The Ultimate Books for Finance & Startup Careers: Mega List

Books on i-banking, private equity, VC, hedge funds, and startups
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By Mike Hinckley
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    Why I created this list

    When I was in college, I was obsessed with researching future careers.

    I knew I wanted to do something big and ambitious, but I didn’t quite know what that thing was yet.

    The problem was there wasn’t much info out there about future careers. Vault Guides were OK, but I wanted to go into more depth. I wanted to jump into books that could really teach me about what a career in that industry would be like, and ideally, how I could standout.

    That’s why I created this list.

    This list is meant to capture the top books in each field, according to reputation or to my personal experience.

    How to use it

    I do not recommend that you try to read EVERY book on this list. Rather, pick ones that

    Also, be aware that I would make a small commission if you use a link to purchase one of these books. That said, I don’t really expect to make money off this.

    It would make me much happier if 1-2 people email me in 6 months to let me know one of these books changed their life!

    (My email is mike@growthequityinterviewguide.com)

    Go forth and learn!

    Here’s the list

    -> Top investment banking books

    -> Top private equity books

    -> Top hedge fund books

    -> Top Wall Street books

    -> Top venture capital books

    -> Top startup books


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    Mike Hinckley

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