It can be difficult understanding the Silicon Valley or the startup scene being an outsider. So here are some resources that may help you get acclimated. This page will be updated as time goes by.

Stanford eCorner Podcasts

One of the best. Most of eCorner podcasts are entrepreneurs who share their journey. You’ll learn what others have gone through, how they got to where they are, their vision for their companies, and what they’re doing now. Lots of advice will be gained from listening to these.

Andreessen Horowitz a16z Podcasts

This blog/podcast is an absolute must to stay up to date on industry trends and projections. On this, Ben Horowitz’s The Hard Thing About Hard Things is an amazing book to understand what a startup experience can be like.

Book: Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth

Traction by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares gives you an overview of some of the strategies to pick when devising your marketing strategy and growth hacking tactics.

Book: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Hooked will introduce the science of building products that are designed around habit, leading to higher usage.

Popular accelerators

Sort of like early stage investors who give you $, advisors, put you in front of investors, and more for % of your company


Most major cities today will have an incubator. For example, Chicago has 1871, Tampa has WaVE, Austin has Capital Factory, etc. Think of these places as a coworking space that (usually) give you access to advisors and networking events.