Inventor's Club Corner:Starting Your Business
An aspiring inventor can choose one of two paths for profiting off of their creation. They can license their invention, allowing a larger company to handle the ins and outs of business, or they can go it alone and start their own company. For whichever path you choose, the following ebooks may help you navigate the challenges that come your way.
by Steve Blank, Marc Andreessen, Reid Hoffman
"If you read nothing else
on entrepreneurship and startups, read these 10 articles by experts in the
field. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business
Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your
company for enduring success."
by Michael E. Gerber
"An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business."
by Sally Outlaw
"Raising capital in small increments from a large number of people will inject over $5 billion into the economy this year and is becoming a powerful way to fund new ideas and generate buzz for new products and ventures. Although crowdfunding has the potential to be an amazing boost to entrepreneurs, only 40% of projects succeed in reaching their funding goal. Crowdfunding platform founder Sally Outlaw reveals how entrepreneurs can shift these odds in their favor."
by George Horrigan
"By using a systematic, structured methodology build upon George Horrigan's experience with over 1,200 businesses over the past 17 years, Creating a Thriving Business shows business owners, leaders, and managers how to solve real world problems and get the kind of results they want."
by Brian Tracy
"In this entrepreneurial
age, it's very tempting to leave your job to start your own business.
Before you do, learn all you can from the best. This book is just that.
World renowned bestselling author and business consultant Brian Tracy
tells you about one of today's most needed skill sets, entrepreneurship,
covering these important topics:
• MYTHS of entrepreneurship
• BEST business choice for you
• FINANCING the business
• SHIFTING from employee mindset to entrepreneurial mindset
• CREATING a realistic business plan
• HIRING the best and managing for success
• FUELING your business growth with sales and marketing"
by Phil Winn
"How to Get Your Business Loan Funded Faster, Cheaper, & with Less Stress This straightforward road map guides you through the SBA loan approval process-from business plan preparation to submitting a foolproof application."
by Noam Wasserman
"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. Friendships and relationships can suffer. Bad decisions at the inception of a promising venture lay the foundations for its eventual ruin. 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."
by Brad Taylor
"Brad and Cathy Taylor provide a clear guide through the perilous journey that destroys over 65% of all new businesses. The Taylor's share tools, practical applications, potent anecdotes and real-life examples of intentional success, when there is no "Plan B." Joining the approximately 1.4 million businesses in the US that are run by married couples, their experience has empowered them to share practical advice on how to achieve a work-life balance while realizing the benefits of being in a business partnership with your partner in life."
by Glenda Mariner
"Coming up with an idea is easy but what do you do next? How do you get your idea on the market? Follow the author as she recounts her journey through the invention maze. Learn about patents, licensing, manufacturing, online sources, scams plus other valuable subjects and tips. Use her story as a guide for your own invention and avoid the mistakes she made. You can also benefit from the wealth of information she gathered while researching the inventing process."
by Jack McNaughton
"An essential handbook for entrepreneurs with the basic techniques to follow in creating a viable idea and startup."
by Scott S. Bateman
"Online Marketing for Small Business offers useful insights to any small business ranging from startups with a single employee to established businesses with dozens of employees. The book places a big emphasis on low-cost solutions that can be done quickly and without a drain on precious time."
by Marc Benioff, Carlye Adler
"How did salesforce.com grow from a start up in a rented apartment into the world's fastest growing software company in less than a decade? For the first time, Marc Benioff, the visionary founder, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, tells how he and his team created and used new business, technology, and philanthropic models tailored to this time of extraordinary change."
by Eric Ries
"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, it relies on "validated learning," rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute."
by Steve Blank
"Welcome to The Startup
Owner's Manual, a near-encyclopedic manual that will teach you:
* How to incorporate the Business Model Canvas as the organizing principle for startup hypotheses
* How to find Product-Market fit
* How to Get, Keep and Grow customers
* How to fuel growth with metrics that matter
The Startup Owner's Manual walks you, step-by-step, through the tested and proven Customer Development process created by startup expert Steve Blank, unlocking the secrets to building a successful, scalable company."
by Steve Fisher
"Filled with infographics, visuals, and case studies—a vibrant, practical guide to creating a winning business model for any startup. The Startup Equation leads you step by step through the decisions and data to find your perfect startup model. You'll learn how to identify your "entrepreneurial type" and follow the book's visual roadmap to building your own successful business plan for your unique dream."
by Chris Guillebeau
"Still in his early thirties, Chris Guillebeau completed a tour of every country on earth and yet he's never held a "real job" or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back.
Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and focused on the 50 most intriguing case studies. In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment."
by Bill Aulet
"Disciplined Entrepreneurship will change the way you think about starting a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs aren't born with something special – they simply make great products. This book will show you how to create a successful startup through developing an innovative product. It breaks down the necessary processes into an integrated, comprehensive, and proven 24-step framework that any industrious person can learn and apply."
by Beth Buelow
"In this deluxe edition,
listen to author Beth Buelow's interviews with entrepreneurs in a range of
fields, offering even more insight into how introverts can grow their
businesses while staying true to themselves.
A practical guide to help introverts harness their natural gifts and entrepreneurial spirit"
by Carol Tice
"Most businesses that close their doors have one thing in common: They ran out of money. Don't let this happen to you. This indispensable book, part of Allworth's popular Pocket Small Business Owner's Guide series, will help you to save money on every aspect of your business, from advertising to overhead. With invaluable cost-cutting tips for all types of businesses, from e-commerce and home-based operations to services and retail, this guide will help you create a blueprint that will allow your business to survive and thrive."
by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media
Tapping into more than 33 years of small business expertise, the staff at Entrepreneur Media takes today's entrepreneurs beyond opening their doors and through the first three years of ownership. This revised edition features amended chapters on choosing a business, adding partners, getting funded, and managing the business structure and employees, and also includes help understanding the latest tax and healthcare reform information and legalities.
by Harvey Reese
"Whether you've invented a great new product, or you have an idea for an app, an online business, or a reality show, How to License Your Million Dollar Idea delivers the information you need to snag a great licensing deal. Now in its third edition, this book has become the go-to source for budding inventors and entrepreneurs who have great ideas and want to cash in on them without putting themselves in financial risk. Licensing is the way to make that happen and this book explains exactly how it's done."
by Andrew Zacharakis, Stephen Spinelli
"With any endeavor, good
planning is the key to good results—especially in the launch of a new
business or product. Business Plans That Work gives you an easy-to-follow
template for conceptualizing, writing, focusing, and revising a business
plan that converts yourbusiness idea into financial profit.
A virtual blueprint for entrepreneurial success, this new edition of the popular entrepreneur's guide provides all the tools you need to communicate the value of your idea to investors and attract keytalent, and create a plan you can turn to throughout the entire process of starting and running a business."