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Resources for Entrepreneurs

Below is a collection of useful links and documents to help you grow your business and prepare to pitch to investors

Documents
BlueTree Guide for Entrepreneurs
 
 
Please review our downloadable guide for entrepreneurs to learn more about the benefits of working with BlueTree, useful information on how to apply for funding, and a description of what to expect from our investment process.


BlueTree Due Diligence Checklist
The due diligence process operates most efficiently when entrepreneurs can provide timely access to well-organized documents.  Please review our due diligence checklist to get acquainted with the types of documents that we request and to help prepare yourself should we proceed to due diligence. 
 
 

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything
 
Harvard Business Review (HBR) Article
Steven G. Blank
 

Links
Startup Professionals Musings - Martin Zwilling
Martin Zwilling is the founder and CEO of Startup Professionals, Inc., a Board Member and Executive in Residence for Callaman Ventures, an Advisory Board member for numerous startups, and an Entrepreneur in Residence at two management schools.  His blog provides ideas and assistance to entrepreneurs in finding business ideas, funding, mentoring and business networking.

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Steve Blank
Steve Blank is an entrepreneur, educator, and author of Four Steps to the Epiphany - a book that has been called the launchpad for the lean start-up movement.  His blog provides excellent advice and insights on entrepreneurship and innovation.
 

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How to Change the World - Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki is an entrepreneur, VC and author of numerous books on startups.  His book The Art of the Start is an excellent guide to prepare for pitching to investors.  His blog provides advice and insights a variety of topics including marketing, management and raising funds. 
 

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Ask the VC - Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson
Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson are the Managing Directors of Foundry Group, a Boulder, Colorado-based early-stage venture capital fund.  Their blog provides information, news and advice on term sheets, letters of intent, and a host of other financing issues.  Also check out their book Venture Deals:  Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist for an overview of venture deals from an entrepreneur's perspective.
 

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Newsletters
StartupDigest
Startup Digest is a weekly tech startup newsletter, customizable to your geographic location, that provides excellent information on events, news and useful articles to read.  All of the content is chosen by curators who are active founders, hackers, designers or investors, so that all of the content provided is useful and actionable.
 

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