Tag Archives: entrepreneurship

Essential Startup Essays

Om Malik presents what he believes are the ten essential startup essays of 2009:

  1. Paul Graham: What Startups Are Really Like
  2. Sean Ellis: Milestones to Startup Success
  3. Eric Ries: Myth: Entrepreneurship Will Make You Rich
  4. Venture Hacks: What Is the Minimum Viable Product?
  5. Mike Speiser: The Power of Continuous Improvement
  6. Mike Speiser: Getting Comfortable With People Who Make You Uncomfortable
  7. Tony Wright: The Funnel Principle: Software & Making Money
  8. Andrew Chen: Does Every Startup Need a Steve Jobs?
  9. Josh Porter: Designing for Social Traction
  10. David Skok: Startup Killer: The Cost of Customer Acquisition

I’ve not read them all, but the ones I have are excellent and definitely worth your time. I’ll be getting to the remainders shortly.

The Keynote MBA

Truth is, the great value in most MBA and JD programs can be boiled down to 5 to 10 talks, presentations, classes and conversations that changed the way you experienced the world.

Following up on this comment, Jonathan Fields presents The Seven Keynote MBA: seven keynote speeches, from a diverse group of people, that together Fields believes will provide you as much real-world advice as an MBA.

The talks (videos, length in parentheses):

  1. Guy Kawasaki, TiECon 2006: The Art of the Start (39:46)
  2. Malcolm Gladwell, TED 2004: What We Can Learn From Spaghetti Sauce (18:16)
  3. Gary Vaynerchuck, Web 2.0 Expo NY: Building Personal Brand Within the Social Media Landscape (15:27)
  4. Annie Leonard: The Story of Stuff (21:16)
  5. Jimmy Valvano, 1993 ESPY Awards: Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award acceptance speech (9:59) (transcript)
  6. Seth Godin, TED 2009: The Tribes We Lead (17:24)
  7. Tony Hsieh, Web 2.0 Summit 08: Building a Brand that Matters (16:46)

via @evbogue

Journalism Online and Internet Entrepreneurship

In profiling a number of ‘online journalism entrepreneurs’, The New York Times does a good job of providing a relatively cliché-free, high-level overview of the current state of online news publishing.

The article looks at the “new breed” of blog-based journalists, a few business models, and the problems associated with advertising online.

There’s nothing new here for those who already have a passing interest in publishing (or blogging, for that matter), but I did find this observation on web-based entrepreneurship rather nice:

You can’t call it a dot-com boom — there is not much capital, there are no parties with catered sushi and no one is expecting to get rich. But this generation of start-ups does share at least one trait with its 1990s predecessors: a conviction that they’re the vanguard of an unfolding revolution.

via More Intelligent Life

MacLeod on Entrepreneurship

Hugh MacLeod shares a list of random thoughts on being an entrepreneur–a simple list of twenty-six inspirational titbits on business, positioning and success.

My favourite five:

  • In a world of over-supply and commodification, you are no longer paid to supply. You’re being paid to deliver something else. What that is exactly, is not always obvious.
  • People buy your product because it helps fill in the narrative gaps in their lives.
  • You can either be cheapest or the best. I know which one I prefer.
  • People will always, always be in the market for a story that resonates with them. Your product will either have this quality or it won’t.
  • People remember the quality long after they’ve forgotten the price. Unless you try to rip them off.

Summarising Joel on Software

Now that Joel Spolsky has ‘retired’ from blogging at Joel on Software (in the format the site has been known for, at least), Jan Willem Boer is reading the entire back-catalogue of entries and condensing the knowledge within each essay into a single sentence (or two).

The result is a stunning list of tips on running a small business, programming best practices, productivity tips, technical hiring practices and entrepreneurship.

The series: