Ross Mayfield's post on Venture Capital blogs reminds me of a few of my favorite entrepreneurship blog posts...
- The Torturous World of Powerpoint by Bradley Feld -- what to include in a startup pitch
- You Are Only A First Time CEO Once and Why CEOs Fail by Fred Wilson -- on being self-aware
- Oh, the Difference a Decade Makes by Joe Kraus -- on how it's much easier to start a business on much less capital
- Hiring: No False Positives by Joe Kraus, and Hiring: False Positives and Negatives by Tim Converse -- on the challenge of hiring
- Superhacker and Phoneboy and Hiring 101 and The Three F's of Success by, uh, yours truly...
...and, since I'm on the subject, here are a few of my favorite articles as well...
- How to Start a Startup by Paul Graham (see also as Ev suggests the chapters "How to Create Wealth" and "Mind the Gap" from Paul Graham's book Hackers and Painters)
- The Guerilla Guide to Interviewing and Fixing Venture Capital by Joel Spolsky (who has lots of gems in his archive as well)
- The Art of Starting, by Guy Kawasaki (and transcribed excellently by Brendon Wilson)
- An Engineer's View of Venture Capitalists by Nick Tredennick, with Brion Shimamoto
- Why Startups Fail by Robert X. Cringely
- The Sales Learning Curve by Mark Leslie
- Diary of a Start-Up, the rise and fall of ArsDigita by Eve Andersson (see also Phil Greenspun's ArsDigita: From Start-Up to Bust-Up)
And remember that "Every company's got four kinds of risk: market risk, people risk, technology risk, and financial risk. A valuation is dependent upon how much of that risk has been removed." Hmmm. I think I need to read more business books.
Update, April 2005. Allen Morgan just completed his Ten Commandments for Entrepreneurs, which have a lot of excellent thoughts and ideas for people thinking about starting a company. They're worth a read:
- Do your homework, and contact the right person
- Be on time
- Tease, don't overwhelm
- Know your audience
- Create the "Aha" early
- Explain the idea by analogy to, or contrast with, older ideas
- Go with 13 or less slides
- Know what you don't know -- and admit it
- Be like Goldilocks, when it comes to competition
- Control the meeting -- but be smart about it