The Essential Startup Reader: 10 Lessons in Entrepreneurship

27 thoughts on “The Essential Startup Reader: 10 Lessons in Entrepreneurship”

  1. Great list, Om. I just sent it on to one startup and have two more to be sent. Some of these are in the hints and tricks category where you adapt to the situation, know what to expect more realistically, etc. category, more than strategy. Why would that be?

  2. Great list, Om. I just sent it on to one startup and have two more to be sent. Some of these are in the hints and tricks category where you adapt to the situation, know what to expect more realistically, etc., more than strategy. Why would that be?

  3. I particularly enjoy the article by Mike Speiser. What I have learned in my last two startups is that diversity is really important for success. Ultimately, your co-founders are the ones who would protect your proverbial back and the more that they bring to the table (that are not already on the table), the better. In fact, the less that you have in common initially with each other, the less baggage that you each would bring to the partnership. Over the years, I have learned painfully that in addition to learning to work with people who are different from you and would initially make you uncomfortable, we need to refrain from starting our company with family and friends. Starting a company together is the quickest way to destroy friendship. Starting a company with family (or hiring family into your company) is the surest way to alienate your business partners. Sex and startups, two things in life that are best to pursue outside your gene pool.

  4. Thanks Om. I’m usually fairly current on Apple and Steve Jobs related info, but I had actually never seen that commencement speech before. Not sure how I could have missed that one.

    Watching that re-charged my internal startup battery, which has been at about 10% lately. I can’t think of a better way to start the first workday of 2010.

  5. Excellent articles, some of which I’ve read as you highlighted them and others that I have on my action items to read this week.

    Really enjoy this blog particularly in the first year of running our startup. I love reading about the realities of being in business as it makes me feel sane that we’re not the only ones going through the rollercoaster ride.

    Every entrepreneur can learn from one another. These articles inspire me to write better articles on my experiences and for female entrepreneurs in general.

    Looking forward to a fantastic 2010 of more insights and learning experiences.

  6. This is great collection for the new entrepreneur avoiding creating a job for itself and get into success. To be entrepreneur that is more than just technical skills. In fact you need problem solving skill and human relationship in most of time.

  7. Great list, Om. I just sent it on to one startup and have two more to be sent. Some of these are in the hints and tricks category where you adapt to the situation, know what to expect more realistically, etc., more than strategy. Why would that be?

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