If you’re interested in setting up your own business or learning more about being a medtech entrepreneur, there are endless startup resources available on the web. But where to begin? We’ve done some of the legwork for you.
Insight into what it’s really like to get a business up and running. Charting the ups and downs of setting up his own media company, journalist Alex Blumberg (of This American Life and Planet Money) has received rave reviews for this free podcast. Perfect for busy people on the move.
A free, on-demand course by Udemy, it features 32 video lectures (over two hours of content) and offers an overview of the basic skills and knowledge that entrepreneurs need – from connecting with customers to creating business plans. The course is available on iOS and Android.
Created by the Paris Polytechnique School of Engineering and offered by OpenClassrooms, these online tutorials aim to teach you how to identify business opportunities and analyse their potential. Basic enrolment is for a three-week course, but choose the premium option (from £20 per month) and you can go at your own pace.
This blog offers free webinars for entrepreneurs, covering a range of topics from marketing and social media to finance and sales. Aimed at SMEs, BizLaunch is a good place to discover other entrepreneurs’ stories and learn from their experiences.
His blog is considered one of the must-read startup resources for any would-be entrepreneur. Blank is known for creating the Customer Development methodology, a key feature of the Lean Startup Movement. It’s also available as a podcast.
Another blog – this one by venture capitalist Mark Suster – features posts on startup lessons, marketing, sales, raising funds and more. As someone who has just helped raise a $280 million fund, he knows what he’s talking about. There’s also a Bothsides TV Youtube channel.
For startup news and insights in 140 characters or less, follow this top influencer on Twitter. A serial entrepreneur and partner at $4 billion Californian VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, who is ‘trying to work out what’s going on, and what happens next’.
Insightful weekly emails on growing startups and small businesses from Paul Singh, angel investor and founder of Disruption Corporation. ‘Bottom line: if you get on this list, you’ll be getting inside the head of an extremely active venture capitalist and the collective brainpower of 125,000-plus other smart people.’
Dave McClure is the ‘founder and troublemaker’ of Californian seed fund and startup accelerator 500 Startups, which he launched with former PayPal and Google alumni in 2010. Sign up to his weekly emails for a roundup of the best blog posts from the company and a quick dose of mentoring.
This one’s a no-brainer but we couldn’t leave it out of the list. Twitter is a great platform to ask questions and join the debate. Try #SmallBizChat and #B2BChat to get involved in real-time discussions. If you haven’t got time to take part in live sessions, you can speed read them later.
An online community that is particularly interested in technology entrepreneurship and innovation in Europe and northern California. This very active, open LinkedIn group has more than 17,000 members, plus masses of interesting startup content.
This group provides access to startup resources, mentors and networking opportunities via posts, presentations and more. For more on LinkedIn and its useful discussion groups, see our ‘Chain Reaction on LinkedIn’ series.
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