Startup reference guide


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This reference guide is an aggregation of everything I know about entrepreneurship sources. I've scoured through several sites and come up with this high quality reference guide meant to help answer any question related to startups!
A few weeks back I was in a mentoring session with an entrepreneur based outside the US. Gradually, through our conversation, I realized that there were so many resources that I had learned about over the years and wanted to share with her but, hadn't been able to capture them in one place. I started creating this reference guide for startups and before I knew it, I was scouring through various sites and rediscovering things. This reference guide is meant to be just that, 'a reference'. If you're looking for books to read, blogs to watch, news, videos or anything as it relates to entrepreneurship, I've tried to capture it here.

Obviously, it's not complete and I'm sure there are many more resources out there that I may have missed. Feel free to comment and share the ones you want to see added and I'll try to keep this updated from time to time. Meanwhile, feel free to browse through and let me know what you think!

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Startup reference guide

  1. 1. Aggregated references and lists from around the web Sonal Mane @sonalpmane
  2. 2. Here are a few resources to get you started,  Harvard Startup Guide  YCombinator startup library  Startup guide blog by Ryan Allis  A student’s guide to startups by Paul Graham  Starting a business from
  3. 3.  Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Center -  MIT Venture Lab -  Techstars U Videos  Cornell eClips  Steve Blank’s course  Kauffman Foundation and Kauffman Founders School
  4. 4.  Lean Launchpad course and Steve Blank videos  Startup Weekend – Launch a Startup in 54 hours  The Lean Startup Machine - Launch a Startup in 48 hours  Startup Monthly – Launch a Startup in a month  Startup Grind - community looking to be educated, and network with the smartest startup minds  Lean Startup Circle - Group for startup advice  LUXr – Lean UX residency  Women 2.0 – Launch a startup for women  Meetup – Meet people you’re interested in  Top Startup Conferences (North America)
  5. 5.      better-entrepreneur  entrepreneurs-make/answer/Henry-Wong-7  books-or-online-materials
  6. 6.  Master list of Tools and blogs for entrepreneurs from Steve Blank including market research, business model canvas, customer development, design, development, testing, project management and much more!  Brad Feld’s Term Sheet Series  Slides and presentations from Steve Blank  Open source entrepreneurship from Steve Blank  Personal MBA  Startup resources from VC Cafe  Startup toolbox from The Startup Foundry
  7. 7. Books, blogs, videos…
  8. 8.  Ben Horowitz  Steve Blank  Fred Wilson on tumblr and personal blog  Dharmesh Shah  Bill Gurley  Brad Feld  Paul Graham  Chris Dixon  Both sides of the table • Eric Reis • Steve Sinofsky • Bipul Sinha • Andreessen Horowitz • NVCA Full list of VC blogs
  9. 9.  For Entrepreneurs  Pitchbook  ChubbyBrain  PE Hub  Dealbook  CB Insights  Crunchbase  Gigaom  Ventureburn  VentureHacks  Venture Capital Journal
  10. 10.  Chuck Eesley – Prof at Stanfard teaching Technology Entrepreneurship  Ycombinator  Ecorner - Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Corner offers videos featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders.  Stanford Graduate School of Business  This week in startups - Rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of Web companies
  11. 11.  The Startup Owner's Manual:The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company  The Startup ofYou  The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs  The Lean startup  The four steps to epiphany  Delivering Happiness  Do More Faster  The Innovator's Dilemma  The Innovator's Solution  Art of the Start  Start-Up Nation:The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle  The Design of Everyday Things
  12. 12.  Startup Communities  Disciplined Entrepreneurship  Mastering the VC Game  Venture Deals  Never Eat Alone  How to Win Friends and Influence People  The Founder's Dilemmas  The Entrepreneurs Guide to Customer Development  The Tipping Point  Business Model Generation  Founders at Work  Getting Things Done  Made to Stick  48 Laws of Power
  13. 13.  Book authored by Brad Feld  Books recommended by Steve Blank  Quora  What books should entrepreneurs read  Must-read books  Books for web startups  So you’d like to…Start a Silicon Valley Dot-Com – Book guide Meng Won
  14. 14. Search, Browse or quickly go through the full lists of books for entrepreneurs below
  15. 15.  The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth by Clayton M. Christensen #9781578518524  Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age by Paul Graham #9781449389550  The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh #9781591843474  High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove #9780679762881  The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande #9780312430009  The Method Method: Seven Obsessions That Helped Our Scrappy Start-up Turn an Industry Upside Down by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry #9781591843993  Behind the Cloud:The Untold Story of How Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry by Marc Benioff #9780470521168  Predictably Irrational:The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely #9780061854545
