Startup 101

Have an Idea? Don’t know where to start?

You’ve got a great idea for a startup – but where do you begin? If your business already has some traction you can check out all of the Incubators & Accelerators on the resources page for more information or you can check out some of the recommended reading below.

No matter what stage your business is in or if you’ve just got an idea and are looking for some guidance join the Blackstone Launchpad USC mentor network and sign up for a meeting on our Community Platform and then you can schedule a meeting with one of our venture consultants on campus.

[wpc_custom_heading heading=”Something for Everyone” colored_line=”yes”]
[wpc_featured_box image=”2822″ title=”Just have an Idea?” desc=”We’ll help you flush out initial concepts and understand the roadmap to execute on it.” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fusc.startuptree.co%2F||target:%20_blank|”]
[wpc_featured_box image=”2003″ title=”Already formed a company?” desc=”We can help overcome obstacles as you look to grow and scale your business.” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fusc.startuptree.co%2F||target:%20_blank|”]
[wpc_featured_box image=”2823″ title=”Just curious?” desc=”Participate in events, join the online community, or signup for free mentorship.” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fusc.startuptree.co%2F||target:%20_blank|”]
[wpc_custom_heading heading=”Recommended Viewing” colored_line=”yes”]

A collection of our favorite videos every entrepreneur should watch:

[vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoAOzMTLP5s”]
Business Model Canvas

A 2 minute overview of the Business Model Canvas, a tool for visionaries, game changers, and challengers. This method from the best selling management book Business Model Generation is applied in leading organizations and start-ups worldwide.

[vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBYhVcO4WgI”]
Sam Altman’s: How to Start a Startup

How to Start a Startup is a series of video lectures, by Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, and Dustin Moskovitz, Cofounder of Facebook, Asana, and Good Ventures.  Everything you want to know about how to start a startup, for free, from some of the world experts.

[wpc_custom_heading heading=”Recommended Reading” colored_line=”yes”]

Here are four essential reads for every startup entrepreneur:

[wpc_featured_box image=”1453″ title=”The Lean Startup” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FThe-Lean-Startup-Entrepreneurs-Continuous%2Fdp%2F0307887898||target:%20_blank”]
[wpc_featured_box image=”1452″ title=”Zero To One” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FZero-One-Notes-Startups-Future%2Fdp%2F0804139296%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1||target:%20_blank”]
[wpc_featured_box image=”1451″ title=”4 Steps To The Epiphany” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFour-Steps-Epiphany-Steve-Blank%2Fdp%2F0989200507||target:%20_blank”]
[wpc_featured_box image=”1450″ title=”Business Model Generation” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2F0470876417||target:%20_blank”]

Blackstone LaunchPad Road Map 

This is a quick start guide to get you thinking about how to get your venture moving in the right direction.  Download the PDF version here.