1. Welcome to Entrepreneur Country by Julie Meyer
The debut book from Ariadne Capital founder and investor Julie Meyer takes a fierce look at the need for Britain to embrace entrepreneurs as the wealth creators who can drag the country out of recession. An inspiring, enthusiastic book about the way economy and society is re-organising itself, and an ambitious manifesto for embracing this change. A very interesting read for entrepreneurs all around.
Available at amazon.co.uk for £8.96
2. Touchscreen Gloves by Mujjo
We know that business leaders in the 21st century are always connected – and the cold is certainly not keeping anyone from taking calls or checking emails. But alas, your Android, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, or whatever touchscreen device your holding in the winter cold refuses to react to your gloved hands! The solution (and very thoughtful present) are touchscreen gloves by Swedish company Mujjo, made decadently from finest Ethiopian lambskin and designed to be 100 per cent touchscreen compatible.
Available at mujjo.com for £129.95
3. Motivating posters by StartupVitamins
Doom and gloom all around the economically bruised business world, and your staff is feeling it. For the entrepreneur with a gloomy team, StartupVitamins has developed these nicely designed posters that go well beyond your usual motivational words. From “Passion never fails” to “Done is better than perfect”, pick one and lighten up the business.
Available from StartupVitamins from $26.00
4. Powerbag from blogher.com
Battery dead right before an important call? A beginner’s mistake. The entrepreneur that is prepared for anything will keep his gadgets in a Powerbag. These backpacks, messenger bags or briefcases are equipped with a complete charging system – battery, Apple connector, micro- and mini-USB connectors and an on-board USB port – and ready to charge up to four devices at once anywhere, anytime. One Powerbag charge will boost the average smartphone at least two times.
Available from blogher.com from $139.99
5. The dictionary of business bullshit by Kevin Duncan
Nobody likes jargon, but we’ve all been victims to it. Business gobbledygook has mesmerised the rank and file around the globe. Help is at hand with this Dictionary of business bullshit, aptly described as the world’s most comprehensive collection of the top 2,000 business terms and jargon. Based on his extensive experience with unnecessary jargon, Kevin Duncan deciphers the terms and language of modern-day business speak.
Available at amazon.co.uk for £6.89
6. Designer business cards from moo.com
Here’s a classic. If you’ve ever watched Mary Harron’s film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho, you know the impact that a beautifully designed business card can have. A batch of new business cards, preferably together with a shiny new cardholder, would make a happy christmas day for most entrepreneurs (as long as they like the design).
Available from moo.com
7. FitBit One by fitbit
You run a business, you never rest – unfortunately this lifestyle has, more often than not, negative effects on your health. Luckily, the industry of health tracking devices doesn’t rest either. A top product is the FitBit One, an impressive little gadget that tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed, as well as measures your sleep cycle, helps you learn how to sleep better, and wakes you in the morning. The FitBit One makes a healthy lifestyle competitive, social, and natural – even for business leaders with a serious lack of work/life balance.
Available from fitbit.com for £79.99
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