Audio Books for Founders

Matthias Strodtkoetter
Co-Founder & CEO of Angle

Matthias has listened to over 175 audio books! Here are his top 10 for founders... Audible links, so most useful if you have an Audible account. Note that neither Matthias nor we are affiliated with Audible.

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Some things are surprisingly hard about being a founder. For example the degree to which you don’t have a clue how to interpret your situation. Or how impossible it is to find believable advice. Ask 4 people, get four wildly different opinions, each sounding coherent. Or how lonely it gets. One of the most helpful, inspiring and eye-opening things to happen on my journey is amazing books - or in this case audiobooks - because I prefer to listen. You’ll find some mainstream books here, but I still put them if they left a great impression on me.


Matthias Strodtkoetter is the Co-Founder and CEO of audio startup Angle.Audio. He has a Master’s degree in quantum physics and is truly passionate about meaningful debate, audio and literature. He has listened to over 175 audiobooks, many of which concern entrepreneurship.

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This book is extraordinarily honest, concrete, true and therefore useful. No founder should not have read this.

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Peter’s intelligence and knowledge on all things startups is simply undeniable. Not least, because you’ll hear one of the greatest investors of our time contradict a lot of VC “wisdom”.

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Took me a long time to get to it, because it seemed too mainstream. But Steve’s story, beliefs and approach are just so different and so unbelievably successful, that founders must know about it.

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Phil is incredibly honest and tells the story of Nike in a personal and compelling way. The battles they fought! Also, it's about shoes, not software. Some things are different, some are the same.

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How do you build a company that needs to mass produce more creative content and solutions than all competitors, all the time, while disrupting an industry? Ask Reid of Netflix.

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Possibly the best book about the workplace (as such) I have ever read. It’s incredible how many things we do at work that are just wrong and we don’t even know it.

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Personally, I bet on AI to be the technology that will change our lives most in the next decade. And this is the most exciting - while intelligent - book I’ve listened to on the topic.

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As a physicist and an ENTP, it is just pure joy to my brain how Ray breaks down life and work so crisply and comprehensively into principles one can follow every day.

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Please excuse a German book. I couldn’t find an English version. I thought I knew about Silicon Valley, but I didn’t until I listened to this book. If you are not American, you probably don’t know about it either.

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Thank you for going through my deep dive. I hope you enjoyed it! I definitely had fun going through my library and picking my favorites.


If I missed your favorite audiobook, I’d be thrilled to hear about it. Or if you’d like to discuss some of my recommendations, I’d be thrilled to do that, too. I am matthias-d-strodtkoetter on LinkedIn and @MatuStrodt on Twitter.


And if you’d like to enrich your product or website by a unique live audio experience, check out Angle.Audio. Hope to catch you around!

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