Sharpen your business idea
The Business Model Canvas to summarize your startup on one page and verify your assumptions with real customers.
Porters Five Forces to assess your strategic position. No startup has a perfect strategic position, but this tool helps you recognize your major weaknesses.
Remember to listen to and communicate clearly with your team. Here’s a structure for 1-on-1s you can aim for.
FOCUS ON CUSTOMERS AND SALES
Lean startup guru Steve Blank's blog and startup tools to get out of the building.
A good sales deck.
Customer money is the best :)
Venture Deals: Be Smarter than your Lawyer and VC is a great introduction to raising capital.
To present your company to investors, Google has a great pitch template. For advanced tips, check out 500 Startup's and Y Combinator's pitch tips, and Khosla Ventures slide deck tips. Jane likes the NABC model.
Improvisation theatre is great for presentation skills and also very fun!
Survive the admin
Hyper Island toolbox for creative workshop and problem solving formats.
Pipedrive CRM for sales management.
squarespace for building websites quickly.
Slack for internal company communication.
Google Drive to sync and work on documents collaboratively.
Proven method for handling the stress and incredible amount of work in a startup: Jane uses Getting Things Done.
Ask for help
Join an incubator! The best one for you depends on your location and stage. Check out Uppsala Innovation Center and KTH Innovation for example. Caroline's Volumental is a STING alumni; she's now in their advisory board, while Jane was a course leader in their Test Drive FinTech course.
Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship runs fun courses that bring together tech, creative and business people from the main universities around Stockholm.
Meetup.com has workshops and discussion groups around everything from Quantified Self to learning Swedish and Python.
Take care of yourself
Read more if you have time
The Hard Thing about Hard Things is a riveting book.