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I’ve gathered articles from around the web which I think are very helpful for entrepreneurs. I organized it all around a few broad topics by adding “tags” in a sense. I’m not a coder otherwise I would have created a tool for this.* Please feel free to submit articles via the form at the bottom of this page and answer the quick poll that follows. Be sure to enjoy and share!

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Startup, idea

How to pick the right idea

http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/64782/How-To-Pick-The-Right-Idea-For-Your-Startup.aspx

Starting a business: the idea phase
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217368

Your idea sucks now go do it anyway

http://blog.asmartbear.com/your-idea-sucks-now-go-do-it-anyway.html

10 clues to opportunity
http://www.strategy-business.com/article/11304?pg=all

How I come up with startup ideas in 4 steps
http://thestartuptoolkit.com/blog/2011/12/how-i-come-up-with-new-startup-ideas-in-4-steps/

What startup to build

http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/25/what-startup-to-build/

Startup ideas
http://ycombinator.com/ideas.html

The two steps to make good ideas happen
http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2012/07/the-two-steps-to-make-good-ideas-happen/

Sorry but your idea is only worth $1

http://blog.mojotech.com/post/69080941093/sorry-but-your-idea-is-only-worth-1

Ideas are just a multiplier of execution
http://sivers.org/multiply

The idea maze

http://cdixon.org/2013/08/04/the-idea-maze/

What’s your billion dollar idea? A guide to finding opportunities through random thoughts about everyday problems

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/whats-your-1-billion-idea/?utm_content=bufferab609&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The ideation switch
http://practicetrumpstheory.com/2013/01/the-ideation-switch

 

Startup, growth

We unexpectedly got 60k users in 60 hours: what we learned
http://www.patrickambron.me/2012/07/12/we-unexpectedly-got-60k-users-in-60-hours-what-we-learned/

How my app got 455k users in the first week
http://alexcican.com/post/455k-users/

8 ways to gain press coverage for your fresh startup
http://under30ceo.com/8-ways-get-press-coverage-your-fresh-startup-2/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Under30CEOAll+%28Under30CEO%29

How to get bloggers to write about your startup

http://www.readwriteweb.com/start/2012/07/how-to-get-bloggers-to-write-about-your-startup-insider-advice.php

From app store newbie to $35000+ in profit

http://thinktraffic.net/app-store-newbie?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThinkTraffic+%28Think+Traffic%29

How to kill a great idea: the story of Friendster, interview with founder
http://www.inc.com/magazine/20070601/features-how-to-kill-a-great-idea.html

How to get 5 million customers with zero ad budget
https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140403164610-2967511-how-to-get-5-million-customers-with-zero-ad-budget?trk=tod-home-art-list-large_0

 

Entrepreneurship, advice

“Build something people want” is not enough
http://avichal.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/build-something-people-want-is-not-enough/

The axioms of entrepreneurship

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-axioms-of-entrepreneurship-2011-12

The seven principles of successful entrepreneurship

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-corporations-should-act-like-startups-2012-7

 

Entrepreneur, advice

An interview with Dennis Crowley, founder of Foursquare

http://technmarketing.com/2011/09/an-interview-with-dennis-crowley-co-founder-of-foursquare-on-startups-mobile-and-being-king/

The 100 rules for being an entrepreneur
http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2011/04/the-100-rules-for-being-an-entrepreneur/

How to build credibility as a young entrepreneur
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220119

Why founders get fired
http://www.inc.com/articles/201109/why-founders-get-fired.html

Start-up dilemma: what if you’re not CEO material?
http://www.inc.com/david-cohen/what-if-youre-not-ceo-material.html?nav=pop

Valuable lessons learned as a first-year as a startup CEO
http://soentrepreneurial.com/2012/10/09/valuable-lessons-learned-as-a-first-year-startup-ceo/

Are you CEO material?
http://www.inc.com/ss/recognizing-what-makes-a-great-ceo#7

How to be the best entrepreneur
http://techcrunch.com/2011/11/24/how-to-be-the-best-entrepreneur-in-the-world/

Entrepreneurship sucks

http://www.readwriteweb.com/start/2011/11/entrepreneurship-sucks.php

Should I or shouldn’t I start a business
http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/09/should-i-or-shouldnt-i-start-a-business/

12 pointers to becoming a successful entrepreneur
http://www.ychange.com/ychangeblog/12-pointers-to-becoming-a-successful-entrepreneur/

Why entrepreneurs do what they do
http://www.inc.com/jon-burgstone/why-God-loves-entrepreneurs.html

Confessions of a successful entrepreneur
http://www.forbes.com/sites/rajeevpeshawaria/2012/02/21/confessions-of-a-successful-entrepreneur/?ss=ceo-network

Become a category creator
http://www.fastcompany.com/1816539/becoming-a-category-creator

Mark Cuban’s 12 startup rules
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222524

