I love startups. Here’s an overview of my go-to resources for anything startup related.
INSPIRING ENTREPRENEURIAL BIOGRAPHIES
Why read? The story of how Tony Hsieh became the CEO of Zappos is one of the most inspiring entrepreneurial narratives I’ve read. He started out by taking photos of shoes displayed in a physical store, and as soon as an order was placed, he would buy the pair of shoes in-store and send them to the customer. Some people are born entrepreneurs, and Tony is one of them. Written by Tony himself. What’s interesting: Tony applies his poker lessons to doing business.
Favorite line: “It’s never too late to change tables.”
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
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Why read? No explanation needed. Majorly inspiring.
Podcast: Y Combinator – How to build the future – Elon Musk
Documentary: if you’re too lazy to read the book, check this documentary
Favorite quote: “I fear quite strongly. But there are times when something is important enough you do it despite of fear” (How to build the future podcast 8:00).
Favorite line: “Dealing vintage is like dealing drugs – you never reveal your source”
Favorite quote: “What important truth do very few people agree with you on?”
Favorite line: “Everyone has problems they know about, but don’t actually care enough about to fix”. The key is to solve problems that occur frequently, are highly frustrating, and a lot of people care about: focus on the pain killers, not the vitamins.
Favorite line: “Emotions, particularly negative ones, are powerful internal triggers and greatly influence our daily routines. Users who find a product that alleviates their pain will form strong, positive associations with the product over time.”
Key insight: “Virality isn’t born, it’s made”. Any message can be made viral by applying Jonah’s 6 STEPPS.
Emily started her blog IntoTheGloss during her job as a designer at Vogue and didn’t quit until she could make a living off of it. She launched Glossier when she realized that there was a gap between drugstore and luxury beauty products. Emily is by far my biggest female founder inspiration. Read more on why I love Glossier for its marketing strategy and how Glossier gave me the user experience of a lifetime, or listen to Skin Is In, the Million$ episode in which Emily explains her journey from ITG to Glossier.
Veelbelovend is a Dutch documentary about two brothers who launched Gidsy, a platform where tourists can book a unique experience with a local. They were national news when Ashton Kutcher invested 1 million dollars in the startup. This documentary follows the brothers during their journey with highs and lows. Ultimately, they decide to sell the company.
An American documentary on the history of venture capital. Highly insightful and interesting!
An impressive documentary on Aaron Schwartz, hacktivist and co-founder of Reddit.
A fascinating documentary on the hardware industry in China.
My Year in Startup Hell – Fortune, 28 April 2016
Probably one of the most hilarious articles on startup life. How 52-year-old ex-Newsweek journalist and script writer of HBO series Silicon Valley Dan Lyons (https://twitter.com/realdanlyons) interns at HubSpot and ridicules pretty much everything that goes on there. Brilliantly written.
“Ik wil impact hebben” – de Volkskrant, 25 September 2015 (Dutch)
Nalden, former lifestyle blogger and one of my Dutch startup heroes, talks about what’s next after having achieved his life goals at age 30.
How Not to Die – Paul Graham
Do Things That Don’t Scale – Paul Graham
How to Convince Investors – Paul Graham
How You Know – Paul Graham
Mean People Fail – Paul Graham
Startup=Growth – Paul Graham
Startups in 13 Sentences – Paul Graham
The Other Road Ahead – Paul Graham
What We Look For In Founders – Paul Graham
How to Get Startup Ideas – Paul Graham
Sam Altman’s The Days Are Long But The Decades Are Short – on life lessons 30th birthday
How to Speak Startup – Techcrunch
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