Resource: Steve Blank on the startup journey

“How to Raise Money – It’s a Journey Not An Event” (blog post and podcast by Steve Blank, embedded below) is a fantastic resource for understanding the different stages of development in the early life of a new company, and how priorities shift. It’s helpful for anyone who wants to understand the world of funding rounds for startups (seed funding, Series…

Podcast recommendation: Starting Greatness, with Mike Maples Jr

With the proviso that I’m not at all convinced by the premise that scaling fast and making billions of dollars are worthy ends in themselves, I highly recommend this podcast featuring great interviews with key figures from tech and tech entrepreneurship, including favourites like Marc Andreessen and Steve Blank. (Entrepreneur and VC) Mike Maples Jr looks for lessons to help…

Fantastic resource page from Steve Blank

Go here and see what’s useful. It’s more or less all Steve Blank’s resources from all the teaching he’s done ever. Happy early Christmas.

Resources: Steve Blank Playlist

If you’re not familiar with Steve Blank, start here: The Principles of Lean “No business plan survives first contact with customers.” On Acting on Customer Discovery If you’re going to go out and discover whether customers like your idea or not, this is not an outsourceable problem. The founders need to do this. Particularly, the people capable of changing strategy…

Brian Chesky on culture and hiring well

Our first employee was our first engineer and I think we looked for him for four or five months. I probably looked through thousands of people and I probably interviewed hundreds of people. … Some people ask, why did you take so much time on hiring your first engineer? And here’s how we thought about it: I kind of felt…

Build, measure, learn

This post is a leap from Rule 2 of bootstrapping the non-profit: Do it Now. This is such a key idea, and so interesting and relevant to Do it Now, that I thought I’d do something about it like, write now. The idea is that when you’re developing a new business or organisation, there is so much that you don’t…