Early Stage Startups

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Everything related to early stage startups, from financing to building the team and marketing. If you are a founder or a team member in a startup then this Kapa is for you!

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Curated by Eze Vidra 3 months ago.
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The 'startups for startups' industry has grown tremendously and there are so many tools out there to save you time and money. This is one of the better directories I've seen for startup tools to get you started.

StartupStash - A curated directory of tools and resources for your startup

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StartupStash is a curated directory of tools and resources to build your startup. All the startup resources you need to build a killer product.

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 4 months ago.
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Startup Playbook by Sam Altman of Y Combinator.
Very generic by nature (not all startups are the same), but it will guide you step by step on all phases of how to build a startup in different aspects.

Startup Playbook

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To have a successful startup, you need: a great idea, a great market, a great team, a great product, and great execution.

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 4 months ago.
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Paul Graham said: "The most common mistake startups make is to solve problems no one has". So how do you find this one problem that people have?

This Stanford lecture is not really about how to find Product Market Fit as you can't simply 'find it', but more about what is the path towards Product Market Fit.

One of the conclusions, as it's a game of trial and error, is to save as much cash as possible to extend your runway, as put in this quote who describes reality as is:

The problem is not about finding the idea, it is more about killing the wrong ones fast and you will probably find something.

How to Find Product Market Fit - CS183F

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Peter Reinhardt, co-founder and CEO of Segment, shares his experience on finding product market fit.

 
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Curated by Keren Shmueli 4 months ago.
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Many companies and founders usually skip this important MOU stage. find out 5 reasons why not to.

Why You Shouldn’t Skip a Memorandum of Understanding?

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Call it a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”), Term Sheet, Summary of Terms or any other title, but don’t skip it. Too often parties are eager to “close the deal” and to our suggestion to start with an MOU say they don’t want to waste any time and go right ahead with a full-blown agreement.

 
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Curated by Michael Eisenberg 4 months ago.
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David Jackson is among the best aggregator of tips for founders of start up companies.

A Founder’s Notebook

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The best I’ve read on building a startup, by David Jackson, Founder of Seeking Alpha.

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 4 months ago.
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Fred Wilson argues that pivot, although sounds sexy, is not the best option when failing. In cases of hard pivot, where the idea, business and market are different, you need to embrace your failure and start from scratch.

I totally agree with everything he says, but I have to admit that if I had investors then I would feel obligated to 'carry them with me' so they can keep their chances of positive ROI. He addresses this loyalty issue with this:

I have always suspected that entrepreneurs also choose the pivot over some sort of loyalty to their investors. If that is the case, I would like to say that this investor does not want any of that misguided loyalty.

I can also share from my own experience that Kapai started as a totally different idea and it failed. When we 'pivoted', we discussed a lot if we should keep the company or start from scratch. There were many considerations but at the end, we've decided to start from scratch as a new company with a clean cap table, and over time it proved to be the right move as it's much simpler to run the company this way.

Pivot or Fail?

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The Pivot is celebrated in startup land. Huge successes like Twitter and Slack are all the results of pivots. So surely pivoting is a good thing, right?

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 4 months ago.
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A must-read for every first-time CEO and founder!
Even for serial entrepreneurs, it's pure gold to check themselves. Why? it covers almost any aspect of being a successful CEO and how to build and run your business: communications within the team, how to manage your time, defining goals (and achieving them), fundraising, recruiting, sales, and more.
It's a long read (a book after all) but worth your time. Maybe even the best present you can give yourself if you are running a company. And it's free to read.

btw, I think the previous name of the book was better: Founder to CEO

The Great CEO Within

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The Great CEO Within (Formerly: Founder to CEO) How to build a category-killing company from the ground up By Matt Mochary Table of Contents Introduction Essential Reading Part I -- The Beginning Chapter 1: Getting Started Chapter 2: The Team Part II — Individual Habits Chapter 3: Getting...

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 4 months ago.
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What is the secret to starting and scaling massively valuable companies? Reid Hoffman argues that the secret to starting and scaling massively valuable companies is “blitzscaling”, a set of techniques for “scaling up at a dizzying pace that blows competitors out of the water.” which he describes in this book

Blitzscaling

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Blitzscaling, by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh, shares the secret to starting and scaling massively valuable companies.

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 4 months ago.
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What is the right method to calculate churn? This blog post is challenging top VCs approach and suggesting a new, better, way. Whether you agree or not, it’s worth reading and understanding the different methods.
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You’re all calculating churn rates wrong | CatchJS

 
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Curated by Shmueli Ahdut 4 months ago.
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AI is changing the world and is widely used by startups. The question is whether you use AI in your product or AI is your product? Check out these 3 examples of AI changing the way startups are building their products.

When AI is the Product: The Rise of AI-Based Consumer Apps

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There’s a new era of AI consumer-based apps spreading around the world, though starting from China. TikTok, a short-form mobile video app, was downloaded on Apple’s App store more than 104 million …

 
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Curated by Avrom Gilbert 4 months ago.
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When thinking about your internal processes and strategy and how you will compete this is a super-important concept - how to build something which improves when it is stressed by external factors. For internal processes look at how you get better every time something goes wrong (don't just fix it or make it less likely to go wrong again - the opposite of fragile is antifragile, not robust!). For external processes, it's a mindset to find the ways you can get stronger as you get attacked by competition. Not possible in every situation but helpful to think about how you can take an anti-fragile approach to solving problems.

