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The Startup Masterclass

How to Start a Business: A Startup Guide for Entrepreneurs

160 key ideas from

3 books

5 videos

2 articles

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Key Ideas


What you'll learn

How to start a successful business

How to build a strong team

How to market your business

How to scale your business

Ideas from books, podcasts, videos & articles

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup

Zero to One

Zero to One

The Startup Owner's Manual

The Startup Owner's Manual

Influential people you will learn from

Eric Ries

Eric Ries

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

Blake Masters

Blake Masters

Steve Blank

Steve Blank

Bob Dorf

Bob Dorf

3 Top Key Ideas (160 total)

How to be a great founder

Well, you should have some superpowers. It's generally speaking useful to be a good product person. It's useful to have good skills in leadership, bringing networks in, persuading people, and it's useful to be able to -and this is kind of fundamental- recognize whether you are on track or not.

Generally speaking, you have to have some things that are a unique edge to you, some things that are unique to the problem you are trying to solve, and some things that will help you get an edge. Because competitive differentiation and competitive edge are super important.

The founding team

It's usually best to have two or three people you trust on a team rather than being a solo founder. It's not to say that solo founders don't actually play out successfully. But most often, two or three people are much better.

If you have two or three founders, you have different skills you can compensate. In the diversity of problems you encounter as a founder, you can actually attack them.

The choice of location

Great founders seek the networks that will be essential to their task. And they realize it's not just about, "I am superman, I can do this anywhere". In order to be successful, you have to go to where the strongest networks are for the particular kind of thing that I am doing.

The reason why Silicon Valley startups are so successful is because of all of the great people you meet there.

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