Entrepreneurship · Education

What resources did you use to educate yourself on entrepreneurship?

Luis Berga Co-Founder at Music Meets Video

October 14th, 2016

Seems like we are reaching the point of diminishing returns with the overwhelming amount of online courses, free videos, books, podcasts, accelerators/incubators and traditional schooling. 

I'm curious how others went about getting prepared for entrepreneurship. 

I joined the startup next program, joined techstars as an associate, and later went to business school. I now regularly listen to entrepreneur focused podcasts and read constantly to stay up on trends, frameworks, and general advice. 

Would love to hear what others have done and are doing to better educate themselves on entrepreneurship. 

Brendon Whateley Founder at Kugadi

October 16th, 2016

While the online resources can help, nothing prepares you better than doing it. Rather than try and learn all the "rules", get going and find resources to answer your current unique challenges. The other use of the resources is to validate that what you are doing is a reasonable activity.

Honestly, you can waste a lot of time reading and watching videos that would be much better getting stuff done. It is an especially attractive thing to do when your current "must do" activity is unpleasant. Rather than just getting it done, it is easier to go and look for a silver bullet to avoid doing the hard work. But the hard work is what you need to do!

Arthur Lipper Chairman of British Far East Holdings Ltd.

October 16th, 2016

Starting and financing businesses/.

John Butler Founder and President at Quantumcyte, Inc, Director of Process Development at Stanford University School of Medicine

October 14th, 2016

I think blogs and podcasts can help but getting in to an intensive program allows you to get moving.  Take a look at federally funded organizations that give entrepeneur's resources.  We are in a group called Tech Futures Group in the Bay area that is helping with all aspects of our company.  Also, we just finished a course called Lean Launchpad at UCSF.  It is part of iCore.  Lean Launchpad was a very good experience and gave us the confidence to move forward with our idea and greatly expanded our network.  Good luck.

Barney Kramer Business Advisor, Executive, Trainer & Coach, Public Speaker,

October 14th, 2016

The process part is often covered well but the People/Leadership piece is rarely addressed and yet without the right education and training, this piece can be and usually is the point of failure for most startups.  Happy to discuss this further if you are interested in my help.   Barney, 209 444 6549 barney@smra1.com.  www.smra1.com

Arthur Lipper Chairman of British Far East Holdings Ltd.

October 14th, 2016

Prior to my ownership of the 450,000 paid circulation Venture, The Magazine for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs I was investing in privately owned companies and both losing and making money.

Rod Abbamonte Co Founder at STARTREK / @startupHunter / @startupWay / @CoFounderFound / @GOcapital / @startupClub / @lastminute

October 16th, 2016

My life.

Valeriia Timokhina Eastern Peak Software: Custom software development

October 24th, 2016

Many successful entrepreneurs have their blogs and share their experience with people. Find a business mentor in your sphere that has real achievements and see if he or she has an online resource.
Some useful resources for tech entrepreneurs:

These are blogs with useful tips for startups and software development businesses.
Also, don't forget about LinkedIn Pulse and Twitter - you always can find great advisors there.

Arthur Lipper Chairman of British Far East Holdings Ltd.

October 24th, 2016

As the Editor-In-Chief of the 450,000 subscriber monthly "Venture, The Magazine for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs" publication I studied many hundreds if not thousands of entrepreneurial efforts. Actually I learned more from the 5 published books I have authored on entrepreneurship than from reading other author’s books. I also learned from the enormous number of mistakes I have made (and remade) in the ownership of many companies, including Venture. If interested get in touch with me directly arthurlipper@gmail.comand I will try to find a talk text describing the primary mistakes made.

Dane Madsen Organizational and Operational Strategy Consultant

October 24th, 2016

As in all education, the real world is very different. I cannot see any classes getting you prepared for what you will face. You can get skills (e.g. legal, accounting, etc.) but the practical application you will have to learn the hard way, like most of us had to - by getting into it up to your neck. You should develop advisers that you can share experiences and frustrations with as they rise up, particularly with others in your role and space. I just do not see a class being very helpful past the basics.

Bonnie Crater President and CEO at Full Circle Insights

October 30th, 2016

I really liked the VC and Angel investing sessions at VC Taskforce.  

VC Taskforce is hosting a conference this week Finding Your First Investor on November 3 in Menlo Park, CA. Get $50 off reg - use VCTAffiliate code

I expect this should be very useful for new entrepreneurs. I'm moderating the panel on talking to VCs about Seed Investing.