Entrepreneurs: books, blogs, resources for you curated by Ali Javid:
Some people say never repeat the same mistake twice. Ideally though, just never make a mistake that anyone has made before you. To that end, here is a list of some resources I have found to help me avoid a lot of mistakes others have made
Top Entrepreneur Blogs:
How to start a startup by Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator is a video series of Sam and other notable entrepreneurs providing very pragmatic advice on how to start a startup.
Andreessen Horowitz Blog Software is Eating the World is a great blog from one of the world’s best VC firms. Super practical advice from observations of what works and doesn’t at startups.
Paul Graham’s Essays hands down one of the top blogs on fundamental topics for entrepreneurs.
A good post on how liquidation preferences work when raising capital: https://medium.com/@CharlesYu/the-ultimate-guide-to-liquidation-preferences-478dda9f9332
Ramp a top sales blog by Insight Squared.
Top 4 Entrepreneur Books:
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – First, you should know that Peter Thiel helped create Paypal, then Palantir, and $2.7B later he is one of the best-known entrepreneur’s. His book is a book on pragmatic lessons learned the hard way. Read it so you don’t have to learn the hard way.
Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist is the only book that has ever really educated me on how startup term sheets work. If you are going to raise money or invest in a startup read this book.
Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into a Sales Machine with the $100 Million Best Practices of Salesforce.com is all about building a system that allows a startup to scale sales. If you are the VP of Sales stop chasing the next deal, read this book, and implement a system before you are fired for not scaling. The guy who wrote this book figured it all out by scaling Salesforce.
Steve Jobs – This biography is inspirational. It is about an artist, business person, and a troubled soul who creates something magical. When I am stuck and feeling challenged by building something new, I always love to read about others’ journeys.
Life hack: Listen to your books!
Top Entrepreneur Resources:
An excel tool to estimate startup equity based on valuations, employee option pools, and liquidation preferences. Download the Startup Cap Table Example excel sheet. Read the post on the key terms here.