Nathan Minns

Entrepreneurship Resources

Early stage founders often ask me what resources I suggest.
Here are the best resources I’ve found.

Books

Read these two books before you read any others (In Order):

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses (summary).

The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you (summary).

After reading those two books, read these:

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen. If you’re not sure how to communicate with your value to your customers, this is the book for you.

The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business. If you’re doing business internationally, this is a must-read.

Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work. This is the book that inspired me to quit my job to go full-time into entrepreneurship.

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It. This book is infinitely more helpful if you’re already making a livable income on your small-business.

The Cold Start Problem: How to Start and Scale Network Effects. This book is helpful for anyone starting a social network or a company that can take advantage of network effects.

Same Side Selling: How Integrity and Collaboration Drive Extraordinary Results for Sellers and Buyers. If you’re not sure how to treat customers/clients, this book can give you actionable next steps.

Thinking, Fast and Slow. This book was recommended in almost every marketing class I took at The Ohio State University. This is a “textbook” read that will summarize the best Consumer Behavior & Behavioral Economics classes.

Free Stuff

Paul Graham’s Blog: Every time Paul posts one of his thought-provoking articles on startups, it’s the talk of the startup community.

Lenny’s Newsletter: Some of the best writings (and community) on building new things you’ll find on the internet.

Lenny’s Podcast: One of the best podcasts on building new things. (I suggest you start with the episode with Jason Fried, Brian Chesky, or Eric Ries).

Seth Godin’s Blog: Seth is a great voice to learn more about human-centric marketing. In interviews, when Seth is asked where people can learn more about him, he says “just Google ‘Seth.'” A big power move, but he’s worth it.

Derek Sivers’ Blog: I love his books and his accessibility. His articles and books (here’s my favorite) are always thought-provoking, clear, and inspiring. Even if you disagree with him on how to live, work, or play, you’ll understand his contrarian point of view.

The Y Combinator YouTube Channel: A great resource for early-stage founders from those who fund early-stage startups. And this video on pitching by YC’s Michael Seibel.

Y Combinator Startup School: Learn how to start a company, with help from one of the world’s top startup accelerators: Y Combinator.

Startup Weekend: Go to Startup-Weekend-like-events where you experience entrepreneurship in a short time horizon and get involved in the community.

Superhuman Newsletter: This is what I read to stay up-to-date on AI news.

YIPPEE: If you’re an entrepreneurship educator in the United States, you can access entrepreneurship resources for free on YIPPEE (and here’s my profile on YIPPEE). 

Nathan’s LinkedIn: Want to see me building in public?

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