Thursday, April 23, 2015

Download @RedRocketVC's Two Free eBooks--Over 202 Startup Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Here are the links to download Red Rocket's free eBooks from your favorite eBookstores.



Amazon (Kindle) - $0.99
Barnes & Noble (Nook)- $0.99
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iTunes - Free
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Amazon (Kindle) - $0.99
Barnes & Noble (Nook)- $0.99
Google Play - Free
iTunes - Free
Kobo - Free

Red Rocket's "Startup Lessons #102 - #202" -- Now a Downloadable eBook from @RedRocketVC

Red Rocket started writing its "101 Startup Lessons--An Entrepreneur's Handbook" back in March 2011.  Over four years later, it has grown to over 202 startup lessons for entrepreneurs.  It is a comprehensive, one-stop read for entrepreneurs who want actionable learnings about a wide range of startup and digital-related topics. The book is a startup executive's strategic "playbook", with "how-to" lessons about business in general, sales, marketing, technology, operations, human resources, finance, fund raising and more, including many case studies therein. We have demystified and synthesized the information an entrepreneur needs to strategize, fund, develop, launch and market their businesses.

We published our first "101 Startup Lessons" in November 2013.  And, today, are excited to announce the publishing of our second book, "Startup Lessons #102-#202" in April 2015.

Thanks to all of our 400,000+ readers who have already benefitted from these lessons via our blog, which we will continue to update with new lessons in the years to come.

To download the full eBook into your eBook readers, visit your favorite eBookstore website:

Amazon (Kindle) - $0.99
Barnes & Noble (Nook)- $0.99
Blog Into Book - Free
Google Play - Free
iTunes - Free
Kobo - Free

If you wish to download our first "101 Startup Lessons" eBook, you can find the links to your favorite eBookstore at this link.

Thanks for sharing this editorial adventure with us.  We appreciate your readership, and your sharing these lessons with your entrepreneurial colleagues in need.

For future lessons, be sure to check back weekly on the Red Rocket Blog, or follow us on Twitter at: @RedRocketVC or @georgedeeb.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lesson #203: Top Startup Blogs and Bloggers

In case you are looking for more juicy how-to lessons for startup entrepreneurs, from some of the most-active startup bloggers, here is a list of some of the more widely-read online:

Allens' Blog by Allen Morgan
cdixon Blog by Chris Dixon
Dan Martell by Dan Martell
Danielle Morrill by Danielle Morrill
David Cummings on Startups by David Cummings
500 Hats by Dave McClure
Gary Vaynerchuk by Gary Vaynerchuk
Grow Think by Dave Lavinsky and Jay Turo
How to Change the World by Guy Kawasaki by Joel Gascoigne
John Greathouse by John Greathouse
Justin Kan by Justin Kan
Kate Kendall by Kate Kendall
Noobpreneur by Ivan Widjaya
OnStartups by Dharmesh Shah
Quick Sprout by Neil Patel
Red Rocket Blog by George Deeb (yours truly)
Seth's Blog by Seth Godin
Startup Beat by Brian Kovalesky
Startup Blog by Steve Sammartino
Startup Bloggers by Avishai Sam Bitton
Startup CFO by Mark MacLeod
Startup Lawyer by Ryan Roberts
Startup Lessons Learned by Eric Ries
Startups and Burritos by Ethan Austin
Steve Blank by Steve Blank
The Growth Guy by Verne Harnish
The Naive Optimist by Ryan Carson
UP Global by Startup Weekend
Young Upstarts by Daniel Goh

A VC by Fred Wilson
Ask the VC by the Foundry Group Partners
Begin the Begin by Jeff Hilimire (obviously a fellow R.E.M. fan)
Ben's Blog by Ben Horowitz
Both Sides of the Table by Mark Suster
First Round Review by First Round Partners
Founder Institute by Founder Institute

Buffer (social marketing)
Clarity (general advice)
Fresh Books (finance/accounting) (human resources)
Hubspot (marketing)
Kiss Metrics (marketing)
MailChimp (email marketing)
Marketing Profs (marketing)
Moz (search marketing)
99U (creative design)
Shopify (ecommerce)
Unbounce (marketing)
Visually (marketing)

Business Insider
Entrepreneur (I am a contributor)
Forbes (I am a contributor)
New York Times Startup Strategies
Small Biz Daily
Start Your Business
Startup Nation
Tech Cocktail
Tech Crunch
The Next Web (I am a contributor)
The Startup Magazine
The Upstart
Venture Beat
WSJ Accelerators (I am a contributor)
WSJ Digital (formerly All Things Digital)
YFS Magazine

And be sure to check out the many others listed in the Top 100 Startup Blogs at Blog Rank and in the startup blog feeds at Alltop.  And, the list goes on and on.  But, this should be a good place to start.  If you think I am missing any good ones, please add them in the comments section.

For future posts, please follow me on Twitter at: @georgedeeb.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Does Age Matter for Entrepreneurship?

For years, people have tried to correlate an entrepreneur’s age when they launched their startup, with the ultimate success of that startup.  Many studies have been done on the topic, including reports by the Kauffman FoundationDuke University and the Founder Institute, to name a few.  So, I am not going to try and rehash those studies.  But, the collective summary of their learnings was the average entrepreneur is 40 years old when they launch their startup, and people over 55 are twice as likely as people under 35 to launch a high-growth startup.  The average age of a successful startup with over $1MM in revenues was 39.  It was determined age was less of a driver to entrepreneurial success than previous startup and industry experience.

Read the rest of this post in Forbes, which I guest authored this week.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

How to Screen VC's for Your Startup

I have extensively written on what venture capitalists are looking for in startups (see my definitive checklist for startup success), to increase your odds VC’s will be interested in funding your business. But, what about the inverse?  What do VC’s need to offer you, before deciding to take their capital? It is perfectly acceptable to interview them, at the same time they are interviewing you. Below is the definitive checklist of questions you need to ask VC’s before accepting their money:

Read the rest of this post in The Next Web, which I guest authored this week.

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