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Starting a Business 101

Become your own boss and make money your way with this helpful guide for hopeful business owners everywhere looking to begin the complicated process of starting a business. Starting a business can be an overwhelming and difficult process. In Starting a Business 101, you will learn everything you need to know to start a successful business and handle any obstacle that is thrown your way during the process.

Fund Your Business

Secure Funding to Start, Run, and Grow Your Business! Starting a business is a journey. From the moment you come up with an idea for the next great product or service to the ribbon cutting and grand opening, you will travel a long, sometimes winding, road toward success. While many startups begin with cash already in the bank (lucky them!), most aspiring entrepreneurs have to somehow come up with the cash to build their dreams, whether they choose to borrow, bootstrap, crowdfund, or go with venture capital. Get the inside scoop on how to get the money you need and discover dozens of sources of capital.

Business Plans for Dummies

Plan to succeed as an entrepreneur--we show you how Business Plans For Dummies can guide you, as a new or aspiring business owner, through the process of creating a comprehensive, accurate, and useful business plan. Learn the ins and out of creating a business plan that will actually work Set effective goals and objectives so your business can find success Wow investors with your knowledge of today's important business trends Map out your finances, marketing plan, and operational blueprint--then confidently get to work! Challenge the traditional framework by building a business plan that's workable in today's reality. 

Behind the Startup

This systematic analysis of everyday life inside a tech startup dissects the logic of venture capital and its consequences for entrepreneurs, workers, and societies. Drawing on nineteen months of participant-observation research inside a successful Silicon Valley startup, this book examines how the company was organized to meet the needs of the venture capital investors who funded it.

How to Write a Business Plan

For over 30 years, this book has helped fledging entrepreneurs -- from small service businesses and retailers to large manufacturing firms -- write winning plans and get needed financing. This bestselling book contains clear step-by-step instructions and forms to put together a convincing business plan with realistic financial projections, effective marketing strategies, and overall business goals.

The Startup Lifecycle

A comprehensive blueprint for building and selling a successful startup from idea to exit, bypassing failure, and making the planet a better, more equitable place. Due to a range of frequent and unavoidable mistakes, only 10% of startups make it beyond 5 years. The Startup Lifecycle is here to empower entrepreneurs and help you avert common mishaps by providing an easy-to-follow path through 7 key phases.

The Startup

This highly readable volume tells the true story of a venture that achieved more than 400,000% return for its founders and investors. The book serves as an essential guide for those who wish to innovate to create value and wealth for themselves and others.

Entrepreneurship: The Practice and Mindset

Entrepreneurship: The Practice and Mindset catapults students beyond the classroom by helping them develop an entrepreneurial mindset so they can create opportunities and take action in uncertain environments. Based on the world-renowned Babson Entrepreneurship program, this text emphasizes practice and learning through action.

Entrepreneurship: The Practice Mindset

This book catapults students beyond the classroom by helping them develop an entrepreneurial mindset so they can create opportunities and take action in uncertain environments. Based on the world-renowned Babson Entrepreneurship program, this new text emphasizes practice and learning through action.

The Infographic Guide for Entrepreneurs

Everything you need to know about starting your own independent business--and earning big--through easy-to-understand infographics. The Infographic Guide for Entrepreneurs includes information on how to leverage your skills to earn money, how to apply for a business loan, how to keep track of your earnings and expenses--and much more.

Facebook: The Inside Story

Based on years of exclusive reporting and interviews with Facebook's key executives and employees, including Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Steven Levy's sweeping narrative digs deep into the whole story of the company that has changed the world and reaped the consequences

10x Is Easier Than 2x: : The Formula to Expand Entrepreneurial Freedoms

Strategic Coach co-founder Dan Sullivan explains why achieving 10X growth is easier than going for 2X growth. Dan Sullivan, the world's leading coach for highly successful entrepreneurs, wants you to know that achieving 10X growth is exponentially easier than striving for 2X growth. To make 10X possible, you must focus on expanding what Dan defines as your four most important freedoms--time, money, relationship, and purpose. You will be impressed by what your life has become, and the meaning and impact you're having. 10X is fundamentally about quality vs quantity, and the quality of your freedoms determines the results you achieve.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.

