September 4, 2014 Some of the books, blogs, podcasts and resources I’ve found useful while bootstrapping UserScape for the past 9 years. Books The Profitable Side Project by Rachel Andrew Joel on Software by Joel Spolsky The Best Software Writing I by Joel Spolsky Eric Sink on The Business of Software by Eric Sink Start Small Stay Small by Rob Walling Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston Traction by Gabriel Weinberg How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie Forums Bootstrapped – I tried to find another to list, but really this is it! Link Sharing Things Bootstrapped.fm Useful Links Bootstrappers.io Inbound.org Blogs Amy Hoy Patrick McKenzie Ian Landsman – Yeah, I’m not as active as I’d like but this is my list! Rachel Andrew Brian Casel Andrey Butov Jason Cohen Adii Pienaar Joel Spolsky Eric Sink Bootstrapping It – A Medium collection Ryan Battles Newsletters Rachel Andrew Bootstrapping.io Justin Jackson Servers for Hackers The Lefsetz Letter Jason Calacanis Courses Micropreneur Academy 30×500 Conferences Business of Software Microconf BaconBizConf LevelUp Podcasts Bootstrapped.fm Bootstrapped Web The Nathan Barry Show Brennan Dunn Chasing Product The Rocketship Podcast Startups for the Rest of Us Bootstrapped with Kids Haywire Marriage Startup – For you married folk like me, highly recommended Movies I consider these critical for anyone starting a business. Yes, these are in order of importance. Wall Street The Godfather The Godfather: Part II Glengarry Glen Ross The Secret of my Success The Hudsucker Proxy You’ve Got Mail Designers It’s hard to justify spending a lot of money on design early on, but if you have the means these are the designers I’ve worked with over the years. All are top notch. Focus Lab Fixel Mike Rohde Professional Services Tom Pitegoff – Lawyer Maher & Co – Accountants Apps & Services These could go on forever. I’m limiting this to ones I personally find very useful. HelpSpot – What good is a product without great customer support! Forge – Spin up servers without a fuss. Convert Kit – Really nice email list management. Customer.io – Email automation without a bunch of other junk. Dribbble – The best place on the internet for inspiration. Feedbin – RSS isn’t dead yet Scribbleton – The personal wiki. Laracasts – Primarily aimed at PHP developers, but really anyone who works in code should be checking this out. Laravel Jobs / Laravel Gurus – Business person and not a coder? Don’t want to learn to code? Hire one.