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What resources were invaluable to you early on as an entrepreneur

Dhruv Vasishtha Product Management at Medidata Solutions

January 2nd, 2014

Hey FD,

I am teaching a class on transitioning to tech entrepreneurship at General Assembly in NYC later this month and am putting together a one pager on resources that I found very valuable as an entrepreneur (e.g., Lean Startup, Rapportive, Founder Dating, various slideshare presentations). 

Since I'm mentioning Founder Dating as is, I wanted to know what resources this community found integral as they began their journey in entrepreneurship. Books, software, life hacks, presentations, etc. are all welcome.

Thanks!
Dhruv 

Helen Adeosun

January 2nd, 2014

I love GA! LinkedIn is indispensable and I recommend paying for it! I still consider myself in the early stages, but meeting people and even a cold email message may mean a potential mentor or partner. It's great for following influencers, trends, and because it's the professional place it's a lot less noisy than a lot of other social media you connect for a purpose. It's so powerful it undergirds platforms like Founder Dating. How can you beat that?

Tom Maiaroto Full Stack Consultant

January 2nd, 2014

Connecting with people is by far the biggest benefit. Their screening process may be a bit weird, but the people here want to be here. It's a really good community with responsive and engaged people. That's hard to culture and hard to find. LinkedIn and other social networks simply don't provide the facility that FounderDating does. Not that they can't...but it's just a very targeted thing that I imagine wouldn't be worthwhile for them to pursue. So we all end up here and I truly hope more people end up joining. Though I really wish they would fix these discussions, the usability is downright terrible.

Helen Adeosun

January 3rd, 2014

Just discovered Clarity this week, and it's great!

Prabhakaran Prakasam Healthcare Analytics Entrepreneur

January 2nd, 2014

I think a platform like FD brings like minded people across the globe. In technology, the world is FLAT hence, the application can be for any part of the world. When you are on a start-up mode and would like to have the best and a diverse set of founder who are complementing each other, one can look forward to in a platform like FD. LinkedIN is still important from a Virtual Networking point of view!

Prabhakaran Prakasam Healthcare Analytics Entrepreneur

January 3rd, 2014

Dhruv: I think FB is good for  connecting with various peer groups especially, in start-ups. Google hangout is catching up.

Fernando Campos Cofounder at Break Ventures

January 4th, 2014

Surround yourself with smart people. Listen to what they have to say and learn from their past mistakes. 

Quora is an invaluable resource with tons of information. There's also a lot of blogs that are specific to the industry. For instance, I follow Jason Lemkin's blog saastr.com. Really helpful for entrepreneurs building Saas companies. 

Tom Maiaroto Full Stack Consultant

January 3rd, 2014

Ah! Oh my gosh, I totally forgot Clarity. http://clarity.fm  ... Another great tool/network/resource.

Dhruv Vasishtha Product Management at Medidata Solutions

January 3rd, 2014

Thanks for the input everyone, responding to all of you individually:

Helen - what were some networking hacks you used on Linkedin Premium? Was there stuff additional to unlimited inmail and seeing full profiles of people that you had no connection to?

Tom / Prabhakaran - are there other networks or platforms you would recommend?

Mike - it seems we have a resounding vote of confidence for grunt funds over in the equity splits discussion!

Eric - any particular podcasts or hosts you would suggest?

Thanks again everyone!

 

Tom Maiaroto Full Stack Consultant

January 3rd, 2014

I don't know of any really... Aside from Angel.co and Gust.com ... But I think GrowthHacker.tv deserves a mention here as well. I think FD is fairly unique and I look forward to where it goes in the future.

Mike Moyer

January 2nd, 2014

Please include my book, Slicing Pie. It provides detail instructions on how to implement a perfectly fair equity split. Most startups use fixed equity splits which are never fair (never). A dynamic split, on the other hand, allocated equity on a rolling basis based on the relative value of each individual's actual contribution to the startup. Everyone always has exactly what they deserve- no more and no less.

The book is available on Amazon.com. I have a shorter guide, too, called Get Them Gators that's only 99 cents!