The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea at the Right Time

Big data entrepreneur Allen Gannett overturns the mythology around creative genius, and reveals the science and secrets behind achieving breakout commercial success in any field. In a thoroughly entertaining book that describes the stories and insights of everyone from the Broadway team behind Dear Evan Hansen, to the founder of Reddit, from the Chief Content Officer of Netflix to Michelin star chefs, Gannett reveals the four laws of creative success and identifies the common patterns behind their achievement.

She Made It

She Made It is your go-to guide to launching your own business, as well as to finding your feet and voice as a woman in business. It details the practicalities of being an entrepreneur and your own boss, guiding you through the day to day running of a start-up with lessons in hiring a team, raising investment and backing yourself and your ideas.

Company of One

What if the real key to a richer and more fulfilling career was not to create and scale a new start-up, but rather, to be able to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one? Company of One introduces this unique business strategy and explains how to make it work for you, including how to generate cash flow on an ongoing basis.


The new playbook for innovation and startup success is emerging from beyond Silicon Valley--at the "frontier." Startups have changed the world. In the United States, many startups, such as Tesla, Apple, and Amazon, have become household names.  For decades, the hot center of this phenomenon has been Silicon Valley. This is changing fast. .As venture capitalist Alexandre Lazarow shows in this insightful and instructive book, this Silicon Valley "gospel" is due for a refresh--and it comes from what he calls the "frontier," the growing constellation of startup ecosystems, outside of the Valley and other major economic centers, that now stretches across the globe.

New eBooks!

The Essential Entrepreneur

A toolkit for entrepreneurial success In The Essential Entrepreneur, celebrated entrepreneur and business strategist Richard Turner delivers a practical, step-by-step approach to starting and growing a thriving enterprise. If you're ready to take your fledgling business to the next level--and finally follow that brilliant big idea--this guide covers everything you'll need to navigate the challenges ahead. Richard shares straightforward advice and hands-on, real-world lessons outlining the key points you need to know to start and grow your venture. A can't-miss resource for start-up entrepreneurs and business owners, The Essential Entrepreneur outlines everything you need to know to hit the ground running.

How to Write a Business Plan: Win Backing and Support for your Ideas and Ventures

Whether you are starting or selling your own business, business plans are an essential part of the process. How to Write a Business Plan gives you the expert guidance you need to make an impact with your plan, including advice on researching competitors, presenting your management skills and successfully communicating your strategic vision. 

Entrepreneurship For Dummies

The perfect resource for your journey to start a business Entrepreneurship For Dummies is the essential guide to becoming your own boss and a successful entrepreneur. We make it simple to learn every step of the process. Identify an opportunity, learn your customers' needs, test your product, protect your intellectual property, secure funding, and get ready for that all-important launch.

Resourcing the Start-Up Business

Drawing on the most up-to-date and relevant research, this concise textbook is an accessible guide to harnessing the appropriate resources when launching a new start-up business. The book supports students with learning objectives, a summary, discussion questions and a practical call to action in each chapter

After the Pitch

Have you ever thought about being an angel investor or venture capitalist? Have you started a business and wanted to know how to get funding? After the Pitch is an all-inclusive view into the investment process from the view of both the new investor and startup founder.

Principles of Business : Entrepreneurship

This book gives helpful information on topics in entrepreneurship: how to start a business, how to pitch your product, how to raise capital, and how to market your product. It introduces students and researchers to the fundamentals of such business topics as leadership and motivation, negotiations, networking, risk analysis, through easy-to-understand entries on important terms, principles and concepts for a deeper understanding of the field.

The SAGE Handbook of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

This book offers original contributions from the best international scholars map the development of Entrepreneurship as an academic field, explore its key current debates and research methods, and also consider its future directions.

Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business

Being a startup CEO is a job like no other: it's difficult, risky, stressful, lonely, and often learned through trial and error. As a startup CEO seeing things for the first time, you're likely to make mistakes, fail, get things wrong, and feel like you don't have any control over outcomes.

