Need Inspiration? Top Picks for Your January Reads

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With February right around the corner and the “New Year, New Me!” phase quickly fading for most of us, Platum recommends four books that will help you get over the “New Year, Same Me…” slump. Check out these books for some inspiration to kick off 2017.

“Startup Funding: Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur” by Dermot Berkery

Written by Dermot Berkery, an internationally known venture capitalist, this book is a complete toolbox that details principles of the venture capital investment method as well as strategies and techniques for startups to survive. If you are an entrepreneur seeking venture capital, this book will guide you through case studies and practical exercises to prepare you for your next big pitch.

“Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days ” by Jake Knapp

The “sprint” process has worked for many of Google’s critical programs like Chrome, Gmail and Google Search during their developments. Jake Knapp, who created the Google Ventures sprint process, shares a 5-day sprint schedule that took many of today’s most fascinating startups to success. Sprint will guide you through what really needs to be done in order to apply “lean thinking” and “design thinking” into actionable items from Monday to Friday. Make sure to pick up this book if you seek to adopt a sprint process for your organization.

“Asking European Picture Book Authors” by Hye-Jin Choi  

In this book, you will find answers to the question: “What inspired your creativity?” from ten European picture book authors. Author Hye-Jin Choi, a veteran feature editor at a magazine company, flew to France on her 10th-year work anniversary to interview European authors about where and how creativity is found.

Regardless of your job title or industry, everyone is a planner at some point and every part of planning requires creativity. If you often find yourself staring at a blank screen, this book will inspire you to let your creativity take over. Explore how picture book authors paint their imagination – something so intangible – into drawings and colors, and remind yourself that a bit of creativity can open doors to new ways of doing whatever it is you need to do.

“Creativity is merely the courage to do something. Allowing yourself to do something new and reminding yourself that you can do it is what differentiates a creative person.” – Serge Bloch

“How to Set Up a Corporation in China” by Sung-Kyoon Noh

How do you break into the massive Chinese market? Where do you even begin? Author Sung-Kyoon Noh, who spent ten years in China helping companies establish corporations in Shanghai, shares tips and practical advices to those considering starting a business in China. If you are Googling “how to do business in China,” close your web browser and pick up this book for answers and inspiration!

Inspired by Platum

Based in San Francisco, Lisa enjoys exploring the intersection of technology and social impact. Having lived in over 9 cities throughout her life, she is in constant pursuit of immersing herself in culturally & intellectually diverse environments.

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