The following is a list of trusted startup business resources to guide you through the capital raising process curated from FlashFunders’ team members, founders and well respected connections. Each week we’ll provide a new list of books, blogs, articles, podcasts etc to best inform your entrepreneur and investor endeavors.
1. Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan that Works by Ash Maurya
This book provides helpful tricks to get an idea right the first time helping entrepreneurs save time, money, and frustration by implementing a lean business model with a frugal mentality. This book is an excellent tool whose methodology can be utilized by CEOs, startups, or anyone interested in creating a sustainable, thought-out business project.
2. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
In this New York Times Bestseller, Eric Ries approaches startups and the way to build and launch new ideas in a way that is shifting the entire industry and across the globe. The book breaks down the entrepreneurial process into three key parts: “vision” “steer” and “accelerate.” The author introduces the concept of validated learning and incorporates the term throughout the book to demonstrate overall what a startup team has learned over the course of the entrepreneurial process.
3. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel offers a new way of thinking about innovation, theorizing that tomorrow’s ideas will center around entirely new business plans, and business models. Zero to One’s message is inspiring, suggesting that every leader must think for himself, and that success is not found in Silicon Valley but in the individuals that comprise it.
4. The Hard thing about Hard things by Ben Horowitz
Ben Horowitz’s time spent as one of Silicon Valley’s most admired and respected entrepreneurs makes this book one to pay close attention to. Throughout the book, Horowitz offers priceless insight on how to build and effectively run a startup and provides several anecdotal references to draw emphasis on how there is no easy way to start a company and build a brand.
5. Venture Deals: Be Smarter than your Lawyer and VC by Brad Feld
This book offers invaluable insight into venture capital deal structure and deal strategies, and creates a strong transparency into the venture capital process. This book is ideal for individuals without an investment-heavy professional background and a great resource for entrepreneurs interested in learning more about the fundraising process.