5 Inspiring & Informative Startup Resources

Whatever your background and experience, getting your first startup up and running will be a steep learning curve. The internet is chock full of resources for entrepreneurs, some worth your time, others not worth the bandwidth they occupy. To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we’ve compiled a quick list of a few of our very favourite resources for startups, from blogs and podcasts, to essays; each hand-selected to educate and inspire you.
1. The Pitch

Dragon’s Den meets podcasting. The Pitch brings together successful startups and has them pitch to leading investors. An inspiring and valuable resource for any entrepreneur keen to improve their pitching game, this series is well worth a listen. In episode 16, The Pitch records GoCardless entrepreneur Matt Robinson as he pitches his new property startup Nested to Suranga Chandratillake of Balderton Capital and Philipp Moehring from AngelList.

2. steveblank.com

Silicon Valley legend Steve Blank has pulled together his decades of experience and wealth of knowledge to create the hub of indispensable startup information which forms the base of his website. A serial entrepreneur and an intimidating mind in tech, Blank has now turned his attentions to teaching others the entrepreneurial skills they need to “go it alone”. His Customer Development Manifesto forms a crucial part of Eric Ries‘s highly respected Lean Startup Methodology. Go, learn!

3. forEntrepreneurs

A five time (successful) entrepreneur and now (equally successful) VC investor, David Skok is the mind behind the resource ranked as Forbes’ 2nd best website for entrepreneurs. With plenty of other accolades to its name, forEntrepreneurs is crammed with practical, tactical and thorough advice on the crucial issues faced by entrepreneurs and their teams as they battle to get the ball rolling.

4. QuickSprout

QuickSprout blogger Neil Patel (also the brains behind KISSmetrics, CrazyEgg and Hello Bar) is an entrepreneurial force of nature. Repeatedly and regularly pipped as one of the top entrepreneurs in virtually every region and sector (including appearing on the United Nations 30 under 35 list), this is a man who lives and breathes innovation and startups. Alongside being a very inspiring chap, he’s also a phenomenally talented digital marketer. Startups looking to promote themselves online stand to seriously benefit from the content Patel shares on QuickSprout, whether you want to learn from the bottom up, or need specific insight into something like using metrics to boost your social media marketing.

5. Paul Graham’s Essays

One of the key forces behind cutting edge investor Y Combinator (which has helped to fund over 1000 startups including Dropbox, Reddit and Airbnb), programmer, SaaS innovator and entrepreneur, Paul Graham has unique, shrewd and valuable insights into the startup sphere. On his website he offers his expert take and measured, in depth opinions through a growing series of expert essays on everything from How to Start a Startup, to Investor Herd Dynamics.Make the valuable visible. REQUEST A DEMO today to learn how to showcase amazing content which presents your brand at its best.