Some of you are familiar with the 101s I’ve been publishing: curated collections of the best free content on a variety of entrepreneurship topics. So far we have:
- Being CEO (7 questions and 45+ links on mistakes, managing, stories, vision)
- Hiring (8 questions and 34 links on hiring process, culture, equity, engineers and non-engineers)
- Mistakes and Failures (8 questions and 33 links on failures, pivots, legal mistakes and CEO burnout)
- Seed Fundraising (24 questions and 70+ links on process, pitch deck, angels, financing terms, negotiations, and much more)
Many of these also have corresponding summaries and lessons within my 1-read-a-day newsletter.
Here are 5 upcoming 101s, including a favorite article from each.
1. Getting Started (ideas, advice for new founders, what startups are like, why you shouldn’t do it, solo founders)
Recommended: The idea maze by Chris Dixon
Balaji Srinivasan calls this the idea maze: A good founder is capable of anticipating which turns lead to treasure and which lead to certain death. A bad founder is just running to the entrance of (say) the “movies/music/filesharing/P2P” maze or the “photosharing” maze without any sense for the history of the industry, the players in the maze, the casualties of the past, and the technologies that are likely to move walls and change assumptions.
And this tumblr for fun.
2. Product (quality, pricing, product/market fit, strategy, UI/UX)
Recommended: The Vast and Endless Sea by Jeff Atwood
I don’t care how much you pay me, you’ll never be able to recreate the incredibly satisfying feeling I get when demonstrating mastery within my community of peers. That’s what we do on Stack Overflow: have fun, while making the internet one infinitesimally tiny bit better every day.
3. Stories (about everything: winning, losing, being bought, being sold, fundraising, burning out)
Recommended: Late Bloomers by Malcolm Gladwell
Genius, in the popular conception, is inextricably tied up with precocity—doing something truly creative, we’re inclined to think, requires the freshness and exuberance and energy of youth. Orson Welles made his masterpiece, “Citizen Kane,” at twenty-five. Herman Melville wrote a book a year through his late twenties, culminating, at age thirty-two, with “Moby-Dick.”
And a great story from Dave McClure.
4. Operations (scaling, management, hiring, productivity, internal communication)
Recommended: 7 Ways We Try to Make Internal Emails Better by Rand Fishkin
A lot of email communication is short, action-oriented, and seems like it wouldn’t need much attention. But, the tone of “small” emails can be deceiving and if they’re not done in a positive, friendly way, they can build up bad relationships. I’ve had 1:1s with Mozzers who worried that someone at the company disliked them simply because they received a couple brusque responses over email that could easily be interpreted as just short and to-the-point.
5. Culture (values, how to build it, politics, case studies, good vs bad cultures)
Recommended: Cult Creation by Steve Newcomb
Not all cults are bad. In fact for startups they can make all the difference. Learn how to build a team from one person to an unstoppable army. [...] By “cult” what I mean is a group of super high quality people who trust each other and have similar ways of thinking, learning, reacting, problem-solving and working together
Here’s the email summary of this article from 1-read-a-day.
That’s it, folks. I’m excited to release more 101s and please send me great resources as you come across them!