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What resources were invaluable to you early on as an entrepreneur

Hey FD,

I am teaching a class on transitioning to tech entrepreneurship at General Assembly in NYC later this month and am putting together a one pager on resources that I found very valuable as an entrepreneur (e.g., Lean Startup, Rapportive, Founder Dating, various slideshare presentations).

Since I'm mentioning Founder Dating as is, I wanted to know what resources this community found integral as they began their journey in entrepreneurship. Books, software, life hacks, presentations, etc. are all welcome.

Thanks!
Dhruv

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Helen Adeosun
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Helen Adeosun Entrepreneur
Co-Founder and CEO of CareAcademy.co
I love GA! LinkedIn is indispensable and I recommend paying for it! I still consider myself in the early stages, but meeting people and even a cold email message may mean a potential mentor or partner. It's great for following influencers, trends, and because it's the professional place it's a lot less noisy than a lot of other social media you connect for a purpose. It's so powerful it undergirds platforms like Founder Dating. How can you beat that?

Tom Maiaroto
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Tom Maiaroto Entrepreneur • Advisor
Full Stack Consultant
Connecting with people is by far the biggest benefit. Their screening process may be a bit weird, but the people here want to be here. It's a really good community with responsive and engaged people. That's hard to culture and hard to find. LinkedIn and other social networks simply don't provide the facility that FounderDating does. Not that they can't...but it's just a very targeted thing that I imagine wouldn't be worthwhile for them to pursue. So we all end up here and I truly hope more people end up joining. Though I really wish they would fix these discussions, the usability is downright terrible.
Mike Moyer
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Mike Moyer Entrepreneur • Advisor
Managing Director at Lake Shark Ventures, LLC
Please include my book, Slicing Pie. It provides detail instructions on how to implement a perfectly fair equity split. Most startups use fixed equity splits which are never fair (never). A dynamic split, on the other hand, allocated equity on a rolling basis based on the relative value of each individual's actual contribution to the startup. Everyone always has exactly what they deserve- no more and no less.

The book is available on Amazon.com. I have a shorter guide, too, called Get Them Gators that's only 99 cents!
Prabhakaran Tambaram Prakasam
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Prabhakaran Tambaram Prakasam Entrepreneur • Advisor
Healthcare Analytics Entrepreneur
I think a platform like FD brings like minded people across the globe. In technology, the world is FLAT hence, the application can be for any part of the world. When you are on a start-up mode and would like to have the best and a diverse set of founder who are complementing each other, one can look forward to in a platform like FD. LinkedIN is still important from a Virtual Networking point of view!
Eric Lai
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Eric Lai Entrepreneur
Product manager / S/W Engineer / Online Commerce
Podcast helped me get started, learned a lot from strategy, marketing and tools to use and was a good source of motivation to see other people going through the same struggles as you. A few good ones:

Mixergy.com (hour long interviews from people of all industries, success levels and bootstrap to venture funded companies)

and startupsfortherestofus.com (for bootstrapped typically non venture funded revenue generating businesses like e-commerce or monthly subscription)
Dhruv Vasishtha
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Dhruv Vasishtha Entrepreneur
Product Management at Medidata Solutions
Thanks for the input everyone, responding to all of you individually:

Helen - what were some networking hacks you used on Linkedin Premium? Was there stuff additional to unlimited inmail and seeing full profiles of people that you had no connection to?

Tom / Prabhakaran - are there other networks or platforms you would recommend?

Mike - it seems we have a resounding vote of confidence for grunt funds over in the equity splits discussion!

Eric - any particular podcasts or hosts you would suggest?

Thanks again everyone!

Tom Maiaroto
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Tom Maiaroto Entrepreneur • Advisor
Full Stack Consultant
I don't know of any really... Aside from Angel.co and Gust.com ... But I think GrowthHacker.tv deserves a mention here as well. I think FD is fairly unique and I look forward to where it goes in the future.
Tom Maiaroto
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Tom Maiaroto Entrepreneur • Advisor
Full Stack Consultant
Ah! Oh my gosh, I totally forgot Clarity.http://clarity.fm ... Another great tool/network/resource.
Brahm Kiran Singh
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Brahm Kiran Singh Entrepreneur • Advisor
Eng Head - Deep Search at Quixey
Thanks Dhruv for asking this question - was about to ask this myself. Would love to listen to networking hacks - presently at a stage where we feel networking would benefit a lot to us as well.
Dhruv Vasishtha
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Dhruv Vasishtha Entrepreneur
Product Management at Medidata Solutions
Brahm, off the top of my head I listed out a couple of my favorites below:
- Tweet at the person you're looking to connect with and ask a solid question or ask for a contact to follow up with (did this with Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code among others)
- Check out your favorite tech bloggers and get on their personal blog lists --> shoot them a note and ask to chat, I have found health and wellness bloggers very open to helping me and answer my questions
- Be warm and polite, but very up front in your asks to founders. Our main currency is our time and I have found that when someone is direct in providing their background and their ask I can help them best and most efficiently
- download Rapportive, has cut down the amount of time it takes to look up someone to milliseconds and has saved me countless hours over time
- More basic: Google "company name" + "your university" + "location" or + "previous place of employment" and find networks you can tap into or reference when you cold email someone

There are more but have to run out. Any others would be appreciated.
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