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This reference guide is an aggregation of everything I know about entrepreneurship sources. I've scoured through several sites and come up with this high quality reference guide meant to help answer any question related to startups! A few weeks back I was in a mentoring session with an entrepreneur based outside the US. Gradually, through our conversation, I realized that there were so many resources that I had learned about over the years and wanted to share with her but, hadn't been able to capture them in one place. I started creating this reference guide for startups and before I knew it, I was scouring through various sites and rediscovering things. This reference guide is meant to be just that, 'a reference'. If you're looking for books to read, blogs to watch, news, videos or anything as it relates to entrepreneurship, I've tried to capture it here. Obviously, it's not complete and I'm sure there are many more resources out there that I may have missed. Feel free to comment and share the ones you want to see added and I'll try to keep this updated from time to time. Meanwhile, feel free to browse through and let me know what you think!


  • Aggregated references and lists from around the web Sonal Mane @sonalpmane
  • Here are a few resources to get you started, Harvard Startup Guide YCombinator startup library Startup guide blog by Ryan Allis A students guide to startups by Paul Graham Starting a business from
  • Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Center - MIT Venture Lab - Techstars U Videos Cornell eClips Steve Blanks course Kauffman Foundation and Kauffman Founders School
  • Lean Launchpad course and Steve Blank videos Startup Weekend Launch a Startup in 54 hours The Lean Startup Machine - Launch a Startup in 48 hours Startup Monthly Launch a Startup in a month Startup Grind - community looking to be educated, and network with the smartest startup minds Lean Startup Circle - Group for startup advice LUXr Lean UX residency Women 2.0 Launch a startup for women Meetup Meet people youre interested in Top Startup Conferences (North America)
  • better-entrepreneur entrepreneurs-make/answer/Henry-Wong-7 books-or-online-materials
  • Master list of Tools and blogs for entrepreneurs from Steve Blank including market research, business model canvas, customer development, design, development, testing, project management and much more! Brad Felds Term Sheet Series Slides and presentations from Steve Blank Open source entrepreneurship from Steve Blank Personal MBA Startup resources from VC Cafe Startup toolbox from The Startup Foundry
  • Books, blogs, videos
  • Ben Horowitz Steve Blank Fred Wilson on tumblr and personal blog Dharmesh Shah Bill Gurley Brad Feld Paul Graham Chris Dixon Both sides of the table Eric Reis Steve Sinofsky Bipul Sinha Andreessen Horowitz NVCA Full list of VC blogs
  • For Entrepreneurs Pitchbook ChubbyBrain PE Hub Dealbook CB Insights Crunchbase Gigaom Ventureburn VentureHacks Venture Capital Journal
  • Chuck Eesley Prof at Stanfard teaching Technology Entrepreneurship Ycombinator Ecorner - Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Corner offers videos featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders. Stanford Graduate School of Business This week in startups - Rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of Web companies
  • The Startup Owner's Manual:The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company The Startup ofYou The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs The Lean startup The four steps to epiphany Delivering Happiness Do More Faster The Innovator's Dilemma The Innovator's Solution Art of the Start Start-Up Nation:The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle The Design of Everyday Things
  • Startup Communities Disciplined Entrepreneurship Mastering the VC Game Venture Deals Never Eat Alone How to Win Friends and Influence People The Founder's Dilemmas The Entrepreneurs Guide to Customer Development The Tipping Point Business Model Generation Founders at Work Getting Things Done Made to Stick 48 Laws of Power
  • Book authored by Brad Feld Books recommended by Steve Blank Quora What books should entrepreneurs read Must-read books Books for web startups So youd like toStart a Silicon Valley Dot-Com Book guide Meng Won
  • Search, Browse or quickly go through the full lists of books for entrepreneurs below
  • The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth by Clayton M. Christensen #9781578518524 Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age by Paul Graham #9781449389550 The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh #9781591843474 High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove #9780679762881 The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande #9780312430009 The Method Method: Seven Obsessions That Helped Our Scrappy Start-up Turn an Industry Upside Down by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry #9781591843993 Behind the Cloud:The Untold Story of How Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry by Marc Benioff #9780470521168 Predictably Irrational:The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely #9780061854545
  • The Four Steps to the Epiphany (Steven Blank) Business Model Generation (Alex Osterwalder) The E-Myth (Michael Gerber) The Art of The Start (Guy Kawasaki) Rework (Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson) Crossing the Chasm (Geoffrey A. Moore) Blue Ocean Strategy (W. Chan Kim) Built to Last (Jim Collins & Jerry Porras) Good to Great (Jim Collins) Innovator's Dilemma (Clay Christensen) The Lean Startup (Eric Ries) Nail It Then Scale It (Nathan Furr and Paul Ahlstrom)
  • The Autobiography (Andrew Carnegie) The Second Coming (Steve Jobs) Inside Steve's Brain (Leander Kahney) Losing my Virginity (Richard Branson) Screw it Let's do it (Richard Branson) Business Stripped Bare (Richard Branson) Screw Business as Usual (Richard Branson)
  • Joel on Software (Joel Spolsky) Dreaming in Code (Scott Rosenberg) Hackers and Painters (Paul Graham)
  • Dethroning the King (Julie MacIntosh) All you can do is all you can do, but all you can do is enough (A. L.Williams) What Customers Want (Anthony W. Ulwick) Running Lean (Ash Maurya) The Creation of Wealth (RM Lala) Crush It (Gary Vaynerchuk) Getting Real (Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson) Making Ideas Happen (Scott Belsky) New Rules for the New Economy (Kevin Kelly) A Stake in the Outcome (Jack Stack and Bo Burlingham)
  • Brandsimple: How the Best Brands Keep it Simple and Succeed, by Allen P. Adams Good to Great:Why Some Companies, by Jim Collins The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John C. Maxwell The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene The Culting of Brands:TurnYour Customers into Believers, by Douglas Atkin The Dip: A Little Book That TeachesYou When to Quit, by Seth Godin The Effective Executive:The Definitive Guide to Getting, by Peter F. Drucker The E Myth Manager:Why Most Managers Dont Work, by Michael E. Gerber The Innovators Dilemma:The Revolutionary Book, by Clayton M. Christensen Winning With People: Discover the People Principles, by John C. Maxwell
  • All Marketers are Liars:The Power of Telling Authentic Stories, by Seth Godin Gimme! The Human Nature of Successful Marketing, by John Hallward Made to Stick:Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath Marketing Outrageously: How to IncreaseYour Revenue, by Jon Spoelstra Ogilvy on Advertising, by David Ogilvy The Little Blue Book of Advertising: 52 Small Ideas, by Steve Lance and Jeff Woll The Publicity Handbook:The Inside Scoop, by David R.Yale and Andrew Carothers The Sales Bible:The Ultimate Sales Resource, by Jeffrey H. Gitomer
  • Freakanomics: A Rogue Economist, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner Outliers:The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell Small is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, by Seth Godin The Long Tail:Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, by Chris Anderson The Rise of the Creative Class: And How Its, by Richard Florida The Tipping Point: How the Little Things Can Make, by Malcolm Gladwell Why We Buy:The Science of Shopping, by Paco Underhill Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration, by Don Tapscott and Anthony D.Williams
  • How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success, by Leil Lowndes How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie Getting toYes: Negotiating, Roger Fisher,William L. Ury, and Bruce Patton Yes! 50 Scientifically, by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, and Robert B. Cialdini You Inc.:The Art of SellingYourself, by Harry Beckwith and Christine C. Beckwith
  • Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas of the Computer Age by Paul Graham Predictably Irrational:The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions by Dan Ariely Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen http:/