Founders and Funding

Here’s some resources related to building a founding team and funding your organization.

Founder Agreements

Equity-Funding Agreements


Business Valuation

Valuing Pre-Revenue Companies Kauffman Foundation

Crowd Funding

Kickstarter: crowdfund ideas
We Funder: invest in startups crowdfund with equity

Funders, Entrepreneurs and Startups

AngelList: anybody who’s anybody in startups and funding another funding matching service for investors and startups
F6S: nearly half million founders, startups and angels Business planning tools and service connections
Crunchbase: free database of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit

Top Incubators and Accelerators

Y Combinator: Bay area
Techstars: Multiple cities
Excelerate: Chicago
500 Startups: Mountain View
Capital Factory: Austin
DreamIt Ventures: Austin, NYC, Philadelphia
Entrepreneur’s Roundtable: NYC
Bloomberg Beta: NYC
I/O Ventures: Bay area
AngelPad: Bay area

Incubate, Accelerate & Educate

Here’s opportunities for building your company with the support of an incubator or accelerator. Also included are co-workplace resources:

Incubators & Accelerators

Incubator Resources
Business Management
Entrepreneurship Education
Veteran-Centric Entrepreneur Resources

Veterans Business Outreach Centers: SBA directory of VBOP centers
Veteran Fast Launch Initiative : veteran-focused connections and resources
VetNet: career service for vets
Vet Owned Businesses: SBA’s Business Guide
VetFran Directory: franchising Opportunities for Vets veteran focused resources

Lean Startups

Top Resources

Lean Startup Online: free Udacity course
Customer Development Labs: Justin Wilcox provides top-notch lean methodologies.
F6S: startups, founders and funders
Team Owlet: student lean startup competition presentation
Lean Meetups
Kauffman Founder’s School
Startup tools wiki: ton of startup resources

Business Creation


Idea generation: idea exchange
Idea Incubator: idea development resources
The Internet Wishlist: ideas people wish were reality

Lean as a practice

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything: Steve Blank, Harvard Business Review. You’ll find a wide range of Lean Startup resources on this page.

Market Research

Market and User Research

Google Ventures: library | guide to research | micro-surveys
Google Scholar: scholar | sample search
Webmaster Tools: keyword planner finding top keywords people use to search Google


comScore Mobile platform market share

Business Management & Operations Resources

Management Help: collection of tips and resources

Lean Tools

Lean Canvas

How to Create Your Lean Canvas

Business Model Canvas

Business Model Canvas II (modified Osterwalders)

Validation Board

The Validation Board: Business Prototyping review


Initial Customer Survey: a proven approach to drive rapid product adoption

Tech Development Tools

Technical Utility Tools

Balsamiq: web dev wireframing tool. Free for open-source projects, just ask.

See the Tech page on this site for more tech goodies.

Team Communication

Hipchat team communication tool

WordPress Resources

WordPress tv | codex | WordCamp | Meetups | forums | developers | CodePoet

Lean Education

Learning Connections and Networking

Lean Meetups: Meetups focused on lean starters and their success
Lean Startup Circle: forum, Meetups and wiki
1 Million Cups: national network of entrepreneurs supporting entrepreneurs

Customer Development


Customer Interview Templates and Resources
26 Resources to Help You Master Customer Development Interviews

Interviews: What Not to Do

Bad Customer Development Questions and How to Avoid My Mistakes: Questionnaires for customer interviews.

Startup & Business Education

Lean Startup Online: free Udacity course
Kauffman Founder’s School: collection of videos to help new startups and professional entrepreneurs

Lean Education Videos

(Jump School)
The Pivot: Eric Ries describes
Validation Board – Lean Startup: How Trevor Saved $10k and 6 months using Validation Board
Getting Customers Without a Product: How I got my first customers without having a product
Lean Startup Story: How $40 Saved Us 9 Months and $2MM
12 Tips Early Customer Development
A Better Way to Think About Your Business Model: Sketch Out Your Hypothesis
How to visually discover – and articulate – your value proposition
Customer Dev Labs: myriad lean startup methodologies and best-practices
StartItUp Guides: preparation for your lean startup

Lean Education

Steve Blank’s Slideshare channel
Stanford MOOC Steve Blank on Customer Acquisition
Steve Blank Stanford resources
2k of Stanford’s MOOCs and Podcasts, with phone app
Crossing the chasm revisited
Lean Launchpad: Customer Discovery video collection

Service Design Thinking – UX/CX/UI

CX Journey Mapping Toolkit
The Improved Museum Experience
nform: Strategy, design and evaluation for complex digital products and services
User onboarding: UX/UI tips from hot sites


Lean Startup: Eric Ries
The Startup Owner’s Manual: Steve Blank
Lean Entrepreneur: Brant Cooper
Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld
O’Reilly Lean Series: Running Lean (Maurya) and Lean UX (Gothelf)

Startup Resource Libraries

Startup tools wiki: ton of startup resources Startup and small business resources

Startup Community and Calendars

F6S: Startups
Startup Digest: San Diego | Austin | directory – Calendars of all start-up related meetings, generally focused on tech by communities across America

Startup Online Forums

American Express OPEN Forum
Google Groups: a wide variety of special interest groups. Search for startups, lean, foodies, health etc. whatever your area of interest

Big and Small Data

Center for Data Innovation

Startup Trials and Freebies

AWS Cloud Hosting: one-year free cloud hosting and services use to search for suitable domain names. Has a suggestion tool. Stick with short, .com and no hyphens for best success. Also do a Google search for ‘domain name deals’ and you’ll find a lot of places give $1 domains for the first year etc.

Team: Co-founders, advisors and mentors

Team Building

How To Build A Winning Business Team: Steve Blank

Co-Founder Matching

Co-Founders Lab
Founder Dating


Founder institute ( advisor standard template (FAST): model advisory board member compensation form

Find an Expert

Clarity: pay per minute to speak with top experts around the nation
SoHelpful: free phone calls with leading experts

Finding Talent

Hire Heroes USA: veteran and employer connections and resources

Shows & Competitions

LAUNCH Festival: premier annual startup expo, hackathon, conference.

University Resources

Wharton eClub

Canvases and Plan Competitions

IBMC 2013: Team Owlet: 1st Place

Media and Public Relations

Just Reach Out: find reporters interested in your topics
Help a Reporter Out: find reporters looking for your expertise (use carefully)