How to Start a Startup

The Silicon Valley Playbook for Entrepreneurs

Author: ThinkApps

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997268515

Category:

Page: 198

View: 7293

How to Start a Startup is based on material from a Stanford University course taught by Y Combinator, the prestigious startup accelerator behind billion-dollar companies like Airbnb and Dropbox. This in-depth reference guide to creating a successful startup reveals the secrets to raising money, building products users love, hiring a great team, getting press coverage, attracting customers, scaling your business, and more.

Start Small, Stay Small

A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup

Author: Rob Walling

Publisher: The Numa Group LLC

ISBN: 0615373968

Category: Entrepreneurship

Page: 202

View: 4092

Start Small, Stay Small is a step-by-step guide to launching a self-funded startup. If you're a desktop, mobile or web developer, this book is your blueprint to getting your startup off the ground with no outside investment. This book intentionally avoids topics restricted to venture-backed startups such as: honing your investment pitch, securing funding, and figuring out how to use the piles of cash investors keep placing in your lap. This book assumes: * You don't have $6M of investor funds sitting in your bank account * You're not going to relocate to the handful of startup hubs in the world * You're not going to work 70 hour weeks for low pay with the hope of someday making millions from stock options There's nothing wrong with pursuing venture funding and attempting to grow fast like Amazon, Google, Twitter, and Facebook. It just so happened that most people are not in a place to do this. Start Small, Stay Small also focuses on the single most important element of a startup that most developers avoid: marketing. There are many great resources for learning how to write code, organize source control, or connect to a database. This book does not cover the technical aspects developers already know or can learn elsewhere. It focuses on finding your idea, testing it before you build, and getting it into the hands of your customers.

Starting a Tech Business

A Practical Guide for Anyone Creating Or Designing Applications Or Software

Author: Alex Cowan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118205553

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 258

View: 7462

"Technology-enabled businesses offer one of today's best available means to creating wealth, and the successful application of technology increasingly separates an industry's winners from its losers. Even better, while a decade ago the barriers to creating a technology-enabled business required a pole vault, they've lowered to where a determined step in the right direction is enough to get started.There are many important things prospective entrepreneurs and business enterprises need to know to avoid common pitfalls in the fast-paced world of high tech business. This book provides these practical checklists and frameworks that business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals can apply to any web 2.0 business idea, whether they are developing software and products or beginning a technology-enabled business. The book includes valuable insights on How do you prepare yourself or your company for successful systems implementation? How do you develop a best-practice user interface for your/your company's system? What are some of the most common disconnects between engineers and business people and how can you avoid them? What are the core functional roles in a technology-enabled business and what skills sets do they require? How do you identify worthwhile partnerships and invest in them enough to make them successful? "--

3 Weeks to Startup

A High Speed Guide to Starting a Business

Author: Tim Berry

Publisher: Entrepreneur Press

ISBN: 1613080484

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 378

View: 8567

Three weeks? Can you really start a business in three weeks? Yes, you can. Tim Berry, business planning expert and principal author of Business Plan Pro, the country’s bestselling business plan software, and Sabrina Parsons, co-founder of Palo Alto Software UK, unveil a new, more innovative business landscape and show you how to streamline your startup using the fastest resource in the world—the internet. Eliminate the exhausting, time-consuming legwork involved in traditional startup plans, and instead fast track your business using a wealth of online tools and services. Berry and Parsons help you build your business step by step, including establishing your business plan, making your business legal, financing your venture, hiring your staff and more—using online tools and resources at every stage. Discover how easy it is to reach your dream of opening your own business faster than you ever thought possible. Let the countdown begin—you’re just 3 weeks away from opening the doors to your new business!

Start a Successful Business

Expert Advice to Take Your Startup from Idea to Empire

Author: Colleen DeBaise

Publisher: AMACOM

ISBN: 0814439195

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 6675

Let Inc. help launch your dreams. Makers, doers, and dreamers-for decades they have turned to Inc. for help in getting their businesses off the ground. The publication's keen advice clarifies the process, while startup stories fuel aspirations and spark action. Warby Parker shook up the eyewear sector with its innovative, socially-conscious business model. Skullcandy tapped into the surfing, skateboarding, and hip-hop scenes-and built a standout audio brand. All along, Inc. was there, capturing triumphs, setbacks, and lessons learned. Now, Start a Successful Business gathers these important lessons into a single path-charting guide. From brainstorming to crowdfunding to building partnerships, the book walks new and aspiring founders through seven crucial stages: * Come up with a brilliant business idea * Select the best structure and strategy for your startup * Figure out funding * Get the word out-and get customers * Dig deep to discover their wants and needs * Become an exceptional leader * Prepare to go global Throughout, celebrated entrepreneurs share ideas that worked for them, including where Sarah Blakely got the inspiration for Spanx, how Elon Musk stays insanely productive, why Rent the Runway ditched the business plan, and how a hashtag accelerated Airbnb's success. With a fleet of trusted experts by your side, starting a business will be faster, less confusing-and a whole lot more fun.

