Toolbox

For more information on topics that may help you get started and/or develop, please see below.  Please also check back – this toolbox is in the process of being developed and will be expanded frequently.

An Entrepreneur’s Startup Guide – TIA’s guide to launching a new company with UC technology.

“The Pre-Startup Checklist” by Lex Sisney

“Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?” by Mark Suster

Lean LaunchPad Online Course (free) – “How to Build a Startup”

“Lessons From A Study of Perfect Pitch Decks: VCs Spend An Average of 3 Minutes, 44 Seconds On Them” by Kim-Mai Cutler

“Pitch Perfect: The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint” by Guy Kawasaki

The Key to Success with Angel Investors: learn how to connect with your Angel audience” from Steve Reich

Top 10 Reasons Startups Fail” by Tim Draper (of Draper Fisher Jurvetson)

The most unlikely place to find startup funding” – Advice on taking funding from corporate/strategic partners

Elements of a Business Plan – There is no one format or way to write a business plan, however, all business plans must address the same elements to one degree or another. The degree to which you will address each topic is a function of your company’s stage of development, market, overall strategy, etc. An alternate outline can be found HERE.

“How to Write a Business Plan” – A comprehensive guide, created in consultation with industry experts, on writing a business plan by Open Colleges – an Australian company.

The Funded – An online community of entrepreneurs discussing fundraising, rating/reviewing investors, and discussing startup strategies

“Helping Startups Understand Salespeople & the Sales Culture” by Mark Suster

“Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice” by Mark Suster

Venture Fund EconomicsPART 1PART 2 and  PART 3

Stanford e-Corner – A free online archive of entrepreneurship resources for teaching and learning

Market Validation

“Standard” Startup Legal Documents from Ask the VC  – NOTE : these are specific to early stage investments in software/internet startups and should be used for information purposes only.  Please consult an attorney about the appropriate documents for your company.