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The best essays and posts about startups, entrepreneurship, and venture capital available online.

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All this thanks to Spencer Schoeben (@netspencer) and his post on Medium http://goo.gl/wOsL16


Internet is full of bullshit, we all know that. Specially when is about entrepreneurship and startups. Lots of bla bla bla, but no real actions or hard work behind the words.

Well here Spencer did a espectacular job selecting that 0,000001% of information that must be read. Posts and articles that can help you to improve and inspire your process as entrepreneur. I will also add my own picks :)

This guy’s amazing notes from Peter Thiel’s lectures at Stanford:

http://blakemasters.com/peter-thiels-cs183-startup

Literally everything Paul Graham has ever written:

http://paulgraham.com/articles.html

… especially these:

How to get startup ideas:

http://paulgraham.com/startupideas.html

“Live in the future and build what seems interesting. Strange as it sounds, that’s the real recipe.”

Raising capital: 

http://paulgraham.com/fr.html

Startups = growth: 

http://paulgraham.com/growth.html

 Dave McClure’s post on the evolution of venture capital:

http://500hats.com/VC-evolution-geeks-got-next

… and his other posts:

Being a late bloomer, not a loser: 

http://500hats.com/late-bloomer

The fear of getting started (“flying”) is worse than the fear of failure: 

http://500hats.com/fear-of-flying

“To all of us who strive for unlikely outcomes, it is this dual challenge of consistentand regular outperformance which is our real nightmare. In fact, it’s almost certifiably insane to sign up for such a goal”

Drew Houston’s MIT Commencement:

http://video.mit.edu/watch/mit-commencement-2013-speeches-24832/

“Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure.”

Some gems from Sam Altman:

Advice for ambitious 19 year olds like us: 

http://blog.samaltman.com/advice-for-ambitious-19-year-olds

Great bulleted list of startup advice:

http://blog.samaltman.com/startup-advice

How the best new things tend to involve the real world:

http://blog.samaltman.com/electrons-and-atoms

“New companies that exist only in the real or online world do not seem to do as well as companies that connect them”

Dustin Curtis on thinking ideas are stupid at first: (Love this one)

Some of the most successful companies came out of the stupidest sounding ideas:

 http://dcurt.is/what-a-stupid-idea

“The future is extremely hard to see through the lens of the present. It’s very easy to unconsciously dismiss the first versions of something as frivolous or useless. Or as stupid ideas.”

The best of 37Signal’s Signal vs. Noise blog:

Edwin Land was awesome, he inspired Steve Jobs, and he should inspire you: 

http://37signals.com/svn/posts/2666-the-story-of-polaroid-inventor-edwin-land-one-of-steve-jobs-biggest-heroes

Turning things that inspire you into things that you are good at:

http://37signals.com/svn/posts/2412-how-do-you-turn-inspiration-into-skill

 Jeff Bezos on being misunderstood:

http://www.businessinsider.com/bezos-pioneering-requires-being-misunderstood-2013-1#ixzz2mJ0LCcqF

“One thing that I learned within the first couple of years of starting a company is that inventing and pioneering involves a willingness to be misunderstood for long periods of time.”

Andy Dunn’s anecdote about not taking risks:

In the end, we regret the risks we didn’t take:

https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/40cf0a8919cb

“If you can’t decide what to do, get on the road. You won’t find the answer. It will find you.”

Some of Ben Horowitz (of Andreesen Horowitz)’s best posts:

Being the CEO and the product visionary at the same time is hard but important: 

http://bhorowitz.com/2013/08/12/why-founders-fail-the-product-ceo-paradox/

How to be a good CEO:

 http://bhorowitz.com/2012/10/17/making-yourself-a-ceo/

Mark Andreesen explains the difference between angels and venture capitalists:

Obviously, there’s a difference between angels and VCs, but the line is getting blurry: 

http://blog.pmarca.com/2010/03/02/angels-vs-venture-capitalists-1/

Fred Wilson of USV’s posts, including:

Ask lots of questions, get ample advice, but in the end, trust your gut:

http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2013/05/great-entrepreneurs-will-listen-to-you-but-will-follow-their-own-instincts.html

Product > Strategy > Business Model:

http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2013/06/product-strategy-business-model.html


Few personal picks

 

Elle Luna

The Crossroads of Should and Must:

View story at Medium.com

Elizabeth Gore

Shoul I quit my job to start my own business?:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3030113/ask-the-experts/should-i-quit-my-job-to-start-a-business

Jerzy J. Gangi

“Why Silicon Valley Funds Instagrams, Not Hyperloops,”:

http://jerzygangi.com/why-silicon-valley-funds-instagrams-not-hyperloops/

First Round Review

The Do’s and Don’ts of Rapid Scaling for Startups:

http://firstround.com/article/The-Dos-and-Donts-of-Rapid-Scaling-for-Startups


Also some videos:

Steve Jobs:

Elon Musk: 

Evan Williams:

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I would love to catch up with you and know about your experience! @mati_honorato or at mhonorato@slidepick.com

Any grammar, spelling or punctuation mistake, please let me know. So I can keep improving my english…my best to all of you!

 

 

 

13 Comments

  1. ¡Excelente post Matías! Si la mitad de estos links ya los conocía (y los adoraba) me imagino que la otra mitad va a tener tanta calidad como la primera! Voy a deborarme esto es una semana, pero estoy seguro que la mayoría están para revisitarlos, una y otra vez. ¡La raja!

    • mhonorato

      June 8, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Muchas gracias Félix! Por eso no dude en compartirlos, realmente son increibles…Que los disfrutes y ojala puedas compartirlo con otros emprendedores para que puedan leerlos también.

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      June 25, 2014 at 9:29 pm

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