The guru guide

the best ideas of the top management thinkers

Author: Joseph H. Boyett,Jimmie T. Boyett

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 385

View: 5811

Examines the core business theories and principles of such management theorists as Peter Drucker, Margaret Wheatley, Stephen Covey, and Tom Peters

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Author: N.A

Publisher: Pier 9

ISBN: 9781760524036

Category:

Page: 960

View: 7583

Delve into the pages of this sumptuously illustrated book and take a tour of the greatest novels that the world has to offer. Fully updated for 2018.

How To Start a Creative Business

The Jargon-free Guide for Creative Entrepreneurs

Author: Doug Richard

Publisher: David & Charles

ISBN: 9781446302736

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 144

View: 315

This book is an invaluable resource for any creative with a great business idea. Starting your own business does not need to be a complicated and daunting process and serial entrepreneur, Dragon's Den investor and business educator Doug Richard, shows you how. He sets out a ten-point plan teaching creatives how to shape their startup business into a success. Written in plain English, without the dense text and technical jargon of other business books, and illustrated with visual cues to help the message stick, Doug's practical advice is accessible to all. Real-life case studies are interspersed throughout from successful creative startups that include, Tatty Devine, Paul Smith, Time Out and LoveFilm, which expand upon the theory and bring it to life. In 10 chapters, Doug asks the fundamental questions any aspiring creative entrepreneur must answer. By following the questions from start to finish, and working through the get your hands dirty activities, you will get the theory first and then apply that theory in a practical way to the real world and your own business. By the time you reach the last question, you will have the foundation of a very solid creative business. You will answer: What do we do or need that people need or want? Who is our customer? Who is our competition? What is our pricing model? And more! Doug walks you through the process for researching, answering and, ultimately, overcoming the challenges posed by these questions for your own business plan. Whether you are passionate about craft, design, advertising, antiques, film and video, music, performing arts, or any other creative field, this fantastic guide will help you start your business today!

Spare Room Start Up

How to Start a Business from Home

Author: Emma Jones

Publisher: Harriman House Pub

ISBN: 9781905641680

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 206

View: 6757

"Spare Room Start Up" is a friendly and stylish, full-color guide which focuses on the specific issues that affect home business start-ups. Jones offers an essential book for anyone who wants to start a business at home and manage a work/life balance.

The 7 Day Startup

You Don't Learn Until You Launch

Author: Dan Norris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780995404403

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 6068

Growing a Business

Author: Paul Hawken

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671671642

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 3725

Discusses the prerequisites to starting a business and shares his own start-up strategies

The Startup Checklist

25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business

Author: David S. Rose

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111916379X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 2126

"Most books on entrepreneurship focus on strategic issues like product/market fit, deciding what market to be in, or what business to buy, how to get traction with customers, etc. Examples include bestselling perennials such as The Lean Startup, Art of the Start, Zero to One, Startup Owner's Manual, et al Simple Startup, covers a completely different part of the process: the concrete details of business launch, growth, and management. Most best-sellers that promise to tell people how to start a business do so very briefly, and quickly end up recommending that readers seek guidance from lawyers, accountants, and other paid advisors. Simple Startup gives readers the detailed insights they need to understand exactly what they need from each of these professional counselors, to ask the smart questions that will help them get their money's worth, and to make intelligent decisions independent of their advisors' recommendations. Simple Startup is aimed at those who want to make it really big, not just the home-based artisans, daycare providers, or dry cleaning stores. These are innovators and visionaries who have the passion, drive, and creativity to launch a great company, but who need a nuts-and-bolts guide to the hundreds of complex challenges that derail many a business on the journey from their first business card to a successful company sale or IPO"--

The Lean Startup

How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Author: Eric Ries

Publisher: Currency

ISBN: 030788791X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 9780

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business. The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute. Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Author: Ramit Sethi

