Ok, to start: experienced entrepreneur, please read this book: “Venture deals – be smarter than your lawyer and venture capitalist”.

For more for you, and the new startup entrepreneur, keep reading this post.

The list I present you is not complete of course, I tried to filter to the most relevant and to the point resources that are available today on startups.

The goal of all that I share here is to give you a quick start in the world of startups, something that many people keep asking me.

Start with this complete guide (11 chapters).

I really like Crossing the Chasm: find a niche, target customer group and launch your product there. Find the summary here.

Widely used for mapping startup ideas and making a start with validating, is the business model canvas. It’s great and its value on everyday startup life cannot be overvalued.

Two of the more relevant books, used by startups, universities, accelerators and incubators all over the world:

“The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries
Summary presentation;
Good summary;
Visual summary.

“The Startup Owner’s Manual” by Steve Blank
The most important part (for me), the customer development manifesto;
One chapter to decide if you want to buy the book;
An extensive presentation by the writer (including explanation of the business model canvas).

Resources from my hand
Startup funding quicksheet;
Financial investment plan for new ventures;
Writing an effective business plan;
How to close an investment deal;
Multiple sources of startup funding, my startup experience and suggestions;
My startup stories with a guideline to raise money for your startup:
Productivity and work-life balance (for entrepreneurs);
How incubation and acceleration programs (can) increase your chances of growing and scaling.


Extra books on entrepreneurship lifestyle and personal development:
“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss;
“How To Win Friends And Influence People” by Dale Carnegie;
“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey;
“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.

 Feel free to drop your suggestions in the comments!

Update January 24, 2016:

Below a talk of Alex Osterwalder himself: business modeling and business canvas.