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Amanda Peyton on Start ups (Y Combinator Start up | Message Party)

Sales forcasting for start ups (Will Price of Widgetbox)

Internet Business Models of the Tech Stars (David Cohen of Tech Stars) (no enterprise 2.0 excluding SaaS & not much “data” which is curious)

What should I send investors (pitch decks from Venture Hacks)

How much money should I raise? (Nivi & others weigh in on a hot start up topic: 12 to 24 months of runway–18 months was another answer)

Best of Ask a YC Archive

List of Start up Incubators (Robert Shedd)

What We Would Fund (Paul Graham of Y Combinator)

Pricing Strategy (simple pricing models explained at the Idea Sandbox–if you’re creating software you will probably want to read something specific to software also)

Do More Faster by Brad Feld and David Cohen of Tech Stars (preorder from Amazon for less than $20–release is October 19th, 2010)

Templates for Sales Forecasting with Excel (Microsoft)

Small Business Template Gallery (SCORE)

Ramith Sethi on Lifestyle Design and Cheap Travel

5 Whys

TBA & Cash flow resources

Generic Resources for Tech Entrepreneurs and Start ups
Paul Graham

Venture Hacks

Steve Blank

Presentation Zen

SME Toolkit


Tech Startup Incubators
Founder Institute
Tech Stars
Launchbox Digital
(see also above list)

Interesting Tech Companies
Founders Collective Company Investments



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  1. compassioninpolitics / Nov 16 2010 2:31 am

    Refael’s post on MBA Startup hacks is pretty decent:

  2. compassioninpolitics / Dec 21 2010 3:26 am

    Arguably the 5 core aspects of the consumer development model:

    Teaching Tech Entrepreneurship (includes links Steve Blank are critical to learning the discipline)

    Steve Blank talks about the state of start ups in 2010 vs. the past (5, 10, and 15 years ago). It suggests the risk profile for tech entrepreneurs is much lower these days than in the past:

    Andrew Hardgadon’s list of recommended books:

    1) Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise by Byers & Dorf

    2) The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber

    3) Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur

    Two other books probably worth checking out:
    1) The Entrepreneurs Guide to Customer Development by Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits

    2) Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup by Feld & Cohen

    I’m also interested in checking out:
    Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms

  3. Nathan Ketsdever / Feb 7 2011 11:15 pm

    Cheap logo development for under $200 (I think 99 Designs & Crowdspring are best):

    Logoworks is $300+

  4. compassioninpolitics / Feb 8 2011 4:37 am

    MaRs in Canada hosts an entrepreneur toolkit:

    MaRs also hosts an Entrepreneurship 101 video course:

    This in particular should be interesting to current & future social entrepreneurs:

    A related organization also has this primer on social enterprise in Canada:

  5. compassioninpolitics / Feb 8 2011 5:38 am

    Pitch Decks for between $99 and $199 (I think most are $199 assuming about 20 slides in the deck or about $10 bucks a slide):

    Some of the crowdsourcing design sites have presos for around $200 I believe as well.

  6. compassioninpolitics / Feb 8 2011 5:44 am

    This is a pretty decent post on the secret of success for start up entrepreneurs:

  7. compassioninpolitics / Feb 13 2011 12:40 am

    Interesting set of resources from MIT

    Entrepreneurship resources at Duke (I don’t imagine this is the best list from Duke, however)

    Entrepreneurship resources at Berkeley:

    Wharton small business resources:

    Industry research at harvard:

    At the end of the day–I think “deep customer research” & getting inside your customers mind & understanding their pain points & what keeps them up at night (particularly in relation to your product) may be the best resource for early stage entrepreneurs

  8. compassioninpolitics / Feb 13 2011 5:57 am

    Mega-list of technology accelerators

    Startup Lawyers by region:

    Venture hacks list of tech startup lawyers:

    Angel List:

    Two best places to get specific online startup advice:
    (Hacker News, Linked in, and Twitter are an honorable mentions)

  9. compassioninpolitics / Feb 16 2011 4:49 am

    A decent resource for picking email (all the top options available I believe):

    The next is for bare-bones bootstrappers, but these brochure templates for HP are nice:

    These are decent too (from Stocklayouts):

  10. Nathan Ketsdever / Feb 18 2011 4:10 am

    I’m curious how helpful this is to early stage startups (virtual business incubator):

  11. compassioninpolitics / Feb 22 2011 9:42 am

    Lead Capture Forms:

    I think AWeber & Unbounce are probably the best because they are more intergrated & let you A/B test very easily. I also know that AWeber, Unbounce, and Woofoo are used throughout the web world.

