Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

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The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup The Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Often downplayed in the excitement of starting up a new business venture is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires, and investors to help build the business? More than just financial rewards are at stake. Bad decisions at the inception of a promising venture lay the foundations for its eventual ruin.

Princeton University Press. Drawing on a decade of research, Noam Wasserman reveals the common pitfalls founders face and how to avoid them. He highlights the need at each step to strike a careful balance between controlling the startup and attracting the best resources to grow it, and demonstrates why the easy short-term choice is often the most perilous in the long term.

Wasserman explains how to anticipate, avoid, or recover from disastrous mistakes that can splinter a founding team, strip founders of control, and leave founders without a financial payoff for their hard work and innovative ideas. The founder's dilemmas is the first book to examine the early decisions by entrepreneurs that can make or break a startup and its team.

Friendships and relationships can suffer. People problems are the leading cause of failure in startups. The founder's dilemmas draws on the inside stories of founders like Evan Williams of Twitter and Tim Westergren of Pandora, while mining quantitative data on almost ten thousand founders. This book offers solutions.

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Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months: A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business that Works

As seen on Time. Com, Forbes. Com, huffington Post, and Essence. Com "become your own boss is a must-read if you're thinking of launching a business of your own. Jean chatzky, nbc todaycreate a successful business this year!written by America's #1 Small Business Expert, bestselling author of Money 911 and Financial Editor, this essential handbook shows you how to launch your own business in just twelve months.

Using her years of experience in business development, setting a budget, Melinda Emerson guides you through the process with step-by-step instructions for developing an effective marketing plan, and maintaining your business once it's up and running. Adams Media. She also offers brand-new strategies for obtaining financing through means like crowdsourcing as well as social media techniques that help build your business--all of which has been updated for today's market.

With emerson's expert business advice, you will finally follow your dreams and become your own boss! Princeton University Press.


The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

But many of those failures are preventable. The lean startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business. Princeton University Press. Crown Business. Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late.

It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute. Adams Media. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. The lean startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively.

Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, it relies on “validated learning, ” rapid scientific experimentation, and learn what customers really want.




The One Page Business Plan for the Creative Entrepreneur

Bend the curve is another very simple, but very powerful visual tool. Vision, strategies, mission, and action Plans, Objectives, providing a useful and complete business plan format that will show you step-by-step how to write a business plan. Rather than start with a blank piece of paper, the book and planning tool kit include business plan templates, as well as sample business plans to help get you started and produce a first draft in just a couple of hours! Easy to fill in the blanks business plan outlines make the process fast and easy.

The book is divided into 5 unique sections. Readers tell us they love the interactive exercises. Also included are one page performance Scorecards and Budget Worksheets that will help you improve results quickly by creating a scorecard for each of your Objectives and then tracking results and progress. Instead of agonizing over how to write a Strategy.

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Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers

Designed for doers, consultants, it is for those ready to abandon outmoded thinking and embrace new models of value creation: for executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all organizations. John Wiley Sons. Business model generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow's enterprises.

Business model generation features practical innovation techniques used today by leading consultants and companies worldwide, Ericsson, including 3M, Capgemini, Deloitte, and others. If your organization needs to adapt to harsh new realities, but you don't yet have a strategy that will get you out in front of your competitors, you need Business Model Generation.

Co-created by 470 "business model canvas" practitioners from 45 countries, highly visual, the book features a beautiful, 4-color design that takes powerful strategic ideas and tools, and makes them easy to implement in your organization. Used book in Good Condition. You will learn how to systematically understand, design, and implement a game-changing business model--or analyze and renovate an old one.

It explains the most common Business Model patterns, based on concepts from leading business thinkers, and helps you reinterpret them for your own context. Crown Business. If you're ready to change the rules, you belong to "the business model generation!" Princeton University Press. Adams Media.


The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs

Chronicle Books CA. Face-to-face interviews with 40 founders give readers key insights into what it took to build PayPal, LinkedIn, TED, AOL, Flickr, and many others into household names. In an economy demanding change, The Startup Playbook is the go-to for entrepreneurs big and small. Used book in Good Condition.

Crown Business. Special sections include topics ranging from how to select the right idea to pursue to finding funding and overcoming inevitable obstacles. Princeton University Press. Going insider to insider with unprecedented access, new York Times bestselling author and Clickable CEO, David Kidder, shares the hard-hitting experiences of some of the world's most influential entrepreneurs and CEOs, revealing their most closely held advice.

According to the kauffman index of entrepreneurial Activity, more than 565, 000 new businesses were created in 2010 in the United States alone—each one of them hoping to strike gold. The startup Playbook will help them succeed. John Wiley Sons. Adams Media.


Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Princeton University Press. Peter drucker's classic book on innovation and entrepreneurshipThis is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline that explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's new entrepreneurial economy. HarperBusiness.

John Wiley Sons. Superbly practical, public service institutions, Innovation and Entrepreneurship explains what established businesses, and new ventures need to know and do to succeed in today's economy. Adams Media. Crown Business. Used book in Good Condition. Chronicle Books CA.


Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive

She shares the stories of entrepreneurs of all kinds--from consultants and coaches to podcasters, bloggers, and online marketers--who have generated six- and seven-figure incomes. This book will be your hands-on guide to building a portfolio of revenue streams, both traditional and online, so that you can liberate yourself financially and shape your own career destiny.

That can be a liberating force, whether by starting their own businesses, and many professionals dream of becoming independent, becoming consultants or freelancers, or developing a sideline. But there's a major obstacle professionals face when they contemplate taking the leap: how to actually make money doing what they love.

In short, engaging chapters she outlines the necessary elements and concrete tactics for entrepreneurial success. Used book in Good Condition. John Wiley Sons. Crown Business. Princeton University Press. HarperBusiness. Harvard business. You may have incredible talent and novel ideas, developing multiple revenue streams, building your reputation in a new realm, but figuring out how to get started, and bringing in a steady flow of new clients can be a daunting prospect.

Dorie clark, a successful entrepreneur and author, has done it all.


Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want Strategyzer

John Wiley Sons. HarperBusiness. You will be able to assess your work, learn from peers, checklists, and download pdfs, and more. Value proposition design is an essential companion to the ”business model canvas” from Business Model Generation, Colgate-Palmolive, 3M, LEGO, a tool embraced globally by startups and large corporations such as MasterCard, Fujitsu, GE, Coca Cola, and many more.

Value proposition design gives you a proven methodology for success, with value propositions that sell, embedded in profitable business models. Princeton University Press. Wiley. The book will help you understand the patterns of great value propositions, get closer to customers, and avoid wasting time with ideas that won’t work.

This highly practical book, paired with its online companion, will teach you the processes and tools you need to create products that sell. Using the same stunning visual format as the authors’ global bestseller, create, this sequel explains how to use the “Value Proposition Canvas” to design, test, Business Model Generation, and manage products and services customers actually want.

Value proposition design is for anyone who has been frustrated by new product meetings based on hunches and intuitions; it’s for anyone who has watched an expensive new product launch fail in the market. The authors of the international bestseller business Model Generation explain how to create value propositions customers can’t resist Value Proposition Design helps you tackle the core challenge of every business — creating compelling products and services customers want to buy.

You’ll learn the simple process of designing and testing value propositions, that perfectly match customers’ needs and desires. In addition the book gives you exclusive access to an online companion on Strategyzer.