Are you an entrepreneur who can make your business fly

http://www.forbes.com/sites/martinzwilling/2012/03/14/are-you-an-entrepreneur-who-can-make-a-business-fly/

Strategy for startups: the innovator’s dilemma

http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/08/strategy-for-startups-the-innovators-dilemma/

Why you’re a startup founder: nature vs nurture
http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/07/founder-nature-vs-nurture/

Top 10 rookie mistakes for entrepreneurs
http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/the-top-10-rookie-mistakes-in-entrepreneurship/

The one question to ask before starting a business
http://www.s.co/content/one-question-ask-starting-business

First time entrepreneurs: stop fucking around and get shit done
http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/05/first-time-startup-entrepreneurs-stop-fucking-around/

10 secrets of becoming a successful entrepreneur
http://www.inc.com/naveen-jain/10-secrets-of-becoming-a-successful-entrepreneur.html

7 common mistakes young startup founders make
http://www.businessinsider.com/7-common-mistakes-young-startup-founders-make-2012-8

Airbnb founder: make money off your hobbies
http://mashable.com/2013/02/19/airbnb-nate-blecharczyk/

What type of entrepreneur are you?
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225652

How to win as a first-time founder
http://firstround.com/article/How-to-Win-as-a-First-Time-Founder-a-Drew-Houston-Manifesto

What you really need is a market, not an idea
http://www.pfinn.net/markets-not-ideas-for-bootstrappers-founders.html

Startup, funding

5 ways to raise funds for your startup
http://mashable.com/2011/06/10/raise-funds-startup/

Show me the money: startup funding infographic
http://holykaw.alltop.com/show-me-the-money-startup-funding-infographic?tu2=1

Things entrepreneurs should avoid when rising capital
http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/15/things-entrepreneurs-should-avoid-when-raising-capital/

Fundraising: from 1000 to 1000000

http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/08/excerpt-fundraising-from-1000-to-1000000/

13 steps for raising a fortune in start-up funding

http://www.forbes.com/sites/reuvencohen/2012/07/31/13-steps-for-raising-a-fortune-in-start-up-funding/

A seed VC’s decision tree

http://robgo.org/2013/10/29/a-seed-vcs-decision-tree/

How I got a $165M investment: tips on funding your dream the right way
https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131002172247-2967511-how-i-got-a-165-million-investment-tips-on-funding-your-dream-the-right-way?trk=mp-reader-card&_mSplash=1

Pick the entrepreneur lifestyle alternative for you

http://blog.startupprofessionals.com/2014/02/pick-entrepreneur-lifestyle-alternative.html?m=1

How the founder of buysellads started an 18M dollar company while working a 9-5 job
http://www.growtheverywhere.com/todd-garland/?utm_content=buffer58d1f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Startup, legal

4 stupid legal mistakes that can kill your startup
http://www.readwriteweb.com/start/2012/05/4-stupid-legal-mistakes-that-can-kill-your-startup.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+readwriteweb+%28ReadWriteWeb%29

5 practical guidelines for protecting your ideas
http://www.westartup.eu/blog/five-practical-guidelines-on-protecting-your-great-business-idea-guest-blog-by-joren-de-wachter/

Startup, name

Before naming your startup, read this
http://thenextweb.com/entrepreneur/2012/04/22/before-naming-your-startup-read-this/

What’s in a name? A guide to naming startups
http://entrepreneursunpluggd.com/blog/whats-in-a-name-a-guide-to-naming-startups

5 trends entrepreneurs should consider when naming a startup

http://www.youngentrepreneur.com/blog/5-trends-entrepreneurs-should-consider-when-naming-a-startup/

 

 

Startup, website

11 steps to create a successful website
http://www.startupnation.com/steps/66/create-successful-website.htm

How to buy domain names like a pro
http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/02/27/how-to-buy-domain-names-like-a-pro-10-tips-from-the-founder-of-phonetagcom/

Startup, business

The ingredients of a successful company
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jessethomas/2011/07/01/the-ingredients-of-a-successful-company/

Plan or build
http://joel.is/post/28001166593/plan-or-build

How to calculate a customer’s value
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664927/infographic-of-the-day-how-to-calculate-a-customers-value

What consumer tech companies can learn from Apple product launches

http://allthingsd.com/voices/what-consumer-technology-companies-can-learn-from-apple-product-launches/

7 ways to disrupt your industry

http://www.fastcompany.com/1839009/7-ways-to-disrupt-your-industry

9 deadliest startup sins
http://steveblank.com/2012/05/14/9-deadliest-start-up-sins/

The default state of a startup is failure
http://cdixon.org/2012/05/18/the-default-state-of-a-startup-is-failure/

Timing your startup

http://cdixon.org/2010/11/07/timing-your-startup/

The startup owner’s manual

http://www.inc.com/steve-blank/the-startup-owners-manual-excerpts-introduction.html