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 9780761156314

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 266

View: 7182

At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance--banking, saving, budgeting, and investing--and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship. Sethi covers how to save time by not wasting it managing money; the guns and cars myth of credit cards; how to negotiate like an Indian--the conversation begins with "no"; why "Budgeting Doesn't Have to Suck!"; how to get things rolling--for real--with only $20; what most people don't understand about taxes; how to get a CEO to take you out to lunch; how to avoid the Super Mario Brothers trap by making your savings work harder than you do; the difference between cheap and frugal; the hidden relationship between money and food. Not to mention his first key lesson: Getting started is more important than being the smartest person in the room. Integrated with his website, where readers can use interactive charts, follow up on the latest information, and join the community, it is a hip blueprint to building wealth and financial security. Every month, 175,000 unique visitors come to Ramit Sethi's website, Iwillteachyoutoberich.com, to discover the path to financial freedom. They praise him thoughtfully ("Your site summarizes everything I want with my life--to be rich in finances, rich in experience, rich in family blessings," Dan Esparza) and effusively ("Dude, you rock. I love this site!" Richard Wu). The press has caught on, too: "Ramit Sethi is a rising star in the world of personal finance writing . . . one singularly attuned to the sensibilities of his generation. his style is part frat boy and part silicon Valley geek, with a little bit of San Francisco hipster thrown in" (San Francisco Chronicle). His writing is smart, his voice is full of attitude, and his ideas are uncommonly sound and refreshingly hype-free.

The Startup Owner's Manual

The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

Author: Steve Blank,Bob Dorf

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 098920054X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 608

View: 3152

Welcome to The Startup Owner's Manual, a near-encyclopedic manual that will teach you * How to incorporate the Business Model Canvas as the organizing principle for startup hypotheses * How to find Product-Market fit * How to Get, Keep and Grow customers * How to fuel growth with metrics that matter The Startup Owner's Manual walks you, step-by-step, through the tested and proven Customer Development process created by startup expert Steve Blank, unlocking the secrets to building a successful, scalable company. This book: * Guides startups of all types in their search for a scalable, profitable business model * Explains the 9 deadly sins startups commit most often - and helps you avoid them * Provides separate paths and advice for physical versus web/mobile products * Explains how to test and iterate your company's road to product/market fit * Details strategies and tactics for how to get, keep and grow customers * Teaches a new math for startups -- metrics that matter * Includes detailed checklists at every step of the process ...and provides hundreds of ideas, watch-outs and "how tos" for founders! The Startup Owner's Manual lays out the best practices, lessons and tips that have swept the startup world, offering a wealth of proven advice and information for entrepreneurs of all stripes. It is used by thousands of startups, leading universities (including Stanford, U.C. Berkeley and Columbia) and the U.S. National Science Foundation, among many others.

Startup Communities

Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

Author: Brad Feld

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118483316

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 4214

An essential guide to building supportive entrepreneurial communities "Startup communities" are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder to Boston and even in countries such as Iceland. These types of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation and small business energy. Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of each other's talent, creativity, and support. Based on more than twenty years of Boulder-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist Brad Feld's experience in the field?as well as contributions from other innovative startup communities?this reliable resource skillfully explores what it takes to create an entrepreneurial community in any city, at any time. Along the way, it offers valuable insights into increasing the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem by multiplying connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improving access to entrepreneurial education, and much more. Details the four critical principles needed to form a sustainable startup community Perfect for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists seeking fresh ideas and new opportunities Written by Brad Feld, a thought-leader in this field who has been an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for more than twenty years Engaging and informative, this practical guide not only shows you how startup communities work, but it also shows you how to make them work anywhere in the world.

Startup Opportunities

Know When to Quit Your Day Job

Author: Brad Feld,Sean Wise

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119378184

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 4967

Start strong with essential early-stage guidance from the VC perspective Startup Opportunities is the go-to guide for anyone with a great business idea. Whether it's your first business or your fifth, realistic assessment from the outset can save you a lot of time and money; why pour your heart and soul into a venture that is doomed to fail? Instead, position yourself to win from the very beginning. In this book, accomplished venture capitalists share their insight on startups and entrepreneurs: who will fail, who will succeed and why, and what you should do to give your business the very best shot at becoming a global success story. You'll learn how to evaluate your business with a critical eye, and how early customer development can be key in turning a good idea into a great opportunity. If you're serious about building a business that lasts, this book provides invaluable guidance that you really cannot miss. More than five million people will launch a business this year, and many of them will be great ideas—yet few will be around in five years, and even fewer in ten years. A great idea is not enough to build a successful business. You need to fortify your idea with the proper foundation, and a scaffolding of good planning and early action. This book shows you how. Assess your business's viability using the 10x Rule Learn when you can quit your day job—or not Take the key steps to making your business succeed Discover the opportunities worth selling everything for This expert author team has witnessed more than 30,000 pitches over two decades, and have participated in over 500 startup launches. Startup Opportunities gives you the benefit of their experience to help you start strong and stay strong.