Antifragile - Wikipedia

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Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder is a book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb published on November 27, 2012, by Random House in the United States and Penguin in the United Kingdom. This book builds upon ideas from his previous works including Fooled by Randomness (2001), The Black Swan (2007–2010), and The Bed of Procrustes (2010–2016) and is the fourth book in the five-volume philosophical treatise on uncertainty titled Incerto. Some of the ideas are expanded in Taleb’s fifth book Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life (2018).

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 4 months ago.
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The article itself is not that interesting (nice, but nothing more than that), but it's always a good resource to see how companies such as Facebook, Linkedin, Airbnb, and others presented themselves and their business in their early days. Also, the last slide is a recommendation from Sequoia Capital of how they believe you should build your own deck and what topics it should cover (this is pure gold IMHO). Could be very interesting for any startup who is raising money as it could provide ideas of how to present your idea as well as making sure you have all topics covered.

30 Legendary Startup Pitch Decks and What You Can Learn From Them

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If you’re looking to raise funds for your startup, making a great pitch deck is key. We’ve made a list of takeaways from some of the greats. Check it out!

 
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Curated by Shmueli Ahdut 5 months ago.
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How I Built this is the best podcast to learn from successful entrepreneurs' mistakes, insights and experience.

How I Built This with Guy Raz

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Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

 
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Curated by Shmueli Ahdut 5 months ago.
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A must read book for to-be-entrepreneurs just before jumping the cold water..

Zero to One - Wikipedia

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Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future is a 2014 book by venture capitalist, PayPal co-founder, and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel along with Blake Masters. It is a condensed and updated version of a highly popular set of online notes taken by Masters for the CS183 class on startups taught by Thiel at Stanford University in Spring 2012.[1][2][3]

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 5 months ago.
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Aaron Harris of Y Combinator is explaining the different types of investors, how to approach each one, and what they are looking for. Invaluable both for founders with an existing network and for first timers.

How to Get Meetings with Investors and Raise Money by Aaron Harris

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YC Partner Aaron Harris gives invaluable advice for how to most effectively and strategically meet with investors. Learn more at https://startupschool.org

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 5 months ago.
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Andrew Chen with yet another great post about how to build your team after seed round.

Building the initial team for seed stage startups

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Seed funding and building out the initial team One of the most exciting events for a startup is landing seed funding, which transforms a “2 dudes in a living room idea” into something with much more potential. I wanted to summarize a couple things that are relevant for this stage, learned from personal experiences and conversations …

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 5 months ago.
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Some useful tips and advice for first time founders by Y Combinator's founders

Advice for First Time Founders

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YC founders respond to the question: What are some things that you should’ve known as a first-time founder but did not?

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 5 months ago.
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How to get to a product market fit? This is the most important topic for early stage startups and Andrew Chen (of Andreessen Horowitz) is breaking it down for you.

Zero to Product/Market Fit (Presentation)

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Readers, Starting from a blank canvas is the absolute hardest thing to do. It’s insanely hard. And yet the brave entrepreneurs in the tech industry do it, time and time again, and every year, a few are successful. It’s an awesome thing when it works though. Anyone who’s working on a new product has question: …

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 5 months ago.
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Although an old article, it's an easy read of a topic that never gets old: how to pick a valuation and (even more important) what to remember while raising your seed round.

Seed Rounds: How To Pick A Valuation

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this conversation. A founder is about to raise their first round and asking me how to value their company. [1] There’s a reason it’s so difficult to figure...

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 5 months ago.
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Can you measure your product market fit? If yes, it means that you can optimize it! How to smartly walk in your path to find your product market fit

How Superhuman Built an Engine to Find Product/Market Fit

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Superhuman founder and CEO Rahul Vohra walks us through the framework his startup used to make product/market fit more actionable, detailing the survey and four-step process that were key to measuring and optimizing it.

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 5 months ago.
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A must watch and listen to any founder. Although Kirsty is talking specifically about SAFE notes (which is widely common these days and therefore important to understand), it's also important to understand the dilution process and how to calculate it - including how to try and forecast it.

Understanding SAFEs and Priced Equity Rounds by Kirsty Nathoo

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YC Partner Kirsty Nathoo gives the lowdown on several different ways to capitalize your company and how those impact founder equity and cap tables overall. L...

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 5 months ago.
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Quick explanation of how to build your one sentence pitch and what are the rules to make it as good as it can get.

Perfect Your One Sentence Pitch using Startup Madlibs

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Lean how to grab the listener’s attention quickly, and communicate all of the core elements of your startup idea in a clear and concise manner

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 5 months ago.
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Sam Altman is talking about the rules to have a successful startup. Must watch for anyone who wants to start their startup!

Sam Altman - How to Succeed with a Startup

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Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, shares his thoughts on how you can succeed with a startup. You can find the lecture transcript and slides here: https://www.startupschool.org/videos/34 Learn more at https://www.startupschool.org/

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 5 months ago.
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Y Combinator famous SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) investment document. Usually is the best practice for early stage financing to make it as simple as possible (no lawyers involved) and keeping the valuation negotiation for later.

Startup Documents

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Information about startup documents, including the safe (simple agreement for future equity).

 
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Curated by Koby Menachemi 5 months ago.
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Everything you need to know about seed rounds: are you ready for seed investment, metrics you should be aware of, right valuation, and understanding the procedure and terms of fundraising.

How to Raise a Seed Stage Funding Round: The Startup Guide - Atrium

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We learned something interesting by running Atrium Scale, a bootcamp for raising Series A funding from VCs: many applicants aren’t… Read On

 
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