”Destilling wisdom into directives is sooo valuable, but rarely done.”
— Derek Sivers
In the Tim Ferriss’ podcast, Derek Sivers claims that if you trust the source, you don’t need the arguments. Just get the main points and don’t worry about the argumentation and convincing part (which can easily take up 80% of a book).
We, as readers – if we trust the source – only need the facts and main points and can move on to another book. I know it isn’t the romantic art of reading but, for me, business and any type of non-fiction book isn’t designed for reading, but learning. It took me a while to realize this and it comes at a few implications, such as not reading a book start to finish, just picking the chapters that speak to me, and even stopping halfway through a book; a thing that I wouldn’t have done before.
That’s what I am trying here.
I am distilling insights from entrepreneurs, startup experts and investors, like Paul Graham, Brad Feld, Peter Thiel, and others that practice what they preach. You can find Derek’s version of “Directives” here.
MY GOAL is to show you the power of a knowledge base that helps you to remember and organize stuff.
And I’d like to share a few 8020 summaries utilizing the Pareto Principle.
The StartupGeist Knowledge Base
Interesting articles, blogs, and other readings:
- COMPASS: Books, Blogs, and Podcasts
- Before the Start
- Business Models & Financials
8020 Summaries from startup experts
Startup expert galleries
- An Overview of my trusted Experts
- Startup Experts
- Inspiring Investors
- Customer Acquisition (aka sales & marketing) Experts
- Inspiring Digital Entrepreneurs
- Startup Mantras
- What do I need to know before I start a startup
- Can you give me career advice & show me success patterns?
- How to stay focused when my startup is doing bad?
- What skills are needed?
- How do I get ready for fundraising?
- How do I get good startup ideas?
- How do I test startup ideas?
- Startup Principle: Customer Development
- Startup Principle: Lean Startup
- Startup Team: How do I choose a co-founder?
- Startup Team: Where do I find co-founders?
- Startup Theory: 6 different types of entrepreneurs
- Startup Theory: How do startups grow?
- Startup Theory: What are the biggest startup myths?
- Startup Theory: What is a startup?
- Startup Theory: Why are startups spreading so widely right now?
Take your time. And Enjoy!
PS: If you like what you see, bookmark this page and come back to it! If you want to get the knowledge base for your Evernote, please drop my a quick email and I’ll share an easy-to-upload Evernote file with you.
Here is how it looks like: