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How to Start a Startup.

Build something users love, and spend less than you make.

Startups in 13 Sentences.

Above all, understand your users.

Hiring is Obsolete.

The market is a lot more discerning than any employer.

How to Make Wealth.

To get rich you need to get yourself in a situation with two things, measurement and leverage.

You Weren't Meant to Have a Boss.

Startup founders seem to be working in a way that's more natural for humans.

Why to Not Not Start a Startup.

All the reasons you aren't doing it, and why most (but not all) should be ignored.

Why to Start a Startup in a Bad Economy.

It's the people that matter.

A Student's Guide to Startups.

Starting a startup could well become as popular as grad school.

Ideas for Startups.

The initial idea is not a blueprint, but a question.

Why Smart People Have Bad Ideas.

A hacker who has learned what to make, and not just how to make, is extraordinarily powerful.

Be Relentlessly Resourceful.

You have to keep trying new things.

The 18 Mistakes that Kill Startups.

If you avoid every cause of failure, you succeed.

The Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn

Some things about startups are kind of counterintuitive.

How to Fund a Startup.

Venture funding works like gears.

The Hacker's Guide to Investors.

Hackers don't know how little they know about this strange world.

How to Present to Investors.

Explain what you're doing and why users will want it.

The Equity Equation.

You should always feel richer after trading equity.

A Fundraising Survival Guide.

Founders have to treat raising money as a dangerous process.

The Venture Capital Squeeze.

Why not let the founders have that first million, or at least half million?

The Other Road Ahead.

You may not believe it, but I promise you, Microsoft is scared of you.

How Not to Die.

Startups run on morale.

What Business Can Learn from Open Source.

There may be more pain in your own company, but it won't hurt as much.

What the Bubble Got Right.

Even a small increase in the rate at which good ideas win would be a momentous change.

The High-Res Society.

The economy of the future will be a fluid network of smaller, independent units.

By Others

They Would Be Gods.

The group that would eventually make Santa Clara, CA, "Silicon Valley."

The New Boom.

Today companies are starting small and lean and staying that way.

For Start-Ups, Web Success on the Cheap.

Many of the current crop of Internet start-ups have gone from zero to 60 on a shoestring.

ArsDigita: From Start-Up to Bust-Up.

Within a few weeks of Allen's arrival, I found people telling me that I had no power at all.

The Cult of the NDA.

Cases where trade secrets and/or patents are both protectable and essential are rare.

Ten Rules for Web Startups.

Great products almost always come from someone scratching their own itch.


I think it is much better to think of a venture capital deal as a loan plus an option.

A Lesson on Elementary Worldly Wisdom.

How does a guy in Bentonville, Arkansas with no money blow right by Sears, Roebuck?

Elements of Sustainable Companies

What a top VC firm looks for, and the format they want to see it in.

How to write a killer deck, and get funded.

Your presentation is one of the first steps to articulating your idea.


How to Win Friends and Influence People

By Dale Carnegie

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

By Edward Tufte

Hackers & Painters

By Paul Graham

Founders at Work

By Jessica Livingston


Safe Financing Documents.

Y Combinator's open-source simple agreement for future equity.

Series AA Equity Financing Documents.

Y Combinator's open-source Series AA Equity Financing Documents.




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Startup School

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