  12. Nathan Ketsdever / Feb 23 2011 10:20 am

    Gamification & game dynamics:

    Also check out Amy Jo Kim of Shufflebrain (look at YouTube & as
    well as the famous Jesse Schnell presentation at Dice 2010.

    Further, I’ve created my own amended version of the SCVNGR game mechanics list which is more comprehensive.

  13. compassioninpolitics / Mar 6 2011 8:51 pm

    If you plan on gettting an App developed–this has links to get app bidding (Get App Quotes):

  14. Nathan Ketsdever / Mar 12 2011 5:19 pm

    This speaks to the issue of business models a bit:

  15. compassioninpolitics / Mar 13 2011 8:16 am
  16. compassioninpolitics / Mar 14 2011 8:21 pm

    This is for start ups in the social collaboration or wiki space:

  17. Nathan Ketsdever / Mar 16 2011 3:41 am

    Book summaries:

    Personal MBA has a couple summaries as well. You may have to sign up for his email list for most of the summaries.

  18. compassioninpolitics / Mar 20 2011 8:25 pm

    Work on stuff that matters by OReilly:

    Core principles for start ups (Guy Kawasaki makes the same case essentially)

  19. compassioninpolitics / Mar 20 2011 9:39 pm
  20. Nathan Ketsdever / Mar 24 2011 1:02 am
  21. Nathan Ketsdever / Mar 25 2011 2:57 am

    Here is a decent list of Twitter tips which speaks to resources like listorious. I don’t think it tells you how to think about Twitter, however:

  22. Nathan Ketsdever / Mar 31 2011 9:47 am

    Mental models–interesting:

  23. Nathan Ketsdever / Mar 31 2011 7:10 pm

    Quora, Quora, Quora

    This has an extensive list of whitepapers on various social media tools & platforms:

  24. compassioninpolitics / Apr 4 2011 9:32 am

    DIY Planner is another GTD resource:

  25. compassioninpolitics / Apr 6 2011 7:04 am

    Epic Win and are apps about behavioural change. (ie to encourage yourself to change for good)

  26. compassioninpolitics / Apr 7 2011 4:37 am

    This is all direct marketing related:

    Some headlines from Tested Advertising Methods by John Caples:

    Claud Hopkins is also aclaimed, but I don’t like it all that much.

    Also Gary Halbert:

  27. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 12 2011 8:26 am

    This isn’t must watch, but interesting from Princeton (if you do decide to watch it fast forward to about 3:30 to bypass the intro) Also, the lesson learned is a) genuinely learning from early failures b) using start up education as b-school education :

  28. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 12 2011 4:41 pm
  29. compassioninpolitics / Apr 22 2011 3:05 pm
  30. compassioninpolitics / Apr 30 2011 7:34 pm

    Subscription & freemium are two of the better models:

    I guess what you are selling: data, access to an app, access to a network, or content is the key.

  31. compassioninpolitics / May 4 2011 4:30 am

    Startup tools & resources (aka apps for startups along with some networks) from Steve Blank:

  32. compassioninpolitics / May 4 2011 8:41 pm

    Here are a couple interesting presos relevant to start ups:

  33. compassioninpolitics / May 4 2011 9:32 pm

    Before and After Magazine (good for design it appears)–for designers & power point presentations:

  34. compassioninpolitics / May 7 2011 6:01 pm

    VOIP Call Recording. Its for the Mac–its mostly for content based start ups, but it is a way to re-purpose content you create in the future for other platforms:

  35. compassioninpolitics / May 7 2011 9:18 pm

    If you are a lean start up or follower of Steve Blank and/or Eric Ries, this is interesting:

  36. compassioninpolitics / May 15 2011 7:36 am

    A great HBR article on identifying great opportunities (its mostly a positioning & value proposition matrix):

    Click to access KnowingAWinningBusinessIdeaWhenYouSeeOne.pdf

  37. compassioninpolitics / May 16 2011 7:54 am

    Jeffrey Pfeffer–more for professional service firm startups:

  38. compassioninpolitics / May 16 2011 9:11 am

    Here are some more startup resources:

  39. compassioninpolitics / May 25 2011 2:18 am

    Interesting ways to learn about new trends:

    Not sure what other relavent channel has.

  40. compassioninpolitics / May 27 2011 12:07 pm

    Budgeting for early-stage internet startup companies:

  41. Nathan Ketsdever / May 29 2011 1:21 pm

    Logo Design Resources from David Airey:

  42. compassioninpolitics / Jun 1 2011 1:58 am

    File under cool–business model generation app for iPad (it seems more precarious–but it would be a nice way to :

    Increasingly, there seems to be a movement away from businesses in which you trade time for money. (at least for the entirety of the business).

