1. First of all, you need to understand that being an entrepreneur means having a great passion for continuous learning, efficient action and finding the right solutions. If you don’t like to read, study, analyze, implement, test, measure results, and then change your actions based on data, then you better do something else altogether.
2. I always recommend to any beginner entrepreneur the Lean Startup Methodology. It is the most efficient way to create a successful startup, as it involves validating your business idea with a minimum of costs and risks.
Here’s what the method entails in more detail: finding a niche with a specific problem, verify with the niche and see if they’re really willing to pay for that problem to be fixed (is it that important to them?), create a new solution to fix their problem, build a minimum viable product or MVP to test the solution, sell it to a statistically relevant segment from the said niche, measure results and change the product or strategy based on the findings, if needed. And then start again, as it is an iterative process. The Lean Startup mantra is “Build-Measure-Learn”.
3. So, please read and carefully analyze all the resources below, for us to have a common ground and terminology. When you’re finished with studying them and you’re familiar with the process, send me a completed Lean Canvas and what you need specifically, to see if and how I can help.
4. Curated list of essential resources for a successful startup:
Eric Reis – Lean Startup Methodology Principles
Steve Blank – Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything
Paul Graham – How to Get Startup Ideas
Paul Graham – How to Start a Startup
Paul Graham – Why to Not Start a Startup
Ash Maurya – Lean Canvas – Create your first business model and invite your team (free tool but needs registration)
Ash Maurya – Why Lean Canvas vs Business Model Canvas?
Peter J. Thomson – Value Proposition Canvas
Marius Ursache – The Problem Statement Canvas for Startups and Innovation Teams
Founder Institute – How to Split the Equity Pie with Founders and Partners
Founder Institute – A Step-by-Step Guide to Recruiting Your First Team Members
Founder’s Personality Profiles – Take the basic BOSI Assessment for free at any time
Sales & Marketing:
Cezary Pietrzak – Marketing Fundamentals Canvas
Justin Wilcox – How to Interview your Customers
Erika Hall – Research Questions Are Not Interview Questions
SAAS Genius – 21 Most Important SaaS Startup Metrics
Deconstructing Expertise: Why You Desperately Need it & How to Get it
Kauffman Founders School – The Lean Approach by Steve Blank
Udacity – Steve Blank – How to Build a Startup. The Lean LaunchPad
Y Combinator – Startup School
Sam Altman – How to Start a Startup
Coursera – Barbara Oakley – Learning how to learn
General Online Tools:
Javelin – All-in-one Lean Startup and Customer Development software
DEToolbox – The Disciplined Entrepreneurship Toolbox is a set of tools and checklists that will help you build a healthy and successful startup.
QuickMVP – the easiest way to test your ideas, without wasting time or money. Customer Interviews, Landing Pages, Unit Economics.
StartupStash – A curated directory of tools and resources to build your startup
Steve Blank’s List of Tools and Blogs for Entrepreneurs
ReWork – Practices, research, and tools from Google to improve your people processes.
Lean Startup Books:
Bill Aulet – Disciplined Entrepreneurship
Bill Aulet – Disciplined Entrepreneurship Workbook
Paul Graham – How to fund a startup
David Tisch – How to Communicate with Investors
Michael Wolfe – What should be in my fundraising slides?
Point Nine Capital – What do we base our investment decisions on?
The Business plan shop – TAM SAM SOM – What it means and why it matters
And after you finish these, go to part 2 here.