Resources for Entrepreneurs and Startups

Crush the entrepreneurial learning curve

Be an Infinite Learner

Crush the entrepreneurial learning curve, reduce risk, and up the chances for success with these resources.

Here is a list I have been compiling of books, online courses, incubators and accelerators geared to codifying the startup process and helping entrepreneurs reduce risk and up the chances for success.

Its incredible the level of professionalism, sophistication and tested results oriented material and expertise that is freely available. If you don’t expose yourself to it and take advantage of it, its your own fault. No more excuses!

I would really appreciate any comments about things I have overlooked or left out and what of these resources are the most helpful. Thanks!

Startups and Entrepreneurship

Incubators, Accelerators, Books and Courses

Udacity Steve Blank

https://www.udacity.com/course/how-to-build-a-startup--ep245

This is the place to start. This is the definitive material.

Talking to Humans

This book is a must read in order to better understand and perform customer discovery and validation. And amazingly generous: it free to download. The author Giff Constable deserves our thanks!

WeWork

https://www.wework.com/

WeWork is a global network of workspaces where companies and people grow together. High design, super amenities.

Y Combinator

http://www.ycombinator.com/

https://www.startupschool.org/

Startup School is a free 10-week massively open online course (MOOC). From Y Combinator.

YC Blog

Just to keep everything from Y Combinator in on place, here are some great blog posts from YC folks:

Plug and Play

http://plugandplaytechcenter.com/

A global innovation platform for startups, corporations, and investors.

CB Insights

https://www.cbinsights.com/

The CB Insights tech market intelligence platform analyzes millions of data points on venture capital, startups, patents, partnerships and news mentions to help you see tomorrow’s opportunities, today.

GAN Global Accelerator Network

https://www.gan.co/

USASBE

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship.

Disciplined Entrepreneurship

http://disciplinedentrepreneurship.com/

Bill Aulet is a long time practicing entrepreneur and an instructor at MIT, one of the most rigorous institutions in the world. He has both created hundreds of millions of dollars of market value leading entrepreneurial ventures and also taught thousands of entrepreneurs in the past decade.

National Science Foundation iCorps

https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/resources.jsp

The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) curriculum is built on a special, accelerated version of Stanford University’s Lean LaunchPad course with additional elements designed just for I-Corps grantees.

Book list

http://www.mba-asap.com/index.php/top-10-startup-entrepreneur-books/

Books I have found extremely useful on entrepreneurship and startups.

Video Book Summaries

This links to a playlist on my YouTube channel where I collect, compile, and curate interesting book summaries related to entrepreneurship and startups

Leaning Curve

Below links to a playlist on my YouTube channel with interesting videos about learning key concepts about learning quickly and retaining information.

TechStars

https://www.techstars.com/

500 Startups

https://500.co/

Kaufman Foundation

https://www.kauffman.org/

Entrepreneurship.org

https://www.entrepreneurship.org/

Steve Blank etc.

Fast Trac

https://fasttrac.org/

Podcasts

Masters of Scale

Reid Hoffman

a16z

Podcast from the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz

How I Built This

Guy Roz from NPR

Tim Ferriss

MBA ASAP http://bit.ly/2fCWs8s

John Cousins

Blogs

There is tons of great information and inspiring insights available from bloggers. Here are some of the best.

Here is a must read! Gif
Constable’s blog post “12 Tips for Early Customer Development
Interviews
” This is required reading.

Here is another must read Niche to Win, Baby.

Ash Maurya BOOTSTART https://blog.leanstack.com/the-bootstart-manifesto-65b41da6216

Cap Table Simulator https://medium.com/yanda/cap-table-simulator-11bcb415eac3

Seth Godin

Tim Ferriss

Sean Ellis

Here is an archive of the best articles from
Marc Andreessen’s original blog blog.pmarca.com

Slide Decks

Guy Kawasaki

10 slides

https://guykawasaki.com/the-only-10-slides-you-need-in-your-pitch/

Great template for pitch decks and presentations for demo day.

Donatas Jonakis

Startup Curve

http://evolutioncurve.com/

Lots of helpful Downloads and swipe files and a short diagnostic quiz. Download 100 pages from his book.

Check out my podcast episode with Donatas. MBA ASAP http://bit.ly/2EQF1tc

MBA ASAP

Book Amazon http://amzn.to/2fc9mdC

Course Udemy http://bit.ly/2AzyEuS

Podcast http://apple.co/2uOcodG

MOOCs

Coursera

University of Maryland program

Wharton on Coursera

EdX

YouTube

Big Think: Finance in one hour with Bill Ackman

This is a great video where the billionaire hedge fund genius Bill Ackman walks through starting a company and the dynamics of scaling. He uses a lemonade stand as the model and builds up financial statements. It is entertaining and well produced. I have watched it at least twenty times in classrooms.

Getting from Business Idea to Business Model: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwShFsSFb-Y

Visualizing Your Business Model: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlKP-BaC0jA

Entrepreneurship

Here is a video of introductory thoughts on Entrepreneurship in a video and a slide deck on the mindset we must develop.

John Cousins

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Founder of MBA-ASAP.com Author of MBA ASAP and The Way to Wealth

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