Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Compilation of the Web's Best Advice for Entrepreneurs

Below, I link to blog posts and other online resources that offer advice for entrepreneurs. My selections are tailored for consumer Internet startups, but should be helpful to teams in other sectors. There’s a lot of information here, so don’t try to digest everything in one session. I'll update this post periodically (and mark additional links as NEW), so please share suggestions via comments, email, or Twitter.

Key Factors for Startup Success

Personal Motivations and the Entrepreneurial Lifestyle

Startup Management Practices
Team Issues
Startup Marketing

Product Development
Other Resources
  • The HBS Rock Center has compiled a list of resources for entrepreneurs on a range of topics, including developing a business plan, fundraising, legal issues, finding a team, etc.
  • The Stanford Technology Ventures Program has a terrific library of audio and video podcasts of presentations by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists
  • Jason Calacanis hosts the weekly podcast, This Week in Startups, which features interviews with entrepreneurs and VCs
  • List of monthly "Starting Up" columns from Boston Business Journal covering many of topics above by Joseph Hadzima of MIT Sloan School and Main Street Partners (NEW 11/30)
  • Podcasts with entrepreneurs and VCs from Highland Capital (NEW 12/1)


  1. Great list. To add to product/customer development, check out Sean Ellis' survey and 37 Signals' Getting Real.

  2. Tom, well done - solid list. I would love for you to check out my relatively new blog providing legal tips for entrepreneurs here:

    Indeed, as I note on the video in the sidebar, I am trying to help entrepreneurs from the legal side based on my 15+ years of corporate-law experience (including nearly 8 years at two major NYC firms).

    Take care - and keep up the great work.

    Scott Edward Walker

  3. Great list!

    I'd probably say every single Paul Graham essay is worth reading, as well as the entire Marc Andreesen Series on startups (I think you've got Part 5 and 6).

    And a quick correction, Dharmesh is Co-Founder and CTO of HubSpot, not CEO.

  4. There is another list for startup entrepreneurs and angels at:

  5. thanks for all the great info... The info really helps as we are in the middle of customer and product development...

  6. Nice list. I would love for you to check out my relatively new blog providing legal tips for entrepreneurs.
    Custom Software Development | Mobile Application Development

  7. Thanks for the advices. I’ve only created my blog yesterday but I’m sure these tips will come in quite handy in future.
    Thanks and Regards/-
    Jason Webb

  8. Great list. To add to product/customer development, check out Sean Ellis' survey and 37 Signals' Getting Real.

  9. These are helpful resources and I check out two of them -it is really good and helpful on improving the sales if you use the new marketing strategy with the help of these resources.

  10. Tom,
    Great information here. You may want to include Sir Ron Cohen's book "Second Bounce of the Ball" (, as he describes in detail his approach to building what became Apax Partners. I think this book is a must read for any entrepreneur who will seek funding and for people seeking careers in venture capital and buyouts.

  11. Hi Tom,
    Great compilation of resources and links.

    Thanks for the effort in putting this together!


  12. Thanks Tom, This is a great resource! I'll be sure to be using it as I grow my blog and startups.

  13. Thanks, this is a great list! Entrepreneur gaithersburg is another resource for aspiring entrepreneurs.

  14. Thank you so much for sharing this. This is absolutely an amazing list for entrepreneurs in Gaithersburg and just everywhere really! I know I will be using this often! Thanks again for the time and effort you put into this!

  15. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

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