    Built to Sell speaks to these issues of scalability (I don’t know if they speak to the professional services space).

  43. compassioninpolitics / Jun 3 2011 12:09 am

    Video services from Panda Motion:

    Replace myself outsourcing–for virtual assistance type work:

  44. compassioninpolitics / Jun 29 2011 6:17 pm

    Here is a short explanation of USP–I think its possible to have a shorter one–which can be explained without mad-libbing together all 6 parts:

    Also, the USP doesn’t necessarily have to appear in all communication. A 10 to 15 second pitch merely needs to contain the core of the message.

  45. Nathan Ketsdever / Jul 8 2011 6:21 am
  46. Nathan Ketsdever / Jul 8 2011 6:35 am

    More time & productivity resources from Julie Morgenstern:

  47. compassioninpolitics / Jul 29 2011 10:05 pm

    Another time management worksheet. This one is very simple, but may be more comprehensive in terms of actual hours of the day (ie not just 9 to 5) than other worksheets.

    We do have 168 hours, after all and even 50 + sleeping leaves a lot of down time for work/life balance.

  48. compassioninpolitics / Aug 14 2011 12:26 am

    Here is an interesting model of innovation, which is iterative:

  49. compassioninpolitics / Aug 16 2011 11:29 am

    An interesting self-test or self-coaching exercise on Stress management:

  50. compassioninpolitics / Aug 27 2011 4:45 am

    PR & marketing podcast that is worth checking out:

  51. Nathan Ketsdever / Sep 10 2011 5:39 am

    The power of small wins (ie motivation):

  52. Nathan Ketsdever / Sep 11 2011 7:56 am

    Positive thinking/positive psychology:

    Search for him on Youtube for his TED talk

  53. Nathan Ketsdever / Sep 12 2011 6:55 am

    Here is an interesting time breakdown from solo entrepreneurs:

  54. Nathan Ketsdever / Sep 12 2011 8:53 am

    Conquering your ok plateaus (with deliberative practice & feedback & journaling & personal best practice:

    You can watch Johnathon Foer…..I recommend starting at 6:40 to get to the meat of his presentation:

  55. compassioninpolitics / Sep 16 2011 5:08 pm

    For B2b startups (ie SaaS) B2b leads videos:

    Here is an interesting webinar:

    Here is an interesting product he mentions in the interview:

    1. Split test (identity tech to do it in best way)
    2. you can drop your pre-recorded message on voicemail

    Franklin Covey recognized 1 rep can capture 7500 permissions in a year (dont limit to email).

  56. Nathan Ketsdever / Sep 27 2011 6:53 pm

    2 qualities of entrepreneurs:
    1. dogged and relentless
    2. not afraid to embarrass themselves

  57. Nathan Ketsdever / Oct 4 2011 3:12 am

    Fun & interesting tumblr on mindset & startups:

  58. compassioninpolitics / Oct 19 2011 1:04 am


  59. compassioninpolitics / Oct 31 2011 7:16 pm
  60. Nathan Ketsdever / Nov 9 2011 7:34 pm

    Inspiring story of human achievement:

  61. Nathan Ketsdever / Nov 22 2011 3:32 am

    Books on leadership/management:

    A couple more business books:

  62. Nathan Ketsdever / Nov 26 2011 1:43 am

    This is a really interesting article–which serves as a tool:

    Click to access MarketBusting%20-%20Strategies%20For%20Exceptional%20Growth%20(HBR%20March%20-%20April%202005).pdf

    I think this translated into the business model template or combined with various vectors for innovation could be interesting.

    Very, very cool. Look forward to purchasing & reading the book by the author.

    Also, the website has interesting resources.

  63. compassioninpolitics / Nov 28 2011 9:55 pm

    Here is an interesting presentation on failure from a former Netscaper–The lesson learned for startups seems to be “Lets make better mistakes tomorrow”:

  64. compassioninpolitics / Nov 29 2011 12:50 am

    This is more relevant to me:
    Negotiation academy at the Slate:


    Business Innovation Factory (Elab) partnership with Babson:

  65. Nathan Ketsdever / Dec 8 2011 5:05 am

    This speaks to the higher ed space, which is my core focus in terms of innovation and startups (its more meta, vision, & strategy vs. Tech Crunch):

  66. Nathan Ketsdever / Dec 23 2011 1:08 am

    Brain at Work Resources (Neuroscience):

  67. compassioninpolitics / Jan 31 2012 10:43 am

    An odd place to put Ben Franklin, but I think its appropriate:

