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. 
A great idea is 1% of the work. Execution is the other 99%. In this course, we’ll teach you how to conduct market analysis, create an MVP and pivot (if needed), launch your business, survey customers, iterate your product/service based on feedback, and gain traction quickly.

Arthur Lipper Chairman of British Far East Holdings Ltd.

October 16th, 2016

Starting and financing businesses/.

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!

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Michael Hartzell Entrepreneur, Addicted to "Yes" - When Everyone Wins

November 6th, 2016

Under this umbrella of entrepreneurship is "the mission". 
Which requires specific skills, knowledge, processes, tools and team.
These are the focus areas for learning.

i.e. 
If a service business, the entrepreneur will lean to learning skills related to hiring, leading, people development, accountability, etc.

If a software widget, the entrepreneur will lean a different direction for learning.

Learning how to be an entrepreneur - is about taking "nothing", saying "I am responsible" and creating something of value that others will rave about (and pay for).

I took night courses at college to learn the lay of the land about business structures, risks, rewards and SWOT.

I found and relied on mentors to help me avoid unnecessary bumps. (Though I did not ask them to be a mentor, I just stuck close... listened and followed their pattern.)

Templates already exist. It is a matter of being aware, recognizing them and then puzzling out how to use this for that.  Henry Ford did not invent the assembly line. He saw it in action and applied the processes.

Before anyone begins, it is helpful to understand the core value index, skills & abilities, intelligence quotient, etc. 

Wishing and trying to learn something that is beyond our reach - not wise.  

One solution is to hire and/or find a partner but that too requires new skills and wisdom. :)

Staying motivated happens by sticking close to those who are inspirational thought leaders.  (Which can be a 4 year old grand daughter to an 80 year old engineer)  

There is not truly a "preparation" for entrepreneurship in and of itself.  Each scenario prepares us for the next, and the next...  It is not a failure as much as another step.  

To learn the path by going to class is only a hint of what is to come when we walk the path.

Where it all began for me - my "preparation" started here >  (at 14 years old)

Tony Vinayak Director of Solutions at Scalable Systems

November 7th, 2016

Luis, looks like you've been ingesting all the right ingredients for preparing yourself for becoming an entrepreneur. Like others have noted, and I couldn't help reiterating, the best learning really happens once you get going and start applying everything that you've learnt to *your* specific use-case and figuring things out. Business planning is the easy part. It is the execution where the rubber hits the road, and you get to learn a lot about yourself (and your partners). Wish you all the very best, and don't forget to give back to this community what you learn along the way!