During the last year while working on my startup I have come across hundreds of online resources covering all kinds of topics from web development, entrepreneurship to social media marketing and more. In order to help out I have decided to dedicate a page on my blog to my favorite resources.
I hope that you will find these resources as useful as I have and make sure to spread the love by sharing with your friends. Let me know which are your favorites and what is missing from the list by commenting at the bottom of the page.
1. Guy Kawasaki - Art of the start
2. Gary Vaynerchuk keynote speech at Inc 500 seminar 2011
3. Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement speech
Very useful web services
1. Mailchimp – All your email management requirements covered in a single free service. Free html email templates, newslestters, sign up forms and much more.
2. Launchrock – Free service to create a viral launch page. If you are planning a beta launch of your site and you need to collect emails. Join Launchrock now.
3. Clicktale - One of the leaders in web analytics. Highly recommended service to help you understand high bounce rates and general user behavior on your site.
5. Hootsuite - Best social media management tool I have seen. Use a central dashboard to control all your Facebook and Twitter notifications and messages.
Top news sites/Blogs I follow
1. Techcrunch – Most popular tech blog on the net. Highly recommended.
2. Mashable – Popular tech blog specializing in social media.
3. Copyblogger – Great blog covering aspects of content curation and general content marketing.
4. The Altucher Confidential – Personal blog by James Altucher. James is an amazing writer who covers many aspects related to startups and life in general.
5. Firepole Marketing – The best marketing blog I have seen on the net. Highly recommended.
Great Marketing Material
1. 1,000 True Fans – Great article discussing the benefits of focusing on your true fans.
6. Introduction to social marketing (scroll down and click on lecture 1)
Help with raising funds for your startup
1. Kima Ventures - “Most active angel investor in the world”
2. AngelList - Very popular platform for startups and investors. If you have not joined angellist yet, do it now.
3. David S. Rose: 10 things to know before you pitch a VC
1. Crush It - Do you have a hobby you wish you could do all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take those passions and make a living doing what you love. In CRUSH IT! Why NOW Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. (Amazon.com)
2. The Thank You Economy - The Thank You Economy is about something big, something greater than any single revolutionary platform. It isn’t some abstract concept or wacky business strategy—it’s real, and every one of us is doing business in it every day, whether we choose to recognize it or not. It’s the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell, the way businesses and consumers interact online and offline. (Amazon.com)
3. The $100 Startup - In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group he’s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies. (Amazon.com)
4. Outliers - 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? (Amazon.com)
5. Predictably Irrational - Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we’re making smart, rational choices. But are we? (Amazon.com)