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Recommended Books:

Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You

According to John Warrillow, the number one mistake entrepreneurs make is to build a business that relies too heavily on them. Thus, when the time comes to sell, buyers aren't confident that the company-even if it's profitable-can stand on its own. To illustrate this, Warrillow introduces us to a fictional small business owner named Alex who is struggling to sell his advertising agency.

Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

This cult book on innovation from marketing guru and bestselling author Seth Godin, has a simple message. Be remarkable. Purple Cow argues that the only way to cut the hyper-clutter of products and advertising today is to innovate something new, unique and remarkable – like a purple cow.

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

The E-Myth Revisited explains why 80% of small businesses fail, and how to ensure yours isn’t among those by building a company that’s based on systems and not on the work of a single individual.

How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It

Using the greatest material from his popular Blog Maverick, Cuban has collected and updated his postings on business and life to provide a catalog of insider knowledge on what it takes to become a thriving entrepreneur. He tells his own rags-to-riches story of how he went from selling powdered milk and sleeping on friends' couches to owning his own company and becoming a multibillion-dollar success story. His unconventional yet highly effective ideas on how to build a successful business offer entrepreneurs at any stage of their careers a huge edge over their competitors.

Startup Metrics: Making Sense of the Numbers in Your Startup

Startup Metrics is a comprehensive guide to implementing a plan that makes use of the metrics that make sense. Bestselling author Brad Feld draws upon two decades as an early-stage investor and entrepreneur to share the importance of data measurement, and how startup success depends on collecting the right data. The fourth in the Startup Rev series, this resource provides the insight and guidance of successful entrepreneurs who started with nothing more than an idea and the vision to execute on that idea.

Startup CEO, + Website: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business

A definitive book for any CEO—first time or otherwise—of a high-growth company

While big company CEOs are usually groomed for the job for years, startup CEOs aren't—and they're often young and relatively inexperienced in business in general. Author Matt Blumberg, a technology and marketing entrepreneur, knows this all too well. Back in 1999, he started a company called Return Path, which later became the driving force behind the creation of his blog, OnlyOnce—because "you're only a first time CEO once."

Now, more than a decade later, he's written Startup CEO. As the fifth book in the StartUp Revolution series, this reliable resource is based on Blumberg's experience as a startup CEO and covers a number of issues he's faced over the dozen years he's been a CEO.

The Tipping Point : How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

In this brilliant and original book, Malcolm Gladwell explains and analyses the 'tipping point', that magic moment when ideas, trends and social behaviour cross a threshold, tip and spread like wildfire. Taking a look behind the surface of many familiar occurrences in our everyday world, Gladwell explains the fascinating social dynamics that cause rapid change. 

Outliers: The Story of Success

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World

New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. A mash-up of the best elements of Crush It! and The Thank You Economy with a fresh spin, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really works.

Nail It then Scale It: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Creating and Managing Breakthrough Innovation

Nail It Then Scale It is the first lean startup book to help entrepreneurs through the process of launching a high-growth company. The book includes not just high-level principles, but a distilled, step by step guide of key actions successful entrepreneurs take to reduce risk and increase success. NISI answers key questions including: Why do most new businesses fail? What first steps do successful serial entrepreneurs take? What are the most common failure traps and how can I avoid them?

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire.

Getting to Yes: How To Negotiate Agreement Without Giving In

Getting to Yes is a straightorward, universally applicable method for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting taken -- and without getting angry.
It offers a concise, step-by-step, proven strategy for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict -- whether it involves parents and children, neighbors, bosses and employees, customers or corporations, tenants or diplomats.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

 Delivering Happiness explains how mega online shoe retailer Zappos built a unique company culture and customer experience worth remembering, which turned it into a billion dollar business.

Start Something That Matters

Best known as the founder of TOMS Shoes and as a contestant on The Amazing Race, Mycoskie uses his experience with TOMS, as well as interviews with leaders of non-profits and corporations, to convey valuable lessons about entrepreneurship, transparency of leadership, and living by one's values.

Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers

Crossing The Chasm gives high tech startups a marketing blueprint, in order to make their product get the initial traction it needs to eventually reach the majority of the market and not die in the chasm between early adopters and pragmatists.

Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries

Peter Sims’s book aims to show you that the best dreamers and innovators may think big, but they start small. They may not succeed on their first attempt, but they keep on learning and developing their project.

Sims takes you step-by-step through what we today think of as big inventions or big companies, and how they all started off as little bets. Successful artists, entrepreneurs, architects, and comedians all go through a process of trial and error before they finally discover or invent something great.

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into a Sales Machine with the $100 Million Best Practices of

This is NOT another book about how to cold call or close deals. This is an entirely new kind of sales bible for CEOs, entrepreneurs and sales VPs to help you build a sales machine.  What does it take for your sales team to generate as many highly-qualified new leads as you want, create predictable revenue, and meet your financial goals without your constant focus and attention? 

Do More Faster

Do More Faster presents a step-by-step guide to launching your start-up.

It's crucial to stay on track as you move towards success, from honing your ideas to finding the right team and getting investors. The author also stresses the importance of the work-life balance while showing you how to do more faster.

Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

As each new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, there is a renewed interest in how venture capital deals come together. Yet there is little reliable information focused on venture capital deals. Nobody understands this better than authors Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. ​

Zero to One - Notes on Start-ups or How to Build the Future

Zero to One is an inside look at Peter Thiel's philosophy and strategy for making your startup a success by looking at the lessons he learned from founding and selling PayPal, investing in Facebook and becoming a billionaire in the process.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things - Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

The Hard Thing About Hard Things is an inside look at the tough decisions and lonely times all CEO's face, before showing you what it takes to build a great organisation and become a world class leader.