Want to disrupt an industry? Try working in it first
http://www.fastcompany.com/3001334/want-disrupt-industry-try-actually-working-it-first?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+fastcompany/headlines+%28Fast+Company%29

3 reasons to skip the business plan
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223837

How to start your million dollar side business

http://www.fastcompany.com/3000096/tim-ferriss-how-start-your-million-dollar-side-business

Today you started a business
http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2012/09/today-you-started-a-business/

Startup metrics for pirates
http://www.slideshare.net/dmc500hats/startup-metrics-for-pirates-long-version

 

 

Startup, launch

3 ways to prepare for a business launch
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219765

2 weeks to startup
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/218105

Why startups fail
http://ht.ly/6mntL

A simple guide to kickstarting your startup in the UK
http://eu.techcrunch.com/2011/09/28/a-simple-guide-to-kick-starting-your-startup-up-in-the-uk/

46 ways to start a business with no money
http://brianarmstrong.org/blog/46-ways-to-start-a-business-with-no-money

Entrepreneurs need focus on their business model
http://blog.startupprofessionals.com/2012/06/entrepreneurs-need-focus-on-their.html

Why founders fail: the product CEO paradox

http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/10/why-founders-fail-the-product-ceo-paradox/

Why we prefer founding CEO’s
http://bhorowitz.com/2010/04/28/why-we-prefer-founding-ceos/

How to start a business with only $100 in the bank
http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2012/05/31/how-to-start-a-business-with-only-100-in-the-bank/?utm_campaign=forbestwittersf&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Don’t launch your product
http://philosophically.com/dont-launch-your-product

The manual first startup
http://viniciusvacanti.com/2013/05/07/the-manual-first-startup/?utm_source=StartupDigest+Reading+List+(best+articles+on+startup+life)+[Startup+Digest]&utm_campaign=69742e57c3-StartupDigest_Reading_List_May&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_62dc6ea1a0-69742e57c3-247242297

Will you make it past being a founder?
http://marcbarros.com/will-you-make-it-past-being-a-founder?utm_content=buffer20d05&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

The ultimate cheat sheet for starting and running your business
http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/24/the-ultimate-cheat-sheet-for-starting-and-running-your-business/

Your playbook to starting up on the cheap: 10 steps to launch for less than $1500 (infographic)
http://entrepreneur.com/article/228285

Welcome to the unicorn club: learning from billion dollar startups
http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/02/welcome-to-the-unicorn-club/

Don’t start a company, kid
http://blog.bignerdranch.com/4428-dont-start-company-kid/

Bootstrapping a lean startup
http://practicetrumpstheory.com/2010/03/bootstrapping-a-lean-startup/

How to start a business in 10 days

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228659

How I failed at my startup without losing my job or family
https://medium.com/interesting-technology-reads/c0ccea6d8b2c

 

Startup, product

Making sense of minimum viable products
http://johnnyholland.org/2012/02/making-sense-of-minimum-viable-products/

Build a pain-killer product, not a vitamin
http://fi.co/posts/630

 

Startup, team

How to build an insanely great founding team
http://www.inc.com/articles/201106/how-to-build-an-insanely-great-team.html

Build your startup team with people better than you
http://www.youngentrepreneur.com/blog/build-your-startup-team-with-people-better-than-you/

How to divide equity to startup founders, advisors and employees
http://thinkspace.com/how-to-divide-equity-to-startup-founders-advisors-and-employees/

Cutting up the founder’s pie
http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/fd0n/35%20Founders%27%20Pie%20Calculator.htm

The great divide: splitting founder’s equity
http://www.thedailymuse.com/entrepreneurship/the-great-divide-splitting-founders-equity/

How to find a cofounder for your startup
http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgedeeb/2014/03/05/how-to-find-a-co-founder-for-your-startup/?utm_campaign=forbestwittersf&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

 

Startup, pitch

How to demo your startup
http://techcrunch.com/2008/08/09/how-to-demo-your-startup/

How to demo your startup part 2
http://techcrunch.com/2008/09/01/how-to-demo-your-startup-part-two/

How to storyboard your pitch in 10 steps
http://www.quora.com/Brendan-Baker/Startups-How-to-Storyboard-your-Pitch-Deck-in-10-Steps

Why your pitch sucks and how to fix it
http://claire.us.com/why-your-pitch-sucks-and-how-to-fix-it/

How to pitch to a VC
http://www.inc.com/josh-linkner/11-insider-tips-for-pitching-a-venture-capitalist.html

10 reasons I hated your pitch
http://gust.com/angel-investing/startup-blogs/2012/02/15/10-reasons-i-hated-your-pitch/

How to create an early stage pitch deck for investors
http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/07/pitchdeck/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29c

11 compelling startup pitch archetypes
http://www.jasonshen.com/2012/eleven-compelling-startup-pitch-archetypes-with-examples-from-yc-companies/

 

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