There’s no shortage of “best practices” for young startups, but navigating the seas of canned advice while trying to build a unique business can be challenging. The following resources can help with not just what-to-do but how-to-think.

Industry trends

CB Insights

General advice repositories

Advice & How To, a16z
FirstSearch, First Round Capital
53 Articles and Books that will Make You a Great Product Manager, Noah Weiss
Breaking Smart, Venkat Rao
Openview Labs
Index Ventures options calculator

Latest and greatest

Business Lessons from Other People’s Jobs, Morgan Housel
“Magic metrics” for startup PMF (Andrew Chen tweetstorm)
The Law of Shitty Cohorts (Andrew Chen tweetstorm)
Growing a new product (Andrew Chen tweetstorm)
The secret to a great planning process, FirstRound
BlitzFail: How Not to Go Off the Rails, David Sacks
Bonsai Brands, Simon Andrews
Doing the Opposite, Brian Balfour
The Entertainment Value Curve: Why TikTok is on Fire and Quibli Isn’t, Ravi Mehta
The State of (Business) Play, Venkatesh Rao
How to Raise Money – It’s a Journey Not An Event, Steve Blank
Coordination Headwind: How Organizations Are Like Slime Molds, Alex Komoroske
On Schelling Points in Organizations, Alex Komoroske

Classic books

The Lean Startup, Eric Ries
Business Model Generation, Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
Launching Tech Ventures MBA course reading list, Tom Eisenmann (hat tip to Mark Suster)
The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz

Active VC bloggers

Crash Dev, Chris Devore
Both Sides of the Table, Mark Suster
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