PITCH DECKS, PRESENTATIONS

 

Pitch Templates from Silicon Valley Bank mostly focused on the design aspects rather than the structure. Very useful.

 

Blue Lake Accelerator Beginner Guide to Approaching VC's. Great basic info for the first-timers, a useful refresher for more experienced founders.

GENERAL

The daddy of all information resources YCombinator Library. Keep in mind it is pretty US-centric.

Same as above for TechStars.

A great collection of resources on the subject of Financial Modelling from our friends at FinancePM.

Dilution Calculator - Strongly recommend that you do dilution calculation yourself, but this is a useful tool to double-check yourself.

Blue Lake Club Slack Channel. Startup news, founders investors, corporate innovators and even a bit of fun, all in the same place? Yes! Invitation only, contact us if you would like to join.

ENTERING THE UK MARKETS

 Office Of National Statistics - Central depository of all the UK data. Not the simplest of databases to use, but its free, official and has massive amounts of all sorts of data.

UK​ Trade Office Data - Another state portal with details data on trade, imports and exports. Very useful especially physical goods.

UK Government Tenders - For later-stage startups, bidding for the UK government tenders can be one way to enter the market. These tenders are not only for huge multimillion pounds projects but pretty much for anything £10K upwards. 

STARTUP LEGAL RESOURCES

(Important. When you are checking any legal resources, make sure that they match the jurisdiction you need for your startup) 

Term Sheet Generator (Convertable Note) (US) from Cooleygo which overall is an incredible resource. Unlike many other of similar sites, these guys dive really deep. Make sure though you check that information offered matches your jurisdiction of choice (i.e US, UK etc)

Founders Agreement Templates Never too early to start thinking about formalising the relationships between the founders.

 

BOOKS (Mixed bag)

'Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalists' by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson, this is just a must-read!

'Never Split The Difference' by Chris Voss. Good, easy to read a book on negotiation, some very useful insights and techniques.

'Lean Startup' by Eric Ries. Daddy of the market discovery, finding product-market fit.

 

'The Innovator's Dilemma'. Have you ever wondered how come world-leading corporations (Kodak, Nokia) that are clearly run by very smart people can get destroyed by new technology and startups? This book take a very comprehensive and detailed look at some of the answers.

'The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Startups That Win' - A very detailed book outlying methodologies for a startup to build a product, sales flow and pretty much anything else. It can get a little too theoretical but an essential read for any founder.

 

NEWS

Sifted. Our own go-to resource for the general startup and tech news.

Techcrunch. Solid startup information resource, European centric.

 

KPMG Tech Index US A fun tool to monitor what's hot and what's not in the tech world.

TWITTER ACCOUNTS WORTH FOLLOWING

Coming soon

PODCASTS WORTH LISTENING TO

This Week in Startups Was he the second Uber investor, third? Who knows, but what we do know is that Jason's Calacanis' podcast is now one of the best places for startup related information and interviews with top founders and investors.

Business Wars. A fun podcasts that provide dramatised insights into worlds most famous business rivalries.

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