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Resources to inspire your inner entrepreneur

One of the best parts of living in today’s digitally enabled world is the plethora of information available at our fingertips to inspire and educate. Whether you’re struggling with a particular skill or in need of inspiration, there will be a blog, podcast, or book out there to achieve just that.

We have reflected on the resources we have found most valuable to bring you a list of media to inspire your inner entrepreneur.

Blogs

A VC

Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist since 1986, provides daily blog posts covering tech, management, finance, and commentary on recent tech sector announcements. Wilson’s posts are succinct and to the point – a good read to quickly update yourself on current issues and trends from a VC’s perspective.

Benedict Evans

Benedict Evans has been tweeting and blogging regularly since 2010 and he’s built a strong following. Evans works at Andreessen Horowitz, the well known VC firm in Silicon Valley. His blog focuses on mobile technology, upcoming trends and industry analysis, while his Twitter account provides real-time insights on the mobile and PC industry, and some serious eye candy for anyone who loves a good graph.

Boss Girl Creative

An informative destination for all things blogging. Boss Girl Creative was started by Taylor Bradford following her blogging tip series #BLOGGINGEDUMATION on her lifestyle blog, Pink Heels Pink Truck. The Boss Girl Creative Podcast and website provides actionable blogging and online business resources on topics from identifying your target client to advertising your product.

Buffer Blog

Run by the team behind the wildly successful social media scheduler, Buffer, this blog is full of insights on social media strategy, online advertising, and running a startup. Buffer has a deep commitment to transparency, and the Buffer Open articles are an honest and often surprising look at the challenges and successes experienced by a growing company.

OnStartups

Created by Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO of HubSpot, OnStartups is about software startups and what makes them successful. OnStartups provides a thread of informative discussions around software startups from Shah’s experienced view while injecting his knowledge as a software developer – something he has continued throughout his career to stay in tune with all aspects of the industry.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham’s essay blogs provide fascinating insight into topics such as startup hubs and pitching to investors. As one of the founders of the Y Combinator startup incubator, Graham has had experience working with over 1000 startups including Dropbox. Airbnb and Reddit. Graham is unquestionably one of the most eloquent writers on the subject of startups. His pieces on startup ideas and what to do before embarking on a startup are required reading for new and old entrepreneurs alike.

Shopify

The Shopify blog is great for startups with an ecommerce focus. Their pieces centre around ecommerce improvements and case studies. You can learn anything from how to increase traffic to your page, understanding a customer’s movement on your page and how other Shopify stores have grown.

Podcasts

#girlboss radio

Started by Nasty Gal founder and Executive Chairman Sophie Amoruso, the #girlboss radio podcast is an extension of the #girlboss book released in 2014. The interview-style podcast features inspiring women across many industries discussing how each guest has built their successful careers and what they have learned along their journeys. The show features women from both traditional corporate and entrepreneurial backgrounds.

Andreesen Horowitz

The Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) podcast provides market analysis from a prominent venture capital firm. The podcast covers a wide range of topics from scalability to industries of the future. Benedict Evans, who we mentioned above, is a regular host and often expands upon views from his blog posts.

Boss Girl Creative

As detailed above, Boss Girl Creative is a weekly podcast paired with a weekly question and answer session on Wednesday evenings. The show notes are a great reference point if you’re skipping back through old episodes for a particular topic.

Hack & Heckle

Hack & Heckle is a Brisbane based podcast covering Startup news, hacker news, tech news and opinions on Ruby, Java, iOS and Android. Hosted by software engineers, Ben Morgan and Leigh Appel, along with architect and developer, Darren Rogan, the podcast provides interesting local perspectives on Brisbane startup events and industry commentary.

Hipster & Hack

In Hipster & Hack hosts David Knight, a journalist, and Travis Todd, a developer, provide insights into Berlin’s tech scene while including insights from further abroad. The weekly podcast provides a dose of humour and tech news from around the globe from Berlin’s SoundCloud studio.

The Sessions with Sean Croxton

The Sessions with Sean Croxton is a weekly interview style podcast with a detailed takeaways and show notes section to ensure you always learn something. Croxton has an incredible ability to delve into his guests’ backgrounds drawing out the challenges guests have faced along their entrepreneurial journeys. While not solely focused on startups, interviews from CEO of LifeSuccess Productions, Bob Proctor to Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy, give listeners an insight into their own personalities and behaviours, particularly in relation to business and achieving their goals.

This Week in Startups

In this weekly podcast, Jason Calacanis and industry experts discuss all things entrepreneurship. From insights into starting your own company, business improvement strategies, people management lessons, and Silicon Valley news, the podcast provides perspectives on a broad range of topics.

Books

#Girlboss, by Sophia Amoruso

#Girlboss, by Nasty Gal Founder and Executive Chairman Sophia Amoruso started the #girlboss movement and community. Amoruso recounts her experiences taking a job checking student identification cards in a school lobby just to secure health insurance, the beginnings of her growing passion for Myspace and eBay, and the rapid growth of her fashion ecommerce business, Nasty Gal.

Hackers & Painters, by Paul Graham

A collection of Paul Graham’s best online essays, Hackers & Painters covers Graham’s pieces about programming languages, technology development, startups and the motivations of people in this sector.

The $100 Startup, by Chris Guillebeau

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau gathers the stories of individuals who have had business success from a small initial investment of about $100. This book shows readers how they can monetise their personal passions and build a successful business around the things that interest them.

The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferris

The 4-Hour Workweek provides an in depth look into how Tim Ferris moved away from the 9-to-5 into the world of entrepreneurship. From being founder and CEO of a sports nutrition and supplements BrainQUICKEN to Angel Investor, Ferris details his processes in a way that can be replicated to maximise productivity and results.

Zero to One, by Peter Thiel & Blake Masters

Based on notes taken Masters during a class on startups taught by Thiel, Zero to One details Thiel’s theories on what a successful startup looks like. Thiel outlines how taking a contrarian view on common issues and problems can yield unexpected realisations for a budding entrepreneur. He also sets out some of the problems that he believes entrepreneurs of the future will tackle. See our in-depth review of the book for more information.

What resources do you find valuable for inspiration? Share yours in the comments below.

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About Nicola Smith

Nicola Smith is a research and policy analyst with experience in the property and technology industries. She also founded NSConsulting to ensure her clients' professional branding is effectively articulated through cover letter and resume writing services. With a strong corporate grounding, Nicola’s interest in Brisbane start-ups was sparked through her work in the technology industry and creative arts background. In her spare time, Nicola attends ballet class and dreams of her next travel destinations.