  16. 16.  The Four Steps to the Epiphany (Steven Blank)  Business Model Generation (Alex Osterwalder)  The E-Myth (Michael Gerber)  The Art of The Start (Guy Kawasaki)  Rework (Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson)  Crossing the Chasm (Geoffrey A. Moore)  Blue Ocean Strategy (W. Chan Kim)  Built to Last (Jim Collins & Jerry Porras)  Good to Great (Jim Collins)  Innovator's Dilemma (Clay Christensen)  The Lean Startup (Eric Ries)  Nail It Then Scale It (Nathan Furr and Paul Ahlstrom)
  17. 17.  The Autobiography (Andrew Carnegie)  The Second Coming (Steve Jobs)  Inside Steve's Brain (Leander Kahney)  Losing my Virginity (Richard Branson)  Screw it Let's do it (Richard Branson)  Business Stripped Bare (Richard Branson)  Screw Business as Usual (Richard Branson)
  18. 18.  Joel on Software (Joel Spolsky)  Dreaming in Code (Scott Rosenberg)  Hackers and Painters (Paul Graham)
  19. 19.  Dethroning the King (Julie MacIntosh)  All you can do is all you can do, but all you can do is enough (A. L.Williams)  What Customers Want (Anthony W. Ulwick)  Running Lean (Ash Maurya)  The Creation of Wealth (RM Lala)  Crush It (Gary Vaynerchuk)  Getting Real (Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson)  Making Ideas Happen (Scott Belsky)  New Rules for the New Economy (Kevin Kelly)  A Stake in the Outcome (Jack Stack and Bo Burlingham)
  20. 20.  Brandsimple: How the Best Brands Keep it Simple and Succeed, by Allen P. Adams  Good to Great:Why Some Companies…, by Jim Collins  The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John C. Maxwell  The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene  The Culting of Brands:TurnYour Customers into Believers, by Douglas Atkin  The Dip: A Little Book That TeachesYou When to Quit, by Seth Godin  The Effective Executive:The Definitive Guide to Getting…, by Peter F. Drucker  The E Myth Manager:Why Most Managers Don’t Work…, by Michael E. Gerber  The Innovators Dilemma:The Revolutionary Book…, by Clayton M. Christensen  Winning With People: Discover the People Principles…, by John C. Maxwell
  21. 21.  All Marketers are Liars:The Power of Telling Authentic Stories…, by Seth Godin  Gimme! The Human Nature of Successful Marketing, by John Hallward  Made to Stick:Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath  Marketing Outrageously: How to IncreaseYour Revenue…, by Jon Spoelstra  Ogilvy on Advertising, by David Ogilvy  The Little Blue Book of Advertising: 52 Small Ideas…, by Steve Lance and Jeff Woll  The Publicity Handbook:The Inside Scoop…, by David R.Yale and Andrew Carothers  The Sales Bible:The Ultimate Sales Resource, by Jeffrey H. Gitomer
  22. 22.  Freakanomics: A Rogue Economist…, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner  Outliers:The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell  Small is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants…, by Seth Godin  The Long Tail:Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, by Chris Anderson  The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s…, by Richard Florida  The Tipping Point: How the Little Things Can Make…, by Malcolm Gladwell  Why We Buy:The Science of Shopping, by Paco Underhill  Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration…, by Don Tapscott and Anthony D.Williams
  23. 23.  How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success…, by Leil Lowndes  How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie  Getting toYes: Negotiating…, Roger Fisher,William L. Ury, and Bruce Patton  Yes! 50 Scientifically…, by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, and Robert B. Cialdini  You Inc.:The Art of SellingYourself, by Harry Beckwith and Christine C. Beckwith
  24. 24.  Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas of the Computer Age by Paul Graham  Predictably Irrational:The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions by Dan Ariely  Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen  The Innovator's Solution by Clayton Christensen  Warfighting by the US Marine Corp  Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out by Douglas Rushkoff  Googled:The End of the World as We Know It by Ken Auletta  The Curse of the Mogul:What's Wrong with the World's Leading Media Companies by Jonathan Knee  Planet Google by Randall Stross
  25. 25.  Spent: Sex, Evolution and Consumer Behavior by Geoffrey Miller  Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki  The Search by John Battelle  The Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs,The Creation of Apple, and How It Changed the World by Michael Moritz  The Monk & The Riddle by Randy Komisar  The New New Thing by Michael Lewis  Word of Mouth Marketing by Andy Sernovitz  Four Steps to Epiphany by Steven Blank  Guerilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson  Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
