Over the years, I've seen a lot of people help others, be helped and look for help too. Everyone has to find their own way in startups, that's always how it works best, but a few pointers on where to look never hurt anyone. See below for some tips and links!
Networks & serendipity
By far the most valuable thing you can do is get involved in meaningful networks of people, they could be startup networks, or industry specific networks, or something more ad-hoc, but meet people, help people, be kind and be open - you'll be surprised at what serendipity turns up for you!
New to startups? Don't know where to start? Here's some tips...
Not only can you meet a lot of people at events, but you can learn a lot too.
From simple networking events to more content-led events like fireside chats, or panel sessions, events are an invaluable way of expanding your network, getting to know the ecosystem and learning towards whatever role you're hoping to play.
You can also attend more active events like Hackathons, these are long working events that aim to "hack" together a business (Minimum Viable Product - MVP) or a solution to a certain brief. I started at Startup Weekend in 2012 and went on to run a number of really fun hackathons.
Reading - Stay up to date
Get your finger on the pulse and keep it there.
Reading - Texts
As well as keeping up to date, there's a huge amount of wisdom between the pages of a large number of books.
I don't read anywhere as much as I'd like to, but here are a few recommended reads:
The Lean Startup - Eric Ries
Startup Communities - Brad Feld
ReWork - Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
The 4-Hour Work Week - Tim Ferris
Hackers & Painters - Paul Graham
The Mom Test - Rob Fitzpatrick
Creativity, Inc - Ed Catmull
Atomic Habits - James Clear
Influence - Robert Cialdini
Thinking in Bets - Annie Duke
Traction - Gino Wickman
If you want somewhere to start, I'd really recommend Influence.It's fantastic for understanding human behaviour and motivations. Whilst it talks about "persuasion" and "compliance", I've found it most useful for understanding people and when they are trying to manipulate you! Traction is also a great book for setting up an operating system for your company.
If you're going to fail your startup, make sure you learn from it.
Here's a collection of brave individuals who have prepared a Startup Post Mortem, for you to learn from...
Tab (previously Subscrib) was a web-based prepaid loyalty app that started in the basement of Campus London in late September 2012 by Shawn Zvinis, Christoph Sassenberg and Gary Luce.
Dinnr was an ad-hoc, same day ingredient delivery service. Select a recipe on our website, and we deliver everything you need to cook that recipe at home, all the items pre-measured with printed instructions.
Microcosm was a community CMS as a platform and service, a Tumblr for forums. It allowed non-technical people to create and run a community site hat would comfortably scale from small groups of 50 people to very active communities of 50k people.
Even more resources!
Here's a bunch of other stuff that I think is pretty useful too!
Some observations from Sam Altman - Interesting stuff from the President of YCombinator.
Be more productive - Some good tips on getting more done
Startup are hard - it's really not for everyone!
Startup tips from the dog guy - Great insights from Ted Rheingold
A great big list of startup ideas - from Y Combinator
Venture Hacks - General startups tips from Angel List
Social Media & Marketing stuff
Export twitter lists and followers (for free)
Marvel app - Mobile and web
Flinto - Mobile app
submit.co - Hundreds of publications, what they cover and how to contact them.
Compete against the best for talent - How Coursera does it.
Unicorn Hunt - the 3beards former job board (acquired in 2017) brings you direct access to the community, no recruiters to be seen!
Onboarding guide - Give your new employees the best landing.
What to include in monthly reporting to investors - Handy hints from Jason Calacanis
Inside an A+ Board Meeting - Some great tips on how to run effective board meetings
Equity & Fundraising
Investor Due Diligence for Startups - It's important to DD potential investors
Landscape.ventures - Excellent resource for founders
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