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10 Must-Read #Startup Articles from 2012, as Chosen by the FI Network

Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-01-19

As a startup accelerator, we aim to provide our founders with the best resources possible. These resources come from our directors, mentors, and popular publications, all with the same goal in mind; to help inspire founders from all walks of life.

From stories offering motivation to taking your first steps to entrepreneurship, to insights from the most looked-up-to startup founders, we hope that you continue to find value in these 10 articles.

 

 

Below is the countdown of the Founder Institute’s most shared content of 2012;


10. When You're Too Good for Your Own Start-up by Les McKeown of Inc.

Every start-up needs two types of people: the visionary and the operator. If you think you can be both types, you're in trouble.

 

 

9.  Steve Blank: Lessons From 35 Years of Making Startups Fail Less by Jake Cook of 99u

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are famous for embodying a risk-taking ethos. But even among these iconoclastic thinkers, Steve Blank has an unusual tale.

 

 

8. Seven tips for an introvert who wants to run a startup by Martin Zwilling of StartupPro

You can’t win as an entrepreneur working alone. You need to have business relationships with team members, investors, customers, and a myriad of other support people. That doesn’t mean you have to be a social butterfly to succeed, or introverts need not apply.

 

7. Udemy CEO, Eren Bali’s Story – From One Room School House in Turkey to $12 Million Series B by Eren Bali

Udemy CEO, Eren Bali shares his story of entrepreneurial success from Turkey to the US.

 

 

6. Ten Lessons from Peter Thiel's Class On Startups by Ryan Mac of Forbes

This spring, legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel taught a class at Stanford University called Computer Science 183: Startup. Back in March, before the course had started, Thiel made a bold declaration: “If I do my job right, this is the last class you’ll ever have to take.”

 

5. Stop Trying so Hard and Follow Your Passion by Nicole Carter of Inc.

GoPro founder Nick Woodman says passion is the path to success. Trust him. He built a company that grew 300% in one year.

 

 

4. The Happiness Business by Erika Brown Ekiel of Stanford Graduate School of Business 

The founder of Stella & Dot discusses leadership, emotional intelligence, and an "angel in a cowboy hat."  When asked to describe her business in 10 words or less, she said "Democratizing entrepreneurship by providing a flexible entrepreneurship platform for the modern woman."

 

 

3. The Top 5 Career Regrets by Daniel Gulati of The Harvard Business Review

Disappointment doesn't discriminate; no matter what industry the individual operated in, what role they had been given, or whether they were soaring successes or mired in failure, five dominant themes shone through. Importantly, the effects of bad career decisions and disconfirmed expectancies were felt equally across age groups.

 

2. Richard Branson on Work Life Balance by Richard Branson for Entrepreneur Magazine

For an entrepreneur launching a startup, it always feels like there are a million things to do and the clock is against you. It is easy to neglect your health and your family as you spend your time dealing with emergencies. Finding time for yourself or to think about the future of the business may seem just about impossible, but you won't be able to keep going at 100 miles per hour if you are running on empty.

1. Want to Graduate? First, Create a Company by Hannah Seligson of The New York Times

CAN you build a technology entrepreneur from scratch in four months flat? Yes, contends a global training program called the Founder Institute, which was started in 2009.

 

 

 

If you've found these resources to be of help and want more great insights from the founders themselves, apply to the Founder Institute today. Applications are currently being accepted in 10+ chapters for the Spring semester. Those who apply by Sunday, January 20th are elligible for Founder Institute Fellowships. Click here to learn more and apply today.

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