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Become a better startup founder: blogs and courses

Most successful people recognise the importance of self improvement. Especially when starting out, it can be hard to know what content to learn in order to prepare yourself to run a startup. Personally I find that going through this content again while running a startup is very useful also.

This post includes some of the most useful content I’ve come across, but I’m always on the look out for more. I’ll update this post as I find/remember more worthwhile content. If you know of something I’ve missed that you think should be on this list, please do let me know.

Online courses

Startup Class by Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator Y Combinator president Sam Altman recently put CS183B at Stanford University online. Videos of the lectures, associated reading materials, and assignments are all available. This course includes well known tech startup CEOs lecturing on topics they know well.

How to Build a Startup by Steve Blank Steve Blank is an entrepreneur, professor and leader in thinking on tech startups. He’s articulate and his material is definitely worth learning. and


Greymatter by Greylock Partners is a series of stories from some of the world’s top technology entrepreneurs and is recorded from a class at Stanford University. Every audiobook is packed full of really useful tips from highly successful technology entrepreneurs. They cover startups from seed through to IPO.


Paul Graham is a Y Combinator co-founder and tech VC. He writes a series on useful topics.

Andrew Chen is a startup investor and advisor and currently works at Uber on growth. Each post is on an important topic, he’s very articulate and likes numbers.

Fred Wilson is a tech VC. He blogs regularly, with some interesting/useful thoughts on technology.


The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank & Bob Dorf

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur

Other links

This list didn’t make the shortlist, but is worth looking at if you have time:

Here are some great virtual learning platforms:

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Nick is an entrepreneur. He’s the CEO of food tech company and HR software company Air ( He’s an BBC Apprentice 2012 finalist, received an honour doctorate from Aston University in 2016 and sometimes does some guest speaking.

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Nick Holzherr

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