How to start a startup (unorthodox version) – Part 5

5. Learn

As you slowly grow into the field, similar to any other industry, you will get exposed to all these crazy lingo and acronyms. Business model/lean canvas, content marketing, pre-money, term sheets, SEO, SEM, CTR, GMV, MVP – you get the idea.

But don’t worry, there are a lot of free resources on the Internet. There are also many MOOC courses that are extremely good. Check out coursera.org and udacity.com. They have some pretty good courses on entrepreneurship and IT.

For books, you have to read ‘Zero to One’ from Peter Thiel. Forget about startup, it’s such a wonderful and humbling experience to try to get into the mind of such a genius (but I do have to say the whole monopoly thing is very similar to blue ocean strategy…). For videos, I mentioned ‘how to start a startup’, and it is good (at least most of the videos). And of course there are countless of other online resources (next point). In fact, you should build your own list!

Most of all, it’s not just about all these new information and knowledge that you acquire. Sometimes it’s equally, if not more importantly, to ditch some of your old thinking and knowledge. Challenge yourself, not what you have learnt, but what you would have done differently had you not learnt these new skills from your startup perspective?

Part 6: Update yourself

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