  26. 26.  Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug  Theory of Fun by Raph Koster by Jesse Schell  The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses by Jesse Schell  Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson  Team of Rivals:The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin  Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman  The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas Friedman  Hot, Flat, and Crowded:Why We Need a Green Revolution -- and How It Can Renew America by Thomas Friedman  Blink:The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell  The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  27. 27.  Outliers:The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell  Built to Last by Jim Collins  Good to Great by Jim Collins  Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins  How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins  How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein  Weird Ideas that Work by Bob Sutton  Influence: Science and Practice (5th Edition) by Robert Cialdini  Influence:The Psychology of Persuasion by Roberto Cialdini  Smartest Guys in the Room:The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind
  28. 28.  Made to Stick:Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath  Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up by Patricia Ryan Madson  Art of War by Sun Tzu  Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore  Inside the Tornado by Geoffrey Moore  High Technology Marketing by William Davidow  The Breakthrough Imperative by Schaubert Gottfredson  Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne  48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene  Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter
  29. 29.  The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene  33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene  Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay  Presentation Zen and Presentation Zen: Designs by Carr Reynolds  Term Sheet & Valuations by Alex Wilmerding  Agile Estimating & Planning by Mike Cohn  Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age by Michael A. Hiltzik  Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Speed of Trust, & Divide or Conquer by Patrick Lencioni  Customer Centric Selling by Michael Bosworth, John Holland  The Ultimate Question & Answering the Ultimate Question by Richard Owens and Laura Brooks
  30. 30.  Behind the Cloud by Marc Benioff and Carlye Adler  The Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker  Pow! Right Between the Eyes: Profiting from the Power of Surprise by Andy Nullman  Start-Up Nation:The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer  The Accidental Billionaires:The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich  The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman  Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill  High Tech Ventures by Gordon Bell  Mastering the VC Game by Jeffrey Bussgang  Delivering Profitable Value: A Revolutionary Framework to Accelerate Growth, Generate Wealth, and Rediscover the Heart of Business by Michael J. Lanning
  31. 31.  The Stand by Stephen King  The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn  Silicon Boys: And Their Valley of Dreams by David A. Kaplan  Essentials of Entrepreneurship:What it Takes to Create Successful Enterprises by TiE:The Indus Entrepreneurs and TiE  Small Business Start-Up Kit for California by Peri H. Pakroo  Change by Design by Tim Brown  The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick  The Whuffie Factor by Tara Hunt  High Stakes No Prisoners by Charles Ferguson  Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder andYves Pigneur
  32. 32.  Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi  Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky  How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie  E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber  The 80 Minute MBA by Richard Reeves (for non business/non management background people)  The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid by C.K.Prahalad  Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by DeMarco and Lister  Naked in the Boardroom by Robin Wolaner  Practically Radical by William C.Taylor  What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 by Tina Seelig
  33. 33.  Get Noticed by Marcus Taylor & Rob Lawrence  Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish   Predictable Revenue by Aaron Ross  The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al and Laura Ries  The Founder's Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman  Business the ultimate resource - by various authors Resource-Jonathan-Law/dp/140812811X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373150559&sr=8- 1&keywords=business+the+ultimate+resource  QFINANCE 2ND EDITION:The Ultimate Resource:Various Authors: 9781849300056: Books  Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead:The Ten Most Innovative Lessons from a Long, Strange Trip: Barry Barnes, John Perry Barlow: Books  Culture & Empire - Digital Revolution by Pieter Hintjens(the essence of communities)