce platform for small businesses looking to grow their revenues faster. Starting with $20,000 in credit card debt from a rented office above a friend’s shop in Sydney, Australia, the company has grown over 100% year-over-year, has raised $35M in capital and processed over $1 billion in transactions.
Eddie holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Sydney and is an active angel investor and speaker.
A prodigious reader, he has found business books to be an invaluable resource as he’s built his business along with partner Mitch Harper, and we’re delighted to have him share his choices in this latest instalment of the continuing series, “3 business books that changed my life” …
Extreme Revenue Growth: Startup Secrets to Growing Your Sales from $1 Million to $25 Million in Any Industry by Victor Cheng
An incredible, “best kept secret” book for startups that touches on every part of the business and really drives home the strategies of all great businesses and how to fuel revenue growth.… Read more …
Establishing and successfully running a business takes a great deal of effort, and in the early years at least, doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for much else.
But Collis Ta’eed, co-founder (along with his wife Cyan) and CEO of Envato, which is one of the world’s most successful digital marketplaces and creative educational networks, firmly believes it’s important to devote some of that leftover time to learning from other entrepreneurs who have gone before you.
He credits reading these business books as being instrumental, at least in part, in his business success, and we’re delighted he’s chosen to share the three business books that changed his life with us.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pink
As Envato has grown over the years from a couple of people working from home, to an office stacked with people, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand how people work. Before Envato I’d only ever worked in very small businesses. So learning about people stuff has been one of the biggest learning curves I’ve had as an entrepreneur.
I originally came across Dan Pink through an amazing TED talk (are there any other kind?) he had given in 2009. So when one of my team handed me a copy of Drive, my curiosity was already piqued.
Pink’s main thesis is that businesses should pay attention to, and encourage basic motivators for people to succeed at their jobs such as the need to achieve mastery over their roles, to have work that has purpose and to be given as much autonomy as possible. These ideas are intuitive in many ways, but contrary to a lot of conventional thinking.
The book has been very influential for me, particularly as we’ve worked to create a great work culture at Envato. [...]
This week I popped into the Lululemon store in Balmain. Now, if you’re familiar with Lululemon you’ll know that it’s the sort of place that sells workout gear, sports bras and yoga clothes. As I’m currently on a health kick, I picked out some pieces to inspire me and headed to the checkout.
An odd collection of books
When I got there I spied a row of books that looked like they were for sale. I was expecting to find books on meditation, health, fitness and mung beans. But instead (as you can see from the picture), the books included: [...]
Andrew Birt, co-founder of Angelcube, and LIFX Labs has been inspired by the lives of many entrepreneurs. But I asked him to narrow it down to just the “3 business books that changed my life” and here are his choices. [...]
Always remember to celebrate your milestones. You earned them so shout it from the rooftops. [...]
Heidi Holmes, who owns and manages jobs site adage.com.au, firmly believes you need a passion for what you do. And one way to keep enthusiasm alive is to read inspiring writers like the ones she has chosen for “3 business books that changed my life”. [...]
Jonathan Barouch, CEO and founder of Roamz.com, is one of the hardest working entrepreneurs I have ever met. But he also takes time out to read and learn from others, and it has changed the way he runs his business. [...]
As part of the continuing series, “3 Business Books That Changed My Life”, I talked with Andre Eikmeier, co-founder and CEO of vinomofo.com, for the three business books that transformed the way he does business. [...]