Resources

Design & Marketing

Design and marketing are two very valuable aspects of a founding venture. A company must have a product with great design and a plan to market that product effectively. Marketing relies on having a well designed product to sell and Design relies on having an abled marketing plan to sell it.

Build a Twitter presencewww.oneforty.com
Fast Company Designwww.fastcodesign.com
Core 77www.core77.com
From Up Northwww.fromupnorth.com
Make a quick sitewww.flavors.me
Sell things onlinewww.shopify.com
Crowdsource funding your ideawww.kickstarter.com

People & Blogs

Experience is key. Read about the advice and experiences that many knowledgeable and successful entrepreneurs have to offer.

Brad FeldSite@bfeld
Paul GrahamSite@paulg
Fred WilsonSite@fredwilson
Scott KirsnerSite@scottkirsner
Bob Metcalfe@BobMetcalfe
Dharmesh ShahSite@dharmesh
Katie RaySite@ktrae
David CohenSite@davidcohen
Bill WarnerSite@billwarner
Karl Buttner@carlbuttner
David SkokSite@bostonvc
Paul EnglishSite@englishpaulM
Bilal ZuberiSite@bznotes

University Resources

A number of universities are beginning to grasp the entrepreneurial fervor. With a rise in entrepreneurship on these campuses, many of these universities are growing a number of resources for their students to help, guide, and advise them.

Financing

At some point your company is going to need money. Yes, it is. One way or another. This can be a pretty touchy topic that a lot of people have their own ideas on, but to start – take 10 minutes and read this summary of Fundraising by Paul Graham.

There are a few common ways of financing (in order of the amount of money they will invest):

The details of term sheets (the things that you use to issue stock and such) are explained quite well by Brad Feld's article. You should also have a good idea of what your financials of your company should look like – something else that Brad Feld addresses well in another article.

Incubators, Spaces, & Events

Greenhorn Connect is one of the best resources in finding out the when, where, and who of what's going on in Boston. They have great blogs, calendars, resources, and job opportunities.Check them out.

IncubatorDescriptionFunding/Costs
Y-Combinator

YC is one of the most popular incubators in the U.S. It is run by Paul Graham since 2005. It is located in Mountain View, CA and focuses mainly on web startups.

Summer and Winter (3 months)

$18K for 7%
Techstars

Probably the 2nd most popular incubator in the U.S. It is run by David Cohen and has input from Brad Feld, with locations all over the country.

Boston – Spring, Boulder – Summer, NYC- Summer/Winter, Seattle – Fall

$18K for 6%
MIT 100K

One of the oldest entrepreneurial competitons around. It is run by MIT and thus one member of your team must be from MIT, but they have all sorts of competitions ranging from pitches to business plans. They also have an option for non-MIT students called YouPitch.

Runs all year long, final show takes place in May

Prizes up to $100K (they take 0 equity)
MassChallenge

MassChallenge is a Boston accelerator with no strings attached. They provide a 4-month accelerator program with mentoring, free office space, and access to funding and media, with $1M in cash awards and $10M+ in in-kind support.

Runs through the summer.

Free.
DogPatch Labs

A working space run by Polaris Ventures that offers free working spaces for budding entrepreneurs. They have locations in Cambridge, NYC, and San Francisco.

Free
Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)

The CIC is a co-working space for startups. It is located right in Kendall square and houses nearly 400 companies. The CIC and it’s venture café are the location for many entrepreneurial events around the Boston area.

$500/person/month