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!
01. The business model canvas: https://strategyzer.com/canvas/business-model-canvas
02. Building a MVP (Minimum Viable Product): https://rubygarage.org/blog/how-to-build-a-minimum-viable-product
03. Achieving PMF (Product-Market Fit): https://www.forbes.com/sites/hayleyleibson/2018/01/18/how-to-achieve-product-market-fit/#44378185476b
04. Running design sprints: https://www.thesprintbook.com/how/
05. 10 steps to perfect your startup pitch: https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/10-steps-perfect-your-startup-pitch
06. Pricing your product: https://www.sequoiacap.com/article/pricing-your-product/
07. Branding must haves: https://foundr.com/brand-identity-system-startups
01. Finding great cofounders: https://guykawasaki.com/how-to-find-a-co-founder/
02. How great leaders inspire action: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action
03. Three types of mentors you need: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/327671
04. Five rules for networking: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyhoey/2019/01/10/five-rules-for-networking-your-startup-in-a-new-city/#777ead803735
06. How to write the best forwardable email: https://alexiskold.net/2015/06/24/how-to-write-a-forwardable-introduction-email/
01. What makes a good CTO? https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2015/08/28/what-makes-a-good-cto-great-8-qualities-to-hire-for/#49e7a3e04b03
02. Making engineering team communication clearer, faster and better: https://firstround.com/review/making-engineering-team-communication-clearer-faster-better/
03. Understanding modern web development: https://levelup.gitconnected.com/web-development-introduction-39ed3544e95c
04. What is blockchain? https://blockgeeks.com/guides/what-is-blockchain-technology/
05. Everything you need to know about AI (Artificial Intelligence): https://www.zdnet.com/article/what-is-ai-everything-you-need-to-know-about-artificial-intelligence/
01. Tools for understanding your customers: http://firstround.com/review/the-tools-early-stage-startups-actually-need-to-understand-their-customers/
02. The ultimate guide to customer acquisition: https://blog.hubspot.com/service/customer-acquisition
03. Dictionary of marketing terms you should know: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/inbound-marketing-glossary-list
04. Making sales a priority: https://tech.co/startups-you-need-to-make-sales-a-priority-2016-03
01. Raising money for your startup: https://www.inc.com/mark-suster/raising-money-for-your-startup-here-are-6-things-you-absolutely-must-do.html
02. A fundraising template every entrepreneur can use: https://techcrunch.com/2015/05/30/how-much-does-your-startup-need-to-raise/
03. What is an angel investor? https://www.startups.co/articles/what-is-an-angel-investor
04. 16 startup metrics you need to know: https://a16z.com/2015/08/21/16-metrics/
05. Why investors prefer founding CEOs: http://www.bhorowitz.com/why_we_prefer_founding_ceos
Read all these and still want more? The Techstars Entrepreneur’s Toolkit offers videos, exercises, and more to help you #domorefaster.
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.
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.