This page is a living breathing document with the purpose of helping entrepreneurs find useful resources in areas that are often confusing. Resources are slightly biased towards early stage startups.
Growth is King - How to base your decisions, does it help you grow your userbase?
Building successful software company - The importance of hiring the best
How Vital is Marketing? - Why so many products fail, even if it’s built wonderfully
NACO Common Docs on Investment - Great Canadian Shared Resources on Common, Preferred Shares, convertibles, Canadian SAFEs
CapTable Calculator - Great way to calculated the cap table
These are great pitch decks that you can base your pitches on StaffJoy Pitch Deck - Raised $1.7M
Introduced by Ycombinator, it’s a convertible note without being a “debt”. Early stage startups benefit from this, saving it from long and costly legal process with priced rounds. Furthermore, startups do not have to randomly come up with a valuation of the company.
|Pre-Seed | Seed |
Types of SAFES Summary: No Cap No Discount | Cap, No Discount | Cap and Discount | MFN (Most Favorable Notion) No Cap and No Discount
Blogs to Follow as an Entrepreneur
Paul Graham (YC’s founder) - Great insight from seeing a perspective as someone who seen many companies got in and out
AVC (Managing Director of Union Venture Fund) - Same reason as Paul’s blog
Buffer’s Open Blog - Fantastic insight on a fairly successful startup on how they approached difficult decisions
Joel Spolsky’s Blog - Founder of Stackoverflow/Trello/Fogcreek - Technical software insight, product insight, product management lessons
Marketing is Key, Don’t forget that - Great post about the importance of marketing, not just building.
Email Template for Investors - Great template to base your emails to advisors and investors