Inspiration and advice for web start ups

A collection of some blog posts and resources I have found useful about starting up a business on the web...

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  1. This is a really interesting post by Ev Williams, already an experienced web entrepreneur when he wrote it, but before Twitter began its ascent...
  2. ReadWriteWeb is a level-headed source of news and analysis on all things web. This guide "How to Build a Startup" is a simple, brilliant resource for entrepreneurs... 
  3. I really love this post from educator and entrepreneur Ewan McIntosh. It summarises some lessons from start up expert Doug Richard...
  4. Ewan's post also has this video from Guy Kawasaki about his The Art of the Start book, which is my favourite piece of writing about starting things, bar none. It inspired me years ago and it inspires me now... 
  5. Even if you've written plenty before, it's always helpful to have a reminder of what needs to go into a business plan. Who better to turn to for advice than Sequoia Capital, one of the most influential VCs in Silicon Valley? 
  6. If you're a web start up and not obsessively measuring against objectives, you might as well not bother...

    Dave McClure's a VC and founding partner at 500 Startups. His advice on measurement for web start ups (with a pirate spin) is a brilliant framework for anyone starting anything on the web. The slides are here but you can also watch a video of his energetic presentation.
  7. Marc Andreesen is one of the smartest people in the web business. Invented the first mainstream web browser, Netscape, and is on the board of Facebook, eBay, HP etc. and is an investor in Twitter, Skype and Netvibes among others.

    This post is a useful perspective on how his VC firm, Andreesen Horowitz evaluates CEOs... 
  8. If you'd like some further reading (in long form) then Kevin De Baere recommends this list, compiled by serial tech entrepreneur Steve Blank (who also has a list of useful start up tools and blogs)... 
  9. The last word, however, goes to Tom Hulme, Design Director at IDEO London, who has compiled a list of resources for start-ups that is the most comprehensive I've seen. Below is the Wired UK article about his collection, which links out to a PDF version and his Google Docs work-in-progress which anyone can add their suggestions... 

    (Thanks to Josh Russell for this recommendation!)
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