I’ve previously written on the magnitude of resources available for teaching yourself anything online, but there’s also a plethora of information on the web surrounding online business. Seed accelerator program YCombinator have recently thrown their hat into the ring with an entirely online course on startups provided through a partnership with Stanford University.
CS183B, or How to Start a Startup – has been running throughout the Autumn, with all course material and lectures available entirely through your browser for free. A number of the lectures thus far I’ve watched have been great, with many echoing lean startup methodologies and solid product advice from people who have done it all before. (Subscribe on YouTube and you’ll get an automated email when a new one launches). If the legal side of Starting a Startup is challenging you, UpCounsel have a great resource on the basics of Startup law to help you avoid the potential pitfalls.
How to build products people love, is a great watch that explains some of the finer details around what it is to make a product successful, including giving it personality, and making your first impressions count.
Doing things that don’t scale, a title suitably borrowed from Paul Graham’s essay has some interesting tales from startup land from DoorDash, who basically threw together a basic landing page with a telephone number to test the market before scaling.
If this sort of thing is your bag, I’ve been compiling a list of some books in the same vein that I have my eye on for Christmas.
Daniel Kahneman – Thinking fast and slow
Jessica Livingstone Founders at Work
Peter Thiel – Zero to One
Paul Graham – Hackers & Painters
Gabriel Weinberg – Traction – A Startup Guide to getting customers.