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What resources did you use to educate yourself on entrepreneurship?

Seems like we are reaching the point of diminishing returns with the overwhelming amount of online courses, free videos, books, podcasts, accelerators/incubators and traditional schooling.

I'm curious how others went about getting prepared for entrepreneurship.

I joined the startup next program, joined techstars as an associate, and later went to business school. I now regularly listen to entrepreneur focused podcasts and read constantly to stay up on trends, frameworks, and general advice.

Would love to hear what others have done and are doing to better educate themselves on entrepreneurship.

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Barney Kramer
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Barney Kramer Entrepreneur • Advisor
Business Advisor, Executive, Trainer & Coach, Public Speaker,
Trial and error starting in my early 20's. I stepped into all the "fox holes" I could find and then acquired the skills through mentors and training over the next 20 years! I applied them the last 20 and an nom sharing them with others. That's it. Please let me know what you need and how I can help? Barney *What a program.* Anyone wanting to take their leadership to the next level really needs to check this out. It is great!!!!! It's an interactive, multi-media life-changing experience designed exclusively to forever change the way you SEE and GROW your career and businesses. Check it out here: http://smra1.com/seminars/new-leadership-paradigm *"Moving From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be Starts Here"* *S**incerely,* *Barney Kramer, President/CEO* *(209) 444-6549 phone* *www.smra1.com *
John Butler
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John Butler Entrepreneur
Founder and President at Quantumcyte, Inc, Director of Process Development at Stanford University School of Medicine
I think blogs and podcasts can help but getting in to an intensive program allows you to get moving. Take a look at federally funded organizations that give entrepeneur's resources. We are in a group called Tech Futures Group in the Bay area that is helping with all aspects of our company. Also, we just finished a course called Lean Launchpad at UCSF. It is part of iCore. Lean Launchpad was a very good experience and gave us the confidence to move forward with our idea and greatly expanded our network. Good luck.
Renee Teeley
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Renee Teeley Entrepreneur
Founder & Chief Marketing Officer @ Startup Studios: Looking for Guest Bloggers & Marketing Partners
"Seems like we are reaching the point of diminishing returns with the overwhelming amount of online courses"

I am launching an online resource for startup companies and entrepreneurs. The initial focus is masterclass video courses that address different areas of building a business, such as product development, marketing and funding.www.startupstudios.io

I'm curious what courses did you take and what did you want to get out of them that you didn't?

My goal is to create courses that truly help people start and grow their companies.
Arthur Lipper
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Arthur Lipper Entrepreneur
Chairman of British Far East Holdings Ltd.
Approached to finance a company with a superior technological produce and demonstrable customer need, Precision Circuits (early printed circuit company having developed flush circuits).
Barney Kramer
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Barney Kramer Entrepreneur • Advisor
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The process part is often covered well but the People/Leadership piece is rarely addressed and yet without the right education and training, this piece can be and usually is the point of failure for most startups. Happy to discuss this further if you are interested in my help. Barney, 209 444 6549 [removed to protect privacy]. www.smra1.com
Donavon Urfalian
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Donavon Urfalian Entrepreneur
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Hi Luis. If you are serious about it, there is only person who is a hard core high performance baptism by fire type mentor, all his material is free, here is the link: http://www.danpena.com/
Arthur Lipper
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Arthur Lipper Entrepreneur
Chairman of British Far East Holdings Ltd.
Prior to my ownership of the 450,000 paid circulation Venture, The Magazine for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs I was investing in privately owned companies and both losing and making money.
Rod Abbamonte
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My life.
Brendon Whateley
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Founder at Kugadi
While the online resources can help, nothing prepares you better than doing it. Rather than try and learn all the "rules", get going and find resources to answer your current uniquechallenges. The other use of the resources is to validate that what you are doing is a reasonable activity.

Honestly, you can waste a lot of time reading and watching videos that would be much better getting stuff done. It is an especially attractive thing to do when your current "must do" activity is unpleasant. Rather than just getting it done, it is easier to go and look for a silver bullet to avoid doing the hard work. But the hard work is what you need to do!
Arthur Lipper
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Arthur Lipper Entrepreneur
Chairman of British Far East Holdings Ltd.
Starting and financing businesses/.
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