Resources for Entrepreneurs and Startups: Crush the entrepreneurial learning curve

Resources for Entrepreneurs and Startups: Crush the entrepreneurial learning curve

Be an Infinite Learner

Crush the entrepreneurial learning curve, reduce risk, and up the chances for success with these resources.

Here is a list I have been compiling of books, online courses, incubators and accelerators geared to codifying the startup process and helping entrepreneurs reduce risk and up the chances for success.

Its incredible the level of professionalism, sophistication and tested results oriented material and expertise that is freely available. If you don’t expose yourself to it and take advantage of it, its your own fault. No more excuses!

I would really appreciate any comments about things I have overlooked or left out and what of these resources are the most helpful. Thanks!

Startups and Entrepreneurship

Incubators, Accelerators, Books and Courses

Udacity Steve Blank

This is the place to start. This is the definitive material.

Talking to Humans

This book is a must read in order to better understand and perform customer discovery and validation. And amazingly generous: it free to download. The author Giff Constable deserves our thanks!


WeWork is a global network of workspaces where companies and people grow together. High design, super amenities.

Y Combinator

Startup School is a free 10-week massively open online course (MOOC). From Y Combinator.

YC Blog

Just to keep everything from Y Combinator in on place, here are some great blog posts from YC folks:

One Order of Operations for Starting a Startup

This guide can help you walk the path from nothing to a launched minimal viable product (MVP). This is by no means the…

YC's Essential Startup Advice

A lot of the advice we give startups is tactical; meant to be helpful on a day to day or week to week basis. But some…


This Year We Can End the Death Penalty in California

Plug and Play

A global innovation platform for startups, corporations, and investors.

CB Insights

The CB Insights tech market intelligence platform analyzes millions of data points on venture capital, startups, patents, partnerships and news mentions to help you see tomorrow’s opportunities, today.

GAN Global Accelerator Network


The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship.


The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) is the largest independent…

Disciplined Entrepreneurship

Bill Aulet is a long time practicing entrepreneur and an instructor at MIT, one of the most rigorous institutions in the world. He has both created hundreds of millions of dollars of market value leading entrepreneurial ventures and also taught thousands of entrepreneurs in the past decade.

National Science Foundation iCorps

The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) curriculum is built on a special, accelerated version of Stanford University’s Lean LaunchPad course with additional elements designed just for I-Corps grantees.

Book list

Books I have found extremely useful on entrepreneurship and startups.

Video Book Summaries

This links to a playlist on my YouTube channel where I collect, compile, and curate interesting book summaries related to entrepreneurship and startups

Leaning Curve

Below links to a playlist on my YouTube channel with interesting videos about learning key concepts about learning quickly and retaining information.


500 Startups

Kaufman Foundation

Steve Blank etc.

Fast Trac


Masters of Scale

Reid Hoffman


Podcast from the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz

How I Built This

Guy Roz from NPR

Tim Ferriss


John Cousins


There is tons of great information and inspiring insights available from bloggers. Here are some of the best.

Here is a must read! Gif
Constable’s blog post “12 Tips for Early Customer Development
” This is required reading.

Here is another must read Niche to Win, Baby.


Cap Table Simulator

Seth Godin

Tim Ferriss

Sean Ellis

Here is an archive of the best articles from
Marc Andreessen’s original blog

Pmarchive - Home

An archive of the best articles from Marc Andreessen's original

Slide Decks

Guy Kawasaki

10 slides

Great template for pitch decks and presentations for demo day.

Donatas Jonakis

Startup Curve

Lots of helpful Downloads and swipe files and a short diagnostic quiz. Download 100 pages from his book.

Check out my podcast episode with Donatas. MBA ASAP


Book Amazon

Course Udemy




University of Maryland program

Wharton on Coursera



Big Think: Finance in one hour with Bill Ackman

This is a great video where the billionaire hedge fund genius Bill Ackman walks through starting a company and the dynamics of scaling. He uses a lemonade stand as the model and builds up financial statements. It is entertaining and well produced. I have watched it at least twenty times in classrooms.

Getting from Business Idea to Business Model:

Visualizing Your Business Model:


Here is a video of introductory thoughts on Entrepreneurship in a video and a slide deck on the mindset we must develop.


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