Get Funded!: The Startup Entrepreneur's Guide to Seriously Successful Fundraising

For startup entrepreneurs, fundraising in this decade has changed dramatically. There was a time when VCs were rock stars and a single founder with a great idea, a team, and a little drive could raise a few hundred thousand dollars to build a business.  In Get Funded! tech journalist and entrepreneur John Biggs and communication strategist Eric Villenes explain the new funding landscape and the exciting tech-driven models available to entrepreneurs.

Social Entrepreneurship: Concepts, methodologies, tools, and applications

Businesses are looking for methods to incorporate social entrepreneurship in order to generate a positive return to society. Social enterprises have the ability to improve societies through altruistic work to create sustainable work environments for future entrepreneurs and their communities. A useful scholarly resource that examines the broad topic of social entrepreneurship by looking at relevant theoretical frameworks and fundamental terms. 

Surviving a Startup: Practical Strategies for Starting a Business, Overcoming Obstacles and Coming Out on Top

The CEO of Founders Space, one of the world's leading startup incubators and accelerators, prepares entrepreneurs to avoid disastrous mistakes, surmount sizable obstacles, and master the skills necessary to make the right choices along their path to success. The fact is, over 90 percent of all new startups fail.  In Surviving a Startup, Steve Hoffman, the CEO of Founders Space, brings readers on a wild ride, sharing with them the tumultuous journey of launching a venture-funded startup and revealing what it takes to make it.

Advancing U.S. Latino Entrepreneurship

Advancing U.S. Latino Entrepreneurship examines business formation and success among Latinos by identifying arrangements that enhance entrepreneurship and by understanding the sociopolitical contexts that shape entrepreneurial trajectories. While it is well known that Latinos make up one of the largest and fastest growing populations in the U.S., Latino-owned businesses are now outpacing this population growth and the startup business growth of all other demographic groups in the country.

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Lean Scaleup

Companies struggle dramatically in building new businesses from innovation. 85-90 percent of corporate startups die after the "Minimum Viable Product" stage. Why is this so? What is the solution? How can companies improve? This book provides a solution. It is the first one on this subject and guides corporate practitioners on how to build new businesses. The book covers the entire journey - from a "meaningful idea" to a sizable business - and it includes leadership and cultural/collaboration aspects needed for success.

Why Startups Fail: A New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success

Introduction -- What is failure? -- Part I: Launching. Catch-22 -- Good idea, bad bedfellows -- False starts -- False positives -- Part II: Scaling. Out of the frying pan -- Speed trap -- Help wanted -- Moonshots and miracles -- Part III: Failing. Running on empty -- Bouncing back -- Letter to a first-time founder.

Inventing Ideas: Patents, Prizes, and the Knowledge Economy

This books shows how and why the ideas of creative individuals promote progress. The insights are based on original archival research regarding over one hundred thousand inventors, patented inventions, and innovation prizes in Europe and the United States during industrialization. This systematic empirical analysis across time and place and institutions provides an extensive micro foundation for understanding technological change and long-run macroeconomic growth.

The Innovation Stack

"The Innovation Stack is a thrilling business narrative that's much bigger than the story of Square. It is an irreverent first-person look inside the world of entrepreneurship, and a call to action for all of us to find the entrepreneur within ourselves and identify and fix unsolved problems--one crazy idea at a time"-- Provided by publisher

The Entrepreneurial Artist : Lessons from Highly Successful Creatives (eBook)

Very few artists are skilled at promoting themselves and their work. Drawing on the accomplishments of Shakespeare, Mozart, and several contemporary creatives, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Wynton Marsalis, this engaging and practical guide will help you achieve artistic fulfillment, both personally and professionally-no matter your medium.

Driving Innovation from Within (eBook)

Kaihan Krippendorff reveals how many of the modern world's most impactful creations were invented by passionate employee-innovators. He lays out a step-by-step playbook to unlock innovation from the inside, mapping the barriers that frustrate efforts to disrupt from within and providing tools to remove them.

Entrepreneurs in Every Generation (eBook)

Allan Cohen and Pramodita Sharma, scholars with deep professional and personal roots in family businesses, show how enterprising families can transmit the hunger for excellence across generations. Using examples of firms that flourished and those that failed, they describe the practices that characterize entrepreneurial individuals, families, and organizations and offer pragmatic advice that can be tailored to your unique situation.

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