  68. Nathan Ketsdever / Feb 3 2012 2:00 am

    This is about productivity & info overload & email:

  69. Nathan Ketsdever / Feb 3 2012 5:41 am

    Udemy has a number of lectures on pitching, startups, entrepreneurship, & strategy:

  70. compassioninpolitics / Feb 22 2012 5:23 pm

    Price innovations at Ernst & Young as well as a focus on team:

    This 7 minute video is a segment which summaries the issue:

  71. compassioninpolitics / Feb 28 2012 3:36 am

    Pricing Strategies:

    Sales training:

    A potentially helpful motivation theory:

    Herberg may also prove helpful (although there is overlap):

    Here is something about learning evaluation:

  72. Nathan Ketsdever / Mar 12 2012 5:42 am

    Resources & tools for entrepreneurs–Chuck Esley:

  73. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 1 2012 7:50 pm

    Not sure this is super-relevant–I’ve only watched 1/2 of it. I’m putting it here to remind me to watch the other half:

  74. compassioninpolitics / May 31 2012 4:49 pm

    Being right vs. taking risks (dealing with criticism)

  75. compassioninpolitics / Jun 6 2012 5:09 am

    Software as a service startups and B2B startups should look at:

    Top Sales Influencers

    You could also look to top sales training orgs.

    There is a research firms which provides “objective” evaluation of the effectiveness of various sales training companies. (the top ones at least).

    Also, the INC top 2000 is helpful….along with various other rankings–which suggest values, revenues, or other KPIs/metrics.

  76. compassioninpolitics / Jun 6 2012 6:43 am

    Some possible links for win-win & conflict resolution:

    The U of Colorado has a small resource on negotiation skills:

    Principles/Laws of Negotiation:

    (although this doesn’t seem to provide answers to me–except the dealing with hardball negotiators article)

    Mindtools on Win-Win Negotiation (i believe these are all borrowed by Ury, but I haven’t checked):

  77. compassioninpolitics / Jun 7 2012 10:35 am

    Interesting research on entrepreneurship related topics:

  78. compassioninpolitics / Jun 12 2012 4:30 pm

    Landing page (not sure of exact features). I’ve seen decent implementations, but others that include Kajabi in the URL–which seems odd.

    Also, remember to check out public speaking on Youtube & the National Speakers Association

  79. Nathan Ketsdever / Jul 4 2012 12:27 am
  80. compassioninpolitics / Jul 10 2012 3:35 am
  81. compassioninpolitics / Jul 11 2012 1:39 pm

    Duct Tape Marketing Resources list (focuses on the online space):

  82. compassioninpolitics / Jul 20 2012 8:35 pm

    Challenges of entrepreneurs (based on a survey by the Kauffman foundation):

  83. commpassioninpolitics / Jul 27 2012 8:57 pm

    Free sales resources (original link from Sales Gravy):

  84. compassioninpolitics / Jul 30 2012 4:46 am

    Entrepreneur resources from the Toliet Paper Entrepreneur

  85. Nathan Ketsdever / Aug 8 2012 7:22 pm

    Looking at various sales 2.0 & sales automation & closed loop marketing type stuff:
    (you have to provide your info)

    Haven’t looked at this specific one, but plan to perhaps do so in the future.

  86. Nathan Ketsdever / Dec 19 2012 7:39 pm
  87. compassioninpolitics / Jan 14 2013 5:07 pm

    Peter Thiel’ Startup Class (I think all the classnotes are available here):

  88. compassioninpolitics / Apr 20 2013 3:44 am

    They seem to have a wide array of data to learn from.

  89. compassioninpolitics / Sep 6 2013 7:58 pm

    It may be easier to work with someone who specializes in CRM, closed loop marketing, copywriting, or online sales funnel development and optimization. (aka sales 2.0). Each of the technology providers seems to have a certification program too.

    Here are some options:

    I believe Google still has a partner program as well (or certification for Landing Page Optimization and Conversion Rate Optimization type needs).

  90. compassioninpolitics / Sep 13 2013 2:26 pm

    “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

    ― Theodore Roosevelt

  91. compassioninpolitics / Sep 19 2013 7:13 pm

    Growth Hacker TV:

  92. compassioninpolitics / Sep 20 2013 2:03 am

    Steve Blank/Lean Startups:

  93. Nathan Ketsdever / Oct 17 2013 2:56 am

    Tips for Spying on Competitors

  94. compassion in politics / Oct 24 2013 5:23 pm

    Quicksprout Marketing University

  95. compassion in politics / Oct 31 2013 2:38 am

    Hiring Consultants & Trainers/Outsourcing:

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