Scrisoare pentru un Startup Wannabe

1. In primul rand sa stii ca a fi antreprenor inseamna sa ai o pasiune nestavilita pentru invatarea continua, actiunea eficienta si gasirea de solutii. Daca nu iti place sa citesti, sa studiezi, sa analizezi, sa aplici, sa testezi, sa masori rezultatele si sa iti schimbi actiunile in functie de rezultatele obtinute, mai bine iti cauti altceva de facut.

2. Eu recomand celor care isi doresc sa devina antreprenori metodologia Lean Startup. Este cea mai eficienta metoda de creare a unui startup de succes, deoarece permite validarea unei idei de afaceri cu minimum de costuri si riscuri.

Metoda presupune, in linii mari, sa cauti o nisa de clienti cu o anumita problema, sa verifici daca problema ii arde si sunt dispusi sa plateasca pentru o solutie, sa creezi o noua solutie care le-ar rezolva problema, sa construiesti un MVP prin care sa iti testezi solutia, sa il vinzi unui esantion reprezentativ statistic din segmentul de clienti tinta, sa masori rezultatele si sa schimbi produsul sau strategia in functie de rezultate. Si pe urma o iei de la cap, procesul este iterativ. Mantra Lean Startup este “Build-Measure-Learn”.

3. Asadar, te rog parcurge cu atentie resursele pe care ti le trimit ca sa avem un limbaj si principii comune. Cand le-ai terminat de citit si te-ai familiarizat cu procesul trimite-mi un Lean Canvas si ce anume ai nevoie in clipa de fata, sa vad daca te pot ajuta.

4. Lista de resurse esentiale:

Fundamentals:

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

Ash Maurya – Find Better Problems Worth Solving with the Customer Forces Canvas

Marius Ursache – The Problem Statement Canvas for Startups and Innovation Teams

Forbes – 11 Ways To Find And Build Your Perfect Advisory Board

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

Jason Evanish – 95 Ways to find your first customers for customer development or your first sale

Justin Wilcox – How to Interview your Customers

Rob Fitzpatrick – How To Do (And What To Expect From) Early-Stage Customer Development & Sales

Nat Turner – 90% of Feedback is Crap: How to Find the Next Big Startup Idea

Neil Patel – How to do Content Marketing if You’re Dead Broke and Bad at Writing

SAAS Genius – 21 Most Important SaaS Startup Metrics

Nate Liason – $58,150 in 5 Months: How to Build a Lifestyle Business Step-by-Step (Emails, Tools, Everything)

Deconstructing Expertise: Why You Desperately Need it & How to Get it

Online Courses:

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:

Ash Maurya – Running Lean. Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works (Lean Series)

Bill Aulet – Disciplined Entrepreneurship Workbook

Steve Blank – The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

Funding Know-How:

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?

Nate Matherson – How College Students Can Find Funding for Their Business

List of All Seed Accelerator Programs in the World

List of All Investment Funds in Europe

Good luck!

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