Five Pillars of Success: Curated Content for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

Mar 07, 2019
High Fives

So you’ve got a terrific idea for a startup? Great!

If you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, you may feel overwhelmed by all the new vocabulary and concepts around building a business.

Techstars encourages all of us to #GiveFirst, so today my gift to you is a long list of great resources from across the web. Give these articles a read, and before you know it, you’ll be finding a great co-founder, building a MVP, acquiring customers, perfecting your pitch, and even raising a seed round!

BUSINESS: Defining and fine-tuning your core offering

01. The business model canvas:

02. Building a MVP (Minimum Viable Product):

03. Achieving PMF (Product-Market Fit):

04. Running design sprints:

05. 10 steps to perfect your startup pitch:

06. Pricing your product:

07. Branding must haves:

PEOPLE: Finding and working with the right people

01. Finding great cofounders:

02. How great leaders inspire action:

03. Three types of mentors you need:

04. Five rules for networking:

06. How to write the best forwardable email:

TECHNOLOGY: Getting the tech correct

01. What makes a good CTO?

02. Making engineering team communication clearer, faster and better:

03. Understanding modern web development:

04. What is blockchain?

05. Everything you need to know about AI (Artificial Intelligence):

GROWTH: Getting customers

01. Tools for understanding your customers:

02. The ultimate guide to customer acquisition:

03. Dictionary of marketing terms you should know:

04. Making sales a priority:

FUNDRAISING: Money to grow and scale

01. Raising money for your startup:

02. A fundraising template every entrepreneur can use:

03. What is an angel investor?

04. 16 startup metrics you need to know:

05. Why investors prefer founding CEOs:


Read all these and still want more? The Techstars Entrepreneur’s Toolkit offers videos, exercises, and more to help you #domorefaster.

Saba Karim

P.S. Last year I read 12 books. This year, I set myself a stretch goal, and I’m aiming for 48! However, I’m going to need your help. If you also like reading, tweet at me @iamsabakarim, and let me know what you’re reading so we can chat about it—and possibly feature your recommendation on my next list.

About the Author
Saba Karim

Based out of Denver, Colorado, Saba Karim is the Global Startup Pipeline Manager of Techstars - responsible for helping source startups from across the world for all of its accelerators. You can follow him on Twitter @sabakarimm.