This startup thing is really tough. It’s really, properly, brain-achingly difficult. Luckily, them internets have LOTS OF HELP for starting, running and growing a business. Now you can have some too.
I’m always looking for more information-food to feed my startup brain. Newsletters, blogs, books, videos, conversations; whatever my greedy grey matter can get its mitts on. Here’s the best stuff I’ve found over the last few years.
I constantly refer back to this list of startup resources, to remind myself of things or to learn new ones – so I recommend you bookmark this page immediately. And share it with all your friends right now, so they know how influential and clever you are. And good-looking.
If you have any other amazing resources, please suggest them in the comments and I’ll include them in the list.
The best startup advice Sam Altman of YCombinator has ever heard (95 items).
“The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Starting And Running A Business” ~> USA-focussed.
Straightforward summary of the essentials of How to Do it Right.
How to launch with a validated idea.
E-book guide to building a happy startup.
Create ‘launching soon’ pages, collect interest and build an audience before you launch.
Excellent startup advice blog by an entrepreneur-turned-VC.
Startup advice blog written by AngelList.
A free 14-week course about startups, including practical advice and exercises.
40 places to learn new skills online.
Platform to learn (and teach) anything.
Address book that keeps all your contacts in one place and automatically up-to-date.
Platform to find (and organise) events – search for your interests.
Platform where startups connect to investors and talent.
Another platform to find (and organise) events – search for your interests.
Social network for entrepreneurs to collaborate, co-found and develop new businesses.
Weekly summary of (startup) events in London (and other world cities).
Get Stuff Done
Premium service deals for startups.
Daily deals for startups and small businesses.
Free project management tool for any project and any team – super versatile.
See what the best startups and companies in the world are using.
Collaborative web and mobile mockup/UI prototyping tool.
10 starter themes and frameworks for WordPress.
Required reading for product designers.
Sell Things, Grow Stuff
A very useful blog about (SaaS) pricing – start with the Complete Guide.
How to convert singups to customers in 30 days.
35 resources to help you learn about and growth hacking.
Newsletter full of sales and marketing advice.
Excellent blog about analytics, marketing and testing.
Customized, automated legal documents for startups, investors, crowdfunding portals and attorneys.
Simple calculator to help you decide how much of the business each founder should get.
Collection of articles about investment agreements (term sheets), by Brad Feld, MD of Foundry Group.
A HUGE list of enterprise-related resources from the New Entrepreneurs Foundation.
National campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs – events, resources and deals.
The Entrepreneurs’ Think Tank – Sign up for their newsletter (bottom of the page).
Business advice and tools for startups and small businesses.
European Commission scheme that helps small business to make the most of the European marketplace.
Don’t Want to Start Things?
“10 reasons working in a startup is terrible”
For more useful resources (when I find them) I share them on Twitter: @isoworg.