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a16z is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (a.k.a “a16z”), a VC firm in Silicon Valley. It discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future — especially as ‘software eats the world.’ It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world.
Built to Sell
John Warrillow, the author of Built to Sell, asks entrepreneurs who have recently sold a business why they decided to sell their business, what they did right, and what mistakes they made through the process of exiting their business.
How I Built This
How I Built This is a NPR podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands.
Startup School Radio
Aaron Harris, a partner at Y Combinator, gets stories and practical advice from founders and investors. They share how they got started, what went wrong, what surprised them, and what happened as their companies grew.
Traction: How Startups Start
In this story-driven show from tech VC NextView, tech startup founders, executives, journalists, and investors share how they gained initial traction against the odds. Every startup hears that they should do things that don’t scale — scrappy, atypical, whatever-it-takes things. Traction asks a simple question: What ARE those things? With a unique sound that avoids the boring, typical talking head format, Traction features some of the most interesting early-stage stories, tactics, and theories from some of the best entrepreneurs today.
The Twenty Minute VC
Prominent investors share what they’re looking for in startups, discuss easily actionable tips and tricks to increase your chances of getting funded, and provide their analysis of the current technology market.
20VC: How Both Founders & GPs Should Construct Their Pitch
This is a great episode to listen to for pitch tips. VC Brian Ascher discusses the most common mistakes that entrepreneurs make in pitches, as well as how pitches should be structured, how decks should start, why a deck should not start with the team or the origin story, and whether a deck should include the amount being raised.
This Week in Startups
Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of entrepreneurship. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider’s look at what’s happening in the tech industry with his trademark blunt style and good humor. Looking to start your own company? Need strategies for improving your business or motivating your team? Just want to catch up on what’s happening in Silicon Valley and beyond? Your journey begins here.
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The PitchBook Newsletter includes analyses on relevant industry trends in M&A, private equity, and venture capital.
AVC is a blog written by Fred Wilson. Wilson has been a venture capitalist for 30 years, and our startup attorneys greatly value reading his posts.
Blossom Street Ventures Blog
Blossom Street Ventures (formerly DAN Fund) is a venture capital firm in Dallas co-founded by Kevin Vela, Vela Wood’s managing partner. The blog provides frequent posts with valuable venture knowledge from Blossom Street Ventures’ CFA, Sammy Abdullah.
Both Sides of the Table
Both Sides of the Table is a blog written by Mark Suster, an entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
FeldThoughts is a blog written by Brad Feld. Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for nearly 30 years.
Silicon Hills Lawyer
Silicon Hills Lawyer is a blog written by José Ancer, an Austin startup lawyer who helps startups and founders navigate through startup law and venture capital.
Startup Company Lawyer
Startup Company Lawyer is a blog written by Yokum Taku. Taku is a partner at Wilson Sonsini, and just about every startup/VC attorney we know regularly reads Taku’s blog on his website.
Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
As each new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, there is a renewed interest in how venture capital deals come together. Yet there is little reliable information focused on venture capital deals. Nobody understands this better than authors Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. For more than twenty years, they’ve been involved in hundreds of venture capital financings, and now, with the Second Edition of Venture Deals, they continue to share their experiences in this field with you.
Co-Founder Equity Calculator
Foundrs is a co-founder equity calculator. Note that this should be used as a tool and not as an answer.
Free Business Mentoring & Education
SCORE offers the nation’s largest network of free expert business mentors. If you’re just starting a business, SCORE mentors can provide the practical action plan, education, and tools you need to open your doors and establish a customer base. Already own a business? Volunteer mentors can help identify ways to increase profit, improve employee and customer satisfaction, and achieve work/life balance.
Harvard University’s Startup Guide
This handbook is a high-level guide and overview of some key questions and issues that may confront you, the aspiring entrepreneur, as you begin your quest to start a new company, including funding sources, presenting to investors, key factors for success, etc.
Startup Pitch Decks
A collection of real fundraising decks from real startups, including Airbnb, WeWork, and YouTube. In total, these decks have raised over $400 million.