The Startup Library

Tools to help the first time founder

The Startup Playbook

The Startup Playbook

The Startup Playbook by Sam Altman is one of the most comprehensive guides to running a startup. We like sharing this guide as it is short, but extremely dense in startup wisdom.

How to pick startup ideas

How to pick startup ideas

One of our favourite questions to ask founders is why now? Why will your startup succeed now? Slava Akhmechet discusses why it's important to focus on a startup that capitalizes on environmental changes.

57 Startup Lessons

57 Startup Lessons

The founder of RethinkDB, now product manager at Stripe, Slava Akhmechet wrote this list of lessons in 2013 on everything from fundraising to office administration. Much of it remains pertinent today, and it contains many tidbits of advice that will save you both money and, more importantly, time.

The Messy Middle

The Messy Middle

The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky — Behance co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Adobe — is all about navigating the difficult parts of running a startup: everything in between. It focuses on not the illustrious start nor the glorious finish, but the challenges that every founder will have to tackle: team building, fostering culture, and finding Product/Market Fit.

Startup Advice

Startup Advice

Sam Altman wrote out 97 tips for new founders back in 2013. It is a long list of simple, easy-to-follow advice that will help you build a better company.

Shoe Dog

Shoe Dog

Shoe Dog is the story of Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, the shoe company. However it made the rounds in the startup world because it is the incredible story of a man who does whatever it takes to make his company succeed. It is difficult to not feel inspired after reading this story filled with profound insights about life, business, and happiness.

Scaling Airbnb with Brian Chesky

Scaling Airbnb with Brian Chesky

This Medium article focuses on an interview of Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, by Reid Hoffman done for Class 18 in Stanford University’s CS183C.

Airbnb is now a household name, but it's beginnings were rough and scrappy. We enjoyed hearing about how they started, and did things that did not scale in order to learn the lessons they used to grow Airbnb into what it is today.

Snow Crash

Snow Crash

Although not directly linked to building a technology startup, Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, published in 1992, gave us a snapshot of the future when we were growing up. The book covers topics that are highly relevant today: electronic currencies, virtual reality, massive online communities and the impact that each technological advance had. This is all on top of it having an interesting story.

We included this not because we think Snow Crash is the definitive book to read when thinking about the future, but because we encourage you to pull inspiration from all sources. Dream big.