From Zero to Business

How to Start a Business and Raise Millions from Business Plan to Successful Startup

Author: Joseph Hogue

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997111231

Category:

Page: 140

View: 920

Hard work and passion are no longer enough for small business startup success! Small business funding collapsed along with the rest of the financial system in 2008 and has never recovered. More than half of business owners report a lack of financing options and nearly a third say they may be pushed out of business for lack of startup funding. As always happens in a free market, new solutions have emerged to overcome hurdles in the old way of doing things. A new model of business funding has been born, staged-funding through alternative finance. This book is about that new model of business funding and how to start a business strategically. You'll learn first how to create a business plan from the executive summary through marketing and the financial projections that will impress investors. You'll learn how to create a stellar business plan that will not only get you startup funding but will guide your business strategy. We'll then cover the four stages of business funding and real-world examples of entrepreneurs that have used the new model to create and drive their small business ideas.Each chapter includes detail on one of the four funding sources as well as how to get the best deals. You'll get a comprehensive look at the advantages and limits of each stage and how to use each one successively to grow your business. You'll be able to set realistic goals for each stage of business funding as well as how to leverage your progress into the next stage. As an investment analyst for a venture capital firm, I've seen exactly what it takes to build a business from the ground up and what you need to get funded. I've helped entrepreneurs detail their business plan to uncover the source of their competitive advantage and how to present their case for startup funding. As an entrepreneur myself, I've used this same process to raise money and get my own small business ideas off the ground. I want to share this with you to help you get started, get funded and go From Zero to Business. Don't miss your chance to rock your business plan and turn your small business ideas into reality. Scroll up and buy From Zero to Business now Learn How to Start a Business from the Business Plan through Startup Business Funding: Seven business plan essentials and how to build a complete business strategy from startup to success (Pg 9) The truth about government business grants and how to use business loans to jump-start your dream (Pg 37) How to take your business idea to the crowd for funding and viral marketing (Pg 53) How to find big money investors and how to rock your startup presentation (Pg 91) Two Business Books in One, How to Create Your Business Plan and How to Get Startup Funding The first part of the book gets you started creating a detailed business plan that will turn your small business idea into a workable business strategy. I share everything I've learned over the past twenty years in business, from the basics of business school to practical advice I learned working for a venture capital firm. You'll learn how to avoid the biggest mistakes in entrepreneurship and how to start a business that will succeed. This isn't a quick review of business plan essentials but a detailed look at the questions you need to ask before launching your startup. After you've perfected your business strategy, I guide you through the four stages in the new model of business funding. You'll learn the truth about government grants and why they're a waste of time. Learn how to use startup business loans to get going and how to pay them off early with later funding stages. The chapter on business crowdfunding isn't just for funding but to take your small business idea to the masses with viral marketing. Learn how to turn your small business idea into a successful startup"

Founders at Work

Stories of Startups' Early Days

Author: Jessica Livingston

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 9781430210771

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 488

View: 6508

Now available in paperback—with a new preface and interview with Jessica Livingston about Y Combinator! Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now. What was it like when they were just a couple friends with an idea? Founders like Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail) tell you in their own words about their surprising and often very funny discoveries as they learned how to build a company. Where did they get the ideas that made them rich? How did they convince investors to back them? What went wrong, and how did they recover? Nearly all technical people have thought of one day starting or working for a startup. For them, this book is the closest you can come to being a fly on the wall at a successful startup, to learn how it's done. But ultimately these interviews are required reading for anyone who wants to understand business, because startups are business reduced to its essence. The reason their founders become rich is that startups do what businesses do—create value—more intensively than almost any other part of the economy. How? What are the secrets that make successful startups so insanely productive? Read this book, and let the founders themselves tell you.

Entrepreneur

How to Start an Online Business

Author: Lucy Tobin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0857083023

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 9313

Small Business Book Award Winner 2013, Small Business Book Awards The secrets of the UK's biggest online entrepreneurs revealed Thinking of starting a business? Already have a business online and looking to take it to the next level? The wonderful world wide web has made creating a start-up that much easier. Thousands of people are out there reaping the rewards the web can bring. If you want to join them, you've come to the right place. Profiling today's foremost web entrepreneurs, Lucy Tobin - who meets successful business founders every week writing an enterprise column for The Evening Standard – takes us through their start-up stories and maps out exactly what's made them so successful. You’ll hear first hand from the bright sparks behind some of the UK's top online businesses. With interviews, practical advice and insights, you'll learn how they did it, what they recommend, and how you can do it too.