I just completed the book by Ben Horowitz. I think it has a lot of good advice for start-ups and is especially aimed at founder-CEOs of technology businesses.
This book is a thought-provoking collection of history, population biology, anthropology, and a variety of other fields. It tracks homo sapiens from a struggling and insignificant species through the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific phases of development. It talks about the importance of religions, nationalism, and economic systems. Interestingly, the role of capitalism was critical.