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Brad Feld - Founder of Techstars and VC @ Foundry Group

Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars.

Brad is a writer and speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship. He’s written a number of books as part of the Startup Revolution series and writes the blogs Feld Thoughts and Venture Deals.

Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 25 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.

Follow @bfeld

Hiten Shah Weekly links on Saas

Hi, I‘m Hiten =)

I've started three SaaS companies, Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics and Quick Sprout. One is venture capital backed & the others are self-funded.
I have an email newsletter called SaaS Weekly where I share the best links of the week for anyone interested in SaaS businesses.

Fred Wilson (VC)

About Fred Wilson


I am a VC. I have been since 1986. I am also a husband, a father, a blogger, a music fan, and a bunch of other things too.

I write something here every day. I’ve been doing that every day since September 2003. I hope to keep doing as long as I can write.

This is my diary, my sandbox, my therapist, and more than anything it is my bar where I get to be the bartender. AVC is a place where everyone is welcome and the conversation is civil and lively.

Mark Suster (VC)

Mark Suster

2x entrepreneur. Sold both companies (last to Turned VC looking to invest in passionate entrepreneurs — I’m on Twitter at @msuster

Y-Combinator's Hacker News

Hacker News is a social news website focusing on computer science and entrepreneurship. It is run by Paul Graham's investment fund and startup incubator, Y Combinator

Paul Graham's Essays

Paul Graham is an English born computer scientist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, and blogger. He is best known for his work on Lisp, his former startup Viaweb (later renamed "Yahoo! Store"), co-founding the influential startup accelerator and seed capital firm Y Combinator, his blog, and Hacker News. He is the author of several programming books, such as: On Lisp[3] (1993), ANSI Common Lisp[4] (1995), and Hackers & Painters[5] (2004). Technology journalist Steven Levy has described Graham as a 'hacker philosopher'.

Wall Street Journal Accelerator Series

For aspiring or actual entrepreneurs, The Accelerators is an online archive of discussion among startup mentors– entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists. Although the blog is no longer being updated, its content lives here and you can see an archive of its tweets through June 2015 @wsjstartup.

John Saddington (TIY Mentor)



A quick dossier:

  • Name: John Lee Saddington

  • Age: 35

  • Location: San Francisco

  • Full-Time: Product @ Decentralized, The Bitcoin Pub, and Yen

  • Indie Projs: None, at the moment.

  • AKA: “Appa” to 2 girls & 1 boy, “The dumbest boy in the land” to my best friend of 12+ years, a writer, coach, speaker, and mentor to those who want to go further, faster.

  • Other Stuff: A personal newsletterTwitterLinkedIn (real CV here).

500 Startups Blog (especially 500 Distribution)

500 Startups is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. We are one of the most active seed stage venture capital firms in the world.

Steve Blank

Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur based in Pescadero, California.

Blank is recognized for developing the Customer Development method that launched the Lean Startup movement, a methodology which recognized that startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but require their own set of processes and tools to be successful. His Lean Launchpad class (taught as the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps) has become the standard for commercialization for all federal research.

Retired since 1999, Blank writes and teaches about Customer Development and the Lean Startup method. He is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford; lectures at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and is a senior fellow at Columbia University.He has written four books: The Four Steps to the Epiphany, Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost, The Startup Owner's Manual and Holding a Cat by the Tail.

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Recommended Podcasts:

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

Masters of Scale is an original podcast in which LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman sets out to describe and prove theories that explain how legendary leaders take their companies from zero to a gazillion in ingenious fashion.

StartUp is an American podcast from Gimlet Media hosted by Alex Blumberg and Lisa Chow. While the first two seasons follow stories of starting businesses – Season 1 about the starting of Gimlet Media itself, and Season 2, a dating company called "Dating Ring" – the third season follows one business per episode.

The first episode was released on September 5, 2014, featuring Alex Blumberg pitching his company to venture investor Chris Sacca.The podcast receives roughly 1,000,000 listens per month.

The Pitch is an American podcast hosted by Josh Muccio. The show features entrepreneurs in need of venture funding as they pitch to a live panel of investors, similar to ABC's hit TV series Shark Tank. Penned by its creators as, "A show where real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money." the podcast aims to capture the essence of what happens when entrepreneurs pitch investors.

The first episode of The Pitch premiered on June 21st, 2016. Then in September 2016 it was announced that the second season of the podcast would start airing in 2017 and featured a panel of investors who will be making investment decisions on the spot.

The most interesting, outrageous & illuminating stories from the world of entrepreneurship.

Serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this bi-weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting startups and stories from the Web world.

The World Economic Forum's channel features four podcast series:
- "A Glimpse into the Future" explores how breakthrough technologies and innovative ideas can help us shape our future.
- "Mapping Global Transformations" is a podcast series featuring leading global experts who are highlighting changes in areas of global interest.
- "On our radar" takes a deep look at the issues bubbling up on the global agenda.
- "What you said" brings you the must-read stories of the week.

Demystifying emerging technologies and their potential impact on agriculture.


Investment in agriculture technology and momentum for agtech entrepreneurship is taking off. But this is not new: Australian farmers have been adopting value-add on farm technologies for decades. So is it just hype? What does the all the momentum for agtech- from accelerators to venture capital funds to sexy technologies like drones and robots- actually mean for farmers and the agriculture industry?

In each Bushtech podcast episode, we talk with leading innovators, tech experts, and agriculture futurists. We go beyond the jargon and dig in to the Key Question That not enough people are asking about agtech: so what?.

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