Online Resources for Entrepreneurs
Business Model Development
Duke Entrepreneurship Manual
A comprehensive online manual outlining the major considerations in conceiving, launching, and growing a new venture.
How to Build a StartUp - Lean LaunchPad Online Course
11-lectures that walk you through the Customer Discovery Process, by Steve Blank. Free. Take at your own pace.
Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences
8 video lectures by David Riemer, with helpful modifications to LLP for life science ventures
Presenting Your Venture
Telling Visual Stories
An 8-minute video with helpful links and references on building a story for your venture for use in presentations and “about us” videos for crowdfunding pages
How to Pitch to a VC
This 15-minute talk by David Rose explains how to get investors’ attention and how to address their concerns succinctly and professionally.
Creating an Investor Pitch Deck
This PowerPoint template explains what needs to be included in a pitch to investors, and in what order. Helpful to new ventures to explain their business to others, even if they are not asking for money.
Setting Up Your Small Business as a Legal Entity
Video series that helps entrepreneurs understand if they should incorporate, and navigate choosing and setting up a corporate entity. Lynda membership required. Free with Duke NetID: click on “Login” then the “Organizational Login” tab and enter www.duke.edu.
Derwent Innovations Index
This database facilitates powerful patent and citation searches of inventions in chemical, electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering, and to use additional descriptive information and coding to quickly grasp a patent’s significance and its relationship to other patents.
Legal Resource Guide For Entrepreneurs
This 94-page guide from Fenwick & West provides an overview of the considerations in selecting a legal structure (eg. S-corporation), raising funds, setting-up service agreements, and forming a patent strategy.
NVCA Model Legal Documents
A “template” set of model legal documents (Term Sheet, Stock Purchase Agreement, etc.) for venture capital investments put together by a group of leading venture capital attorneys. National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)
Series Seed Documents
Crowd-sourced templates for Seed-Stage Term Sheet, Certificate of Incorporation and Stock Investment Agreement.
Computer Programming Courses
Online and Local Programming Courses
A list of courses in Mobile development, front-end and back-end programming, and UX design. Offerings include local classes, MOOCs and self-paced online courses.
How to Start a Startup
How to Start a Startup is a series of video lectures on all aspects of venture formation and growth, initially given at Stanford in Fall 2014.
DukeGEN Speaker Videos
This archive contains videos sorted by topic (elevator pitches, raising money), title (“How to Start a Company,” “Live from Silicon Valley”), speaker (ReverbNation’s Jed Carlson, GrassRoots Biotechnology’s Doug Eisner), and date (going back to 2009).
Steve Blank Start-Up Tools
A comprehensive list of useful web sites and applications to help launch your venture.
Web resource for entrepreneurs, including video-based 10 step lessons on common e’ship topics , resource library and toolkit.
Launch Your Venture: Creating Your Entrepreneur Story
A six-part video series chronicling the emotional start-up journey and important lessons – featuring interviews with 18 founders over the course of their ventures’ development.
- The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf
- Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
- Talking to Humans by Giff Constable
- Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup
- Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster
- The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
- Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
- The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
- Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm
- Design of Everyday Things
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